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3:40 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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
New York Times:
Warren Raised $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 and ahead …
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, Breitbart and Common Dreams
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Warren rakes in $19 million despite no fundraisers
Discussion: CBS News and Political Wire
MJ Lee / CNN:   Elizabeth Warren raised $19.1 million in second quarter, campaign says
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.
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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
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: The Independent, CNN and The Slot
Emily Holden / The Guardian:   Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez move to declare climate crisis official emergency
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 …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Tom Steyer Is Telling Allies He's Running for President
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
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 …
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 …
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
British ambassador's leaked cables are far from ‘bombshells’
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Kris Kobach Enters U.S. Senate Race, Misspells Own First Name
Discussion: Breitbart and Splinter
David Jackson / USA Today:
Donald Trump goes after Fox News in late-night Twitter rant
Steven A. Cook / Foreign Policy:
The Middle East Is Now Split Between Red States and Blue States
Sarah Kleiner / Center for Public Integrity:
Embattled veterans political committee abruptly shuts down
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
As the World Heats Up, the Climate for News Is Changing, Too
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:
Sunday Night Is the New Monday Morning, and Workers Are Miserable
Tom Hals / Reuters:
In losing legal battles over census, Trump may win political war
Discussion: CNN and American Greatness
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
The Purell presidency: Trump aides learn the president's real red line
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
MIRIAM ADELSON: A time of miracles
Discussion: Jewish Insider