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The Iowa State Fair is more than just pork chops on a stick and farm animals. Every four years it turns into a national spectacle as presidential hopefuls descend upon the iconic fair and try to win over the locals. Over a weekend of record-breaking attendance, @politicomag wandered the crowd hoping to see this staple of presidential campaigning from the perspective of native Iowans. Less than six months from now, these voters will gather in the state’s first in the nation caucuses. We talked to blue-haired Bernie supporters, suspender-wearing Republicans and livestock-loving teens. These are the faces of the people on the frontlines of one of America’s most celebrated campaign stops — whether they like it or not. More at the link in bio. 📷 @shadowdetails

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“We’re open for business, but not for sale.” That’s the tweet heard around the world, sent from Greenland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and intended for President Trump. Why exactly? Yesterday the Wall Street Journal wrote that Trump was reportedly interested in buying the territory because of its strategic location and wealth of natural resources. He even repeatedly asked advisers “with varying degrees of seriousness” whether the U.S. could buy Greenland, according to the Journal. Sorry, Mr. President. It looks like Danish and Greenlandic politicians have poured cold water on the idea. “It must be an April Fool’s Day joke ... but totally out of [season]!” former Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen tweeted. Link in bio for more. 📷 Getty

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Americans are 👀-ing presidential candidates' views on cybersecurity. Nearly 80% of registered voters would consider a candidates’ stance on cybersecurity prior to voting, a new poll found. And nearly 90% said say cybersecurity should be a top priority for the government, but only about half feel like the government is effectively tackling digital threats, according to a survey from the cybersecurity firm Anomali. Link in bio to see what each of the 2020 Dems have to say about election security. And watch our Story for more on potential threats to the American voting system. #cybersecurity #tech #hacking #election2020 #electionsecurity

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Chaos at the NRA means Trump and Congress may have a brief opening to pass gun control legislation while the group is so politically feeble. "There’s no coordinated effort,” according to a person familiar with the NRA’s outreach on the current gun debate. “The staff feels like there is no plan. There’s not a lot of direction or a plan for how to proceed.” In recent months, the NRA has battled numerous scandals — from lavish spending by top executives and a broader financial management crisis to several board member resignations and an attempted coup at the group’s annual conference. Link in bio for the full story. 📸 AP Photo #gunreform #nra #trump #guncontrol #gunadvocate

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Most House Democrats want Donald Trump removed from the White House. But the movement for his actual impeachment gained steam this year with the end of Mueller’s investigation. So far, more than half of House Dems have either called for an impeachment investigation or have said outright that they'd vote to remove him from office. (*Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan was the only Republican to call for Trump's impeachment, but he later changed his party affiliation to Independent in July.) Link in our bio for more.

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Cardi B is feeling the Bern. In a new video, filmed in a Detroit nail salon last month and released this week by Bernie Sanders' campaign, the Bronx rapper quizzes the White House hopeful on a number of issues, including his plans for Dreamers and how he would bankroll proposals like Medicare for All, tuition-free college and canceling student debt. Cardi B said that interest was high in these proposals, telling Sanders that a lot of people think that it’s impossible and a lot of people don’t want "extreme socialism.” The rapper took questions from fans on social media, where she is known to comment on about everything from where Americans’ taxpayer dollars go to the policies emanating from the White House. Link in bio for the full story. 📸 Getty Images #cardib #berniesanders #election2020

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President Trump told New Hampshire voters that they had to support his re-election campaign or suffer the economic consequences, even as markets show signs of a coming recession. "You have no choice but to vote for me, because your 401(k), everything is going to be down the tubes,” the president said. “Whether you love me or hate me, you have got to vote for me.” Trump gave a wide-ranging, 90 minute speech Thursday night that hit on Hillary Clinton’s emails, ending the AIDS epidemic, and the prospects of the nearly two dozen Democrats running for president against him. (Swipe 👈 for more photos from last night's rally.) 📸 @smahaskey #trump #newhampshire #election2020 #economy

