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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of Trump  —  How he became a heartland evangelical—and the President's most loyal soldier.  —  In the winter of 2016, Donald Trump was roaring through the primaries, and Mike Pompeo was determined to stop him.  Pompeo, a little-known congressman from Wichita …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
In Economic Warning Signals, Trump Sees Signs of a Conspiracy  —  President Trump, confronting perhaps the most ominous economic signs of his time in office, has unleashed what is by now a familiar response: lashing out at what he believes is a conspiracy of forces arrayed against him.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump: ‘We already have a lot of background checks’
Discussion: Associated Press and Townhall
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:   Fed Chief Wedged Between a Slowing Economy and an Angry President
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump cuts off one of his closest friends  —  Tom Barrack and Donald Trump have been friends and confidants for more than three decades — the two men are so close, for instance, that Barrack comforted Trump during the funeral of his father, Fred.  —  But the intimate relationship between …
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
Jena McGregor / Washington Post:
Group of top CEOs says maximizing shareholder profits no longer can be the primary goal of corporations  —  The organization representing the nation's most powerful chief executives is rewriting how it views the purpose of a corporation, updating its decades-old endorsement of the theory …
Discussion: NBC News
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Financial Times:
Group of US corporate leaders ditches shareholder-first mantra
Discussion: Political Wire
Alan Murray / Fortune:
America's CEOs Seek a New Purpose for the Corporation
Discussion: Axios
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.
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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: A Republican poll shows overwhelming support for stricter gun control among suburban women
Discussion: Political Wire
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Redemption sounds nice, but disgraced pundit Mark Halperin doesn't deserve it  —  Want to make a comeback?  —  First make amends.  —  Mark Halperin, the author and media commentator who stepped down from his various lofty perches in 2017, seems to have missed that step along the path to would-be redemption.
Discussion: The Guardian, Politico and Mediaite
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German Lopez / Vox:
I was skeptical of unions.  Then I joined one.  —  Verizon workers in New York City went on strike to protest against the company's plans to ship jobs overseas and outsource work on May 5, 2016.  Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images  —  A union isn't just right for Vox Media, but for everyone.
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Caleb Crain / New Yorker:   State of the Unions  —  What happened to America's labor movement?
Devan Cole / CNN:
Scaramucci says he's putting together coalition to stop Trump in 2020  —  Washington (CNN)Anthony Scaramucci, a former White House communications director who has recently withdrawn his support for President Donald Trump, said Monday that he is putting together a coalition of former Trump Cabinet officials …
Discussion: Breitbart and Political Wire
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Judson Berger / Fox News:
Trump rages at ‘unstable’ Scaramucci after threat to organize ex-Cabinet officials against him
Discussion: Breitbart, Spectator USA and RedState
Mark Preston / CNN:
8 Democratic presidential candidates will participate in CNN climate town hall  —  (CNN)Nine Democratic candidates for president have qualified for next month's Climate Crisis Town Hall, which will air exclusively on CNN platforms, and eight of them have said they will participate.
Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
'I'm not happy with it': Trump hits Fox News over poll results  —  President Donald Trump on Sunday slammed his preferred news network over recent unfavorable poll results, saying: “There's something going on at Fox [News], I'll tell you right now.  And I'm not happy with it.”
Discussion: Raw Story
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Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Biden to skip DNC meeting in San Francisco where 13 candidates are expected  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Hundreds of Democratic National Committee delegates will be here next weekend for a three-day gathering that gives them a chance to meet and hear from 13 presidential contenders …
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Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
What Will California Ban Next?
Discussion: Townhall
Todd S. Purdum / The Atlantic:
Did Bill Clinton See This Coming?  —  In the summer of 1996, as he prepared to turn 50—and win a second term in the White House—Bill Clinton took to musing aloud that he now had “more yesterdays than tomorrows.”  If that sentiment seemed maudlin for a man still in the prime of life …
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Democrats Want to Turn Trump's Twitter Addiction Into an Election Issue  —  The party recently commissioned polling that showed framing the president as ineffective because of his social media habits is one of its most persuasive arguments.  —  Donald Trump's Twitter habit has caused no shortage of controversy during his presidency.
