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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.
New York Times:
Cokie Roberts, Journalist and Commentator, Is Dead at 75  —  A pioneering and award-winning newswoman for ABC News, she was named a ‘Living Legend’ by the Library of Congress.  —  Cokie Roberts, the longtime journalist and commentator for ABC News and NPR, died on Tuesday in Washington.  She was 75.
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.
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 …
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Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
To Balance the Scales of Justice, Don't Be Afraid to Pack the Court  —  The lifetime appointments of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh cry out for Democratic hardball in response.  —  President Trump bragged on Twitter recently about his success filling up the federal judiciary.
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Trump pitches to Latino voters at New Mexico rally as he vows to “make it a Republican state.”
Discussion: The Atlantic, The Week, CNN and Mediaite
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Brett Kavanaugh Turmoil Engulfs the New York Times  —  Sources say Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly initially pitched their reporting to the news side, but top editors ultimately felt that there wasn't enough juice to warrant a story there—punting the scoop to the Sunday Review section.
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Washington Examiner:
In New York Times v. Kavanaugh, flagrant prosecutorial misconduct
New York Times:
Answers to Reader Questions on Our Brett Kavanaugh Essay
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Pressley to introduce resolution to open impeachment inquiry against Kavanaugh
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, IJR and Axios
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Times' handling of Kavanaugh story draws widespread criticism
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Warren and Trump Speeches Attack Corruption, but Two Different Kinds  —  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: The Week
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Bhaskar Sunkara / Jacobin:
The Working Families Party Has Written Itself Out of History  —  Make no mistake: the Working Families Party's opaque presidential endorsement process signaled a rejection of not only Bernie Sanders but the movement emerging around him.  —  The Working Families Party (WFP) …
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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Austin Carson / Washington Post:
After the Saudi oil attack, will the U.S. and Saudis start a war with Iran?  Here are 3 things to know.
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The Saudi-Iran crisis could end Trump's lucky streak on the economy
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
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
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.
Discussion: CNN, BizPac Review, KTLA and New Yorker
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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.
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: Raw Story
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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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 …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Abortion Mysticism of Pete Buttigieg  —  How the party of science decided that personhood begins at birth.  —  Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., has made his Christian piety a minor theme of his presidential campaign — quoting Proverbs on the debate stage …
Discussion: The Federalist and Althouse
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Dan Merica / CNN:   Buttigieg releases plan to improve US' response to natural disasters
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 …
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
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Pentagon puts brakes on 3 border barrier projects because of cost  —  The Defense Department is no longer moving forward with three border barrier projects in California and Arizona, according to a court filing Monday.  —  The move is a reversal of an earlier Pentagon authorization …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
A central 2020 question for Democrats: How critical are working-class white voters?
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
House Democrats sidestep border wall fight until November
David Brennan / Newsweek:
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