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3:20 PM ET, July 8, 2019


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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 …
Discussion: Breitbart, The Daily Beast, Vox and NB Blog
Erica Orden / CNN:
Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein accused of paying girls as young as 14 for sex  —  (CNN)Federal prosecutors in New York unsealed a criminal indictment Monday charging billionaire Jeffrey Epstein with having operated a sex trafficking ring in which he sexually abused dozens of underage girls …
Ali Watkins / New York Times:
Nude Photos of Underage 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 underage girls from the Manhattan townhouse …
Washington Post:
Financier Jeffrey Epstein charged with federal sex trafficking crimes involving minors
Julie K. Brown / Miami Herald:
Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking case ‘shocks the conscience,’ U.S. attorney says
Discussion: Politico and Spectator USA
Epstein Faces Prison for Sex Trafficking; U.S. Seeks Mansion
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.
Discussion: NBC News and Fox News
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
Warren reports $19.1 million in 2nd-quarter donations  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren's campaign said Monday that she had raised $19.1 million in the past three months, the vast majority from first-time donors, drawing a significant haul despite putting herself at a disadvantage by pledging not to court wealthy donors.
Discussion: Axios and Common Dreams
MJ Lee / CNN:
Elizabeth Warren raised $19.1 million in second quarter, campaign says  —  (CNN)Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign announced Monday that it raised $19.1 million in the second quarter of the year — a powerful total that reflects the political momentum the Massachusetts senator has gained over the past few months.
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Warren rakes in $19 million despite no fundraisers
Discussion: CBS News and Political Wire
David Marcus / The Federalist:
Vulgar Anti-Trump American Fans In France Is How You Get Trump  —  We were enjoying a lovely brunch down the shore yesterday when the crowd at the bar erupted.  Glancing up at the big screen, I saw the U.S. Women's National Team had just been awarded a penalty kick.
Discussion: TheBlaze, The Daily Beast and The Poke
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
‘War on Soccer’: Ann Coulter Rebukes Women's Soccer Team With Tweets Vowing to Ruin 'Soccer …
Discussion: PJ Media Home
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.
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
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.
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.
The Hill:
Swalwell to become first Democrat to drop out of presidential primary  —  Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) is dropping out of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, according to a House Democratic lawmaker close to the congressman.  —  Swalwell is expected to make a formal announcement at a press conference this afternoon.
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 …
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: Political Wire and Fox News
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Cuomo Signs a Bill to Allow Release of Trump's State Tax Returns  —  State tax officials will be required to release the returns for any ‘specified and legitimate legislative purpose’ to three congressional committees.  —  As the battle over President Trump's federal taxes intensifies in Washington …
NBC News:
NY Gov. Cuomo signs bill allowing Congress to access Trump's state tax returns
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Trump officials tell one court Obamacare is failing and another it's thriving … As they push a federal court to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Trump administration lawyers are arguing the law is no longer workable because Congress eliminated a penalty on people who don't have health insurance.
The Texas Tribune:   Texas is going to court to end Obamacare. It hasn't produced a plan to replace it.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Obamacare faces a death panel on Tuesday
Discussion: USA Today
Tom Steyer reconsiders 2020 and plans to enter the race  —  The billionaire environmentalist who has poured millions into an effort to impeach President Trump had decided against a run in January.  —  Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmental activist who toyed with a 2020 presidential run …
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
CNN will hold live draw for 2020 Democratic debate lineup  —  New CNN poll shows Harris and Warren rise after debates  —  (CNN)CNN will conduct a live draw to determine which night each candidate will appear in the highly anticipated Democratic presidential primary debates airing later this month on the network.
Discussion: Mediaite, CBS News, Politico and Shakesville
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 …
Emily Holden / The Guardian:
Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez move to declare climate crisis official emergency  —  Exclusive: Democrats to introduce resolution in House on Tuesday in recognition of extreme threat from global heating  —  A group of US lawmakers including 2020 Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders …
Kelsey Gee / Wall Street Journal:
Sunday Night Is the New Monday Morning, and Workers Are Miserable  —  Some employers are banning weekend and late-night emails to prevent employee burnout  —  Like many bosses, Chris Mullen found the final hours of the weekend ideal for decluttering an unruly inbox, sharing stray thoughts …
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Admiral to lead Navy instead will retire; bad judgment cited  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The four-star admiral set to become the Navy's top officer on Aug. 1 will instead retire, an extraordinary downfall prompted by what Navy Secretary Richard Spencer called poor judgment regarding a professional relationship.
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 …
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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Splinter
David Jackson / USA Today:
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Sarah Kleiner / Center for Public Integrity:
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 Earlier Items: 
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
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Owen Daugherty / The Hill:
Marianne Williamson campaign uses fundraising email to help rival 2020 Democratic candidate
Discussion: Fox News and Townhall
Mike Baker / New York Times:
Blindsided by a ‘Devastating’ Veto, Alaska's University System Pleads for a Lifeline
Tom Hals / Reuters:
In losing legal battles over census, Trump may win political war
Discussion: CNN and American Greatness
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Democratic field readies for the big shrink
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
The Purell presidency: Trump aides learn the president's real red line
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Discussion: Jewish Insider