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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
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
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 …
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.
Beto O'Rourke / CNN:
It's America's moment of truth  —  A marriage on the border sparked Beto's immigration policy  —  Beto O'Rourke is an El Paso native, the former US Congressman for the community and a Democratic candidate for President of the United States.  The views expressed in this commentary are his own.
Discussion: Washington Times
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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 …
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 …
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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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.
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: Fox News, Political Wire, Axios 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
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 …
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.
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.”
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: CNBC, Law & Crime, Daily Wire and IJR
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 …
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Man Sues CNN's Don Lemon for Alleged Assault at Sag Harbor Bar  —  A man is suing Don Lemon, claiming the CNN host attacked him at a Hamptons bar last summer.  The suit, obtained by Mediaite, was filed Sunday and seeks unspecified damages for “emotional pain and suffering.”
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 …
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
CBS News:
16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg says meeting with Trump would be a “waste”  —  Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg will soon set sail on a solar-powered boat to attend a U.N. summit in New York.  But when asked if she'd be open to meeting President Trump during her trip to America, Thunberg said it would be a “waste.”
Susan B. Glasser / Foreign Affairs:
Putin the Great  —  Russia's Imperial Impostor  —  On January 27, 2018, Vladimir Putin became the longest-serving leader of Russia since Joseph Stalin.  There were no parades or fireworks, no embarrassingly gilded statues unveiled or unseemly displays of nuclear missiles in Red Square.
Discussion: Financial Times
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
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.
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.
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:
The House v. Trump: Stymied Lawmakers Increasingly Battle in the Courts  —  Lawmakers say President Trump's disregard for their authority leaves them no choice but to use the courts with greater frequency, but that could have constitutional consequences.  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats took control …
Discussion: Politico
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.
Ken White / The Atlantic:
Thirty-Two Short Stories About Death in Prison  —  Jeffrey Epstein's name and face are everywhere following his death.  Even as an investigation reveals that the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he died, was terminally short-staffed and relied on untrained guards who failed to monitor him, conspiracy theories persist.
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Memo: Suburbs spell trouble for Trump  —  President Trump has a problem with suburban voters — and it could have profound consequences for his chances of reelection next year.  —  An NBC News analysis Monday noted that Trump has been “underwater” with suburban voters in five …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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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Eric Heisig / Plain Dealer:
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The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Talking Points Memo
CNBC:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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