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Real Clear Politics:
McSally's GOP Senate Challenger Wants to...Annex Mexico  —  Donald Trump wants to build the wall.  A wannabe-Donald Trump in Arizona wants to annex Mexico.  —  Ahead of a general election where the Grand Canyon State could be a bit of a problem for the president, the wealthy owner of a cosmetics company …
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Laurie Roberts / Arizona Republic:
A progressive revolt against Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is exactly why Trump will win (again)  —  Opinion: Progressive Democrats want to censure the first Arizona Democrat to win a Senate seat in 30 years.  Genius idea.  —  CONNECT  —  A group of Arizona Democrats are demonstrating …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘The ground is shifting’: Arizona emerges as a 2020 trouble spot for Trump  —  Arizona has long been touted as a potential swing state in the presidential election.  Its time may have finally come.  —  Demographic shifts, progressive organizing efforts and President Donald Trump's potential weakness …
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Internal poll shows Kobach trailing Democrat in Kansas Senate race
Discussion: Shareblue Media
John Bresnahan / Politico:
‘Feel free to leak this’: Inside the Pelosi-Nadler impeachment schism  —  In a closed-door meeting last week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi stunned lawmakers and aides with a swipe at Democratic staff on the House Judiciary Committee.  —  Pelosi criticized the panel's handling of impeachment in harsh terms …
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Heather Digby Parton / Salon:
Corey Lewandowski's stonewall campaign finally crumbles: Are impeachment counts coming?
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Democrats, stuck in Watergate mode, bungle Lewandowski testimony
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
After hours of questioning Lewandowski, Democrats finally land punches
CNN:
Lewandowski hearing was a disaster
Discussion: ABC News and Townhall
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Bolton unloads on Trump's foreign policy behind closed doors  —  John Bolton, President Donald Trump's fired national security adviser, harshly criticized Trump's foreign policy on Wednesday at a private lunch, saying inviting the Taliban to Camp David sent a “terrible signal” and that it was …
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Eliot Brown / Wall Street Journal:
‘This Is Not the Way Everybody Behaves.’ How Adam Neumann's Over-the-Top Style Built WeWork.  —  The skills that helped fuel We Co.'s breakneck growth are piling up as potential liabilities as the company prepares to go public  —  Adam Neumann was flying high.  Literally.
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Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
A 21st Century Breakup Inside the divorce rattling Silicon Valley and Democratic politics.
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Mark Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers in Washington
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Electable Is Elizabeth Warren, Anyway?  —  Elizabeth Warren is not leading the polls (yet), but she is on a trajectory to win the Democratic presidential nomination.  She is well-liked by supporters of other candidates, giving her room to grow.  And the sequence of votes gives …
Discussion: Splinter
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders has parted ways with Iowa political director  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) parted ways with his Iowa political director in recent weeks, his campaign confirmed Wednesday, part of a series of recent staff shake-ups in key early states.  —  The campaign announced in March …
Discussion: Political Wire
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Military has spent nearly $200,000 at Trump's Scottish resort since 2017  —  Since Donald Trump took office, the U.S. military has spent nearly $200,000 at the president's luxury Scotland resort, according to figures and documents the Pentagon provided to the House Oversight Committee.
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Washington Post:   Pentagon has warned of dire outcomes if military projects canceled for wall don't happen
Martyn McLaughlin / Scotsman:   Donald Trump's luxury helicopter charter plans fail to take off
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Pentagon Says It Spent $184,000 in 2 Years at Trump's Scotland Resort
Discussion: Axios and hsgac.senate.gov
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Learned to Play by Washington's Rules  —  WASHINGTON — Less than two weeks after being sworn in last year, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a young progressive star fresh off an upset of one of the top Democratic leaders in the House …
Discussion: Politico and Axios
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Tal Axelrod / The Hill:   Badrun Khan to challenge Ocasio-Cortez in Democratic primary
Andrea Jefferson / Political Flare:
Trump Insider Claims Melania Has a Long-Term Boyfriend (and Donald Trump Knows About it)  —  It's pretty obviously to anyone with eyes that Donald and Melania Trump don't exactly have a lovey-dovey relationship.  —  From the hand-swatting to the Playboy model to the porn stars …
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The Boston Globe:
Joe Kennedy to formally announce he'll run for Senate  —  Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III, the last member of the Democratic dynasty serving in Washington, plans to formally announce Saturday that he is launching a primary challenge to Senator Edward J. Markey, an audacious political move …
Claire Spellberg / Decider:
‘SNL’ Boss Lorne Michaels Reportedly Hired Shane Gillis to Appeal to Conservative Viewers  —  Just when you thought the Shane Gillis controversy was over, new details have emerged about his Saturday Night Live casting.  According to a new report from Variety's Joe Otterson and Michael Schneider …
Discussion: Variety, twitchy.com and Vanity Fair
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Jordan Julian / The Daily Beast:   ‘SNL’ Hired Shane Gillis to Appeal to Conservative Audiences: Report
Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:
Why the Kavanaugh Confirmation Still Haunts Us  —  On Sunday, The New York Times published an excerpt of a new book on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly.  The snippet focused on the story of Deborah Ramirez—a classmate of Kavanaugh's at Yale …
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
In whiplash moment, Democrats are now backing away from Kavanaugh allegations
Discussion: twitchy.com
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:   Joe Biden Believes in the Good Will of Republicans. Is That Naïve?