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UPDATE: Rep. Rashida Tlaib said she won't be going to Israel, just hours after Israel’s interior ministry reversed course, allowing her to travel to the Israeli-occupied West Bank to visit her 90-year-old grandmother. The interior ministry had approved Tlaib's entry Friday after she committed not to advocate for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement during her visit. That announcement came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu originally said Thursday he would bar Rep. Ilhan Omar and Tlaib — the first two Muslim women elected to Congress — from entering the country. Link in bio for the full story. 📸 AP Photo #israel #rashidatlaib #ilhanomar #benjaminnetanyahu

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Have you read the Mueller report? We used a Freedom of Information Act request to find out just how much interest the Russia report generated. It turns out it’s an eye-popping metric (nearly 800 million!) that shows just how much that anticipation turned into actual downloads. Not surprisingly, the highest number of downloads came on April 18, the day Attorney General William Barr released a redacted version of Mueller’s report. DOJ counted more than 644 million hits on that day alone. More at the link in bio. 📷 AP

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is expected to announce tomorrow that two of the three lander elements for Project Artemis (you know might know it as the Trump administration's plan to send astronauts to the moon by 2024) will be built at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville — and not Johnson Space Center in Houston. This has members of Congress from Texas angry. The Apollo program of the 1960s and 1970s was anchored in Houston, and Texas Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn and Rep. Brian Babbin want NASA to reconsider the plans and choose their home state instead. “‘Houston’ was one of the first words ever uttered on the Moon, and Houston, the city that last sent man to the Moon, should be where the lander that will once again send Americans to the lunar surface is developed," the congressmen wrote in a letter today. More at the link in bio. 📷 AP

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The latest targets of House Judiciary Committee's subpoenas: Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former top White House aide Rick Dearborn. The committee is trying to get ahead of details on their knowledge of potential obstruction of justice by President Trump. The subpoenas — which demand public testimony on Sept. 17 — come on the same day Lewandowski intends to appear alongside Trump at a campaign rally in New Hampshire, where Lewandowski has begun to openly consider a Senate campaign. Link in bio for the full story. 📸 Getty Images #coreylewandowski #trump #uscongress #newhampshire

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Stacey Abrams announced today that she will train her efforts over the next year and a half on a group to expand voter access and boost involvement with the 2020 census. While Abrams made no explicit announcement that she would not run for president, her self-imposed deadline of Labor Day to jump in to the race is rapidly approaching. “There are only two things stopping us in 2020: That people have a reason to vote and that they have the right to vote,” she told a labor union in Las Vegas. Abrams unveiled her latest undertaking stemming from her voting rights group Fair Fight, which she began after her defeat in Georgia’s gubernatorial race in November. More at the link in bio. 📷 Getty

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New tariffs? Not so fast. Remember that 10% import duty on cell phones, laptops, video game consoles and other consumer goods made in China that President Trump announced on Aug. 1? Today, the Trump administration announced they will be delayed until Dec. 15, instead of taking effect on Sept. 1 as Trump originally said. The delay lessens the possibility that a long list of consumer goods the U.S. imports from China will be hit with a "Trump tax" during the crucial holiday shopping period. "It's worth noting that the delay pretty clearly contradicts his assertion that the Chinese are paying the tariffs," Bill Reinsch, a trade policy expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said in an email. "If they’re paying, why are we postponing? Answer: he doesn’t want to be the Grinch that stole Christmas." More about the delay at the link in bio. #china #tariffs #chinatariffs

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Kamala Harris has boots on the ground in Iowa. But can she catch up to Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren? Some thought she was ignoring Iowa in favor of South Carolina, but Iowa has now become an unexpectedly promising target for Harris. She’s running third here, behind Biden and Warren. Overwhelmingly, Harris seems, in mid-August, the candidate Iowans most want to like. “You’re in my top two,” they tell her, as only an Iowan can. Our reporter Chris Cadelgo followed Harris' campaign on her bus trip through Iowa last week. Link in bio for the full story. 📸 Getty Images

