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Karma Allen / ABC News:
Legendary journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts dies at 75  —  Renowned ABC News journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts has died at the age of 75.  —  Roberts won countless awards, including three Emmys, throughout her decades-long career.
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Bobby Allyn / NPR:
Cokie Roberts, Pioneering Journalist Who Helped Shape NPR, Dies At 75  —  Toggle more options  —  Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, who joined an upstart NPR in 1978 and left an indelible imprint on the growing network with her coverage of Washington politics before later going to ABC News, has died.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump on death of Cokie Roberts: ‘She never treated me nicely.  But I would like to wish her family well.’  —  President Trump reacted Tuesday to the death of journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts from complications from breast cancer by saying “she never treated me nicely” …
Neil Genzlinger / New York Times:   Cokie Roberts, Veteran Broadcast Newswoman, Is Dead at 75
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Mad About Kavanaugh and Gorsuch?  The Best Way to Get Even Is to Pack the Court  —  The lifetime appointments cry out for Democratic hardball.  —  President Trump bragged on Twitter recently about his success filling up the federal judiciary.  “I want to congratulate” Senate majority leader …
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The Babylon Bee:   Hypocrisy: Right-Wingers Who Love It When The Babylon Bee Makes Stuff Up Suddenly Get Mad When The NYT Does It
David French / National Review:
The New York Times Still Doesn't Understand What It Did
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Could Kavanaugh sue New York Times over allegation report?
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Times
Heather Caygle / Politico:
‘Get real’: Senior Democrats shut down Kavanaugh impeachment push
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Kavanaugh Book Co-Author Admits She Wrote Bad Tweet That NY Times Had to Delete
Discussion: Politico, twitchy.com and MSNBC
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
New York Times Reporters Also Omitted Key Kavanaugh Detail In NPR Interview
Discussion: NPR and RedState
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:   Go ahead, impeach Brett Kavanaugh
Washington Examiner:
In New York Times v. Kavanaugh, flagrant prosecutorial misconduct
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Sean Spicer Has Most Embarrassing ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Debut Ever, Period  —  “It's like you were being attacked by a swarm of wasps,” one judge said after Spicer attempted a salsa dance.  —  Despite its best efforts, America could not shame Sean Spicer out of joining Dancing With the Stars.
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
White House intervenes in General Motors strike  —  The White House is seeking to end the United Auto Workers strike against General Motors with an agreement that would reopen an assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio that GM shut down in March.  —  The effort, described to POLITICO by two people close …
Discussion: The Atlantic, Political Wire and CNBC
Scaachi Koul / BuzzFeed News:
How Did Lauren Duca's Revolution Backfire?  —  The viral writer wants to galvanize young people with her new book, How to Start a Revolution.  But past controversies — and a new complaint filed by her New York University students — threaten to undermine her message.
Discussion: Mediaite
Angie Martoccio / Rolling Stone:
Mitch McConnell: The Man Who Sold America  —  Fittingly enough, it was hot as blazes in Kentucky when Mitch McConnell slunk back home for Congress' annual summer recess.  One week earlier, Robert Mueller had testified that Russia was meddling in the 2020 U.S. elections.
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton accuses Trump, McConnell of ‘abdicating their responsibility’ on election security
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Republicans expect to lose vital NRA muscle in 2020 as turmoil grips the gun lobby
Christine Mai-Duc / Los Angeles Times:
California Republican Rep. Paul Cook to retire from Congress, run for county supervisor seat  —  Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) will retire from Congress at the end of his term and will announce a run for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, according to John Sobel, the congressman's chief of staff.
New York Times:
Women Poop.  At Work.  Get Over It.  —  Why must the bathroom continue to be fraught?  —  There once was a woman who walked regularly from her office in Midtown Manhattan to a hotel across the street in order to use the restroom, and that woman may have been one of us.
