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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 …
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.
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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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, The Daily Caller and CNN
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.
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Rich Lowry / New York Post:
The left's vile smear of America's founding
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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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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 …
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 …
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, Vox and Washington Times
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Alex Thompson / Politico:   Warren calls for repealing 1994 crime bill, decriminalizing school truancy
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 and Political Wire
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 …
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
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
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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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 …
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 and Breitbart
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: Shareblue Media
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
Bloomberg:
DNC Chief Plans to Raise Money From Americans in Mexico City  — Events require attendees to be American citizens or residents  — Trump has repeatedly singled out Mexico, immigrants for blame  —  Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez plans to hold party fundraising events …
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
New York Times:
A Journey to Explore What ‘Victory’ Looks Like in a Shattered Syria  —  On an eight-day visit, three New York Times journalists given rare access to Syria found ruin, grief and generosity.  What was missing after eight years of civil war?  Young men and a middle class.
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.”
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 …
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 …
Eliza Collins / Wall Street Journal:
Bernie Sanders's Support for F-35 Jets in Vermont Angers Some Supporters  —  Proposal would boost regional economy, backers say, but progressives counter that it runs against the presidential candidate's national platforms  —  BURLINGTON, Vt.—Bernie Sanders's support for a plan …
 
 
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Dave Price / WHOTV:
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David Smiley / Miami Herald:
Fire union chief's candidacy sets up Republican primary in Miami congressional district
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Chris Isidore / CNN:
Dick's Sporting Goods is testing if it should stop selling guns
Discussion: TheStreet, Fortune and TheBlaze
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Can Trump lie his way out of a recession? That actually might not work
Li Zhou / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren confronts her handling of Native American ancestry claims
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Democrats back off once-fervent embrace of Medicare-for-all
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Wire
CNN:
At the bottom of a glacier in Greenland, climate scientists find troubling signs
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David French / National Review:
Black American History Should Give Evangelicals a Sense of Perspective — and Hope
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
The political battle lines on guns are shifting
Discussion: Vox, Raw Story and Washington Post
Michael Smith / Courier-Journal:
No one votes to be despised. Democrats' message may swing my ballot to Trump
Ibram X. Kendi / The Atlantic:
The Hopefulness and Hopelessness of 1619  —  Her name was Angela …
Discussion: The Root
Dan Desai Martin / Shareblue Media:
Florida Bar shreds Matt Gaetz for ‘unprofessional, reckless’ attempt to intimidate witness