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Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Trump's Phone Calls With Wayne LaPierre Reveal NRA's Influence  —  Three days after a pair of mass shootings in Ohio and Texas that left 31 people dead, President Donald Trump was preoccupied with visions of a Rose Garden ceremony.  —  His daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka Trump …
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Playboy reporter sues Trump after credentials suspended
Discussion: Breitbart and TheBlaze
NBC News:
Trump, Qanon and an impending judgment day: Behind the Facebook-fueled rise of The Epoch Times  —  Started almost two decades ago with a stated mission to “provide information to Chinese communities to help immigrants assimilate into American society,” The Epoch Times now wields …
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Jasper Fakkert / theepochtimes.com:   NBC News Repeats Chinese Communist Party Propaganda in Hit Piece on The Epoch Times
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Trump says Jewish-Americans who vote Democrat show “great disloyalty”  —  President Trump told reporters in the Oval Office Tuesday that he didn't “buy” the tears from Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) at a recent press conference addressing Israel's decision to bar entry to her and Rep. Ilhan Omar …
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Batya Ungar-Sargon / The Forward:
This Week Proves It: Politicians Won't Call Out Anti-Semitism On Their Own Side
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
Jewish groups react to Trump's latest comments on American Jewish voters
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Vanity Fair
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Trump: Jewish people who vote Democratic show ‘great disloyalty’
Hannah Sayle / Star Tribune:
Elizabeth Warren meets her lookalike at Minnesota rally: ‘We need to talk!’  —  The presidential candidate was taking selfies at Monday's town hall when she came face to face with a familiar person.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  Stephanie Oyen is not Elizabeth Warren.
Discussion: Political Wire and Boston Globe
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
The US won't provide flu vaccines to migrant families at border detention camps  —  KEY POINTS  — At least three children held in detention centers at the Mexican border have died, in part, from the flu, a group of doctors say.  — The government is not vaccinating migrant families …
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Anne Flaherty / ABC News:   Trump administration to roll out plan for longer-term detention of migrant families
Marc Caputo / Politico:
We talked to experts on aging about the 2020 field.  Here's what they told us.  —  Joe Biden was lying on the operating table and about to get surgery for his second brain aneurysm when the doctor told him he might not recover.  —  “What's the most likely thing that will happen if I live?”
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Joe Biden regains double-digit lead over 2020 Democratic field  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)Joe Biden has expanded his edge over the Democratic field in a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, with 29% of Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters saying they back the former vice president.
Joe Biden / YouTube:
Bones … We all know in our bones that this election is different.
HuffPost:
Trump Inflating Scottish Golf Resorts' Value By $165 Million, Per UK Filings  —  The president told British authorities the properties are a combined $65 million in the red.  His U.S. disclosures say they're worth at least $100 million.  —  WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump …
Discussion: The Week
David Ovalle / Miami Herald:
Jeffrey Epstein lawsuits offer sordid details, including sex while on work release  —  While serving a lenient jail sentence in Palm Beach County, wealthy financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was allowed to leave jail for “work release” — at an office at his own organization, the Florida Science Foundation.
Discussion: BizPac Review
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump team braces GOP donors for a potential ‘moderate and short’ recession  —  The White House is weighing cuts to corporate and payroll taxes, among other measures, to cushion the U.S. economy if an election-year recession hits.  —  In public, President Donald Trump and top White House …
Discussion: Breitbart
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Washington Post:
Trump confirms he's considering a payroll tax cut amid mounting economic concerns
Facebook:
An Update on Senator Kyl's Review of Potential Anti-Conservative Bias  —  Facebook gives everyone a voice, no matter what your political views may be, which candidates or parties you support, or which causes you advocate.  So we take accusations of political bias made against us extremely seriously.
Discussion: Breitbart, Politico, TechCrunch and Engadget
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Exclusive: The results from Facebook's conservative bias audit
Jerry Iannelli / Miami New Times:
Feds Arrest Neo-Nazi Trump Fan for Threatening to “Exterminate” Miami Hispanics … Washington state resident Eric Lin was not shy about his love for Adolf Hitler.  According to a criminal complaint filed Friday, Lin enjoyed referencing the Third Reich in writing: He apparently sent a litany …
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
EXCLUSIVE: Harry Reid: ‘Of Course’ Medicare for All and Decriminalizing Border Crossings Are Bad Ideas  —  “There are so many more important things to do,” the former Senate majority leader said.  —  WASHINGTON — Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) isn't happy …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
How slavery doomed limited government in America  —  The New York Times' “1619 Project,” which aims to chronicle the history, legacy, and modern ramifications of slavery on the 400th aniversary of the first African slaves being brought to the colonies, has generated a ton of controversy this week.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans Sabotaged Obama's Economy and Assume Democrats Are Doing It to Them  —  The current Republican line holds that the economy is in fine shape  —  but that the liberal news media is running slanted or false stories predicting a recession in a deliberate plot to induce one.
