Recommended Reading + Programming Note

I'm feeling extremely burned out emotionally, so I'm going to take the day off to try to rest and I'll be back on Monday.

In the meantime, here's some stuff I've read this morning that you might want to see and/or discuss — and, as always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share what you've been reading in comments.

Julia Reinstein at BuzzFeed: [Content Note: Sexual violence] Alex Acosta Is out as Labor Secretary Amid the Controversy over His Handling of the Jeffrey Epstein Case

Staff at the Weather Channel: [CN: Video may autoplay at link] Tropical Storm Barry to Bring Dangerous Flooding to Lower Mississippi Valley; Hurricane and Storm-Surge Warnings Issued

Ashley Parker at the Washington Post: 'Like a Rocket': Trump Revels in His Love-Hate Relationship with Twitter

Daniel Dale and Holmes Lybrand at CNN: Fact Check: Trump Makes 6 False Claims During His 'Social Media Summit'

Patrick Wintour at the Guardian: Iran Warns Western Powers to 'Leave Region' Amid Gulf Crisis

Laura Bassett at GQ: [CN: Sexual violence] When Does America Reckon with the Gravity of Donald Trump's Alleged Rapes?

Melanie Schmitz at ThinkProgress: [CN: Nativism] Trump Directs His Administration to Collect Citizenship Data Another Way, After Census Effort Fails

Dan Kerman and Dan Thorn at KRON: [CN: Nativism; video may autoplay at link] ICE Raids Have Already Begun in Bay Area, Immigration Attorneys Say

Jessica Mason Pieklo at Rewire.News: It May Be up to John Roberts to Save the Affordable Care Act Once Again

Casey Michel at ThinkProgress: A Major Russian Financing Scandal Connects to America's Christian Fundamentalists

Max Cohen at USA Today: Obama Sends Letter to Prisoner He Freed, Who Made the Dean's List: 'I Am So Proud of You'

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In primary news...

Mark Murray at NBC News: NBC/WSJ Poll: Biden, Warren Top 2020 Democratic Field

Matt Viser at the Washington Post: Joe Biden's Senate Records Could Answer Questions About His Past Actions — but They're Being Kept Secret

Holly Otterbein at Politico: Sanders and Warren Voters Have Astonishingly Little in Common

Maiysha Kai at the Root: If Elected, Kamala Harris Intends to Close the National Rape Kit Backlog in Her 1st Term

Rishika Dugyala at Politico: How Amy Klobuchar Would Improve Care for Seniors

[VIDEO] Anderson Cooper with Cory Booker at CNN: Booker: Trump's Fear-Based Culture Is Toxic

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