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New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Death: 2 Guards Slept Through Checks and Falsified Records  —  The guards did not check on him for three hours, officials said.  The disclosures came as the guards and the warden at the jail were removed.  —  The two guards who were in the jail unit where Jeffrey Epstein …
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Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed News:
Epstein's Death Was On 4Chan Before Officials Announced It — Now Authorities Are Investigating
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Behind the scenes of Trump's new gun talks  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BEHIND THE SCENES ... QUIET GUN TALKS AT THE WHITE HOUSE ... We were hoping to save this news for this morning, but the NYT beat us to the punch on a few details Tuesday night toward the middle of their gun story.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
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Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Top Pence aide will move to Pentagon as new press secretary  —  Alyssa Farah is leaving her job as Vice President Pence's spokeswoman at the end of the month and will join the Defense Department as press secretary, starting in September.  —  Farah began her tenure at the White House almost two years ago …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CNN
Burgess Everett / Politico:   GOP Sen. Martha McSally drafts bill making domestic terrorism a federal crime
New York Times:
Keeping Focus on Gun Bills, Democrats Urge McConnell and Senate to Act
Bloomberg:   Republican Donors Told to Wait as Pompeo Considers Kansas Senate Run
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
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.
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Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Rot of journalism ethics at New York Times has turned into leftist plague
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Waning of American Power?  Trump Struggles With an Asia in Crisis  —  The Trump administration has taken a hands-off approach to conflicts — from Kashmir to Hong Kong to the rivalry between Japan and South Korea — as Asian officials escalate the battles.  —  阅读.体 …
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David Brunnstrom / Reuters:   U.S. senator warns China on Hong Kong trade status if it intervenes in protests
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Advisers Are Wary as President Considers Gun Proposals  —  Following mass shootings, Trump is interested in exploring legislation with new gun restrictions, but his aides are divided on the right approach  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump's public push for gun-control measures …
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Stacey Abrams Says She's Open to Being Vice President for Any Democratic Nominee  —  Ms. Abrams, who announced this week that she would not run for president, told The Times she would be ‘honored to be considered.’  —  Stacey Abrams made it official this week that she would not seek …
Laura Curtis / Bloomberg:
Stocks Slide, Bonds Flash Warning After Weak Data: Markets Wrap  — U.S. 30-year yield hits record, 10- and two-year yields invert  — Data from China and Germany sours mood after tariff reprieve  —  Want the lowdown on European markets?  In your inbox before the open, every day.
Discussion: CNBC and The Week
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 …
Greg B. Smith / The City:
Anti-New York White Supremacist Hate is Rising, NYPD Says  —  When white nationalist Garrett Kelsey discovered an internet video castigating Nordic neo-Nazis, he allegedly turned his fury on the Manhattan-based Jewish group that posted it.  —  From his home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa …
Andy Shain / Post and Courier:
Biden keeps large lead in SC's 2020 Democratic presidential primary  —  COLUMBIA — Despite two shaky debates and some recent misstatements, South Carolina Democratic voters still prefer former Vice President Joe Biden in the South's first presidential primary.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:   22 NOTES FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR
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.”
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.
Sarah Ruiz-Grossman / HuffPost:
Ken Cuccinelli: Statue Of Liberty Poem About ‘People Coming From Europe’  —  Trump's citizenship and immigration chief followed up his earlier comments about the famous Emma Lazarus poem with a racist clarification.  —  Ken Cuccinelli, the Trump administration's acting head of U.S. Citizenship …
John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
AOC Pwns Barstool Sports Creator For Threatening Employees Over Unionizing  —  Dave Portnoy really ought to know better than this, but apparently testosterone trumps brains.  —  Dave Portnoy, the creator of Barstool Sports, threatened he would fire all his employees if they responded …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Biden camp jumped into damage control after upsetting Latino leaders  —  Joe Biden's presidential campaign is quietly playing cleanup with dozens of immigration activists and Latino leaders — weeks after upsetting them by using what they considered loaded language to describe his views on immigration policy.