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Protests have continued in Hong Kong International Airport, causing flight cancellations for the second straight day. Protestors used luggage carts to block riot police from entering the airport, as travelers stuck in limbo roamed the airport. There were also reports of protesters holding captive and pouring water on man who they claimed was an undercover police officer (swipe 👈). Medical staffers eventually evacuated the man from the airport. 📸 Getty Images and AP Photos #hongkongprotest #hongkong #protest #prodemocracy

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President Trump's top immigration official offered a new version of the poem featured on the Statue of Liberty. This one aligns more closely with the administration's latest rule aimed at curbing the number of people who enter the United States legally: “Give me your tired and your poor — who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge," Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services said on NPR. Cuccinelli was asked whether the words of Emma Lazarus' poem “The New Colossus,” remain "part of the American ethos." "They certainly are," he said, also offering the revised version. Link in bio for the full story. 📸 Getty Images #immigration #statueofliberty #greencard #trump

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It’s time to get rid of the filibuster. At least that’s what former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid argued in an op-ed in the New York Times today. The former Democratic leader argued the Senate’s 60-vote threshold for legislation has held back sweeping bills that would have addressed gun violence, climate change and immigration.“We are not living in the same legislative world anymore,” Reid wrote. In recent years the Senate has steadily changed legislative rules, with its leadership citing the need for efficiency. During his tenure as majority leader, Reid changed Senate rules in 2013 to get rid of the filibuster for most presidential appointees. In 2017, Senate Republicans abolished the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. More at the link in bio. 📷 AP

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The Trump administration is changing how it implements the Endangered Species Act, weakening protections that environmentalists say violate the law and make it easier for oil companies, real estate interests and the agriculture industry to develop land where vulnerable wildlife live. The new rule comes after more than a year of efforts to loosen restrictions written to protect hundreds of species. The Interior Department has argued that a streamlining is necessary to update how it enforces the 1973 law, including allowing the federal government to begin to measure the economic costs of protecting some species. Link in bio for the full story. 📸 AP Photo #polarbear #wildlifeconservation #endangeredspecies #departmentoftheinterior

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All flights out of Hong Kong International Airport have been cancelled today after thousands of anti-government protesters caused unprecedented disruption at one of the world’s busiest airports.The masses of demonstrators prevented passengers from checking in or clearing airport security and roads leading to the airport were jammed with traffic as busloads of even more protesters made their way there. Today marks the fourth straight day of airport protests and the tenth week of protests in the city. More about why people are protesting at the link in bio. 📷 AP and Getty

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Today marks two years since crowds of white supremacist protesters marched toward a statue of confederate General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia. They carried tiki torches, swastikas and semi-automatic rifles and chanted slogans such as “White lives matter” and “Jews will not replace us." Several people were injured, riot police were forced to form a wall between competing protesters and a young woman named Heather Heyer was killed. Today, Heyer's friends gathered to honor her memory. We're also looking back at the images captured in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017 (swipe 👈)—a day the nation has since remembered with vigils and demonstrations against racism. Last year, we asked 16 of the most thoughtful people we know to describe the impact of the violence—and how we should think about it forward going. Link in bio for what they said. 📸 AP Photos and Getty Images #charlottesville #heatherheyer #virginia

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It’s official: Puerto Rico has a new governor — for now at least. Gov. Ricardo Rosselló resigned Friday as promised, clearing the way for veteran politician Pedro Pierluisi (pictured) to be sworn in as his replacement. Rosselló had promised to step down in response to weeks of protests over a series of leaked chats in which he and advisers denigrated a range of Puerto Ricans. Because of problems with the qualifications of members of Rosselló’s administration in the constitutional line of succession, it was unclear until the last minute who would become governor. Two hours after taking the oath, Pierluisi emerged from the governor’s residence to address the press and said he would only promise to serve as governor until Wednesday, when the Senate will hold a hearing on his nomination. Link in bio for more. 📷 AP

