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7:15 PM ET, July 11, 2019

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Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Trump announces end of fight to add citizenship question to census  —  President Donald Trump announced Thursday he is backing down from his effort to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, and will instead take executive action that instructs the Commerce Department to obtain …
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Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
Trump expected to announce executive action on adding citizenship question to census  —  President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would have an announcement later in the day related to “the Census and Citizenship” and a senior administration official told ABC News the president was expected …
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Trump Has Backed Down On Adding A Citizenship Question To The 2020 Census  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Thursday that his administration will drop efforts to put a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, a dramatic concession just a week after insisting they were …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump expected to order citizenship question added to the census
John T. Bennett / Roll Call:   Trump drops census effort, announces new plan to ‘count’ noncitizens
John Bresnahan / Politico:
House to vote next week on criminal contempt against Barr and Ross
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
Trump retreats on adding citizenship question to 2020 Census
Tom Schoenberg / Bloomberg:   Attorney General Barr Won't Oversee Probe of Boeing's 737 Max
John Wagner / Washington Post:
House panel votes to subpoena Kushner, former attorney general Sessions in investigation …
Mark Murray / NBC News:
NBC/WSJ poll: Biden, Warren top 2020 Democratic field  —  Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders round out the top four candidates in the first NBC/WSJ post-debate poll.  —  WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., lead the Democratic presidential field …
Discussion: Political Wire and Bloomberg
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden holds commanding lead among South Carolina Democrats
Discussion: Politico
CBS News:   Biden answer's Trump's “America first” with his own foreign policy plan
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Social Media Summit Mortifies White House, Enrages Far-Right Allies  —  No one who is invited to the summit has actually been banned from social platforms.  —  Donald Trump has invited personalities from across the right-wing internet to the White House on Thursday for a …
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trump Praises Right-Wing Conspiracy Theorists at White House: ‘The Crap You Think of Is Unbelievable’  —  The social media summit at the White House featured a who's who of the right wing fringe, but the president was the one who made it a truly bizarre affair.
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and The Week
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Trump accuses social media companies of ‘terrible bias’ at White House summit decried by critics  —  President Trump assailed Facebook, Google and Twitter on Thursday for exhibiting “terrible bias” and silencing his supporters at a White House “social media summit” that critics chastised …
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Trump Says It's Not Free Speech to ‘Write Bad’ About ‘Something Good’: That's ‘Dangerous Speech’  —  President Donald Trump had a lot to say at the White House Social Media Summit on Thursday, including offering his take on what does and does not constitute free speech.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Trump Launches New Attacks on Dem Candidates, Dubs Himself ‘So Great Looking and Smart, A True Stable Genius!’
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and Breitbart
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Democratic lawmaker unloads on Ocasio-Cortez, chief of staff for ‘using the race card’  —  Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) unloaded on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday for “using the race card” after Ocasio-Cortez accused Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of being racially insensitive.
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David Montgomery / Washington Post:
AOC's Chief of Change  —  Saikat Chakrabarti isn't just running her office.  He's guiding a movement.  —  On a Wednesday morning in late May, emissaries of two of the strongest political voices on climate change convened at a coffee shop a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol.
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
New book details how Republican leaders learned to stop worrying and love Trump  —  Few people have more power in President Trump's White House than Madeleine Westerhout, his executive assistant who controls access to the Oval Office, delivers the president's marker-scribbled messages …
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Grace Panetta / Business Insider:
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan said he wanted to ‘scold’ …
New York Times:
Thousands Are Targeted as ICE Prepares to Raid Migrant Families  —  Nationwide raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families have been scheduled to begin Sunday, according to two current and one former homeland security officials, moving forward with a rapidly changing operation …
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Republican campaign committee darkened Colin Kaepernick's skin for a fundraising ad  —  WASHINGTON—Former NFL star Colin Kaepernick did not look like himself in a fundraising email that was sent by the National Republican Congressional Committee on Wednesday.
Cassandra Sweetman / KFOR-TV:
Logan Co. man allegedly driving stolen vehicle filled with uranium, a rattlesnake, and Kentucky Deluxe  —  GUTHRIE, Okla. - Two people were arrested after a traffic stop of a stolen car revealed the two had a rattlesnake, radioactive uranium, and an open bottle of Kentucky Deluxe.
Mack Lamoureux / VICE:
People Tell Us How QAnon Destroyed Their Relationships  —  We spoke to people who told us how the QAnon conspiracy theory ruined their marriage, turned their parents into completely different people, and otherwise made their lives miserable.  —  One of the most disheartening signs …
The Daily Beast:
Acosta's Epstein Excuses Are Nonsensical and Self-Serving  —  Three former prosecutors break down the labor secretary's explanation of the cushy plea deal he cut.  —  Alex Acosta took the podium Wednesday to try to put to rest a controversial plea deal he reached with accused child-sex …
Discussion: Breitbart
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Alex Thompson / Politico:
Elizabeth Warren takes on Trump with immigration overhaul  —  Elizabeth Warren on Thursday unveiled her plan to reform the nation's immigration system amid a deepening crisis over detention at the southern border and a fraught debate across the country and within the Democratic Party on the way forward.
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Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
TV Ignores Conservative Authors of No. 1 Book In The Country, While Putting Liberal Author of No. 3,421 Book On Major Tour  — Author E. Jean Carroll claimed President Donald Trump raped her as part of a book launch, and the national TV shows put her the air non-stop.
David Choi / Business Insider:
Video appears to show Trump embracing a 2016 campaign staffer.  She's now suing and claims he forcibly kissed her.  — Alva Johnson, who worked for the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, is suing President Donald Trump over what she says was an unwanted attempted kiss “on the mouth.”
Jason Zinoman / New York Times:
Dave Chappelle on Broadway: The Joke Is Getting Old  —  The comic hasn't adjusted his material for the setting: he's still defending wealthy, famous peers and joking about transgender targets.  —  For those spending hundreds of dollars to see Dave Chappelle on Broadway, some advice: Don't leave your seats too quickly.
Discussion: TheBlaze
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
All Female Senators Ask U.S. Women's National Soccer Team To Meet  —  The 25 Democratic and GOP senators want to “discuss the challenges women face on and off the field.”  Hmm, like equal pay?  —  WASHINGTON ― All 25 female senators on Wednesday invited the U.S. women's national soccer team …
Rachel Martin / NPR:
Buttigieg Proposes Broad Plan To Counter Racial Inequality  —  South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg got a really big boost to his campaign recently, announcing a staggering $24.8 million fundraising haul over the past three months.  —  But that hasn't changed one of the toughest realities …
 
 
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Dan Hassler-Forest / Washington Post:
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Katia Dmitrieva / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Axios
New York Times:
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
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