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10:00 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 …
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: Hullabaloo and Splinter
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Dems to pursue criminal contempt for William Barr, Wilbur Ross over census  —  House Democratic leaders plan to move forward with criminal contempt proceedings against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for defying congressional subpoenas for documents related to the 2020 census …
Discussion: Splinter and POLITICUSUSA
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Barr Says House Subpoenaed Mueller to Create ‘Public Spectacle’  —  EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Attorney General William P. Barr accused House Democrats on Monday of subpoenaing testimony from Robert S. Mueller III to “create some kind of public spectacle,” rather than elicit facts …
Tami Abdollah / Associated Press:   DOJ files to halt Trump suit demanding financial documents
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Barr says Trump administration can legally add citizenship question to census
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
Inside Epstein's $56 Million Mansion: Photos of Bill Clinton, Woody Allen and Saudi Crown Prince  —  The townhouse where the financier Jeffrey Epstein is accused of abusing girls is one of the largest private homes in Manhattan.  —  The townhouse where the financier Jeffrey Epstein is accused …
Mystery Around Jeffrey Epstein's Fortune and How He Made It  — He managed money for Victoria's Secret founder Les Wexner  — Prosecutors say Manhattan mansion worth more than $77 million  —  In a neighborhood of millionaires and billionaires, close to New York's famous Museum Mile …
Ali Watkins / New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein: Seizure of Photos of Nude Girls Deepens Questions About Earlier Deal  —  The new indictment of the financier could prompt a reckoning for the Justice Department, which has been accused of mishandling the 2008 case.  —  A trove of lewd photographs of girls …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Democratic congresswoman unlikely to return contribution from accused child molester Jeffrey Epstein  —  KEY POINTS  — Jeffrey Epstein, who owns an entire private island in the Virgin Islands called Little Saint James, contributed funds to Rep. Stacey Plaskett, according to a Federal Election Commission record.
Republicans — and some Dems — stand by Acosta amid Jeffrey Epstein charges
Discussion: The Guardian
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Bill Clinton ‘knows nothing’ about financier Jeffrey Epstein's ‘terrible crimes,’ former president's spokesman says
Brandon Morse / RedState:
Users On Wikipedia are Trying to Quietly Edit Out Democratic Connections In Epstein's Bio
Discussion: Summit News
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.
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
White House blocks key Mueller witness from answering more than 200 questions from House investigators  —  House Democrats' hopes of making Annie Donaldson, the former chief of staff to ex-White House counsel Donald McGahn, a star witness in their investigations of President Trump were dashed …
Discussion: Axios
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.
Discussion: Townhall
Associated Press:
Trump ramping up criticisms of Fox, usually a friendly venue  —  NEW YORK (AP) — During a live segment on a cable news network, from a sports bar in France where patrons were celebrating the United States women's World Cup Championship, a profane chant about President Donald Trump broke out.
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:   Investigation Intensifies Into Top Trump Fund-raiser
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 …
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
ObamaCare repeal lawsuit faces major court test  —  ObamaCare will be back in court on Tuesday in a closely watched case hanging over the health care system.  —  The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans will hear arguments in a lawsuit backed by the Trump administration seeking …
Paul Demko / Politico:
Long-shot legal challenge could end Obamacare during the 2020 campaign
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.
Discussion: RedState, The Independent, CNN and USA Today
Stephanie Ebbs / ABC News:
Trump says ‘We only have one planet’ as administration continues to roll back regs  —  President Donald Trump said his administration will fight for a better environment in a speech that did not mention the environmental threat of climate change on Monday.  —  Trump campaigned on rolling …
New York Times:   Trump Talks Up 'America's Environmental Leadership' in Speech
Jessica Pressler / The Cut:
The Battle of Grace Church What happened when Brooklyn's oldest nursery school decided to become less old-fashioned?  A riot among the one percent.  —  When you buy a home in Brooklyn Heights, you aren't just purchasing real estate, you're purchasing a lifestyle.
Anna Peele / Washington Post:
The Ignoring of Kirsten Gillibrand  —  In 2019, it's unforgivable for a presidential candidate to be boring.  Maybe that's our loss.  —  Honey, switch to the 10-pounders," says Kirsten Gillibrand.  This directive is made in a dreary, windowless gym on the fourth floor of a Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Waterloo, Iowa.
Daniella Greenbaum Davis / Spectator USA:
Where is the outrage from the right over Ben Garrison's White House invite? … The New York Times published an anti-Semitic cartoon depicting a blind Donald Trump being led by a canine Benjamin Netanyahu in its international edition earlier this year.  Following near-universal condemnation …
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Felix Sater to testify after missing previously scheduled appearance  —  Felix Sater, a former business associate of President Donald Trump who was the chief negotiator for the defunct Trump Tower Moscow project, will testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday morning, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Discussion: CNN
House Judiciary Dems / Medium:
FIRST JUDICIAL SUBPOENAS SERVED IN FOREIGN EMOLUMENTS CLAUSE LAWSUIT  —  LAWSUIT BROUGHT BY BLUMENTHAL, NADLER & 213 OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS  —  [WASHINGTON, DC] — After Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a ruling allowing U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal …
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 …
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Warren Staffer Draws Criticism for Anti-Israel Tweet  —  A staffer for Democrat Elizabeth Warren's 2020 presidential campaign has come under scrutiny for a recently deleted tweet stating he “would totally be friends with Hamas,” the Middle Eastern terror group that routinely murders Israeli citizens.
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Amy Harmon / New York Times:
As Cameras Track Detroit's Residents, a Debate Ensues Over Racial Bias
Tami Luhby / CNN:
Judge nixes administration rule to require drug prices in TV ads
Discussion: Washington Times
Tess Bonn / The Hill:
Poll: Plurality backs criminal prosecutions for illegal border crossings
Discussion: TheBlaze and Breitbart
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Trump says he will hold another military celebration next Fourth of July
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ProPublica Is Expanding Its Local Reporting Network to Youngstown, Ohio
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
The ‘Texas Miracle’ Missed Most of Texas
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Kris Kobach Enters U.S. Senate Race, Misspells Own First Name
Discussion: Breitbart and Splinter
Los Angeles Times:
Eric Swalwell is expected to withdraw from presidential race, Tom Steyer to enter
Kelsey Gee / Wall Street Journal:
Sunday Night Is the New Monday Morning, and Workers Are Miserable
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
If I Had Five Minutes to Question Robert Mueller
Discussion: Althouse