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The majority of House Democrats now support an impeachment inquiry. Supporters passed the halfway mark — 118 out of 235 voting Dem members now support the effort — on Thursday when Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida announced his support. Deutch was also the 23rd Democratic lawmaker to support impeachment proceedings in the days after former special counsel Robert Mueller testified to Congress. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Perhaps more significant than the number of Democrats backing an inquiry are the identities of the members themselves. The latest additions include Reps. Mike Levin of California, Jennifer Wexton of Virginia and Jason Crow of Colorado, three freshmen who flipped Republican-held districts in November. Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, a member of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's leadership team, added her name to the list last week. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Even though Pelosi has given no indication that even a significant majority of House Dems embracing impeachment would shift her view, supporters of an inquiry argue that crossing the halfway mark among the caucus is a symbolic boost that could shift the political dynamic. Link in bio for more.

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Rep. John Ratcliffe was tapped to lead the country's intelligence agencies less than a week ago and he's already out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Texas Republican withdrew himself from consideration to become the next national intelligence director after several days marked by a series of unflattering media stories, muted support from GOP senators and intelligence veterans expressing concerns about his thin resume and partisan attitude about government investigators. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ratcliffe received national attention last week when he aggressively grilled former special counsel Robert Mueller over his investigation. Many believed that Trump tapped Ratcliffe simply because he held similar views about FBI corruption during the Russia probe. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The president accepted his decision, but also said, "Our great Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media." Link in our bio for the full story. 📷Getty

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Joe Biden’s family has mixed business and politics in questionable ways for nearly 50 years. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here’s one example: When his brother James and son Hunter took over troubled investment fund Paradigm in 2006, one executive said James made it clear he saw the fund as a way to take money from foreigners who couldn’t legally give political donations to Joe or his campaign. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “We've got people all around the world who want to invest in Joe Biden,” he recalls James sayingid. A lawyer for Hunter said no such incident occurred, and there’s no indication they ever succeeded in bringing foreign money in. Nor were they accused of criminal wrongdoing in their tenure at Paradigm. But during their five years of involvement with Paradigm, it became entangled in a number of alleged and confirmed frauds. Link in bio for our investigation on how “Middle Class” Joe’s family cashed in on the family name. (📷Politico Illustration; NBCU Photo Bank; Getty)

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A Trump supporter shouts at CNN's Jim Acosta during Trump's rally tonight in Cincinnati while a protester is removed from the venue. Acosta did not respond to the man who was eventually calmed at the urging of those around him. More from the rally at link in bio 📷 @smahaskey

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People gather near a police barricade on a street leading to the Governor's Mansion, where Ricardo Rosselló, the Governor of Puerto Rico lives. Rosselló is scheduled to step down on Friday at 5 p.m., after he was forced out of office when it was revealed that he and top aides were part of a private chat group that contained misogynistic and homophobic messages. Puerto Ricans still have no idea who will replace the governor as political chaos threatens to paralyze the island with a constitutional crisis. As one of his last acts, Rosselló put forward veteran politician and lawyer Pedro Pierluisi to fill the vacant secretary of state post, next in line for the governorship under Puerto Rico’s constitution. The territory’s House of Representatives is expected to vote on Pierluisi’s confirmation Friday afternoon. If he is rejected, Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez automatically becomes governor as the next in the order of succession, even though she has said she would unwillingly accept the job. 📷 Getty

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Rep. Will Hurd of Texas, the only black Republican in the House, won't seek reelection in 2020, he announced on Thursday. "I have made the decision to not seek reelection for the 23rd Congressional District of Texas in order to pursue opportunities outside the halls of Congress to solve problems at the nexus between technology and national security," he announced on his website Link in bio. 📷 AP

