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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.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Many Democrats Love Elizabeth Warren.  They Also Worry About Her.  —  COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Senator Elizabeth Warren has built the most formidable campaign organization of any Democratic presidential candidate in the first nominating states, raised an impressive $25 million without holding …
Discussion: Vox and Political Wire
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Walter Shapiro / New Republic:
Arguing the World  —  Over the past four decades, the American political landscape has been littered with the wreckage of booster rockets from eagerly anticipated presidential campaigns that failed to successfully take off.  —  Begin with John Glenn, whom I profiled on the cover of Newsweek …
Discussion: Washington Post
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Beto seeks El Paso reboot
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  —  Israeli officials told the country's lawmakers Wednesday that U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., may be barred from entering Israel for a planned visit this weekend, according to reports.
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Final decision?  Latest report indicates Israel will bar Tlaib and Omar  —  The interior minister is responsible for granting visas into the country and would most likely consult the prime minister on this diplomatic issue.  —  Interior Minister Arye Deri decided on Thursday …
CNN:   Israel considers barring Democratic congresswomen from visiting
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
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Tom Metcalf / Bloomberg:   The Epstein Tapes: Unearthed Recordings From His Private Island
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 …
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.
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: Raw Story and The Week
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Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Fox News poll: Trump disapproval rises to near record
Discussion: The Week
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Susan Collins and the GOP court Trump on guns
Discussion: Washington Post and Vanity Fair
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 …
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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 …
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Joe Mcdonald / Associated Press:   China threatens retaliation if US tariff hikes go ahead
Foreign Policy:   As China Cracks Down on Uighurs, a Uighur American Joins the White House
CNN:
John Hickenlooper to end presidential campaign Thursday, sources say  —  (CNN)Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper plans to end his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, three Democrats familiar with the matter tell CNN, as he continues to weigh a bid for the Senate.
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
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Alexi McCammond / Axios:
John Hickenlooper is dropping out of the presidential race
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Politico and WHYY
Hunter Woodall / Associated Press:
Trump's New Hampshire struggle: Voters feeling ‘Trumpgret’  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — When Chad Johansen voted for Donald Trump in 2016, he hoped he was picking someone who could help small-business owners compete with bigger companies.  But that hasn't happened, and now the 26-year-old owner …
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 …
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
The Navarro Recession, II  —  Evidence of a tariff-inspired slowdown spooks the markets.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  After we warned last week that U.S. trade policy was courting recession, White House aide Peter Navarro took to Fox Business to denounce us for sounding like The People's Daily …
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: Above the Law and Bloomberg
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Jamal Khashoggi's Fiancée Speaks About Mourning and Freedom  —  On October 2, 2018, the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered his country's consulate in Istanbul, while his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, waited outside.  Khashoggi and Cengiz, a Turkish graduate student …
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 …
Joe Cunningham / RedState:
Stacey Abrams: The Grift That Keeps On Grifting  —  Stacey Abrams is trying very hard to stay relevant, despite the fact that she lost a gubernatorial race (but hasn't admitted it).  She is still making appearances before whatever media will talk to her and let her tell her sob story.
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Marcia Fudge endorsement widens Kamala Harris's lead with CBC lawmakers  —  Rep. Marcia Fudge endorsed Sen. Kamala Harris' bid for president on Thursday — giving the California Democrat a field-leading tenth endorsement from a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Washington Post:
A goal for Democrats: Make the White House boring again  —  DES MOINES — All Brian Fisher wants is to make it through Season 2 of HBO's “Westworld.”  —  Fisher, 65, retired from Silicon Valley to Alicante, Spain, where he imagined he'd spend his time catching up on television and enjoying the beach.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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.
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
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
A Brief History of Election Meddling  —  They have tried to influence elections in Russia and Israel, and have sought the Russians' help to get elected here.  —  Editor's note: Andrew C. McCarthy's new book is Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency.
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Investigation clears analyst accused of leaking data, but officials never told man's defense team  —  A confidential counterintelligence investigation cleared suspended Pentagon analyst Adam S. Lovinger on allegations of leaking data to the news media, but officials never told his defense team.
 
 
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
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John Pfaff / Politico:
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Matthew Desmond / New York Times:
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Will Weissert / Associated Press:
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Gregg Re / Fox News:
FBI ‘indifferent’ to possible China hack of Hillary Clinton's server, as State Department fought …
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IRS analyst pleads guilty to leaking Michael Cohen's financial records
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Scaramucci accuses Trump of ‘mentally declining,’ which the White House says is ‘ridiculous’
Daniel Horowitz / Conservative Review:
The Statue of Liberty poem means the exact opposite of what immigrant welfare advocates think
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Joe Kennedy III / Washington Post:
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Matthew Brown / Deseret News:
Will the face of the Republican resistance vote for Donald Trump?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
White supremacist Pat Buchanan will co-star on public television's relaunched McLaughlin Group
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Louis Jacobson / PolitiFact:
The death of Michael Brown, legal facts and Democratic messaging