Discussion: Raw Story
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Steve King says media, GOP leaders owe him an apology after his comments on rape and incest  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is demanding an apology from the media and Republican leaders after he remarked last week that humanity might not exist if not for rape and incest.
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
For Trump, appeals to white fears about race may be a tougher sell in 2020: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric and focus on the grievances of white voters helped him win the 2016 election.  But a Reuters analysis of public opinion …
Discussion: Political Wire
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
Russian Nuclear Monitoring Stations Went Silent After Missile Blast  —  Outages spur concerns by experts that Russia is trying to restrict evidence of the explosion  —  Two Russian monitoring stations designed to detect nuclear radiation went silent soon after the explosion at a missile test site …
Discussion: RedState, Fox News, Meduza.io and Forbes
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
There Will Be No Justice For Trump's Enablers  —  The moral and professional accounting some Republicans feared will never take place.  —  After Donald Trump became his party's nominee for president in 2016, a great many Republicans in Washington said publicly and privately that they would never work …
Bloomberg:
U.S. to Ease Huawei Sanctions for Another 90 Days, Wilbur Ross Says  — Gesture seen as encouraging long-awaited trade pact with China  — U.S. and Chinese leaders to talk over their differences soon  —  The U.S. will delay for 90 days restrictions the Trump administration has imposed …
Discussion: Vox
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Commerce Department will extend Huawei reprieve, Ross says
Discussion: One America News Network and UPI
James Arkin / Politico:
The low-key, Harley-riding senator Democrats are leaning on to win the majority  —  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Democrat Gary Peters, a bearded, buttoned-down genial Midwesterner who could easily pass for the investment adviser he once was, is known in the Senate mostly for steering as far clear from the spotlight as he possibly can.
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Danish prime minister calls Trump's interest in buying Greenland ‘absurd’  —  What you should know about Trump's interest in Greenland  —  Washington (CNN)The Danish Prime Minister called Donald Trump's interest in buying Greenland “absurd” the same day the President confirmed he had discussed …
Joshua Goodman / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss  —  BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. has opened up secret communications with Venezuela's socialist party boss as members of President Nicolás Maduro's inner circle seek guarantees they won't face retribution if they cede …
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Amid failure to topple Maduro, Trump privately proposes a naval blockade of Venezuela
Discussion: Foreign Policy and The Week
 
 
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Davis Richardson / The Daily Beast:
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Alana Goodman / Washington Examiner:
Six times Biden described major events in his life that never happened
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Tyler Deaton / The Bulwark:
How the ‘Public Charge’ Rule Change Harms Legal Immigrants—Especially Christians
Bloomberg:
‘I Believe in Capitalism’: Kamala Harris Courts Big Donors in the Hamptons
Jonathan Bernstein / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist  —  Good morning, readers.  I'm taking a break …
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Cosmic Injustice
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Antonio Olivo / Washington Post:
Virginia Republican in close race now backs ‘red flag’ gun bill
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
Howard University to add golf teams after receiving sponsorship from NBA star Stephen Curry
Ali Vitali / NBC News:
Elizabeth Warren's heritage flap re-emerges ahead of native American forum
Heather Mac Donald / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Isn't the One Dividing Us by Race
William Echols / POLYGRAPH.info:
Pelosi Accused of Applauding Hong Kong Violence Over Tiananmen Candle Vigil Praise
Discussion: Bloomberg
Jeanne Whalen / Washington Post:
The quantum revolution is coming, and Chinese scientists are at the forefront
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump's economic record is one big con
Joel Achenbach / Greenwich Time:
Two mass murders a world apart share a common theme: ‘ecofascism’