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Inquirer.com:
In N. Philly gun standoff, alleged cop shooter Maurice Hill has a long criminal history  —  Police sources identified the gunman in a standoff at a Tioga apartment building that left six police officers injured as Maurice Hill, 36, a Philadelphia man with a lengthy history of gun convictions …
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Robert Moran / Inquirer.com:
Multiple Philly police officers wounded in active shootout near Temple University's health campus  —  At least five police officers were shot in a confrontation with possibly two gunmen Wednesday afternoon in the Tioga section of North Philadelphia.  —  Police Commissioner Richard Ross …
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Jeffrey Epstein had a painting of Bill Clinton wearing a blue DRESS and red heels and lounging in the Oval Office inside his Manhattan mansion - visitor reveals bizarre image inside pedophile's $56m lair  — Jeffrey Epstein had a painting of Bill Clinton wearing a blue dress and red heels hanging inside his Manhattan home
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New York Post:
Epstein had bizarre painting of Bill Clinton in dress, heels in townhouse  —  It's certainly a conversation starter.  —  Jeffrey Epstein had an oil painting of Bill Clinton in a blue dress — lounging on a chair in the Oval Office — hanging up in his Manhattan townhouse, according to law enforcement sources.
Discussion: Washington Times
Washington Post:
Autopsy finds broken bones in Jeffrey Epstein's neck, deepening questions around his death  —  An autopsy found that financier Jeffrey Epstein sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones, according to two people familiar with the findings, deepening the mystery about the circumstances around his death.
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Someone Should Probably Step In and Stop the Economy From Tumbling Into a Recession  —  The world's economy is looking very, very dicey at the moment.  —  Investors enjoyed a brief, sweet moment of relief from their perpetual anxiety over Donald Trump's trade war on Tuesday …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
‘CRAZY INVERTED YIELD CURVE!’ — Trump rips ‘clueless Jay Powell’ and the Fed as the market slides
Matt Phillips / New York Times:   Stocks Plunge as Bonds Signal Rising Concern About Growth
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Most back gun restrictions after shootings, Trump ratings down  —  In the wake of two mass shootings, overwhelming and bipartisan majorities of voters favor background checks on gun buyers and taking guns from people who are a danger to themselves or others, according to the latest Fox News Poll.
Discussion: The Week
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Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Fox News poll: Trump disapproval rises to near record  —  President Trump's disapproval rating has jumped to 56 percent in a Fox News survey released Wednesday, just one point shy of the record high in Fox News polling.  —  The survey found a 5-percentage point increase in Trump's disapproval from last month.
Discussion: The Week
New York Times:   Trump Weighs Action on Gun Control. But It's Still a Theoretical Discussion.
Robin Opsahl / Des Moines Register:
U.S. Rep. Steve King: If not for rape and incest, ‘would there be any population left?’  —  U.S. Rep. Steve King told the Westside Conservative Club Wednesday that humanity might not exist if not for rape and incest throughout human history.  —  “What if we went back through all the family trees …
Tom Metcalf / Bloomberg:
The Epstein Tapes: Unearthed Recordings From His Private Island  —  There are questions Jeffrey Epstein will never answer now.  —  But a lifetime ago—long before his dark journey ended in an apparent suicide in a Manhattan jail cell—Epstein settled into a sling-back chair on his private Caribbean island and began talking.
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M.L. Nestel / New York Magazine:
Jeffrey Epstein's Bodyguard on His Former Boss's Lifestyle, Cruelty, Suicide  —  When Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to soliciting an underage girl for prostitution in 2008 and served a 13-month sentence under the cushiest of conditions, it was his bodyguard and driver, former UFC fighter Igor Zinoviev …
Discussion: Splinter
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:   Years after serving jail time, Jeffrey Epstein found a way to meet with Microsoft's Bill Gates to discuss philanthropy
Paige Leskin / Business Insider:
Tech CEO denies that Jeffrey Epstein's alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, is hiding out at his house  — The Daily Mail reported Wednesday that Jeffrey Epstein's alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, has been dating and staying at the home of a tech CEO named Scott Borgerson.
