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TIME:
Justin Trudeau Wore Brownface at 2001 ‘Arabian Nights’ Party While He Taught at a Private School, Canada's Liberal Party Admits  —  Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, wore brownface makeup to a party at the private school where he was teaching in the spring of 2001.  TIME has obtained a photograph of the incident.
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Ian Austen / New York Times:
2001 Photo of Trudeau in Brownface Makeup Roils Canada Election  —  OTTAWA — The re-election campaign of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada was thrown into turmoil Wednesday when Time magazine published a 2001 photograph of him wearing brownface makeup at a private school party.
Associated Press:   Justin Trudeau campaign hit with ‘brownface’ photo
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Internal poll shows Kobach trailing Democrat in Kansas Senate race
Discussion: Shareblue Media
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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Eli Lake / Bloomberg:   Trump's Replacement for Bolton Is Also a Hawk
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
This Picture Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Impeachment  —  A Renaissance-style tableau for a divided Washington.  —  WASHINGTON — The photograph has all the trappings of a Renaissance painting — crowded with characters, action and emotion — only this one is set …
Discussion: Yahoo News and Politico
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Heather Digby Parton / Salon:
Corey Lewandowski's stonewall campaign finally crumbles: Are impeachment counts coming?
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
Washington Post:
House Democrats eager to impeach Trump struggle to galvanize public support
Discussion: The Week
John Bresnahan / Politico:
‘Feel free to leak this’: Inside the Pelosi-Nadler impeachment schism
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Pelosi says she would have held Lewandowski in contempt ‘right then and there’
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
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 …
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Rep. Joe Kennedy to announce primary challenge against Sen. Ed Markey
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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: VICE and Politico
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Tal Axelrod / The Hill:   Badrun Khan to challenge Ocasio-Cortez in Democratic primary
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.
Washington Post:
Pentagon has warned of dire outcomes if military projects canceled for wall don't happen  —  The Pentagon warned of dire outcomes unless Congress paid for urgently needed military construction projects nationwide — the same projects that have now been canceled to fund President Trump's border wall.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden at new low in Democratic primary race  —  It's increasingly more important to Democratic primary voters to beat President Donald Trump than support their favorite candidate — and former Vice President Joe Biden is widely considered the candidate most likely to give them the White House.
Discussion: Political Wire
Joseph Krauss / Associated Press:
Israel's Arabs poised to gain new voice after tight election  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Arab coalition appears poised to emerge as the main opposition bloc following Tuesday's election, a historic first that would grant a new platform to a long-marginalized minority.
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Megan Specia / New York Times:
Netanyahu Is in Trouble, and Other Takeaways From the Israeli Election
Haggai Matar / +972 Magazine:   The end of the Netanyahu era doesn't mean the end of the occupation
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 …
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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: twitchy.com
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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
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 …
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: CNN and Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
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Ina Fried / Axios:
Obama swipes Trump on watching TV and using Twitter
Discussion: Political Flare
Molly Jong-Fast / The Bulwark:
Let Corey Be Corey  —  Corey Lewandowsky wants to beat a woman.  I'm talking about incumbent New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.  Why, what did you think I meant?  —  Yesterday Corey Lewandowsky admitted to the world that he is a liar and he did it under oath, during his congressional testimony …
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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 …
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
GOP Senator ‘Doubtful’ He'll Support Trump Court Pick Steven Menashi  —  “If he'll treat a United States senator the way he treated us, I wonder how he would treat the people,” said Sen. John Kennedy.  —  WASHINGTON ― Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said Wednesday that he's not inclined …
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 …
WPLG-TV:
American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging flight has ties to ISIS, prosecutors say  —  Flight aborted after crew notices error with air data module system  —  MIAMI - An American Airlines mechanic accused of disabling a navigation system on a flight scheduled to take off …
Discussion: twitchy.com and Jihad Watch
 
 
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Dan Zimmerman / The Truth About Guns:
Twitter Suspends Second Amendment Foundation Account on Eve of Gun Rights Policy Conference
CNN:
Acting spy chief agrees to testify on whistleblower complaint before House intel panel
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Trump, Carson reject California's request for federal help on homelessness
FiveThirtyEight:
The Christian Right Is Helping Drive Liberals Away From Religion
Discussion: Alternet.org
Timothy Libert / New York Times:
This Article Is Spying on You  —  The same news organizations …
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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
Jack Holmes / Esquire:
Corey Lewandowski Just Proved Democrats Have Not Come to Grips With What They're Up Against
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Why it will be hard for Trump to win Wisconsin again
Discussion: Alternet.org and Raw Story