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The Senate passed a massive two-year budget deal today and sent it to Donald Trump’s desk for his signature. The bipartisan legislation raises spending $320 billion over current levels and puts the end of the threat of a debt crisis this fall. Mitch McConnell and Senate GOP leaders — with help from Trump, Mike Pence and newly confirmed Defense Secretary Mark Esper — pushed to get a majority of their members to support it, and an insider said the president is “taking names” and watching those who chose to vote against it. Sens. Mitt Romney, Mike Lee, Mike Braun, Pat Toomey, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Marco Rubio, Rick Scott, and Rand Paul were among the legislation’s GOP detractors. Link in our bio for the full story.

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Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is "seriously considering" running for Senate. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He's eyeing a seat held by Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and it's one of the only opportunities for Republicans to pick up a Democratic-held seat next year. (Shaheen narrowly won in 2014 when she defeated Republican Scott Brown with 51 percent of the vote.) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ New Hampshire Democratic Party spokesperson Josh Marcus-Blank slammed the former Trump official after buzz of his possible run, calling him a "craven lobbyist who has been credibly accused of assault many times." Link in our bio for the full story. 📷Getty

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Bill de Blasio wins the award for “most likely to grow up to be a debate moderator.” The NYC mayor didn’t want to just *answer* questions on the debate stage Wednesday night. He had some questions of his own – for Biden. He repeatedly demanded that Biden address the deportations of undocumented immigrants during the Obama administration. And he also objected to the moderators moving on from a discussion of foreign policy without addressing Iran – shouting as the camera cut away, “We didn’t talk about Iran,” repeating it three times. The moderator had to chastise him: “Please follow the rules.” . Link in bio for more of our “awards” from Night 2 of the second Democratic debates. 📷: Getty

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H. Ross Perot, the self-made Texas billionaire who rose from a childhood of Depression-era poverty and twice ran for president as a third-party candidate, has died. He was 89. Perot, whose 19% of the vote in 1992 stands among the best showings by an independent candidate in the past century. Perot, pictured above in 1996, earned his billions by building Electronic Data Systems Corp., which helped other companies manage their computer networks. Yet the most famous event in his career didn’t involve sales and earnings; he financed a private commando raid in 1979 to free two EDS employees who were being held in a prison in Iran. The tale was turned into a book and a movie. Link in bio for more on Perot's legacy. 📸 AP Photo #rossperot #Texas #reformparty

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Donald Trump said he feels "very badly" for Alex Acosta, praising the Labor secretary's work but lamenting the headlines plaguing the former Florida U.S. attorney behind the controversial plea deal for billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. "We're going to be looking at that and looking at it very closely,” Trump continued, also making a point of distancing himself from Epstein, whom he said he had a falling out with long ago and hasn't talked to for 15 years. Last year, former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House was reviewing the situation in the wake of a Miami Herald report that detailed the scope of Epstein's abuse and the plea deal he was granted. The White House didn't answer questions on whether they conducted an inquiry then. (Link to the full story in our bio).

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Time for a Mueller report reality check: Only a small segment of America’s most powerful have read it. President Trump can’t give a straight answer about the subject. More than a dozen members of Congress admitted that they too have skipped around rather than studying every one of the special counsel report’s 448 pages. And despite the report technically ranking as a best-seller, only a tiny fraction of the American public has actually cracked the cover and really dived in. Link in bio for who has and hasn't read the Mueller report ahead of his hearing on Capitol Hill next week. 📸 AP Photo #timscott #robertmueller #muellerreport #uscongress

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Amy McGrath is running for Congress again—this time for the Senate. The Kentucky Democrat and former fighter pilot who lost a House race last year, announced she's launching a bid against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in what could be one of 2020's most expensive races. McGrath is a major recruit for Democrats, but she faces a serious uphill challenge against the Kentucky Republican, who was first elected to the Senate in 1984 and has been the Republican leader since 2007. But Democrats hope McGrath, who pulled in more than $8 million for her House race in 2018 and has a proven online fundraising base, will be able to raise the money and has a profile that will make her competitive against McConnell. Link in bio for more on McGrath's run. 📸 Getty Images #amymcgrath #kentucky #mitchmcconnell #uscongress

