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Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed News:
Epstein's Death Was On 4Chan Before Officials Announced It — Now Authorities Are Investigating  —  The New York City Fire Department is investigating whether a first responder posted about Jeffrey Epstein's death on a notorious internet message board prior to officials announcing it to the public, BuzzFeed News has learned.
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CBS News:
Shrieking heard from Jeffrey Epstein's jail cell the morning he died  —  CBS News has learned that the morning of Jeffrey Epstein's death there was shouting and shrieking from his jail cell.  Guards attempted to revive him while saying “breathe, Epstein, breathe.”
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
‘That was a retweet’: Trump defends sharing conspiracy theory linking Bill Clinton and Epstein
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein and When to Take Conspiracies Seriously
Mark Moore / New York Post:
Chris Cuomo once referred to himself as ‘Fredo’ in radio interview  —  CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who was captured on a viral video getting into a profanity-laced exchange with a person who called him “Fredo,” once referred to himself as the hapless “The Godfather” character in a radio interview.
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Alex Horton / Washington Post:
How Fredo, the tragic ‘Godfather’ character, became an insult wielded by Trump
Discussion: The Federalist and Vox
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
Don't heckle people in their private lives, not even Chris Cuomo
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Post
Washington Post:
Extreme climate change has arrived in America  —  2°C: BEYOND THE LIMIT °C °F  —  LAKE HOPATCONG, N.J. — Before climate change thawed the winters of New Jersey, this lake hosted boisterous wintertime carnivals.  As many as 15,000 skaters took part, and automobile owners would drive onto the thick ice.
Discussion: Detroit Metro Times
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
John Hickenlooper Mulling Ending Presidential Bid to Run for Senate  —  CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — Former Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado is in discussions about ending his presidential bid and entering the race for his state's Republican-held Senate seat, potentially giving Democrats a strong candidate …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
New York Times demotes editor who sparked fury  —  New York (CNN Business)Jonathan Weisman, the deputy Washington editor for The New York Times (NYT), has been demoted after a pair of incidents in which he ignited controversy on Twitter (TWTR), the newspaper said Tuesday.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Ivanka Trump is quietly calling lawmakers about the gun debate  —  Ivanka Trump has quietly been making calls to members of Congress in the days following the deadly mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso to gauge where they stand on pending gun legislation, sources familiar with her conversations told Axios.
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Beto O'Rourke / CNN:
It's America's moment of truth
Discussion: Washington Times
AWR Hawkins / Breitbart:
Report: Ivanka Trump Calling Congressional Members About Gun Control
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Washington Post:
House panel expected to return early from recess to vote on gun bills despite Democratic disagreement on details
Discussion: Shareblue Media, Vox and Breitbart
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trump Superfan Bill Mitchell Raised Money to Move to D.C. He Moved to Miami Instead  —  Bill Mitchell's fans and some right-wing personalities are fuming at Mitchell after he said he wanted to interview the big politicians in D.C. and then moved to Miami.  —  Trump superfan Bill Mitchell …
Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:
22 NOTES FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR  —  Chris Geidner, The Justice Collaborative's senior adviser for law and policy, and Daniel Nichanian, its senior research and editorial fellow, analyzed yesterday's speech by the federal government's top prosecutor at the Fraternal Order of Police's conference.
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CNN:
Washington Post editor responds to Bernie Sanders: Your ‘conspiracy theory’ is wrong  —  (CNN)The executive editor of The Washington Post hit back at Sen. Bernie Sanders' suggestion that the paper's coverage of the presidential candidate is linked to its owner's business interests, calling the accusation a “conspiracy theory.”
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Bernie Sanders should know better than this ridiculous attack on The Washington Post
Discussion: Washington Post and USA Today
Vanessa Williams / Washington Post:
Stacey Abrams to launch voter protection program in battleground states ahead of the 2020 election  —  Stacey Abrams is taking her voting rights crusade national, with a program to provide technical and financial assistance to help Democrats in key states strengthen their voter protection operations ahead …
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Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
How a Trump Ally Tested the Boundaries of Washington's Influence Game  —  WASHINGTON — Elliott Broidy had the kind of past that might have given a more traditional White House reason to keep him at a distance: A wealthy businessman, he had pleaded guilty in 2009 to giving nearly $1 million …
Discussion: Raw Story
Simon Shuster / TIME:
A Kremlin-Linked Firm Invested Millions in Kentucky.  Were They After More Than Money?  —  Last summer, it looked like things were finally about to change for Ashland, Ky. For two decades, the jobs that once supported this Appalachian outpost of 20,000 people on a bend in the Ohio River …
SBG San Antonio / WOAI:
Suspect arrested after allegedly firing shots at ICE office  —  SAN ANTONIO - A man is in custody accused of shooting at an ICE Office.  The shooting took place around 3 a. m.  Tuesday on the 1700 block of NE Loop 410 near Brookhaven Drive.  Police said the suspect fired shots from across the highway, damaging some windows.