Discussion: Hot Air, Law & Crime and New York Post
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Washington Post:
Netanyahu considers blocking Omar, Tlaib from entering Israel ahead of a planned weekend visit  —  Democrats in Congress are quietly bracing for a new public fight with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after his government informed congressional leaders on Wednesday that it would formally announce …
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Brie Stimson / Fox News:
Israel may bar Omar, Tlaib from entering country over support of BDS movement: reports
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
John Hickenlooper is dropping out of the presidential race  —  Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) is dropping out of the presidential race, according to a source close to the campaign.  —  Why it matters: Hickenlooper has been facing pressure from other Democrats, including Sen. Chuck Schumer …
Discussion: Politico and WHYY
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Nicholas Riccardi / Associated Press:
AP source: John Hickenlooper to end 2020 bid on Thursday
Discussion: The Colorado Sun and The Week
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
His Only Relative Died In El Paso.  Now, Her Funeral May Draw Hundreds Of Strangers  —  Antonio Basco's wife of 22 years was killed in the mass shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart this month, and her passing means that Basco has no relatives left.  —  Basco, who runs a mobile car wash business …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed News:
When Their Book Deal Blew Up After Sexual Misconduct Allegations, Glenn Thrush Kept His Advance.  Maggie Haberman Had To Pay Hers Back.  —  The first two years of the Trump presidency were a boom time for political books, and one of the boomiest was the deal announced in September 2017 …
Ben White / Politico:
Trump resists aides' pressure to back Hong Kong protesters  —  Donald Trump's top aides are urging him to back Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters, but the president isn't interested, multiple people familiar with the administration's internal debates say.  —  In recent days …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Greg Craig jury selection: A very D.C. scene  —  The nation's capital city is a small, small town after all.  —  That truth was on display on Wednesday as jury selection for the looming trial of Greg Craig, the former Obama White House counsel, played out in federal court.
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The Writer in Black:
“How do you propose to end mass shootings then?”  —  I get that question whenever I object to more “gun control” as a response to the latest tragedy.  I have long held, and continue to hold, the position that more restrictions on law-abiding gun owners is not the answer to mass murder.  It doesn't work.
Louis Jacobson / PolitiFact:
The death of Michael Brown, legal facts and Democratic messaging  —  Two Democratic presidential candidates recently observed the fifth anniversary of Michael Brown's death by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. — a case that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement as well as days of unrest locally.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
James O'Keefe's Google ‘Whistleblower’ Loves QAnon, Accused ‘Zionists’ of Running the Government  —  The former YouTube software engineer believes Google is now trying to “off” him.  —  Right-wing provocateur James O'Keefe published his latest video on tech giants on Wednesday …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
‘Corey is a political hack’: Lewandowski Senate bid hits backlash in N.H.  —  President Donald Trump's Thursday evening rally in Manchester, N.H., is ostensibly about ginning up support for his reelection campaign.  —  But the state's establishment GOP class is worried he'll use the event …
Molly Hensley-Clancy / BuzzFeed News:
Elizabeth Warren Took On Obama Over Student Debt Forgiveness.  How She Won Is Central To Her 2020 Campaign  —  In 2015, when she found herself on Air Force One with then-president Barack Obama, Sen. Elizabeth Warren seized the chance to pressure the most powerful man in the world about an obscure part of federal tax law.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Mark Burger / Interview Magazine:
Marianne Williamson Shares Her Thoughts on Memes, Goop, and Mar-a-Lago  —  Best-selling author, self-help oracle, and Oprah confidante Marianne Williamson has decided that it's time for us to rebuild.  All of us.  The Democratic candidate for president of the United States and author …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
IRS analyst pleads guilty to leaking Michael Cohen's financial records  —  An Internal Revenue Service analyst pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegally disclosing sensitive financial records about President Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, in a leak case stemming …
Joe Kennedy III / Washington Post:
Joe Kennedy: This moment isn't about my grandfather Robert Kennedy's legacy.  It is about our own.  —  Joe Kennedy III, a Democrat, represents Massachusetts in the U.S. House.  —  On the night the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered, Robert F. Kennedy climbed onto the back of a flatbed truck …
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
White supremacist Pat Buchanan will co-star on public television's relaunched McLaughlin Group  —  Pat Buchanan is a white supremacist who has complained that the United States is “committing suicide” because “Asian, African, and Latin American children” are replacing whites …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 
 
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Gregg Re / Fox News:
FBI ‘indifferent’ to possible China hack of Hillary Clinton's server, as State Department fought …
New York Times:
India Shut Down Kashmir's Internet Access. Now, ‘We Cannot Do Anything.’
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Scaramucci accuses Trump of ‘mentally declining,’ which the White House says is ‘ridiculous’
Oliver Willis / Shareblue Media:
Taxpayers had to fork over $5700 to Trump so his son could hunt sheep with his friends
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Politico
Daniel Horowitz / Conservative Review:
The Statue of Liberty poem means the exact opposite of what immigrant welfare advocates think
Jason Meisner / Chicago Tribune:
State seeks to disbar ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich from practicing law more than 8 years after conviction
Discussion: Fox News
Kevin M. Kruse / New York Times:
How Segregation Caused Your Traffic Jam
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Matthew Brown / Deseret News:
Will the face of the Republican resistance vote for Donald Trump?
Jake Offenhartz / Gothamist:
NYPD Police Union Boss: Sorry For Sharing Racist Video, ‘I Have Black Friends’
Discussion: VICE and New York Post
New York Times:
Why an Heiress Spent Her Fortune Trying to Keep Immigrants Out
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
Someone left old TVs outside 50 homes in Virginia while wearing a TV on his head. No one knows why.