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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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Associated Press:
The Latest: Epstein guards suspected of falsifying logs  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Jeffrey Epstein's death (all times local):  —  A person familiar with the probe of Jeffrey Epstein's death at a federal jail says guards are suspected of falsifying log entries to show …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ken White / The Atlantic:
Thirty-Two Short Stories About Death in Prison
Discussion: Boing Boing, The Week and Popehat
CBS News:
Shrieking heard from Jeffrey Epstein's jail cell the morning he died
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 …
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Washington Post:
How a McConnell-backed effort to lift Russian sanctions boosted a Kentucky project  —  In January, as the Senate debated whether to permit the Trump administration to lift sanctions on Russia's largest aluminum producer, two men with millions of dollars riding on the outcome met for dinner at a restaurant in Zurich.
Discussion: The Week
Susan B. Glasser / Foreign Affairs:   Putin the Great  —  Russia's Imperial Impostor
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.
Ethan Brown / The Appeal:
A No-Holds-Barred Assault on Prosecutors  —  Attorney General William Barr pushed back against reforms by progressive prosecutors—but perhaps his greatest vitriol was reserved for the Boston DA's attempt to rein in police.  —  U.S. Attorney General William Barr lashed out at progressive prosecutors …
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Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:   22 NOTES FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR
John Binder / Breitbart:
Exclusive—Watch: Leftists Threaten Contractor in Fla; Day Before ICE Facility Shot at in Texas  —  A group of open borders activists threatened employees of a government contractor in Florida that provides facility space for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Lauren Egan / NBC News:
Trump says he's losing as much as $5B being president  —  During a visit to a Pennsylvania factory, the president claimed without evidence that he was losing money while in office.  —  MONACA, Pa. — President Donald Trump claimed on Tuesday that being president will personally cost him billions of dollars …
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Washington Post:
Trump energy speech in Pennsylvania sounded more like a campaign rally
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: Hot Air, The Federalist and Vox
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Over 70,000 people sign petition to rename Fifth Avenue outside Trump Tower after Obama  —  More than 70,000 people have signed onto a petition that seeks to rename the portion of Fifth Avenue in front of the Trump Tower in Manhattan after former President Obama.
Discussion: Fox News
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.”
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 …
David Brunnstrom / Reuters:
U.S. senator warns China on Hong Kong trade status if it intervenes in protests  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A prominent U.S. senator warned China on Tuesday Hong Kong could lose its special U.S. trade status if Beijing intervenes directly to crack down on increasingly violent pro-democracy protests in the city.
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Reuters:   China tells U.S. to back off after lawmakers condemn Hong Kong violence
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.
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.
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 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 …
Vanessa Williams / Washington Post:
Stacey Abrams chooses building a national voter protection program over running for president in 2020  —  Stacey Abrams said Tuesday she decided that rather than joining the crowded field for the Democratic presidential nomination, she could better help her party in next year's election by …
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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
Apple Podcasts:
Matt Bruenig's case for single-payer health care  —  The Democratic primary has been unexpectedly dominated by a single question: Will you abolish private health insurance?  Wrapped in that question are dozens more.  Why, if private health insurance is such a mess, do polls show most Americans want to keep it?
Peter Savodnik / Vanity Fair:
MILLENNIALS, RAPPERS, AND REVOLUTION: INSIDE BERNIE SANDERS'S PLAYBOOK FOR WINNING THE BLACK VOTE  —  The old, white senator from Vermont has become an unlikely hero to black and Hispanic millennials in Los Angeles.  At a private lunch last month in Hollywood, Sanders explained his vision …
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Carlos Maza reportedly leaving Vox after harassment on Twitter  —  Carlos Maza, the controversial host of the show “Strikethrough,” appears to be on the way out at Vox Media.  —  Maza was engaged in a running battle with right-wing provocateur Steven Crowder, who the openly gay Latino Maza …
Discussion: TheBlaze
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 …
Will Englund / Washington Post:
Russian villagers told to leave — no, stay — following missile test explosion  —  MOSCOW — Four days after a missile carrying nuclear materials exploded on a platform on the White Sea, military officials came to the little nearby village of Nyonoksa and told residents that they should evacuate for a few hours Wednesday.
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
 
 
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Allan Smith / NBC News:
Cuccinelli torches famous Statue of Liberty immigrant quote
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
Trump campaign's small-dollar donations surge, marking major shift for GOP
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RedState
CBS News:
16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg says meeting with Trump would be a “waste”
New York Times:
Donald Trump Jr., in Indonesia, Defends Family's Global Business
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.
 Earlier Items: 
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?
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Eliot Engel warns foreign officials: Stop spending money at Trump properties
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Memo: Suburbs spell trouble for Trump
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA