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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.
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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
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.
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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CNN:   Israel considers barring Democratic congresswomen from visiting
Brie Stimson / Fox News:   Israel may bar Omar, Tlaib from entering country over support of BDS movement: reports
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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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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Matt Phillips / New York Times:   Stocks Plunge as Bonds Signal Rising Concern About Growth
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  —  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.
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: Talking Points Memo, Politico and WHYY
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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: Political Wire
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Walter Shapiro / New Republic:   Arguing the World … Over the past four decades …
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
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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Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
‘CRAZY INVERTED YIELD CURVE!’  — Trump rips ‘clueless Jay Powell’ and the Fed as the market slides  —  KEY POINTS  — President Donald Trump blames the Fed for concerns about a slowing U.S. economy after a yield curve inversion helps to send stocks falling.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Democrats Are the True Election Meddlers  —  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.
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 …
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.
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Beto seeks El Paso reboot  —  Hometowns have had a way of mattering in this election cycle — sometimes awkwardly so — from Pete Buttigieg's South Bend to Cory Booker's Newark to Bill de Blasio's New York.  —  Now, another candidate as associated with the city he's …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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John Pfaff / Politico:
What Democrats Get Wrong About Prison Reform
Discussion: The Crime Report
Joe Cunningham / RedState:
Stacey Abrams: The Grift That Keeps On Grifting
Matthew Desmond / New York Times:
American Capitalism Is Brutal. You Can Trace That to the Plantation.
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.’
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Greg Craig jury selection: A very D.C. scene
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Scaramucci accuses Trump of ‘mentally declining,’ which the White House says is ‘ridiculous’
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Daniel Horowitz / Conservative Review:
The Statue of Liberty poem means the exact opposite of what immigrant welfare advocates think
Joe Kennedy III / Washington Post:
Joe Kennedy: This moment isn't about my grandfather Robert Kennedy's legacy. It is about our own.
Matthew Brown / Deseret News:
Will the face of the Republican resistance vote for Donald Trump?
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
White supremacist Pat Buchanan will co-star on public television's relaunched McLaughlin Group
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Years after serving jail time, Jeffrey Epstein found a way to meet with Microsoft's Bill Gates to discuss philanthropy