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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.
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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Heather Caygle / Politico:
‘Get real’: Senior Democrats shut down Kavanaugh impeachment push  —  Senior Democrats are moving quickly to snuff out calls to impeach Brett Kavanaugh, arguing those tactics are unrealistic and politically harmful.  —  Democrats are already wrestling with whether to try to oust President Donald Trump …
Mimi Rocah / USA Today:
Confirmed: Powerful men ignored women in short-circuited Brett Kavanaugh investigation  —  Does Kavanaugh belong on the Supreme Court?  The public needs to know who limited the FBI and how, and if officials are capable of listening to women.  —  CONNECT  —  The painful controversies …
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:   Go ahead, impeach Brett Kavanaugh
Washington Examiner:
In New York Times v. Kavanaugh, flagrant prosecutorial misconduct
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
First look: Harris asks for Kavanaugh investigation
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
“The Real Bombshell”: CBS News Hits NYT Over Kavanaugh Story To Focus On Witness Tampering
New York Times:
Answers to Reader Questions on Our Brett Kavanaugh Essay
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Brett Kavanaugh Turmoil Engulfs the New York Times
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.
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Trump and Warren 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: Common Dreams and The Week
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Bhaskar Sunkara / Jacobin:
The Working Families Party Has Written Itself Out of History
Charlotte Alter / TIME:
‘One Woman, and Millions of People to Back Her Up.’ …
The Daily Beast:
Team Trump: Saudis See This Attack as Their 9/11  —  “It seems like a trivialization of the tragedy of 9/11, but from a Saudi point of view it is a way of explaining their shock to Americans,” one expert says.  —  A top State Department official told Congress Monday evening that the Saudis view …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:   How the Iran conflict would have unfolded under a normal president
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The Saudi-Iran crisis could end Trump's lucky streak on the economy
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.
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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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
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 …
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Associated Press:
Ocasio-Cortez backs liberal challenger to Dem congressman
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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.
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
Sarah Smarsh / New York Times:
Something Special Is Happening in Rural America  —  There is a “brain gain” afoot that suggests a national homecoming to less bustling spaces.  —  Ms. Smarsh is the host of the podcast “The Homecomers” and the author of the memoir “Heartland.”  —  WICHITA, Kan. — For more than a century following …
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 …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Judge forced off bench after online posting of noose, ‘Make America Great Again’ message  —  A judge in Upstate New York was forced off the bench after posting online the image of a noose and a Trump campaign slogan, which a state commission concluded showed political or racial bias, officials said Tuesday.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Joyce Karam / The National:
US Senate confirms John Rakolta as new ambassador to UAE  —  The post of ambassador to Abu Dhabi has been vacant since the departure of Barbara A Leaf in 2018  —  The US Senate has confirmed John Rakolta as the new US ambassador to the United Arab Emirates following a majority vote in favour …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Lewandowski readies Trump defense at ‘impeachment hearing’  —  Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski says he's preparing to defend his former boss when he faces the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday afternoon in what top Democrats say is their first official “impeachment hearing.”
Discussion: Vox, Axios, The Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Democrats fret presidential field's leftward lurch presents down-ballot dilemma  —  When the top Democratic presidential candidates gathered in Houston last week, they debated a radical health care overhaul and mandatory gun confiscation while striking an uncompromising tone toward President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.
 
 
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Matt Dixon / Politico:
Trump campaign cuts ties with top adviser in Florida
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Brooke Jarvis / New Yorker:
Who Speaks for Crazy Horse?
Bloomberg:
Disrepair of U.S. Oil Reserve May Hamper Its Value in a Crisis
Thom Tillis / YouTube:
Warrior  —  On the heels of Senator Thom Tillis officially announcing …
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Stand by your sham: An introduction
Discussion: The Federalist
Bloomberg:
Health Insurance That Doesn't Cover the Bills Has Flooded the Market Under Trump
David Stein / The Intercept:
The Untold Story: Joe Biden Pushed Ronald Reagan to Ramp Up Incarceration — Not the Other Way Around
Georgi Boorman / The Federalist:
Majority-Woman City Council In Texas Votes To Create Second ‘Sanctuary City For The Unborn’
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Matthew Choi / Politico:
Pentagon puts brakes on 3 border barrier projects because of cost
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Abortion Mysticism of Pete Buttigieg
Discussion: The Federalist and Althouse
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Arizona Supreme Court Greenlights Discrimination Against Same-Sex Weddings
John Murawski / RealClearInvestigations:
Woke History Is Making Big Inroads in America's High Schools
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Carol Rosenberg / New York Times:
The Cost of Running Guantánamo Bay: $13 Million Per Prisoner
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
House Democrats sidestep border wall fight until November
David Brennan / Newsweek:
Donald Trump stole pancakes and forgot a relative was dead while visiting family, cousin claims
Discussion: Daily Wire and Washington Times