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6:25 PM ET, July 8, 2019


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Jessica Holdman / Post and Courier:
Attorney General Barr tells SC reporters he's found a legal recourse on Census question … Attorney General William Barr walks with South Carolina Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott for a press conference at FCI Edgefield on Monday, Jan. 8, 2019.  Barr said ti expect an announcement …
Mike Balsamo / Associated Press:
Barr sees a way for census to legally ask about citizenship  —  EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — Attorney General William Barr said Monday that he sees a legal path to adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, despite a Supreme Court ruling that blocked its inclusion, at least temporarily.
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Barr: Mueller's Hill testimony will be ‘public spectacle’  —  EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — Attorney General William Barr says Democrats are trying to create a “public spectacle” by subpoenaing Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress about the Russia investigation.
Discussion: Political Wire and Splinter
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's corruption is getting worse.  He has a hidden enabler.  —  Extraordinary new details are emerging about President Trump's efforts to rig the census to benefit the Republican Party — and those details provide an occasion to take stock of William P. Barr's role as hidden enabler of the president's deepening corruption.
CNN:   Congressional Democrats subpoena Trump organization
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:   Trump officials tell one court Obamacare is failing and another it's thriving
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:   Barr says Trump administration can legally add citizenship question to census
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Obamacare faces a death panel on Tuesday
Discussion: USA Today
New York Times:
Nude Photos of Girls Seized From Jeffrey Epstein Mansion  —  The prosecutors are seeking to detain the financier while he awaits trial on sexual trafficking charges, saying he is a flight risk.  —  Investigators seized nude photographs of young women from the Manhattan townhouse of Jeffrey Epstein …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Epstein Arrest Is a Worry for Donald Trump  —  The man facing accusations of sex-trafficking and pedophilia has been associated with many high-profile figures, including the U.S. president.  —  At some point in a Manhattan courtroom on Monday, Jeffrey Epstein, a prominent money manager …
Washington Post:
Financier Jeffrey Epstein charged with federal sex trafficking crimes involving minors
Los Angeles Times:
Eric Swalwell is expected to withdraw from presidential race, Tom Steyer to enter  —  Rep. Eric Swalwell is expected to abandon his uphill run for president Monday and announce that he will instead seek a fifth term in the House.  —  Swalwell's plans were confirmed by a Capitol Hill source with knowledge of his intentions.
Associated Press:
US Rep. Swalwell ends presidential bid, will seek reelection
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Why Isn't Trump Trying to Win the Center?  —  In theory, that's what he should be doing.  In practice, forget it.  —  What is President Trump going to do to win the voters who rejected him in 2016?  —  It's a serious question.  Roughly 137 million people voted in the last presidential election.
New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren's Fund-Raising: $19.1 Million in 3 Months, Outpacing Sanders  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts raised $19.1 million in the past three months, her campaign said on Monday, a total that places her firmly in the top echelon of the Democratic money race …
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
Warren reports $19.1 million in 2nd-quarter donations
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Warren puts Sanders on notice with $19 million fundraising haul
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Trump has referred to his Wharton degree as ‘super genius stuff.’ An admissions officer recalls it differently.  —  PHILADELPHIA — James Nolan was working in the University of Pennsylvania's admissions office in 1966 when he got a phone call from one of his closest friends …
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Sen. Mitch McConnell's great-great-grandfathers owned 14 slaves, bringing reparations issue close to home  —  McConnell has opposed paying reparations to descendants of slaves, though census records show his family, like many others, benefited from their labor.
