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Dave Philipps / New York Times:
Trump May Be Preparing Pardons for Servicemen Accused of War Crimes  —  President Trump has indicated that he is considering pardons for several American military members accused or convicted of war crimes, including high-profile cases of murder, attempted murder and desecration of a corpse, according to two United States officials.
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Eli Watkins / CNN:
New York Times: Trump requests paperwork to pardon accused US war criminals
Discussion: Mediaite and Balloon Juice
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
GOP lawmaker says Trump's conduct meets ‘threshold for impeachment’  —  Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), a critic of President Trump who has entertained a run against him in 2020, became the first Republican congressman to say the president “engaged in impeachable conduct” based on the Mueller report.
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Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Breaking With Party, G.O.P. Lawmaker Says Trump's Conduct Reaches ‘Threshold of Impeachment’  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Justin Amash, an iconoclastic Republican of Michigan who has considered a run against President Trump in 2020, became the first member of his party serving in Congress …
CNN:
GOP Rep. Amash becomes first Republican to call for Trump's impeachment  —  Washington (CNN)Michigan GOP Rep. Justin Amash said Saturday he had concluded President Donald Trump committed “impeachable conduct” and accused Attorney General William Barr of intentionally misleading the public.
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Michigan GOP congressman says Trump's conduct impeachable  —  Michigan Rep. Justin Amash became the first Republican lawmaker to declare that President Donald Trump committed impeachable offenses and that Attorney General William Barr “deliberately misrepresented” special counsel Robert Mueller's report.
Adam Forrest / The Independent:
Right-wing Australian politician who blamed Muslims for Christchurch mosque attack loses seat  —  'Fraser Anning goes back to where he came from ... he won't be in the Parliament'  —  The anti-immigration politician egged by a teenage boy earlier this year has lost his seat …
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Breaking: Big Election Upset in Australia
NEWS.com.au:
Scott Morrison clinches unlikely victory over Bill Shorten in bombshell election result
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Matthew Karnitschnig / Politico:
Austrian government collapses over Russia scandal
Kirsti Knolle / Reuters:
Austrian government collapses after far right leader caught in video sting
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and 444
Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli / Politico:
Salvini rally rumbled by Austrian far-right scandal
Yashar Ali / CNN:
In San Francisco, an attack on press freedoms and echoes of autocracy  —  PEN America president optimistic in face of press arrests  —  Yashar Ali is a contributor to HuffPost and New York Magazine.  Follow him @yashar.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
Discussion: Mercury News
Washington Post:
Trump's sanctions on Iran are hitting Hezbollah, and it hurts  —  BEIRUT — The powerful Lebanese Hezbollah militia has thrived for decades on generous cash handouts from Iran, spending lavishly on benefits for its fighters, funding social services for its constituents and accumulating …
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Alex Horton / Washington Post:
‘I get the same intel:’ Iran threat exaggerated by GOP hawks, Rep. Gallego says
Golfweek:
President Trump's golf scores hacked; USGA confirms it's looking into the matter  —  President Trump is at the center of another hacking incident, but this one doesn't involve Wikileaks.  —  Four scores were posted to Trump's USGA-administered GHIN handicap system on Friday …
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Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
USGA investigates after golf scores ‘erroneously’ recorded for Trump
Discussion: Golfweek, Lawyers, Guns & Money and CNN
Matthew Aguilar / Comic Book:
DC Comics Sent Cease And Desist Over Cover Depicting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez As Wonder Woman  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is making waves in Washington DC, but she's also making waves in the comics world too, though for different reasons.  Ocasio-Cortez is the subject of a new comic …
NBC News:
Trump administration identifies at least 1,700 additional children it may have separated  —  The children were separated from their parents before the government's “zero tolerance” policy went into effect in May 2018.  —  The Trump administration has identified at least 1,712 migrant children …
Just Security:
The Balance Has Shifted: The Data on Impeachment Favor Moving Ahead  —  [Editor's note: Just Security is publishing a series in conversation with Sidney Blumenthal's “An Open Memo: Comparison of Clinton Impeachment, Nixon Impeachment and Trump Pre-Impeachment.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Biden Delivers Call for National Unity at Philadelphia Rally  —  PHILADELPHIA — Joseph R. Biden Jr., sometimes known to Democrats in this city as Pennsylvania's “third senator,” returned to the state of his birth on Saturday to deliver a forceful call for national unity …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit, UPI and Politico
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
The Hell of Working at Trump's New Favorite Network  —  Conspiracy theories, racist outbursts, and a whole lot of Putin love.  Working for the far-right One America News Network was a deeply weird experience, former employees say.  —  Ernest Champell realized there was something unusual …
Errin Haines Whack / Associated Press:
Warren building unlikely connection with black female voters  —  HOUSTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren was the last of eight presidential candidates to take the stage at Texas Southern University last month when she was pressed for a solution to black women dying during childbirth at far higher rates than white women.
Martin Vassolo / Miami Herald:
Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, will run for Miami-Dade County Commission  —  Thrust into the national spotlight and a life of activism after the shooting of her teenage son, Sybrina Fulton has spent the better part of the last seven years advocating for an end to gun violence and promoting social justice.
Discussion: Axios
BuzzFeed News:
Bernie Sanders Has A Plan To Fix Racial Segregation In American Schools  —  ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Sen. Bernie Sanders released a plan Saturday to repair the American public education system that focuses on ending school segregation and racial discrimination against students …
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Conservative Group Wants to Bring ‘Brass Knuckles’ Approach to Judicial Fray
Jennifer Bellamy / WXIA-TV:
District attorneys from across metro Atlanta say they won't prosecute women for abortions
Discussion: Big League Politics and Townhall
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Jim Jordan Claims Vindication, but Inquiry Says Talk of Abuse at Ohio State Was Rampant
Discussion: Slate and NBC News
Jack Shepherd / The Independent:
Arnold Schwarzenegger kicked in the back while attending event in South Africa
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Frank Figliuzzi / NBC News:
AG Barr's FBI investigation, President Trump and the threat from within
Anand Giridharadas / New York Times:
What to Do When You're a Country in Crisis
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
De Blasio targets ‘Con Don’ on Iowa stump
CBS News:
Democratic governor ready to sign Louisiana abortion ban bill
Discussion: Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
'It's entirely inappropriate': Trump shot a political video on Air Force One
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Why This Political Fight In Michigan Should Matter To Democrats Everywhere
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Trump Accidentally Raised Taxes on the Children of Dead Veterans
Discussion: Daily Kos
Aída Chávez / The Intercept:
A Genuine Populist is Running for West Virginia Governor.  His Donor Rolls Broke the State's Campaign Finance Software.
Constance Grady / Vox:
The Mueller report holds the top 3 slots on the New York Times best-seller list
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
‘I Did My Best to Stop American Foreign Policy’: Bernie Sanders on the 1980s
Discussion: Fox News