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3:10 PM ET, July 9, 2018


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Washington Post:
‘Viciousness’: Trump aides endure public fury toward president's policies  —  Just after arriving in Washington to work for President Trump, Kellyanne Conway found herself in a downtown supermarket, where a man rushing by with his shopping cart sneered, “You ought to be ashamed of yourself!
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Narrows Supreme Court Field as Advice Pours In  —  Signaling he has not yet settled on his pick for the Supreme Court, President Trump on Monday morning worked the phones primarily seeking input about two judges who are apparently the finalists, Brett Kavanaugh and Thomas Hardiman, people familiar with the discussions said.
Discussion: Above the Law, Vox and Political Wire
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The Supreme Court vs. democracy  —  Even those most invested in the Court's grandeur are finding it hard to defend its reality.  —  Tonight, at 9 pm Eastern, President Donald Trump will announce his pick to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
Trump Making Supreme Court Pick to Cement Conservative Majority
Discussion: BloombergQuint
Boris Johnson quits to add to pressure on May over Brexit  —  Boris Johnson has resigned as Foreign Secretary amid a growing political crisis over the UK's Brexit strategy.  —  He is the second senior cabinet minister to quit within hours following Brexit Secretary David Davis's exit.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?  —  On June 14, 2016, the Washington Post reported that Russian hackers had broken into the Democratic National Committee's files and gained access to its research on Donald Trump.  A political world already numbed by Trump's astonishing rise barely took notice.
Christie Smythe / Bloomberg:
Trump's Personal Driver for 25 Years Sues for Unpaid Overtime  — Noel Cintron says he's owed 3,300 hours in back pay for years  — Wage bump in 2010 came with a catch, loss of health insurance  —  Donald Trump's personal driver for more than 25 years says the billionaire real estate developer …
Pregnant Women Say They Are Being Mistreated In Immigration Detention, Despite The Administration's Claims  —  Pregnant women in immigration detention under the Trump administration say they have been denied medical care, shackled around the stomach, and abused.  —  Reporting From Washington, DC
Some Members Of Trump's Exclusive Clubs Appear To Have Been Invited To An Air Force One Tour  —  The invitations would raise more questions about the overlap between Trump's administration and his family's private businesses.  —  Reporting From Washington, DC
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Why does Michael Cohen keep publicly hinting that he'll flip on Trump?  —  There have been some reports that Cohen wants Trump to pay his legal fees.  —  Michael Cohen really, really wants everyone to know that he's willing to flip on President Donald Trump.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's delusions are about to blow up in his own voters' faces  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  With the exception of the big, beautiful wall that is already being built on the southern border (in President Trump's mind, anyway), the issue that taps most directly into the most visceral strains …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Sasse tempts Trump's wrath by refusing to bow  —  The Republican senator and persistent Trump critic stokes speculation about his intentions with a soon-to-publish book and new nonprofit.  —  Ben Sasse has so far been spared the public floggings that Donald Trump inflicted …
Discussion: Splinter
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Nancy Pelosi: 'They Come After Me Because I'm Effective'  —  The House Minority Leader on the midterms, impeachment, her own party, sexism and the sexist-in-chief  —  As the countdown to November commences, with Democrats desperate for a moonshot, Nancy Pelosi sits atop a three-stage rocket, full of possibility and danger.
Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
The Secrets of Leonard Leo, the Man Behind Trump's Supreme Court Pick … When President Donald Trump nominates a justice to the Supreme Court on Monday night, he will be carrying out the agenda of a small, secretive network of extremely conservative Catholic activists already responsible …
Discussion: Daily Wire and New Republic
Jane Coaston / Vox:
Nazis and white supremacists are running as Republicans across the country.  The GOP is terrified.  —  The racist candidates are expected to lose, but they could drag their party down with them.  —  In at least five state and national races across the country, the Republican Party is dealing with an uncomfortable problem.
Rachel Frazin / The Daily Beast:
Journalist Held by ICE Speaks: ‘Without a Doubt’ I Was Targeted for My Work … What started out as a “just another day” in Memphis-based journalist Manuel Duran's life ended in his arrest by local police and transfer to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  —  The arrest, Duran claims …
Adiel Kaplan / miamiherald:
Miami grandma targeted as U.S. takes aim at naturalized immigrants with prior offenses  —  The United States government has long reserved its power to revoke citizenship for the rarest of cases, going after the likes of war criminals, child rapists and terrorist funders.  —  Norma Borgono is none of those.
Turkey's Erdogan sworn in with new presidential powers  —  ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in again as Turkey's president on Monday, assuming sweeping powers he won in a referendum last year and sealed in a hard-fought re-election victory two weeks ago.
