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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 …
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
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
Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:   Big Majority of Suburban Women Back Stricter Gun Control
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
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.
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Trump in 2020  —  Washington (CNN)Anthony Scaramucci, a former White House communications director who has recently withdrawn his support for President Donald Trump, said Monday that he is putting together a coalition of former Trump Cabinet officials …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: Splinter and Breitbart
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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 Maxwell / WCIA-TV:
Sandoval apologizes for mock Trump assassination photo at political fundraiser  —  ILLINOIS (WCIA) — A series of pictures posted online after a Friday night political fundraising event for state Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) show an event attendee pointing what appears to be a fake assault weapon …
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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.
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
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.
Discussion: Axios
Davis Richardson / The Daily Beast:
Video: California High-School Students Sang Nazi Song and Gave Hitler Salute  —  Athletes performed a homage to the Third Reich before an awards ceremony.  Their school won't say how they were disciplined.  —  A group of high-school students in Southern California gave a Nazi salute and sang …
Devan Cole / CNN:
FEC chair says Trump's claim of election fraud 'undermines people's faith' in system  —  FEC chair calls out Trump over voter fraud claims  —  Washington (CNN)The Democratic chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission said Monday that President Donald Trump “undermines people's faith” …
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Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Federal Election Commission chair rebukes Trump's 2016 voter fraud claims
Discussion: Politico and Shareblue Media
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Jay-Z Joins the Ranks of the Insufficiently Woke  —  The social-justice Left sees only one path to redemption for the NFL, and that's a team signing Colin Kaepernick.  —  Rapper and mogul Jay-Z announced his company's new partnership with the National Football League and has made much of the social-justice Left furious:
Discussion: New York Post and Bloomberg
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
White House, Treasury Considering Actions to Protect American Business Interests in Angola  —  The White House and Treasury Department are considering a number of actions to protect American business interests in Angola, multiple senior administration officials tell Breitbart News.
Discussion: Politico
Devin Gordon / The Atlantic:
Why Is Joe Rogan So Popular?  —  Every morning of my Joe Rogan experience began the same way Joe Rogan begins his: with the mushroom coffee.  —  It's a pour-and-stir powder made from lion's mane and chaga—"two rock-star mushrooms," according to Joe—and it's made by a company called Four Sigmatic …
Matt Grossmann / New York Times:
How Much Damage Have Republicans Done in the States?  —  Turns out making cuts to public services to fit an ideology of small government and traditionalism is just not very popular.  —  Mr. Grossmann is the author of “Red State Blues: How the Conservative Revolution Stalled in the States.”
The Daily Beast:
Five Years After Killing Eric Garner, NYPD Fires Officer Daniel Pantaleo  —  Garner's last words, 'I can't breathe,' became a rallying cry for justice in New York and across the country.  —  “Five years after Eric Garner's dying plea “I can't breathe” became the rallying cry …
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 …
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Mueller Was Listening to This Guy?  Sam Patten's wild life as a cooperating witness.  —  I.  —  Late one morning just after Easter 2018, Sam Patten's Siberian husky, Pepper, began to go “berserk.”  Patten, a 48-year-old Republican political operative, could hear a commotion from the basement …
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: The Atlantic
Bloomberg:
‘I Believe in Capitalism’: Kamala Harris Courts Big Donors in the Hamptons  — Harris, Biden, Buttigieg mingle with elite for money boost  — Progressives Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders notably absent  —  Teslas and Maseratis lined the street as Kamala Harris greeted guests sipping drinks …
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.
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 …
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.”
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Gillibrand: ‘Of course’ I'd consider a VP offer  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Monday that she would be open to serving as the running mate to the eventual Democratic presidential nominee should her faltering White House bid flame out short of a primary victory.
Discussion: Political Wire
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
There Will Be No Justice for Trump's Enablers  —  Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders with President Donald Trump in the East Room, June 13, 2019.  —  After Donald Trump became his party's nominee for president in 2016, a great many Republicans in Washington said publicly …
Discussion: Vanity Fair and PJ Media Home
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.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Gillibrand on whether Franken should make a comeback: 'It's not my decision'  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) declined to say Monday whether she opposes a comeback by former senator Al Franken, suggesting that the Minnesota Democrat should make that decision himself.
Discussion: Political Wire and YouTube
Jonathan Bernstein / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist  —  Good morning, readers.  I'm taking a break from writing the newsletter until Labor Day.  This week, Jonathan Bernstein of Bloomberg Opinion — a political scientist whom I regularly quote — is taking over.  I hope you enjoy his thoughts.  As always, you can find links to the full Times Opinion report below.
 
 
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Hannah Leone / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Teachers Union group's trip to Venezuela, praise of socialist leader slammed as ‘propaganda tour’
Discussion: Daily Wire
Jon Gabriel / Arizona Republic:
Welcome to America, the land of the perpetually whiny and offended
Discussion: Instapundit
Washington Post:
Global warming is already here. Denying it is unforgivable.
Discussion: CityLab
David Mark / Washington Examiner:
How political talk radio's rise led to President Trump: Book Review
Henry Grabar / Slate:
The Terrorized Mississippi Towns That ICE Left Behind
Caleb Crain / New Yorker:
State of the Unions  —  What happened to America's labor movement?
German Lopez / Vox:
I was skeptical of unions. Then I joined one.
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Alana Goodman / Washington Examiner:
Six times Biden described major events in his life that never happened
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Cosmic Injustice
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
Howard University to add golf teams after receiving sponsorship from NBA star Stephen Curry
Heather Mac Donald / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Isn't the One Dividing Us by Race
Jeanne Whalen / Washington Post:
The quantum revolution is coming, and Chinese scientists are at the forefront
Joel Achenbach / Greenwich Time:
Two mass murders a world apart share a common theme: ‘ecofascism’