Annie Karni / New York Times:
No One Attacked Trump More in 2016 Than His Fellow Republicans.  The Lesson: It Didn't Work.  —  WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has called President Trump an “existential threat” to the nation.  —  Senator Kamala Harris has warned on the campaign trail that the president is a racist.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Facebook Paid Contractors to Transcribe Users' Audio Chats  — Social network says it paused human review of conversations  — Apple, Amazon, Google have been scrutinized for similar work  —  Facebook Inc. has been paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio …
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Senate Dems deliver stunning warning to Supreme Court: ‘Heal’ or face restructuring  —  Several high-profile Senate Democrats warned the Supreme Court in pointed terms this week that it could face a fundamental restructuring if justices do not take steps to “heal” the court in the near future.
Discussion: Law & Crime, Daily Wire and IJR
Melanie Mason / Los Angeles Times:
In suburban Texas, 'It feels like there's no place for lifelong Republicans like me'  —  Vanessa Steinkamp is the kind of voter that Texas Republicans counted on.  She's a devoted conservative who volunteered for Bob Dole's presidential campaign, interned for former GOP Sen. Bill Frist …
Bloomberg:
Republican Donors Told to Wait as Pompeo Considers Kansas Senate Run  — Secretary of state has given mixed signals on the 2020 race  — Pompeo's trips to Kansas, political speeches fuel speculation  —  Republican political donors have been told to hold off contributing …
Discussion: Political Wire
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Eliot Engel warns foreign officials: Stop spending money at Trump properties  —  House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel directed his aides on Tuesday to warn foreign officials that they are “facilitating” President Donald Trump's alleged emoluments violations by spending money …
Discussion: Political Wire
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos Are Scheduled to Speak at a Conference Organized by a QAnon Supporter  —  Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos, two former Trump foreign policy aides who both agreed in late 2017 to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation …
Washington Post:
Trump energy speech in Pennsylvania sounded more like a campaign rally  —  MONACA, Pa. — President Trump criticized the media, mocked his Democratic challengers, critiqued the Academy Awards, lamented losing millions while president and boasted of his poll numbers while visiting a construction site …
Discussion: Politico
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Matthew Whitaker's Conflict Of Interest Forms Weren't Screened Until Just Before Trump Put Him In Charge Of The DOJ.  They Were Incomplete.  —  WASHINGTON — A few weeks before President Donald Trump appointed Matthew Whitaker acting attorney general in November after ousting Jeff Sessions …
New York Times:
Venezuela's Maduro Cracks Down on His Own Military in Bid to Retain Power  —  MARACAY, Venezuela — A week after Venezuela's intelligence forces detained a retired navy captain, he appeared in a military tribunal a broken man, in a wheelchair and showing signs of torture.  —  “Help me,” he mouthed to his lawyer.
The Intercept:
The Kochs Funded Third Way to Push Free Trade to Democrats, New Book Says  —  In the fall of 2007, the tide was beginning to turn against free trade, as the ongoing hollowing out of the American middle class was becoming associated with globalization and the offshoring of jobs.
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Ocasio-Cortez Chides Barstool Sports for Anti-Union Tweets  —  Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chided Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy for a series of tweets that several legal experts say violate federal labor law.  —  “If you're a boss tweeting firing threats to employees trying to unionize …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Useful Idiots and Trumpist Billionaires  —  Greed, ego and willful blindness at the top.  —  Whoever came up with the phrase “useful idiots” — it's often credited to Lenin, but there's no evidence he ever said it — was on to something.  There are times when dangerous political movements …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and NB Blog
CNBC:
US removes some items from China tariff list, delaying tariffs for others, including cell phones  —  This is a breaking news story.  Check back for updates.  —  The United States Trade Representative office said Tuesday certain items were being removed from the new China tariff list because of …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump immigration official offers rewrite for Statue of Liberty poem  —  President Donald Trump's top immigration official on Tuesday offered a revised version of the poem long displayed inside the Statue of Liberty's pedestal that aligns more closely with the administration's latest rule aimed …
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Bullock knocks DNC rules after Steyer reaches donor threshold for fall debates  —  Democratic presidential hopeful Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) slammed the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) debate qualification rules on Tuesday after billionaire Tom Steyer reached the donor threshold for the party's fall primary debates.
Anna Silman / The Cut:
The #MeToo Case Dividing Wall Street “I didn't believe my filing this suit would damage my career as much as it has.”  —  Sara Tirschwell stood in the elevator of her apartment building, an elegant redbrick co-op a few blocks east of Central Park.  She was headed to a law firm's cocktail party …
 
 
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CBS News:
16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg says meeting with Trump would be a “waste”
Susan B. Glasser / Foreign Affairs:
Putin the Great  —  Russia's Imperial Impostor
Discussion: Financial Times
New York Times:
Donald Trump Jr., in Indonesia, Defends Family's Global Business
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Lawmakers urge Trump to stop deportations to Iraq after Michigan man's death
WashPost PR:
Job posting: Reporter for The Daily 202 newsletter
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
For Joe Biden, some lessons from Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign?
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Jackson / BostonGlobe.com:
Mass shootings and the mental health lie
Discussion: @politifact
Eric Heisig / Plain Dealer:
Ohio man posted about mass shootings, attacking Planned Parenthood and federal agents, authorities say
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Post
The Daily Beast:
DHS in a ‘Mad Scramble’ to Catch Up With Domestic Terror
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Memo: Suburbs spell trouble for Trump
Anna Slatz / The Post Millennial:
It appears Canadian media fell for a viral political hoax
Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:
Evangelicals aren't turned off by Trump's first term — they're delighted by it