Selcan Hacaoglu / BloombergQuint:   Turkey to Be Transformed as Erdogan Sworn in With Vastly Expanded Powers
Matthew Dessem / Slate:
Michelle Wolf Gets Patriotic For a Red, White, and Blue Salute to Abortion  —  With the country more polarized than ever, it's been hard for Americans to find common ground this Fourth of July.  As columnist Megan McArdle recently argued in the Washington Post, to find our way back, we'll need …
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
San Francisco's crisis looks like New York's future  —  “A major medical association is pulling its annual convention out of the city — saying its members no longer feel safe,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle.  It's a loss of approximately $40 million dollars for the city and a warning …
Discussion: Breitbart and Instapundit
Antonio García Martínez / Wired:
How Silicon Valley Fuels an Informal Caste System  —  CALIFORNIA IS THE future of the United States, goes the oft-cited cliché.  What the US is doing now, Europe will be doing in five years, goes another.  Given those truthy maxims, let's examine the socioeconomics of the “City by the Bay” as a harbinger of what's to come.
Claire Parker / The Texas Tribune:
Facing a Tuesday deadline to reunite about 100 migrant toddlers with their parents, feds say they've reunited 2  —  At a federal court hearing in California on Monday, a government lawyer also said that nearly half of those children won't be reunited by the Tuesday deadline.
Christopher Roach / American Greatness:
What Does the Democratic Party Stand For?  —  Once upon a time, there were two patriotic parties in America.  If you don't believe me, watch the Nixon-Kennedy debates.  There you will see the hawkish Kennedy complaining that President Eisenhower was weak on defense, having allowed a “bomber gap” to materialize on his watch.
Alexandra Topping / The Guardian:
Donald Trump to face ‘carnival of resistance’  —  Dozens of groups and thousands of individuals will try to make US president's visit uncomfortable  —  The organisers of anti-Donald Trump protests have promised a “carnival of resistance” that will begin as soon as the US president lands in the UK on Thursday.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Liberal Backlash Is Coming  —  Demonstrators protest against the Trump administration's immigration policies on June 30, 2018, in New York.  —  Among the many privileges certain Americans enjoy—along with the presumption of competence and driving without being pulled over unless …
Nacha Cattan / Bloomberg:
Security on Mexican Borders to Get New Force, But Not From Trump  — Lopez Obrador's security chief Durazo to create border force  — Humanitarian, development program to be big part of policy  —  After months of Donald Trump's controversial clampdown on immigration …
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Beto-mania Sweeps Texas  —  Ted Cruz's long-shot challenger is drawing riotous crowds.  Is it enough?  —  FORT WORTH, Texas — Beto O'Rourke is running to replace Ted Cruz.  Literally.  Sweat pours off his lean, 6' 4"-frame as the El Paso Democrat jogs along the southern bank …
Former coaches come out in support of Jim Jordan amid OSU wrestling sex abuse allegations  —  Columbus, Ohio (CNN)Former Ohio State University wrestling coaches showed their support for fellow former coach Jim Jordan Monday, saying they believe his claims that he was not aware of sexual abuse allegations against a former team doctor.
CBS News:
Thai cave rescue: Four more boys pulled from flooded cave — live updates  —  Four more members of a youth soccer team were pulled from a flooded cave in a second round of rescue operations in Thailand on Monday.  The 12 boys and their coach were trapped in the cave for two weeks.
Discussion: BBC, CNN, Daily Wire and Reuters
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
MJ Hegar raised $750,000 off her viral ad, one of a few Texas Democrats boasting big numbers  —  Early fundraising sums show several Texas Democrats are postured to launch formidable campaigns in the fall. … WASHINGTON - In the 10 days after long shot Democratic candidate …
Discussion: Political Wire
Boston weighs giving legal, non-US citizens voting rights  —  BOSTON — Non-US citizens living in the country legally may one day be allowed to vote in Boston elections.  —  The City Council is holding a hearing Tuesday on the idea at the request of Council President Andrea Campbell.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Daily Wire
Top Communications Union Joins Group Pushing for Facebook's Breakup  — CWA is newest member of Freedom From Facebook coalition  — Effort is part of the broader public backlash against site  —  The top U.S. communications union is joining a coalition calling for the Federal Trade Commission …
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Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: Eater
Evan Kraft / The Hill:
People returning to labor force in droves — a key step for the economy
Discussion: Instapundit
Danielle Wiener-Bronner / CNNMoney:
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Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Dem congressman reveals ‘rogue’ Devin Nunes has refused to even speak to the House Intelligence Committee for months
Mark Moore / New York Post:
De Blasio spends weekend at Bernie Sanders' summer home
Discussion: Daily Wire and Front Page Magazine