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New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Autopsy Results Show He Hanged Himself in Suicide  —  Jeffrey Epstein Autopsy Results Show He Hanged Himself  — The findings from New York City's chief medical examiner refute conspiracy theories that Mr. Epstein may have been murdered.  — The results came six days …
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Washington Post:
Rep. Tlaib says she will not go to Israel after the country initially rejected her request for a visit, then reversed course  —  BREAKING:Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) said in a statement she will not visit Israel “under these oppressive conditions,” even though her humanitarian request to visit …
David French / National Review:
Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Partnered with Vicious Anti-Semites to Plan Their Trip to Israel  —  This should be a national scandal.  —  To the extent that I care at all about Israel blocking entry to two U.S. congresswomen who partner with anti-Semites who seek its destruction …
Bari Weiss / New York Times:
King Bibi Bows Before a Tweet
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation, VICE and Jewish Insider
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Rashida Tlaib Says She Won't Visit West Bank Under Israel's Conditions
Yossi Klein Halevi:   The day Israel humiliated its US friends in Congress
Aaron David Miller / USA Today:
Trump, Netanyahu relationship erodes core values of U.S.-Israeli bond: Today's talker
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Memo reveals a House Republican strategy on shootings: downplay white nationalism, blame left  —  The GOP memo falsely pinned the El Paso massacre and other notable mass shootings on the left.  —  Congressional Republicans recently circulated talking points on gun violence that falsely described …
Andy Borowitz / New Yorker:
Denmark Offers to Buy U.S.  —  COPENHAGEN (The Borowitz Report)—After rebuffing Donald J. Trump's hypothetical proposal to purchase Greenland, the government of Denmark has announced that it would be interested in buying the United States instead.  —  “As we have stated, Greenland is not for sale …
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Paul Musgrave / Foreign Policy:
American Imperialists Have Always Dreamed of Greenland  —  Trump's reported hopes of buying the Danish island exemplify his 19th-century values.  —  From his love of tariffs to his racial view of the world, Donald Trump is the nineteenth-century president America never had.
Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen / Reuters:
Greenland tells Trump it is open for business but not for sale
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Deadspin Editor Quits, Rails Against Bosses: 'I've Been Repeatedly Lied To and Gaslit'  —  The new bosses in charge of what used to be the Gawker network of websites have drastically upended the culture, Greenwell said, leaving her no choice but to resign.  —  Deadspin's editor in chief …
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed News:
The Trump Administration Asked The Supreme Court To Legalize Firing Workers Just For Being Transgender  —  The Trump administration on Friday took one of its most agressive steps yet to legalize anti-transgender discrimination by telling the Supreme Court that federal law allows firing workers solely …
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Trump phones supporter he mocked for having a ‘weight problem’  —  President Trump on Thursday called the man he mocked for having a “weight problem” at a New Hampshire rally earlier that evening after discovering he was a supporter.  —  A senior administration official said Friday …
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Ed Whelan / National Review:
Rachel Maddow's Racial Smear of Second Circuit Nominee Steven Menashi  —  In a 2010 law-review article titled “Ethnonationalism and Liberal Democracy,” Second Circuit nominee Steven Menashi argues that “ethnonationalism remains a common and accepted feature of liberal democracy that is consistent …
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Rachel Maddow / MSNBC:
Trump nominates advocate of ‘ethnonationalism’ for judgeship
Discussion: Townhall and The Daily Signal
Associated Press:
Recession signs worry Trump ahead of 2020  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is warning of an economic crash if he loses reelection, arguing that even voters who personally dislike him should base their ballots on the nation's strong growth and low unemployment rate.
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Bloomberg:
Trump Held Call With Dimon, Moynihan, Corbat as Markets Plunged
Discussion: Political Wire
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Obama and Biden's Relationship Looks Rosy.  It Wasn't Always That Simple.  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama was riding his call for generational change to the Democratic presidential nomination in the spring of 2008 when he began musing about potential running mates with aides traveling with him on the trail.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Anthony Scaramucci talks to Bill Kristol about trying to force Trump off the GOP ticket in 2020  —  KEY POINTS  — Anti-Trump pundit and veteran GOP operative Bill Kristol confirmed to CNBC in a few brief text messages that he has spoken to Anthony Scaramucci since the SkyBridge Capital founder had a public falling out with Trump.
Discussion: The Week
Anya Litvak / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Trump's large union crowd at Shell was given the option of not showing up — and not getting paid  —  The choice for thousands of union workers at Royal Dutch Shell's petrochemical plant in Beaver County was to either spend Tuesday standing in a giant hall waiting for President Donald Trump to speak, or to take the day off with no pay.
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
NRA Spent Tens of Thousands on Hair and Makeup for CEO's Wife  —  The gun group used donor funds to fly Susan LaPierre's favorite stylists around the country and put them up in style.  —  The NRA spent tens of thousands of dollars bringing hair and makeup artists around the country for the wife of its CEO …
Lawrence Mower / Tampa Bay Times:
Here's what the NRA's Marion Hammer had to say about Florida's proposed assault weapons ban.  —  Spoiler: She's not a fan.  —  TALLAHASSEE — Florida National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer warned state economists Friday that a proposed assault rifle ban would be devastating …
Discussion: Shareblue Media
John Harwood / CNBC:
Trump's tax cut isn't giving the US economy the boost it needs  —  KEY POINTS  — Benefits from what President Trump called “the biggest reform of all time” to the tax code have dwindled to a faint breeze just 20 months after its enactment.  — Half of corporate chief financial officers surveyed …
NBC News:
Ed Smart, father of kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart, announces he is gay  —  The father of five says he is leaving the Mormon church and has divorced his wife as he is “finally acknowledging a part of me that I have struggled with most of my life and never wanted to accept.”
Associated Press:
Migrant kids separated at border faced abuse in foster homes  —  SANTA ANA, California (AP) — This story is part of an ongoing joint investigation between The Associated Press and the PBS series FRONTLINE on the treatment of migrant children, which includes an upcoming film.  —  ___
Discussion: Shareblue Media, Daily Kos and The Week
New York Times:
Citing Economy, Trump Says That ‘You Have No Choice but to Vote for Me’  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — President Trump doubled down on his economic argument for re-election on Thursday night amid increasing concerns about a recession, declaring that even Americans who hate him “have no choice” …
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
The Limits of My Conservatism  —  In the first year of the Trump presidency, I had a very pleasant dinner with Michael Anton, the brilliant, bespoke Straussian who went to work for Trump's National Security Council for a while.  I wanted to talk to him about reactionism …
Emily Flitter / New York Times:
Wells Fargo Closed Their Accounts, but the Fees Continued to Mount  —  Xavier Einaudi did not want to wait for Wells Fargo to send him a check.  —  The bank informed Mr. Einaudi that it was closing all 13 of the checking accounts it provided his roofing company, CRV Construction, for a reason it called “confidential.”
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
A federal judge in D.C. hit ‘reply all,’ and now there's a formal question about his decorum  —  A clash between judges on two important federal courts in Washington has created an early, unusual test of new rules intended to make sure courthouses across the country are civil, harassment-free workplaces.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Buttigieg lags behind rivals in Iowa after big national splash  —  TIPTON, Iowa — Pete Buttigieg burst into the 2020 presidential race by building national excitement on social media and cable news shows.  Now, pork chop in hand, he's playing catch-up in the all-important first caucus state.
Discussion: Fox News and Towleroad Gay News
The Moscow Times:
Exclusive: Russian Doctors Say They Weren't Warned Patients Were Nuclear Accident Victims  —  One doctor was reportedly later found to have a radioactive isotope in their muscle tissue.  —  The three injured men arrived at the hospital around 4:30 pm, naked and wrapped in translucent plastic bags.
Capper / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Republicans Still Complete Jerks Towards Paralyzed Democrat  —  Wisconsin Republicans, led by Speaker Robin Vos, are still being complete jerks towards paralyzed Democrat Jimmy Anderson  —  Wisconsin Republicans, led by Speaker Robin Vos, are still befouling themselves in their treatment …
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
Clinton IT Aide Who Defied Subpoena Says He Created A Cryptic Gmail Account And Sent It Nearly All Of Hillary's Emails  — All but four of Hillary Clinton's 30,000 emails were copied, likely secretly, to a Gmail address called CarterHeavyIndustries@gmail.com, according to a new Senate report.
Discussion: RedState and Townhall
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New Yorker:
Elizabeth Warren Sells Populism to Professionals  —  There is a distinct flavor to an Elizabeth Warren campaign event.  The energy will be high.  The candidate may take the stage at a run; at intervals during her speech, she will clench a fist, thrust it skyward, and cry out, “Yes!”
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Alissa Zhu / The Clarion Ledger:
ICE raid separates 4-month-old baby from breastfeeding mom  —  A mother of three has been detained in the ICE raids.  Now, her husband, also undocumented, continues working and caring for their children.  —  Dad awaits his own deportation hearing  —  CONNECT
 
