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Jon Haworth / ABC News:
Ohio white nationalist, anti-Semite arrested for threatening to shoot up Jewish community center, police say  —  An Ohio man has been arrested for making threats toward a local Jewish community center in New Middletown.  —  James Reardon Jr., 20, has been charged with telecommunications harassment …
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CNN:
There could have been three more mass shootings if these men weren't stopped, authorities say  —  (CNN)Authorities this weekend announced they had foiled three potential mass shootings after arresting three men in different states who expressed interest in or threatened to carry them out.
HuffPost:
Proud Boys, Outnumbered By Anti-fascists, Get Police Escort After 30-Minute Rally  —  Many had feared the rally in Portland would be the most violent fascist rally of the Trump era.  —  PORTLAND, Ore. ― A few hundred fascists once again invaded Portland for a much-anticipated rally Saturday …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The White House aide on the front page of today's NYT and WaPo  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  LOOK WHO IS ABOVE THE FOLD OF THE FRONT PAGE TIMES AND WAPO TODAY: STEPHEN MILLER.  Here's the Sunday NYT and Sunday WaPo.  —  NYT: “How Stephen Miller Seized the Moment to Battle Immigration …
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The Daily Beast:
Disgraced Pundit Mark Halperin Signs Deal to Publish New Political Book  —  The Game Change author inked a deal with Regan Arts to publish a book titled How to Beat Trump.  It is scheduled to come out in November.  —  Disgraced political pundit and author Mark Halperin has recently signed …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Amid failure to topple Maduro, Trump privately proposes a naval blockade of Venezuela  —  President Trump has suggested to national security officials that the U.S. should station Navy ships along the Venezuelan coastline to prevent goods from coming in and out of the country …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Associated Press:
US Official: Secret communications opened with Venezuela socialist boss Cabello over guarantees for Maduro insiders  —  BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — US Official: Secret communications opened with Venezuela socialist boss Cabello over guarantees for Maduro insiders.
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
PA bans LGBTQ activities in West Bank  —  The ban came after LGBTQ group Al-Qaws was planing to hold a gathering for its members in Nablus.  —  The Palestinian Authority has banned members of the Palestinian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community from carrying out any activities in the West Bank.
Discussion: twitchy.com
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Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:   Palestinian Authority bans LGBT activities in West Bank
John Hinderaker / Power Line:   Intersectionality On the West Bank
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
Trump calls Juan Williams ‘pathetic,’ ‘always nasty and wrong’  —  President Trump on Sunday tore into Fox News political analyst Juan Williams, calling him “pathetic,” “nasty” and “wrong.”  —  “Juan Williams at @FoxNews is so pathetic, and yet when he met me in the Fox Building lobby …
Daily Mail:
The tantalising mystery of Ghislaine Maxwell's burger bar ‘makeover’ as conspiracy theorists ask why she ‘took off her glasses while reading a book and had TWO drinks next to her’  —  They are the photographs that raise more questions than they answer.  —  When Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend …
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Support for free trade reaches new high in NBC/WSJ poll  —  Amid the ongoing trade war with China, nearly two-thirds of Americans say they support free trade in the latest NBC News/WSJ poll.  —  WASHINGTON — Amid President Donald Trump's trade war with China, nearly two-thirds of Americans …
Discussion: Axios and New York Post
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Ken Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Half of Americans Disapprove of Trump's Response to Mass Shootings
Discussion: CNBC and ThinkProgress
Goldie Taylor / The Daily Beast:
My Childhood Rape and My Life That Might Have Been  —  I sometimes wonder what I might have been, but for the puss and scarring of sexual violence, how it formed and defined and confined me.  —  I have become, it seems, something of a collector: old magazines filled with young starlets …
Pat Rynard / Iowa Starting Line:
Interview: The Only Person Who Attended Steve King's Forum  —  It was early Saturday morning, and Jessica Birch didn't feel like getting out of bed.  Hungover and tired, the 21-year-old University of Northern Iowa student could easily have turned off her alarm.
