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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
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.
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Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
Who Got the Maddest About the New York Times' Slavery Coverage?  —  Over the weekend, The New York Times rolled out the printed version of The 1619 Project, a sprawling historical-journalism project devoted to changing the way Americans currently understand and discuss the legacy of slavery in this country.
Rich Lowry / New York Post:
The left's vile smear of America's founding
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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.
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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?”
Zogby Analytics / 24/7 Wall St.:
Trump in Dead Heats With Biden and Sanders, Half of Voters “Silently” Support Trump
Discussion: RedState and Summit News
Rajesh Kumar Singh / Reuters:
U.S. Steel plans to lay off hundreds of workers in Michigan  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - United States Steel Corp (X.N) will temporarily lay off hundreds of workers at its Great Lakes facility in Michigan in coming weeks, according to a filing the steelmaker made with the State of Michigan.
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CNBC:
US Steel plans to temporarily lay off up to 200 workers in Michigan  —  KEY POINTS  — U.S. Steel will temporarily lay off up to 200 workers at its Great Lakes facility in Michigan in coming weeks, according to a filing the steelmaker made with the State of Michigan.
Joe Biden / YouTube:
Bones … We all know in our bones that this election is different.  The stakes are higher.  The threat is more serious.  We have to beat Donald Trump.  —  That's the message we lay out in our first TV ad hitting the airwaves today.
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Jill Biden urges support for husband even if voters consider their candidates ‘better’ on the issues
Discussion: RedState, Townhall and The Daily Caller
Arlette Saenz / CNN:
Joe Biden airs first TV ad in Iowa
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Daily Caller
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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 …
Anthony Scaramucci / Washington Post:
I was wrong about Trump.  Here's why.  —  Anthony Scaramucci is managing partner of SkyBridge Capital, a global alternative investments firm, and served as White House communications director.  —  President Trump's online insults directed at me on Monday were predictable after I publicly said that he's unfit for office.
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Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Ghislaine Maxwell STAGED In-N-Out photo in Los Angeles with her close friend and attorney, using confidante's dog Dexter in the snapshot  — The first picture of Ghislaine Maxwell in more than three years was staged by her close friend and attorney, Leah Saffian, DailyMail.com has learned exclusively
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: Splinter
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.
Discussion: Engadget and Raw Story
Politico:
Paul Ryan moving his family to Washington from Wisconsin  —  The former speaker is renting a home in the Maryland suburbs.  He is not planning to sell his Janesville residence.  —  Paul Ryan is moving his family to the city he was always giddy to leave.  —  The former speaker of the House …
Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
Rethinking Public Safety to Reduce Mass Incarceration and Strengthen Communities  —  The United States makes up 5% of the world's population, but nearly 20% of the world's prison population.  We have the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with over 2 million people in prison and jail.
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: Political Wire
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Exclusive: The results from Facebook's conservative bias audit  —  Facebook will release the findings of a roughly year-long conservative bias audit Tuesday, along with changes to its advertising policies as a result, executives tell Axios.  —  What's new: The only new policy that's …
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Italy's Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, Resigns, Turning Chaos Into Uncertainty  —  ROME — The most nationalist, populist and dysfunctional Italian government in decades collapsed on Tuesday as the country's prime minister announced his resignation in the face of a mutinous power play …
Discussion: The Week
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
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Arizona poll shows Kelly overtaking McSally  —  Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) trails her Democratic opponent for the first time, according to a new survey, as President Trump's approval rating falls in the key swing state.  —  Retired astronaut Mark Kelly leads McSally …
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
Bruce Gyory / The Bulwark:
New Polls Show That Trump Should Be Afraid.  Very Very Afraid.  —  It's not that his approval rating is low (although it is).  It's that his disapproval rating is so high.  —  Political pundits ought to hold themselves to the standard of revisiting their predictions and with a coldly objective eye.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump fuels prediction that Russia investigators will face prison  —  To hear President Donald Trump and his allies tell it, the federal investigators who spent the past two years investigating the president are about to go down.  —  On Twitter, on conservative cable TV and in countless interviews …
Dave Price / WHOTV:
Final Cast Your Kernel Presidential Poll Results Showed Something Unusual  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — The voting is finished, and the corn kernels are packed away for the year.  The 2019 Cast Your Kernel presidential poll results showed something that has never happened before in the 15 years …
Discussion: IJR
New York Times:
Trump Expected to Nominate Pompeo Deputy to Be Ambassador to Russia  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump is expected to name John Sullivan, the deputy secretary of state, to be the next ambassador to Russia, replacing Jon Huntsman Jr. as his liaison to Moscow, a senior administration official said.
Sam Baker / Axios:
Trump's shaky policy legacy  —  A great deal of President Trump's policy record — on issues like health care, energy and even immigration — would need a second term to fully take root, and could be easily reversed if he doesn't get one.  —  Why it matters: Trump is doing a lot …
Discussion: New York Times and Fox News
Morgan Krakow / Washington Post:
Her GOP group endorsed Trump, so she resigned.  She wouldn't be able to ‘look her children in the eye.’  —  Jennifer Horn was pushed right up to a line she swore she would never cross.  Her GOP organization, where she sat on the board for several years, had just endorsed President Trump for reelection …
Associated Press:
Democrats spending millions to try to take back statehouses  —  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats still shaken by the 2010 tea party wave that netted Republicans six governors' offices, flipped 21 statehouse chambers and drove nearly 700 Democratic state legislators from office are mounting a comeback …
Politico:
EU rejects Boris Johnson's Brexit backstop plan  —  Boris Johnson's call to drop the Irish backstop from any Brexit deal was rejected by the EU, with Donald Tusk dismissing the idea and a European Commission task force describing a letter from the U.K. prime minister as “misleading” and “inaccurate.”
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Trump is melting down.  Again.  —  Uh-oh.  President Trump is in such a state of panic about his dimming reelection prospects that he's getting his lies mixed up and occasionally blurting out the truth.  —  “It's tough for Apple to pay tariffs if it's competing with a very good company …
 
 
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Li Zhou / Vox:
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Ibram X. Kendi / The Atlantic:
The Hopefulness and Hopelessness of 1619  —  Her name was Angela …
Discussion: The Root
Dan Desai Martin / Shareblue Media:
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