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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.
Discussion: Washington Press and Payday Report
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Mary Papenfuss / Yahoo:
Shell Workers Had To Attend Trump Speech To Be Paid, Were Ordered Not To Protest: Report  —  Workers at a massive new Shell plant in  —  Pennsylvania had to attend a speech by President  —  Donald Trump there earlier this week to be paid — and were  —  ordered not to protest, reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Michael Wilner / Miami Herald:
House Democrats weigh action against U.S. and Israel ambassadors over banned visit  —  Senior Democratic members of Congress are considering action against top emissaries of the Israeli government and the Trump administration for their roles in Israel's decision to bar two House members from entering the country.
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
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David French / National Review:
Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Partnered with Vicious Anti-Semites to Plan Their Trip to Israel
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   If You Think Trump Is Helping Israel, You're a Fool
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Trump admin argues transgender workers aren't protected by civil rights law in new Supreme Court filing  —  The Trump administration on Friday filed a brief with the Supreme Court arguing that federal civil rights laws do not protect transgender workers.  —  The filing relates to the case …
Discussion: The Root
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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 …
Discussion: Common Dreams and Out Magazine
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!”
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Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Warren Chips Away at Biden's Strength as The One Who Beats Trump
Pew Research Center:   Most Democrats Are Excited by ‘Several’ 2020 Candidates - Not Just Their Top Choice
New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Autopsy Results Show He Hanged Himself in Suicide  —  Jeffrey Epstein Autopsy Results Conclude He Hanged Himself  — The findings from New York City's chief medical examiner refute conspiracy theories that Mr. Epstein may have been murdered.
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 …
Dave Goldiner / New York Daily News:
Trump wants to buy Greenland.  But hey, it's not his $1.7 trillion.  —  Trump wants to buy Greenland.  But Denmark says he just can't af-fjord it.  —  President Trump has repeatedly mentioned buying Greenland in recent weeks even though it's not clear why he wants the giant Arctic island …
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Joseph Kennedy III Said to Be Eying Edward Markey's Massachusetts Senate Seat  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III of Massachusetts is considering a primary challenge next year against Senator Edward J. Markey, according to a senior Democratic official.
Nataliya Vasilyeva / Associated Press:
Activist emerges as new leader of Moscow election protests  —  MOSCOW (AP) — After a monthlong hunger strike, it's a struggle for Lyubov Sobol to even raise her hands.  Every gesture is difficult for the frail 31-year-old political activist.  —  This summer's wave of anti-government protests …
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Nikolai Petrov / Chatham House:   Protests in Russia Show How the Political Environment Has Changed
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.
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 …
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.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Unsealed Warrant and Forfeiture Complaint Seek Seizure of Oil Tanker “Grace 1” for Unlawful Use of U.S. Financial System to Support and Finance IRGC's Sale of Oil Products to Syria  —  A seizure warrant and forfeiture complaint were unsealed today in the U.S. District Court for the District …
Discussion: Agence France-Presse and Politico
Lara Jakes / New York Times:
Peace Road Map for Afghanistan Will Let Taliban Negotiate Women's Rights  —  Afghanistan must “be free of fear and abuse” under a final peace deal, says the country's ambassador to Washington.  An agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban, for new talks with Kabul, raises concerns that women …
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
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Rachel Maddow / MSNBC:
Trump nominates advocate of ‘ethnonationalism’ for judgeship  —  Rachel Maddow shares passages from a law journal article by Donald Trump federal court nominee Steven Menashi in which he argues democratic countries work better when everyone in the same ethnicity.
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Ed Whelan / National Review:
Rachel Maddow's Racial Smear of Second Circuit Nominee Steven Menashi
WVUE-TV:
FOX 8 journalist Nancy Parker killed in New Orleans East plane crash  —  NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - Nancy Parker, a journalist at FOX 8 for 23 years, was killed in a small plane crash in New Orleans East on Friday afternoon.  —  The pilot of the plane, Franklin J.P. Augustus was also killed.
Jeff Cohen / Salon:
Memo to mainstream journalists: Can the phony outrage; Bernie is right about bias  —  Mainstream media is shocked at Sanders' suggestion that ownership influences coverage.  I can tell you it's true  —  Mainstream journalists are having a ridiculous hissy fit over Sen. Bernie Sanders' suggestion …
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Phoebe Neidl / Rolling Stone:
The Campaign Press: Members of the 10 Percent, Reporting for the One Percent
Discussion: naked capitalism
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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Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
Don't waste your breath trying to convince Trump supporters he's repugnant
Discussion: Raw Story
Lila Thulin / Smithsonian:
A New Species of Leech Is Discovered Near Washington, D.C.
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Wells Fargo Closed Their Accounts, but the Fees Continued to Mount
WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
Minnesota's 5th Congressional District Listed As Worst District For Black Americans To Live
Discussion: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
Lawrence Mower / Tampa Bay Times:
Here's what the NRA's Marion Hammer had to say about Florida's proposed assault weapons ban.
Discussion: Shareblue Media
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Capper / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Republicans Still Complete Jerks Towards Paralyzed Democrat
The Moscow Times:
Exclusive: Russian Doctors Say They Weren't Warned Patients Were Nuclear Accident Victims
Discussion: Meduza.io
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
The Limits of My Conservatism
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
The Trump Administration Lost The Fight Over The Census Citizenship Question.  Now They Have To Pay The Challengers.
John Harwood / CNBC:
Trump's tax cut isn't giving the US economy the boost it needs