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 …
Nitasha Tiku / Wired:
Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech  —  ON A BRIGHT Monday in January 2017, at 2:30 in the afternoon, about a thousand Google employees—horrified, alarmed, and a little giddy—began pouring out of the company's offices in Mountain View, California.
Discussion: The Verge and Boing Boing
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Why the Secret Service spent thousands at a Trump hotel  —  Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, flew to Canada for one of his regular visits to the Yukon mountains to hunt stone sheep with friends.  He was accompanied by Secret Service agents on that August 2017 trip …
Discussion: Raw Story
Windsor Mann / The Week:
Everyone will eventually turn on Trump.  Even Steve Doocy.  —  It's too soon to say when Donald Trump's presidency will end, but it's not too soon to say how it will end.  It will end in disgrace.  And when it does, Trump's defenders will turn on him.  —  Some already have.
Discussion: Breitbart
David Siders / Politico:
Beto O'Rourke resumes campaign amid calls for his exit  —  Ever since the mass shooting in his home town, the media has become intrigued — once again — by Beto O'Rourke.  —  The question now is whether voters will give him a second look.  —  Initial signs for O'Rourke aren't especially promising …
CNN:
Trump appears to back off plans to commute Blagojevich's sentence after pushback from Illinois Republicans  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump was on the cusp of commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's sentence late last week, multiple sources said.  But then Republican members …
Discussion: Political Wire, The Week and Vox
Michael Schulman / New Yorker:
Respect for Fredo, a Character Who Is So Much More Than a Political Insult  —  For a quick lesson in how political insults are born, look no further than Fredo.  On Monday night, the name was trending on Twitter, thanks to a viral video showing an altercation between the CNN anchor Chris Cuomo …
Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:
Ocasio-Cortez's Known Donors From Her Own District Are Nearly Non-Existent, FEC Records Show  — Only 10 people who live within Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's congressional district have been recorded making donations to her reelection campaign in 2019, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis …
Discussion: Instapundit
Joe Walsh / New York Times:
Trump Needs a Primary Challenge  —  The case for a contender from the right.  —  Mr. Walsh is a former Republican member of Congress from Illinois.  —  There's a strong case for President Trump to face a Republican primary challenger.  I know a thing or two about insurgencies.
Discussion: Contemptor
John Hirschauer / National Review:
Max Boot's Tired White-Supremacy Smear  —  Max Boot has devoted much of the past twelve hours to distorting a response I wrote to his column “Get a grip, white people.  We're not the victims.”  Boot has insisted that mine is “a white supremacist piece,” and implied that I am a “white supremacist.”
 
 
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Politico:
Duncan Hunter's trial pushed back, pending appeal of ruling
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
California counties file first lawsuit over Trump ‘public charge’ rule
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Julie Turkewitz / New York Times:
A Boom Time for the Bunker Business and Doomsday Capitalists
Rich Noyes / NB Blog:
MISSING! Evening Newscasts Hide the (D) in Epstein-Linked Democrats
Isabella Borshoff / Politico:
UK Commons speaker pledges to fight suspension of parliament with ‘every bone in my body’
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Matt Bruenig's case for single-payer health care
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Carlos Maza reportedly leaving Vox after harassment on Twitter
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Peter Savodnik / Vanity Fair:
MILLENNIALS, RAPPERS, AND REVOLUTION: INSIDE BERNIE SANDERS'S PLAYBOOK FOR WINNING THE BLACK VOTE
Discussion: Washington Post
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos Are Scheduled to Speak at a Conference Organized by a QAnon Supporter
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Sanford mulls GOP challenge to Trump, heads to New Hampshire
Discussion: Daily Wire
New York Times:
Venezuela's Maduro Cracks Down on His Own Military in Bid to Retain Power
Annie Karni / New York Times:
No One Attacked Trump More in 2016 Than Republicans. It Didn't Work.
Discussion: Politico
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Facebook Paid Contractors to Transcribe Users' Audio Chats
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trump Superfan Bill Mitchell Raised Money to Move to D.C. He Moved to Miami Instead