Megan Specia / New York Times:
Netanyahu Is in Trouble, and Other Takeaways From the Israeli Election  —  Israeli voters went to the polls on Tuesday for the second time in five months.  The results aren't certain, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to gain the support he had hoped for.
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Joseph Krauss / Associated Press:   Israel's Arabs poised to gain new voice after tight election
Shmuel Rosner / New York Times:
The End of the Netanyahu Era
Discussion: Raw Story
Rosalie Chan / Business Insider:
Barack Obama says any president should avoid TV and social media when making a decision — it ‘clouds your judgment’  — Former US president Barack Obama said that when making a decision, it's helpful not to watch TV or read social media.  — That's because those things create …
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Ina Fried / Axios:
Obama swipes Trump on watching TV and using Twitter
Discussion: Political Flare and Political Wire
Will Wilkinson / New York Times:
Why an Assault Weapons Ban Hits Such a Nerve With Many Conservatives  —  The premise of Trumpist populism is that the political preferences of a shrinking minority of citizens matter more than democracy.  —  “Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” Beto O'Rourke exclaimed at last week's Democratic debate.
Discussion: twitchy.com
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Here's The Document The White House, Barr Are Using To Push Gun Control On Republicans  —  The White House and Department of Justice (DOJ) have met with multiple Republican senators and congressmen to shop legislation on expanding background checks consistent with the Manchin-Toomey bill …
NBC News:
Pompeo calls Saudi oil field attack an ‘act of war’  —  Official sources told NBC News Tuesday that the Trump administration was weighing options for a retaliatory action against Iran.  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday accused Iran of perpetrating an “act of war” …
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
How Trump can punish Iran, without starting a war
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham's appeasement of Trump appears to have reached its limit  —  Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) has all but admitted to the game he's playing with President Trump.  The man who once derided Trump as a “bigot” and a “kook” during the 2016 campaign has acknowledged his pro-Trump conversion …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
This report tallied the human and economic toll of gun violence in all 50 states.  The cost is staggering.  —  2017 marked the first time firearms killed more people than motor vehicle accidents, the report said.  —  Gun violence hits America's youth and rural states the hardest and has reached …
 
 
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Florida Man Arrested for Making Racially-Motivated Threats in Interference with Election …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Tom Steyer Says He Can't Disclose Hundreds of Millions in Financial Assets
Discussion: NB Blog
WPLG-TV:
American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging flight has ties to ISIS, prosecutors say
Discussion: twitchy.com and Jihad Watch
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
A Trump Friend, Under Scrutiny by Prosecutors, Appears at California Fund-raisers
Discussion: Raw Story
Mackenzie Mays / Politico:
Anti-vaccine protesters are likening themselves to civil rights activists
Discussion: Raw Story and LGBTQ Nation
Daniel W. Drezner / Washington Post:
A modest defense of ‘The West Wing’
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
Ken Cuccinelli Wants The Power To Reveal The Personal Information Of Refugees And Asylees Who Are Accused Of Crimes
Discussion: Axios
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Jack Holmes / Esquire:
Corey Lewandowski Just Proved Democrats Have Not Come to Grips With What They're Up Against
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
GOP Senator ‘Doubtful’ He'll Support Trump Court Pick Steven Menashi
Discussion: Political Wire
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
The Facebook page ‘Vets for Trump’ …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Why it will be hard for Trump to win Wisconsin again
Discussion: Raw Story and Alternet.org