Discussion: Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Scaramucci asks left to create ‘off ramp’ for Trump officials, compares it to ‘trying to deprogram people from a cult’  —  Anthony Scaramucci, who briefly served as President Trump's White House communications director, said the left needs to give Republicans supporting Trump the space they need to break from the president.
Discussion: Political Wire
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Trump economic adviser dismisses fears of looming recession  —  BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump's top economic adviser is playing down fears of a looming recession after last week's sharp drop in the financial markets and predicting the economy will perform well in the second half of 2019.
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Washington Post:
Top Trump officials downplay recession risks
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Joel Achenbach / Greenwich Time:
Two mass murders a world apart share a common theme: ‘ecofascism’  —  Before the slaughter of dozens of people in Christchurch, New Zealand and El Paso, Texas this year, the accused gunmen took pains to explain their fury, including their hatred of immigrants.
Clare Duffy / CNN:
Websites that peddle disinformation make millions of dollars in ads, new study finds  —  New York (CNN Business)As the United States gears up for another presidential election, aware of the role online disinformation played in 2016, the business of publishing false or extremist content online remains a lucrative one.
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Graham: IG's report on Russia probe will be ‘ugly and damning’ for DOJ  —  Lindsey Graham on IG investigation into Russia probe: I want the American people to see what happened  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is adamant about revealing what went on behind …
Discussion: RedState
Alayna Treene / Axios:
White House and Congress say it's “September or bust” on gun legislation  —  If new gun legislation doesn't pass in September, it won't get done before the 2020 election, sources involved in the talks between the White House and Capitol Hill tell Axios.  —  The bottom line: “It's September or bust …
Danny Westneat / The Seattle Times:
In blue Seattle, Trump supporters are starting to come out of hiding  —  When word got out during the last presidential election that Seattle developer Martin Selig would be supporting Donald Trump, the blowback from our liberal town, he said, was “stunning.”  —  “Do you know what it's like being a Jewish Republican in Seattle?”
NBC News:
Shell workers would have lost pay if they missed Trump speech at plant  —  One worker who attended told NBC News that he didn't really want to come, but wanted to get his full pay.  —  Thousands of union workers at a western Pennsylvania petrochemical plant were given a choice last week …
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
Why Some Christians ‘Love the Meanest Parts’ of Trump  —  Ben Howe is angry at evangelicals.  As he describes it, he is angry that they didn't just vote for Donald Trump in record numbers, but repeatedly provide moral cover for his outrageous failings.  He is angry that leaders of the religious right …
 
 
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Melinda Deslatte / Associated Press:
Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana's governor during Katrina, dies
Discussion: Axios
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Amid the Kale and Corn, Fears of White Supremacy at the Farmers' Market
Reuters:
Iranian tanker at center of standoff with West leaves Gibraltar, shipping data shows
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
FEC Chief Supported Russia-NRA Campaign Finance Probe Based Solely On ‘Vague’ News Article
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Sanders' criminal justice plan aims to cut prison population
Discussion: Splinter and Daily Wire
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Megan Rapinoe on Trump: ‘We are everything he loves,’ except 'we're powerful, strong women'
Discussion: Breitbart and The Guardian
New York Times:
Women Are Fleeing Death at Home. The U.S. Wants to Keep Them Out.
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
How the Navy could be torpedoing Trump's chances in 2020
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Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
The ‘follow-up appointment’  —  For many people in medical debt …
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
'People don't want to be stupid twice': Foreign diplomats brace for Trump 2020 win
David Masciotra / Salon:
Donald Trump and the Republican Party hate America: It's time to say it
Paul Rosenberg / Salon:
Does anyone understand the 2020 race? This scholar nailed the blue wave — here's her forecast
Jessica Prol Smith / USA Today:
The Southern Poverty Law Center is a hate-based scam that nearly caused me to be murdered
Discussion: Daily Wire