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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.”
CNBC:
FBI seized computers in raid at Jeffrey Epstein's Virgin Island home  —  KEY POINTS  — FBI agents seized computers from wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein's home in the Virgin Islands during a raid of the private island owned by the late accused sex trafficker.
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
‘That was a retweet’: Trump defends sharing conspiracy theory linking Bill Clinton and Epstein
Discussion: PJ Media Home
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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Tamar Lapin / New York Post:
Chris Cuomo caught on video flying into rage after man calls him ‘Fredo’  —  Warning: Graphic language … If he calls Chris Cuomo that again, he could be sleeping with the fishes.  —  The CNN anchor was caught on video flying into an abject rage at a man for calling him “Fredo” …
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Axios, Political Wire and Denver Post
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 …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Stacey Abrams Will Not Run for President in 2020, Focusing Instead on Fighting Voter Suppression  —  Ms. Abrams will concentrate on growing a national movement for fair and equitable elections, including a national voter protection hotline.  —  Stacey Abrams, the Georgia politician …
Discussion: Axios, Political Wire and The Week
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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
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 …
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ustr.gov:
USTR Announces Next Steps on Proposed 10 Percent Tariff on Imports from China
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 …
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Devan Cole / CNN:
Cuccinelli rewrites Statue of Liberty poem to make case for limiting immigration
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.
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.
Noah Bookbinder / USA Today:
Make it simple, Democrats: How to tell the Trump impeachment story and speed it up, too  —  Centralize and simplify the impeachment narrative.  Show how Trump's abuses relate to each other and how they started on the day he took his oath.  —  CONNECT  —  A majority of House Democrats now favor an impeachment inquiry.
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Congressman David Price:   Rep. David Price Calls for U.S. House of Representatives to Carry an Impeachment Inquiry Forward
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
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.
Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:
Evangelicals aren't turned off by Trump's first term — they're delighted by it  —  BRANDON, Fla. — Three years ago, Rickey Halbert was torn about whether to vote for President Trump.  —  On the one hand, he'd read about Trump's extramarital affairs and the women who alleged he had sexually assaulted them.
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 …
 
 
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Mueller alumni landing cushy jobs at law firms, universities - even a book deal - after Russia probe
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
For Joe Biden, some lessons from Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign?
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Jordan Michael Smith / The Intercept:
How Voice of America Persian Became a Trump Administration PR Machine
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: 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