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Washington Post:
U.S. asylum officers say Trump's ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy is threatening migrants' lives, ask federal court to end it  —  Asylum officers urged a U.S. appeals court Wednesday to block the Trump administration from forcing migrants to remain in Mexico while they await their immigration court hearings in the United States.
Discussion: Axios and Daily Kos
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Washington Post:
The father and daughter who drowned at the border dove into the river in desperation  —  Valeria was a cheery child.  Not even 2 years old, she loved to dance, play with her stuffed animals and brush her family members' hair.  Her father, Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, was stalwart.
Jarrell Dillard / Bloomberg:
Border Official Says Migrant Facilities Are Stocked ‘Like Costco’ With Supplies
Discussion: Townhall
CNN:
Fact-checking the first night of the first Democratic presidential debate  —  (CNN)The first 2020 Democratic presidential debate kicked off in Miami with 10 candidates trying to stand out in a crowded field.  They took on taxes, equal pay, health insurance and immigration reform.  —  Here are the facts.
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Nick Givas / Fox News:
Trump renders verdict on Democratic debate: ‘BORING!’  —  President Trump kicked off his tweeting during Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate with a one-word verdict on the night: “BORING!”  —  The commander-in-chief didn't have anything further to add until he later swiped at NBC News …
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and Washington Post
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren proved she's ready for the big show  —  She commanded on her issue but more importantly showed the political savvy Democrats have wondered about.  —  Elizabeth Warren not only served as the literally and metaphorically central figure of the opening Democratic debate …
Discussion: New York Times
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
The Landmine that Just Got Laid for Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: Vox
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Why only 2 of 10 Democrats raised their hands to say they'd abolish private insurance
Carol Robinson / al.com:
Woman indicted in shooting death of her unborn child; charges against shooter dismissed  —  A woman whose unborn baby was killed in a 2018 Pleasant Grove shooting has now been indicted in the death.  —  Marshae Jones, a 27-year-old Birmingham woman, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury on a manslaughter charge.
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Most of the 2020 Democratic candidates are already doomed  —  Political reporters, whose powers of analysis and prediction have been not so reliable in the Trump era, have learned to lean on what editors call the “to be sure” paragraph.  These are like the fine print in a legal contract …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Bill de Blasio calls for 70 percent tax rate on wealthy in Dem debate  —  MIAMI - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to establish himself an unapologetic progressive during the first Democratic debate here on Wednesday, saying wealthy Americans should pay 70 percent of income in taxes.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:   Booker and Castro Thrive, Warren Coasts, and Beto Crashes
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Democrats team up on Beto
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Jay Inslee says Donald Trump is the biggest national security threat facing the U.S.
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Mueller's testimony could expose one of Trump's biggest crimes  —  Now that Robert S. Mueller III has agreed to testify before Congress, some commentators are rushing to declare that “expectations” could be dashed.  And some Democrats are also downplaying expectations …
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Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Another Impeachment Rant
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:   House Panel Questioned Georgian-American Businessman on Trump's Real-Estate Dealings in Moscow
Sahil Chinoy / New York Times:
What Happened to America's Political Center of Gravity?  —  The Republican Party is farther right than U.K.I.P. and France's National Rally, according to an analysis of their platforms.  —  Editorials  —  Are You Ready for Weapons That Call Their Own Shots?
Discussion: Mother Jones and Opinion Today
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Nancy Pelosi rejects bipartisan border bill  —  House Democrats cannot accept the bipartisan border crisis compromise bill the Senate passed Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, and will demand changes to limit how long children can be held in some facilities.
Discussion: Daily Wire
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Adam Shaw / Fox News:   Senate rejects House border funding bill over ‘poison pill riders,’ setting up critical vote
Scott Gleeson / USA Today:
USWNT's Ali Krieger says Donald Trump is angered by women he ‘cannot control or grope’  —  USWNT defender Ali Krieger issued a strong rebuke to President Donald Trump after he tweeted about teammate Megan Rapinoe on Wednesday.  —  “In regards to the 'President's' tweet today …
Politico:
Trump ready for tariff truce with China  —  This story is being published as part of a content partnership with the South China Morning Post.  It originally appeared on scmp.com on June 26, 2019.  —  The U.S. and China have tentatively agreed to another truce in their trade war in order …
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:   House backs ban on White House spending at Trump's properties, sending message to president
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump on what he tells Putin: 'It's none of your business'
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Reddit Restricts Pro-Trump Forum Because of Threats  —  The subreddit The_Donald was “quarantined” for threats of violence toward police officers and politicians in Oregon.  —  Reddit limited access to a forum popular with supporters of President Trump on Wednesday, saying that its users …
Discussion: Fortune and Slate
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Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
Investigators Found Immigrant Kids And Families Locked In Disgusting Conditions In Border Camps  —  When Department of Homeland Security inspectors visited several border facilities in the Rio Grande Valley earlier this month, they found adults and minors with no access to showers …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
ABC News:
Democratic debate night: Fact checking the candidates on the issues  —  Here's ABC News' fact check of the first of two Democratic presidential debates in Miami between Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Gov. Jay Inslee, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard …
Discussion: Politico
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
2020 Dems downplay economic gains under Trump, at Miami debate
Discussion: Breitbart
Los Angeles Times:
Claiming to be Cherokee, contractors with white ancestry got $300 million … Two years ago, when the mayor's office in St. Louis announced a $311,000 contract to tear down an old shoe factory, it made a point of identifying the demolition company as minority owned.  —  That was welcome news.
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Hoping to stand out (and stand tall), three candidates will use risers  —  With 10 candidates on stage Wednesday night, it may be hard for some to rise to the occasion.  —  But luckily, the candidates can use risers.  And three are taking advantage of that.
Discussion: Shakesville, CNBC and Slate
Liz Mair / New York Times:
Who Is the Republican Heir to Trump?  —  Some ambitious politicians are setting themselves up to run in the 2024 election — or perhaps earlier.  —  Ms. Mair is a Republican campaign strategist.  —  For the kickoff of his 2020 re-election campaign in Florida last week …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Is Trump a Rapist?  —  America needs to give these women, and the accusations they've brought forth, the full attention they deserve.  —  I am simply disgusted by what's happening in America.  —  My political differences with this president and his accomplices in Congress …
Ben Fishel / NPR:
Farewell to NPR's Peter Overby  —  Senior Director of Special Projects Beth Donovan and Chief Washington Editor Shirley Henry announced the retirement of long-time NPR correspondent Peter Overby.  Read the full note below.  —  All - With some sadness for the newsroom and much happiness for Peter …
 
 
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Orion Rummler / Axios:
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Washington Post:
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John Solomon / The Hill:
‘Unmasker in Chief’ Samantha Power spewed anti-Trump bias in government emails
Discussion: Sean Hannity
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
Attorney General William Barr wows Justice Dept crowd with bagpipe playing
Discussion: Townhall