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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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Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump team braces GOP donors for a potential ‘moderate and short’ recession  —  In public, President Donald Trump and top White House officials keep extolling the strength of the U.S. economy.  In private, they're increasingly worrying about a global economic slowdown triggering a U.S. recession …
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
Trump tells NRA chief that universal background checks are off the table
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Playboy reporter sues Trump after credentials suspended
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Trump's ‘disloyalty’ comment about American Jews who vote Democrat was disgusting and worrisome  —  President Trump, on a tirade about Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib on Tuesday, claimed that American Jews who voted Democrat were either ill-informed or were exhibiting “great disloyalty.”
Discussion: NB Blog
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Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
Jewish groups react to Trump's latest comments on American Jewish voters  —  On Tuesday, President Donald Trump dropped another bombastic claim in his campaign to paint Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as the face of the Democratic Party.  “I think Jewish people that vote for a Democrat …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Trump Accuses Jewish Democrats of ‘Great Disloyalty’  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Tuesday that any Jewish person who votes for a Democrat is guilty of ignorance or “great disloyalty,” intensifying his efforts to drive in a partisan wedge over religion and support for Israel …
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Trump: Jewish people who vote Democratic show ‘great disloyalty’
Batya Ungar-Sargon / The Forward:
This Week Proves It: Politicians Won't Call Out Anti-Semitism On Their Own Side
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: Boston Globe
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Trump postpones Denmark trip after prime minister declines to sell him Greenland  —  President Trump on Tuesday called off a trip to Denmark, announcing in a tweet that he was postponing the visit because the country's leader was not interested in selling him Greenland.
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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 …
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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: Hot Air and Mediaite
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
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
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 …
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.
John Solomon / The Hill:
10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall  —  Behind the scenes, some major events were set in motion last autumn that could soon change the tenor in Washington, at least as it relates to the debunked Russia collusion narrative that distracted America for nearly three years.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Victoria McGrane / BostonGlobe.com:
Markey aide apologizes for sharing ‘despicable’ message about Kennedy family  —  The primary matchup between Senator Edward J. Markey and Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III is still hypothetical, but it's already getting messy.  —  An apparent social media blunder by Markey's top campaign hand …
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 …
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Why Some White Liberals Will Probably Vote For Donald Trump  —  A new study demonstrates that racist dog whistles work.  —  Reporters often describe President Donald Trump's racism as a strategy to excite Republican voters, but it may actually work better on certain self-identified liberals.
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.
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?”
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 …
Scientific American Blog Network:
Scientists Have Been Underestimating the Pace of Climate Change  —  A book entitled Discerning Experts explains why—and what can be done about it  —  Recently, the U.K. Met Office announced a revision to the Hadley Center historical analysis of sea surface temperatures (SST) …
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
U.S. seeks deal to send asylum seekers from Africa and Asia to Panama  —  The Trump administration is trying to reach a deal with the Panama government that would allow the United States to send asylum seekers from Africa, Asia and elsewhere to Panamanian territory, if those travelers passed through the country en route to U.S. soil.
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.
Will Bunch / Inquirer.com:
Anti-fascism won WWII for America.  Now Trump calls it ‘domestic terrorism.’ What the...?  —  It seems like if you were truly sincere about the whole “Make America Great Again” thing — that is, if it weren't just a campaign slogan that jibes with your xenophobic branding and can move tens …
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Mike Pompeo Has Extreme Views on Muslims — and Liberals Don't Seem to Care  —  On June 11, 2013, not long after the Boston Marathon bombings, a Republican congressman from Kansas took to the floor of the House of Representatives.  “It's been just under two months since the attacks in Boston …
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 …
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 …
Michael Gold / New York Times:
Weinstein Wants Trial Moved Because of His 11,000 Page Six Mentions  —  The mogul filed a motion contending he cannot find an impartial jury in Manhattan because of the robust news media here.  —  Harvey Weinstein, the once-powerful movie mogul who put Manhattan's skyline in the Miramax logo …
 
 
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Ruth Michaelson / The Guardian:
UN postpones anti-torture conference in Cairo after backlash
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Joseph Nasr / Reuters:
Far-right party surge in eastern German regions threatens Merkel's coalition
ProPublica:
The Administration Rushed on a Sweeping Immigration Policy. We Found Substantive, Sloppy Mistakes.
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Former VA physician charged with the deaths of three veterans
Discussion: UPI
Andrew Keshner / MarketWatch:
Obamacare is closing the coverage gap between rich and poor, black and white
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New York Times:
Trump Expected to Nominate Pompeo Deputy to Be Ambassador to Russia
Discussion: CNN, Meduza.io and РБК
Asher Stockler / Newsweek:
Exclusive: Fifth NRA board member resigns amid string of recent defections
Discussion: The Hill
Dana Schwartz / The Cut:
I Think About This a Lot: The Time Robert Pattinson Blatantly Lied on the Today Show
Just Security:
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Discussion: RedState and twitchy.com
New York Times:
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Discussion: The FADER, Althouse and Splinter