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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Threat of budget disaster rises amid discord in both parties
Discussion: Washington Post
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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Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
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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
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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:, 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 /
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