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9:50 PM ET, July 7, 2019

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Julie K. Brown / Miami Herald:
With Jeffrey Epstein locked up, these are nervous times for his friends, enablers  —  Jeffrey Epstein spent a second night in a New York jail cell Sunday, with a federal indictment expected to be unsealed Monday, charging him with sex offenses involving underage girls he and others allegedly trafficked …
Discussion: Slate, Washington Post, NPR and Mediaite
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Kat Tenbarge / Business Insider:
Jeffrey Epstein: Trump once praised billionaire charged with sex trafficking minors for liking women ‘on the younger side’  — In light of Jeffrey Epstein's reported Saturday night arrest on charges of sex trafficking minors, a quote from Donald Trump praising the billionaire's fondness for young women has re-surfaced.
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
Alexander Kacala / Newsweek:
Miami Herald Investigative Reporter: ‘Quite A Few Powerful, Important People’ May Be Named in Jeffrey Epstein Case  —  American billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, Donald Trump's longtime friend, was arrested this weekend for alleged sex trafficking involving multiple minors in Florida and New York this weekend …
Gwendolyn Oxenham / ESPN:
Why Megan Rapinoe's brother, Brian, is her greatest heartbreak, and hope  —  Editor's note: Megan Rapinoe gave her brother, Brian, a birthday shout-out on national TV after winning the 2019 Women's World Cup, the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer and the Golden Ball as its top player.
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Andrew Das / New York Times:
U.S. Wins Record Fourth World Cup Title  —  The United States women's soccer team claimed its fourth Women's World Cup title on Sunday, beating the Netherlands, 2-0, in Lyon, France, to repeat as world champions.  —  “It's surreal,” said United States forward Megan Rapinoe …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
US Soccer Star and Trump-Basher Megan Rapinoe REFUSES to Sing National Anthem in Protest Before Final Game of World Cup
Discussion: Daily Mail
Nikki Schwab / New York Post:
Melania Trump reportedly told Donald that Christine Blasey Ford was ‘lying’  —  A new book says that first lady Melania Trump told her husband she thought Christine Blasey Ford was lying when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee against Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Exclusive excerpt: Inside Kavanaugh's leaked mock hearing  —  A new book on Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process discloses that the White House held a secret mock hearing for Kavanaugh after allegations of sexual assault against him broke — which leaked to the press before it was even finished.
Discussion: Political Wire
Fox News:   ‘Justice on Trial’ excerpt: Mollie Hemingway, Carrie Severino reveal how Kavanaugh confirmation was saved
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Trump wants to talk.  Iran isn't interested.  —  When it comes to nuclear negotiations, Iran is not North Korea.  —  President Donald Trump wants to sit down with Iranian leaders — but they don't share his eagerness to talk, revealing the limits of the president's personal diplomatic overtures.
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Errin Haines Whack / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Kamala Harris on race and electability in 2020  —  NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kamala Harris can't forget the older black woman she met in Iowa while campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama before the state's 2008 caucus.  —  “I remember her saying to me …
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Jamie Ehrlich / CNN:
Justin Amash on what his GOP colleagues say behind closed doors  —  (CNN)Newly independent Rep. Justin Amash, the only congressional Republican to have publicly argued that President Donald Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct, told CNN that high-level party officials have thanked …
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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Amash doesn't rule out 2020 bid, potentially complicating Trump's path to reelection
Discussion: RedState
Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
Justin Amash: GOP was broken even before Trump's presidency
Discussion: Breitbart
Justin Wise / The Hill:
Amash: ‘High-level’ Republicans privately thanked me for supporting Trump impeachment
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
FBI, ICE find state driver's license photos are a gold mine for facial-recognition searches  —  A cache of records shared with The Washington Post reveals that agents are scanning hundreds of millions of Americans' faces without their knowledge or consent.  —  Agents with the Federal Bureau …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Tensions flare over Pelosi's comments about four House Democratic women and border bill  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) faced sharp criticism Sunday from some liberal lawmakers and activists over her latest comments about a group of House Democratic women who opposed …
Discussion: The Guardian
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Heather Caygle / Politico:
Threat of budget disaster rises amid discord in both parties
Discussion: Washington Post
Axios:
Inside Trump's ‘Javanka Special’ speech  —  The president is giving a speech on the environment on Monday.  And some people think that's a little weird.  —  What we're hearing: Two senior administration officials told Axios they were surprised when they first heard that President Trump …
Discussion: Political Wire
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Justice Department changing lawyers on census case  —  The Justice Department is swapping out the lawyers who had been representing the administration in its legal battle to put a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census, possibly signaling career attorneys' legal or ethical concerns …
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Cory Booker and his ‘boo,’ Rosario Dawson, take their relationship on the campaign trail  —  Presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker and actress Rosario Dawson put their typically low-key romance in the spotlight this week.  Dawson for the first time stepped out on the campaign trail with her boyfriend …
Discussion: Essence
Gregory Katz / Associated Press:
UK ambassador called Trump administration ‘clumsy and inept’  —  LONDON (AP) — Britain's ambassador to the United States described the Trump administration as “diplomatically clumsy and inept” and said he doubted it would become “substantially more normal,” according to a leaked diplomatic cable published Sunday.
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CNN:
Fact check: Joe Biden falsely claims he opposed spending more money to build state prisons
Discussion: Political Wire
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
A Political Murder and Far-Right Terrorism: Germany's New Hateful Reality
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
‘Democracy . . . is about to die in Youngstown’ with closing of the local newspaper
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Agriculture Department suspends data collection for honeybees after Trump budget cuts
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Henry / Fox News:
I'm becoming a liver donor for the sister I love, so she can live a long and healthy life
Discussion: twitchy.com, The Daily Caller and IJR
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
Fear, loathing and winning in 2020: Trump stirs the pot for a reason
Quinn Owen / ABC News:
Acting DHS secretary doesn't accept report on conditions at Border Patrol stations
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Will Bunch / Inquirer.com:
Can Democrats grow a spine before American democracy collapses in a limp, lifeless heap?
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Artist Who Created ‘Blatantly Anti-Semitic Cartoon’ Invited By Trump To White House
New York Times:
Warren and Harris Rise in Democratic Primary, Challenging Male Front-Runners
Discussion: Washington Post