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With about 30 million Americans suffering from some form of kidney disease, President Trump is considering an executive order to overhaul the $100-plus billion kidney care market. When patients reach the final stage, their kidneys fail, requiring either a transplant or frequent dialysis to stay alive. The administration is expected this week to announce a series of initiatives to encourage more kidney transplants and treatment at home. Right now, only about 12 percent of patients start their dialysis treatment at home, according to HHS. More about Trump hopes to overhaul U.S. kidney care system at the link in our bio 📷 AP Photo

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Allegations that billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein sought and paid underage girls for sex were an open secret for more than a decade. In 2008 he reached a plea deal with now-Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta in Florida to serve a 13-month jail sentence and register as a sex offender. Epstein thought it was over. That changed today when federal prosecutors charged Epstein with sex trafficking. Find out why he might have the Miami Herald to thank for the new charges by tapping the link in our bio 📷 AP Photo

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Tom Steyer might not be out of the 2020 presidential race after all. In January, the billionaire environmental activist said he wouldn't run for the White House—instead putting his efforts into his Need to Impeach campaign. Now, he has told people he plans to announce he's changed his mind. Steyer’s entrance into the Democratic primary field would be comparably late, with a field that already numbers about two dozen candidates. Some of them have struggled with name identification and the requirements to qualify for Democratic primary debates, challenges Steyer would also face. Link in bio for more on Steyer's potential run. 📸 AP Photo #tomsteyer #needtoimpeach #trump #election2020

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Wash your hands, don’t cough, and don’t you dare sneeze on Air Force One. Two and a half years into his term, President Trump is solidifying his standing as the most germ-conscious man to ever lead the free world. The quirk shows up in meetings at the White House, on the campaign trail and at 30,000 feet. And everyone close to Trump knows the president’s true red line. The first thing he often tells his body man after shaking countless hands at campaign events: “Give me the stuff” — an immediate squirt of hand sanitizer. Link in bio for more on the Purell presidency of the germaphobe-in-chief. 📸 Getty Images #trump #thewhitehouse #germaphobia #airforceone

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Welcome back from July 4 week to everyone—but especially to the @uswnt World Cup champs. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has invited the team, which defeated the Netherlands Sunday to win the their fourth World Cup, to the Capitol. When asked yesterday if they’d be invited to the White House, President Trump said, “We haven’t really thought about it. We will look at that, certainly.” Link in bio for more on the week ahead in Playbook. 📸 Getty Images #worldcup2019 #womensworldcup #meganrapinoe #uswnt #uswntsoccer

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Here's a peek at Air Force One's new look. Last week, President Trump unveiled proposed changes to the presidential aircraft, that has maintained the same exterior look for decades. The model of the updated airplane exterior was on display during Trump's meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier this week. 📸 Getty Images

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POW! WHAM! D’OH! What happened to Cory Booker’s superhero legend? The bold young mayor became a heroic meme, a national celebrity and then…A 2020 question mark. We explore his rise in a graphic investigation. Visit @politicomag for the first chapter. 🎨 @nathanfoxy

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Trump's former business associate Felix Sater failed to show up for a voluntary interview before Congress today. Now, the House Intelligence Committee Chairman is issuing a subpoena for his testimony, Rep. Adam Schiff said. Lawmakers want to talk to Sater because he was the chief negotiator for the failed Trump Tower Moscow project. Sater told us that the interview is “being rescheduled,” but Schiff told reporters that he would issue the subpoena “imminently.” When asked if anyone threatened him or told him not to show up, Sater replied, “No of course not.” Link in bio for the full story. 📸 AP Photo #adamschiff #uscongress #trump #moscow #russia