Associated Press:
AP: Federal grand jury probing GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A federal grand jury in New York is investigating top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, examining whether he used his position as vice chair of President Donald Trump's inaugural committee to drum up business deals …
Washington Post:
Trump says U.S. ‘will no longer deal’ with British ambassador who called White House ‘inept’  —  LONDON — President Trump said Monday that the United States would “no longer deal” with the British ambassador who disparaged his administration.  —  In a cache of diplomatic cables leaked …
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
Trump team held back dirt on Kavanaugh accuser, new book says  —  At the height of the furor over Christine Blasey Ford's accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, the media were filled with speculation that the Supreme Court nominee might withdraw from the nomination battle.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Exclusive excerpt: Justice Kennedy's secret meeting with Trump
Discussion: Politico, Political Wire and Fox News
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:   Congressional Dems Don't Seem Eager For Trump's New York Tax Returns
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
If I Had Five Minutes to Question Robert Mueller  —  Here's a puzzle: Imagine that you are a member of Congress who, under rules seemingly designed to preclude effective questioning, had exactly five minutes to interview Robert Mueller on national television.  What would you ask him?
Discussion: Althouse
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Justin Amash resigns from House committee after dumping GOP  —  Newly independent Rep. Justin Amash has formally left the GOP conference and resigned from the House Oversight Committee, according to a letter he sent to Republican leaders on Monday.  —  “Please accept this letter …
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
The ‘Texas Miracle’ Missed Most of Texas  —  LONGVIEW, Tex. — On the eastern plains of Texas, local leaders are trying to stop the bleeding of talent to the bright lights of Dallas and Austin.  They are sprucing up downtown, completing 10 miles of walking trails, investing in parks and schools …
Steven A. Cook / Foreign Policy:
The Middle East Is Now Split Between Red States and Blue States  —  The region has been carved up into Republican and Democratic countries, to the detriment of the United States.  —  Sen. Arthur Vandenberg, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the late 1940s …
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Kamala Harris Crushed Joe Biden on Busing at the Debate.  Here's Why She's Walking It Back.  —  School segregation is a great blot on America.  Revisiting the unpopular politics of the 1970s is now a way for the party to clean that mess up.  —  BEAST INSIDE
Zach Carter / HuffPost:
Nancy Pelosi Doesn't Know Who The Democratic Party Is Anymore  —  She's undermining her own caucus.  —  On Saturday, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd published an interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that reads like an excerpt from The Great Gatsby reimagined for the 21st century.
Breitbart's White House correspondent expected to join White House  —  New York (CNN Business)Breitbart's former White House correspondent is expected to join the Trump administration, people familiar with the matter told CNN.  —  Michelle Moons, the correspondent, is slated to take a job …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Trump shares fake Reagan quote to praise himself  —  President Donald Trump started off the week by sharing a bit of fake news.  —  The president on Monday morning elevated a two year old tweet from a copycat account for the conservative outlet The Reagan Battalion, which featured a photograph …
Áine Cain / Business Insider:
Furious Home Depot shoppers say they're boycotting the store and cutting up their cards after one of the home-improvement retailer's founders said he'd donate some of his fortune to Trump's reelection campaign  — Home Depot's cofounder Bernie Marcus plans to donate to President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection bid.
ProPublica Is Expanding Its Local Reporting Network to Youngstown, Ohio  —  Youngstown is losing its only daily newspaper, but there's no shortage of investigative stories worthy of coverage.  ProPublica will fund one investigative reporter at an Ohio news organization for a year.
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Trump says he will hold another military celebration next Fourth of July
Discussion: Political Wire
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Warren Staffer Draws Criticism for Anti-Israel Tweet
Naomi Schaefer Riley / Institute for Family …:
The ‘Soft-Referral’ Ban for International Adoptions Hurts Special Needs Children
Washington Post:
Treasury could breach debt ceiling in first half of September, much sooner than previously thought
How Facebook Fought Fake News About Facebook
Anna Peele / Washington Post:
The Ignoring of Kirsten Gillibrand
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Kris Kobach Enters U.S. Senate Race, Misspells Own First Name
Discussion: Breitbart and Splinter
 Earlier Items: 
Owen Daugherty / The Hill:
Marianne Williamson campaign uses fundraising email to help rival 2020 Democratic candidate
Discussion: Fox News and Townhall
Kelsey Gee / Wall Street Journal:
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Tom Steyer reconsiders 2020 and plans to enter the race