Discussion: City Journal, Fortune and NPR
Mad Dog PAC:
Federal Judge holds; entire Kansas US Attorney's Office in CONTEMPT  —  Judge holds Kansas AUSA Office in Contempt  —  For those of you who may have overlooked my private-prison series you might want to familiarize yourself.  I've been a vociferous opponent of the current Administration's Private/Public Prison for Profit scheme.
Just Security:
Expert Summaries of Mueller Report: A Collection  —  Table of Contents  —  Ryan Goodman, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Just Security  —  Volume I  —  2. Legal Standards and Evidentiary Considerations  —  3. Russian “Active Measures” Social Media Campaign and Criminal Charges against 13 Russian Nationals and 3 Russian Entities
Discussion: RedState and twitchy.com
Damon Linker / The Week:
The New York Times surrenders to the left on race  —  There's no denying that the much-lauded “1619 Project” at The New York Times is a remarkable achievement.  Whether it's an achievement that the paper and its staff should be proud of is another matter.  —  For those who haven't been following along …
New York Times:
What Do Rally Playlists Say About the Candidates?  —  Mr. O'Rourke was a national political phenomenon last year when he ran against Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and narrowly lost.  His political style is largely defined by his use of social media and his go-it-alone style.
Discussion: The FADER, Splinter and Althouse
New York Times:
Trump's Rollback of Auto Pollution Rules Shows Signs of Disarray  —  WASHINGTON — The White House, blindsided by a pact between California and four automakers to oppose President Trump's auto emissions rollbacks, has mounted an effort to prevent any more from joining the other side.
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Chinese Media Is Running Facebook Ads To Convince Westerners The Country's Detention Centers Aren't Human Rights Violations  —  Extending the reach of its propaganda beyond its borders, Chinese state-owned media is running ads on Facebook seemingly designed to cast doubt on human rights …
Asher Stockler / Newsweek:
Exclusive: Fifth NRA board member resigns amid string of recent defections  —  A fifth member of the National Rifle Association's board of directors has resigned, the latest in a string of high-profile defections within the powerful gun rights group in recent weeks.
Discussion: Shareblue Media and The Hill
Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
Customs and Border Protection press secretary Katharine Gorka departs after two months on the job  —  Katharine Gorka, a controversial political appointee in the Department of Homeland Security, is leaving her position as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's press secretary two months after accepting the job.
Discussion: CNN
The Commercial Appeal:
FBI: Truck driver threatened mass shooting at Memphis church  —  AP — A truck driver has been arrested after saying he would commit a mass shooting at a church in Memphis authorities say in newly filed court records.  —  Thomas Matthew McVicker was apprehended in Indianapolis before the plan …
Rachel Premack / Business Insider:
Truckers voted for Trump in droves.  Now they say his trade war is ‘killing’ their ability to make a living.  — They say his trade wars and a slew of tax changes have ruined their ability to make a living.  —  Morris Coffman has been a truck driver for 35 years.
Dana Schwartz / The Cut:
I Think About This a Lot: The Time Robert Pattinson Blatantly Lied on the Today Show  —  I Think About This a Lot is a series dedicated to private memes: images, videos, and other random trivia we are doomed to play forever on loop in our minds.  —  In 2011, Robert Pattinson starred …
Ted Johnson / Politico:
The Obamas' First Big Anti-Trump Statement of 2020  —  The former first couple's Netflix documentary takes aim at Trump's promises to reinvigorate the industrial heartland. … In a final scene of the Netflix documentary “American Factory,” the chairman of a Chinese auto glass company walks through …
Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
CREW Obtains New Docs on Mar-a-Lago Member's VA Influence  —  CREW just obtained damning records of the influence of Trump's Mar-a-Lago acquaintances within the Department of Veterans Affairs.  —  The emails, obtained by Freedom of Information Act request, show the outsized influence of Ike Perlmutter …
 
 
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Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
Ahead of G7 Summit, Trump again backs Russia being allowed back into alliance
Discussion: Washington Post
ProPublica:
The Administration Rushed on a Sweeping Immigration Policy. We Found Substantive, Sloppy Mistakes.
Scientific American Blog Network:
Scientists Have Been Underestimating the Pace of Climate Change
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Former VA physician charged with the deaths of three veterans
Andrew Keshner / MarketWatch:
Obamacare is closing the coverage gap between rich and poor, black and white
Apsa / politicalsciencenow.com:
Ariel Edwards-Levy — 2019 Carey McWilliams Award Recipient
Naomi Rovnick / Financial Times:
Home Depot cuts sales outlook as it warns on hit from tariffs
Discussion: The Week
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Trump Expected to Nominate Pompeo Deputy to Be Ambassador to Russia
Discussion: CNN, Meduza.io and РБК
Morgan Krakow / Washington Post:
Her GOP group endorsed Trump, so she resigned.  She wouldn't be able to ‘look her children in the eye.’
CNBC:
US Steel plans to temporarily lay off up to 200 workers in Michigan
Elizabeth Warren / Medium:
Rethinking Public Safety to Reduce Mass Incarceration and Strengthen Communities
Sam Baker / Axios:
Trump's shaky policy legacy
Discussion: New York Times, Hullabaloo and Fox News