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Protesters gathered outside the White House on Thursday night after President Trump tweeted that "Iran made a very big mistake" by shooting down a U.S. drone in Iran. By Friday morning, Trump confirmed that a strike was planned but he called it off at the last minute Thursday night after learning 150 people would die. He tweeted that he decided that the potential cost of human lives was “not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone.” Link in bio for more. 📸 AP Photo #iran #military #trump #thewhitehouse

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Roy Moore, the controversial Republican judge who lost a 2017 Senate race in deep-red Alabama, is running again to unseat Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in 2020. Moore lost his 2017 race after facing allegations of sexual misconduct with young girls decades ago. Republicans fear Moore's candidacy could be a major roadblock in the GOP’s path to retaking a critical Senate seat. Figures at every level of the party, including President Trump, had urged Moore to not run again, fearing he would be the only candidate who would lose to Jones. Link in bio for more. 📸 AP Photo

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Hope Hicks broke with Trump on what the response should be to offers of foreign assistance in U.S. elections. During Hicks' interview with the House Judiciary Committee, she told lawmakers that offers of foreign assistance in U.S. elections should be “rejected and reported to the FBI,” Chairman Jerry Nadler said. According to Nadler, Hicks “knew that the president’s statement was troubling” and “understood the president to be serious.” Hicks, the longtime former Trump confidante, sat for nearly eight hours with the committee on Wednesday. Link in bio for more on what we know about Hicks’ closed-door. testimony. 📸 AP Photo #hopehicks #trump #election2016 #uscongress

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Apple wants U.S. trade officials to exclude the iPhone from President Trump's latest round of proposed tariffs on Chinese-made goods, as the Silicon Valley giant looks to shield its core product from Trump's trade war with Beijing. Apple says m that a tariff on the iPhone and its other devices, such as tablets and computers, would harm its standing in both the U.S. and around the world. In remarks sent to the U.S. Trade Representative, Apple says it's responsible for 2 million jobs across the United States and reminds the government it pledged to invest $350 billion in the U.S. over five years after Trump passed corporate tax reform in 2017. Link in bio for more. 📸 AP Photo #apple #iphone #china #tariffs #trump

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It's officially been one year since the last on-camera press briefing from a top Pentagon spokesperson. Celebrities such as Gene Simmons and Gerard Butler have showed up in the briefing room, but Pentagon spokespeople haven't briefed on camera since May 2018. The Pentagon press corps has chafed for months at what reporters see as a sharp decline in access to information, including limited access to officials during trips. Meanwhile, back in Washington, the briefing room is getting some unconventional use these days, reporters say, for happy hours and farewell parties for colleagues. Link in bio for the full story. 📸 Getty Images

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Six states are down to only one abortion clinic. (And Missouri could have zero by the end of this week). Some women have to travel long distances and face mandatory waiting periods or exams to get abortions. And a new wave of restrictive laws — or outright bans — is rippling across GOP-led states like Alabama and Georgia. (Link in our bio to read more about how anti-abortion activists and lawmakers are eyeing ways to circumvent Roe v. Wade and make abortion a right in name only.)

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Cadets celebrated as they received their diplomas today and shook hands — every single one of them — with President Donald Trump during the 2019 U.S. Air Force Academy Graduation Ceremony. 📷AP

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Attorney General William Barr said special counsel Robert Mueller "could've reached a decision" on whether Trump sought to obstruct the Russia investigation. The rift between Barr and Mueller publicly reemerged after Mueller broke his silence on Wednesday following the nearly two year investigation. In his first public comments, Mueller told reporters that charging Trump with anything was never “an option we could consider” due to a longstanding DOJ policy against charging a sitting president with a federal crime. While Mueller made clear the investigation operated under that framework, Barr told reporters last month that Mueller had not solely relied on the DOJ opinion when deciding whether Trump obstructed justice. Link in bio for the full story. 📸 Getty Images