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Warren and Trump Lay Out Competing Visions of Populism  —  In New York, Senator Elizabeth Warren described a government compromised by the influence of the wealthy.  President Trump, in New Mexico, denounced a “failed liberal establishment.”  —  Senator Elizabeth Warren stood beneath …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Common Dreams and The Week
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Bhaskar Sunkara / Jacobin:
The Working Families Party Has Written Itself Out of History
U.S. Department of Justice:
United States Files Civil Lawsuit Against Edward Snowden  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The United States today filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), who published a book entitled Permanent Record …
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Jake Gibson / Fox News:
DOJ files civil suit against Edward Snowden over new memoir
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
A teen allegedly wanted to ‘shoot 400 people for fun.’ Cops found an AK-47 in her bedroom.  —  Alexis Wilson was working an afternoon shift at the local Pizza Inn in McAlester, Okla., on Sunday, when she pulled a co-worker aside to boast about her new gun.  —  The slight 18-year-old …
Discussion: VICE, Raw Story and Law & Crime
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Air Force crews stayed at Trump's Turnberry resort for days at a time  —  TURNBERRY, Scotland— Air Force officers who have earned medals for their tours of duty can pick up some more brass with a short pit stop in Southwest Scotland.  —  As part of its relationship with the Air Force …
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Trump Will End California's Authority to Set Stricter Auto Emissions Rules  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is expected on Wednesday to formally revoke California's legal authority to set tailpipe pollution rules that are stricter than federal rules, in a move designed by the White House …
Richard Lardner / Associated Press:
Trump's Cabinet has had more ex-lobbyists than Obama or Bush  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — In less than three years, President Donald Trump has named more former lobbyists to Cabinet-level posts than his most recent predecessors did in eight, putting a substantial amount of oversight in the hands …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
How the Iran conflict would have unfolded under a normal president  —  It did not have to come to this: Neither the American people nor our allies can trust President Trump's word on the origin of the drone attacks on Saudi Arabia.  And he and his advisers can't be trusted to find …
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Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Sheriff helped plot his own deputy's killing over ‘racially offensive’ tape, prosecutors say  —  Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins learned one of his deputies had a tape of him making “racially offensive” comments, prosecutors say.  So the North Carolina lawman encouraged another man …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
American Migration Patterns Should Terrify the GOP  —  Liberals in America have a density problem.  Across the country, Democrats dominate in cities, racking up excessive margins in urban cores while narrowly losing in suburban districts and sparser states.
Discussion: Alternet.org and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Border fence construction could destroy archaeological sites, National Park Service finds  —  The bulldozers and excavators rushing to install President Trump's border fence could damage or destroy up to 22 archaeological sites within Arizona's Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in coming months …
Discussion: Axios
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Back First 2020 Challenger to Sitting Democrat  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez plans on Tuesday to announce her endorsement of Marie Newman, a progressive candidate seeking to oust Representative Daniel Lipinski, a conservative-leaning Illinois Democrat …
Matt Stevens / New York Times:
Andrew Yang Knows You May Disagree With Him About Shane Gillis  —  Mr. Gillis was dropped by “Saturday Night Live” after calling Mr. Yang a racial slur, and Mr. Yang, an entrepreneur who is running for president, has urged forgiveness.  —  Shane Gillis, a 31-year-old stand-up comedian …
 
 
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Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
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Joyce Karam / The National:
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Matt Dixon / Politico:
Trump campaign cuts ties with top adviser in Florida
Discussion: Florida Politics
Sarah Smarsh / New York Times:
Something Special Is Happening in Rural America
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Judge forced off bench after online posting of noose, ‘Make America Great Again’ message
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
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Scott Johnson / Power Line:
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Bloomberg:
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Matthew Choi / Politico:
Pentagon puts brakes on 3 border barrier projects because of cost
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Democrats fret presidential field's leftward lurch presents down-ballot dilemma
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Woke History Is Making Big Inroads in America's High Schools