 
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WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
Minnesota's 5th Congressional District Listed As Worst District For Black Americans To Live
Discussion: Power Line and PJ Media Home
Phoebe Neidl / Rolling Stone:
The Campaign Press: Members of the 10 Percent, Reporting for the One Percent
Discussion: naked capitalism and Common Dreams
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
The Trump Administration Lost The Fight Over The Census Citizenship Question.  Now They Have To Pay The Challengers.
Nico Lang / Out Magazine:
CVS Is Reportedly a Major Donor to Trump's 2020 Campaign
Discussion: VICE
Ian Kullgren / Politico:
Construction workers prepare to battle former ally Trump
Discussion: Mother Jones
 Earlier Items: 
A.C. Thompson / ProPublica:
“Dirtbag,” “Savages,” “Subhuman”: A Border Agent's Hateful Career and the Crime That Finally Ended It
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Sometimes Winning Gets Old
Hollywood Reporter:
Hong Kong Protestors Call for Disney Boycott After ‘Mulan’ Star Voices Support for Police Crackdown
Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
Honoring and Empowering Tribal Nations and Indigenous Peoples
David Byler / Washington Post:
What early polls can — and can't — tell you about who will be the Democratic nominee
CNN:
Fact check: Former Michigan congressman sheds light on Trump's claim to be Michigan's ‘Man of the Year’
Discussion: Washington Times
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
With Trump as President, the World Is Spiraling Into Chaos
Discussion: The Mahablog, The Week, 1A and Al Jazeera
Washington Post:
Trump met his commitments to LGBTQ Americans. He has our endorsement.
 

 
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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

Sahil Patel / The Information:
Sources: Disney plans old-style TV channels within Disney+, with a continuous, scheduled stream of shows that are focused on certain genres like Star Wars

Max Tani / Semafor:
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