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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 …
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
White House officials eyeing payroll tax cut in effort to reverse weakening economy  —  Several senior White House officials have begun discussing whether to push for a temporary payroll tax cut as a way to arrest an economic slowdown, three people familiar with the discussions said …
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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.
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Week and Mediaite
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Zogby Analytics / 24/7 Wall St.:
Trump in Dead Heats With Biden and Sanders, Half of Voters “Silently” Support Trump  —  24/7 Wall St.-Zogby Analytics Presidential Poll  — Since our last poll, released May 14th, Trump has improved his position against Democratic frontrunners Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Anthony Scaramucci / Washington Post:
I was wrong about Trump.  Here's why.  —  The negatives of Trump's demagoguery now clearly outweigh the positives of his leadership.  — By Anthony Scaramucci-  —  The Post's View
Washington Post:
Trump again appears to back away from gun background checks  —  President Trump appears to be backing away from potential support for gun background check legislation, according to White House aides, congressional leaders and gun advocates, dimming prospects that Washington will approve significant …
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The Daily Beast:
After Mass Shootings, Trump Loses Interest in Gun Control: 'He's Started to Move On,' Official Says
Discussion: Daily Kos
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:
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: Raw Story
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Sam Baker / Axios:   Trump's shaky policy legacy
Danielle Wallace / Fox News:
President Trump decision to end DACA was lawful, Justice Department says
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
Twitter:
Information operations directed at Hong Kong  —  We are disclosing a significant state-backed information operation focused on the situation in Hong Kong, specifically the protest movement and their calls for political change.  —  What we are disclosing  —  This disclosure consists …
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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.
Discussion: CNN
Jerusalem Post:
Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib share ‘Holocaust contest’ prize winner cartoon  —  The two congresswomen posted a Brazilian-Lebanese artist's drawing in response to being barred from entering Israel.  —  After being barred from entering Israel, both U.S. Rep Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and U.S. Rep Rashida Tlaib …
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump fuels outsize expectations that Russia investigators will face prison time  —  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 …
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.”
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
People who worked with Scaramucci confirm Trump claim he ‘abused staff’  —  President Trump's allegation that Anthony Scaramucci “abused staff” was met with agreement from many who worked under or near the financier during his 11 days as White House communications director.
Discussion: Washington Post, Mediaite and USA Today
Just Security:
Expert Summaries of Mueller Report: A Collection of Short Essays  —  As the time of publishing this online resource, the House Judiciary Committee is ramping up investigations that now include consideration of impeachment of President Donald J. Trump.  We at Just Security believe …
New York Post:
Jeffrey Epstein signed will just two days before suicide  —  Jeffrey Epstein's will has been filed in the US Virgin Islands, and it shows that he signed it Aug. 8 — two days before he hanged himself in his Manhattan jail cell, according to court papers exclusively obtained by The Post on Monday.
Michael Smith / Courier-Journal:
No one votes to be despised.  Democrats' message may swing my ballot to Trump  —  I am not a Trump supporter.  But if the alternative to him in next year's election is open borders and the Green New Deal, I may become a Trump voter.  It's a distinction without an electoral difference, but hear me out.
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: Political Wire
Ibram X. Kendi / The Atlantic:
The Hopefulness and Hopelessness of 1619  —  Her name was Angela, one of the first known Africans in British North America.  —  His name was John, the first known antiblack racist in colonial America.  —  In 1619, this black woman and white man—what they embody—arrived months apart …
Kim Parker / Pew Research Center:
The Growing Partisan Divide in Views of Higher Education  —  Americans see value in higher education - whether they graduated from college or not.  Most say a college degree is important, if not essential, in helping a young person succeed in the world, and college graduates themselves …
Aaron Montes / El Paso Times:
El Paso mass shooter on suicide watch in jail, Sheriff's Office says  —  The man charged in the El Paso Walmart mass shooting is on suicide watch, authorities say.  —  Patrick Crusius, charged with killing 22 and injuring 25 on Aug. 3 was placed under close guard Monday on the recommendation …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Liberal CNN Panelist Blows Up When Confronted Over Palestinian Terrorism  —  Beinart: 'Palestinians don't have to be saints' to deserve rights  —  Liberal writer Peter Beinart erupted at fellow CNN panelist Rich Lowry on Monday while attempting to excuse Palestinian violence toward Israelis …
Discussion: Fox News and Algemeiner.com
New York Times:
ISIS Is Regaining Strength in Iraq and Syria  —  WASHINGTON — Five months after American-backed forces ousted the Islamic State from its last shard of territory in Syria, the terrorist group is gathering new strength, conducting guerrilla attacks across Iraq and Syria, retooling …
Discussion: Just Security and The Week
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Fox News host roasts NRA's LaPierre: ‘An odious little grifter’ who needs to go  —  Fox News host Steve Hilton is blasting National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre, calling him “an odious little grifter” who needs to be shown the door.  —  Hilton's criticism comes amid leadership upheaval …
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
The political battle lines on guns are shifting  —  Why passing gun control legislation is so hard  —  (CNN)On the politics of gun control, Democrats are suddenly facing an arms race.  —  After downplaying the issue for most of the past two decades, Democrats in Congress …
Discussion: Vox, The Atlantic and Washington Post
Han Zhang / New Yorker:
The “Post-Truth” Publication Where Chinese Students in America Get Their News  —  On a Monday morning in February, members of the staff of College Daily, an online Chinese-language publication for Chinese students living in North America, gathered in their office, in Times Square, for an editorial meeting.
Grace Sparks / CNN:
Julián Castro qualifies for September Democratic primary debates with new poll  —  (CNN)Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro got his fourth qualifying poll on Thursday, meaning he has now met both the polling and fundraising thresholds to participate …
 
 
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Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Democrats back off once-fervent embrace of Medicare-for-all
Discussion: Political Wire
ProPublica:
“No Comment”: Emails Show the VA Took No Action to Spare Veterans From a Harsh Trump Immigration Policy
CNN:
At the bottom of a glacier in Greenland, climate scientists find troubling signs
David French / National Review:
Black American History Should Give Evangelicals a Sense of Perspective — and Hope
Discussion: PJ Media Home and Washington Post
Bruce Gyory / The Bulwark:
New Polls Show That Trump Should Be Afraid. Very Very Afraid.
Associated Press:
Democrats spending millions to try to take back statehouses
Amanda Hoover / New Jersey Online:
CNN journalist April Ryan's bodyguard charged with assault for forcibly removing reporter from N.J. event
Discussion: New York Post and RedState
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
Oil Lobbyist Touts Success in Effort to Criminalize Pipeline Protests, Leaked Recording Shows
Discussion: Bloomberg, Common Dreams and Earther
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Desai Martin / Shareblue Media:
Florida Bar shreds Matt Gaetz for ‘unprofessional, reckless’ attempt to intimidate witness
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Washington Post Lies About a Conservative Journalist
Pat Caldwell / Malheur Enterprise:
Malheur County officials ask sheriff to assess whether Enterprise reporters broke laws
Discussion: Washington Post
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Reason:
ThinkProgress Panics Over Unlicensed Cosmetologists
Maggie Fitzgerald / CNBC:
Here's what new tariffs will cost the average American household
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Jordan Uhl / Media Matters for America:
Tucker Carlson returns to Fox News — but advertisers are staying away
Discussion: Splinter
Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
An Economic Warning Sign: RV Shipments Are Slipping
Discussion: Mother Jones