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8:15 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
John T. Bennett / Roll Call:   Trump drops census effort, announces new plan to ‘count’ noncitizens
Washington Post:
Trump retreats on adding citizenship question to 2020 Census
John Bresnahan / Politico:
House to vote next week on criminal contempt against Barr and Ross
Discussion: Axios
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump expected to order citizenship question added to the census
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  —  South Carolina Democratic primary voters, more than half of whom are expected to be African American, say former Vice President Joe Biden is the best candidate to handle racial issues.
Discussion: Political Wire and 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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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.
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 and Breitbart
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 …
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.
Miami Herald:
New victims come forward as Epstein asks to be released from jail to his Manhattan mansion  —  At least a dozen new victims have come forward to claim they were sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein even as the multimillionaire money manager tries to convince a federal judge to allow him to await …
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The Daily Beast:
Acosta's Epstein Excuses Are Nonsensical and Self-Serving
Discussion: Breitbart
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’ …
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.
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.
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 …
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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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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House Judiciary approves subpoenas for 12 key witnesses, including Jared Kushner  —  The House Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to authorize subpoenas for 12 crucial witnesses as part of House Democrats' ongoing investigations targeting President Donald Trump.
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
House panel votes to subpoena Kushner, former attorney general Sessions in investigation …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Alabama senator says Trump opposed to Sessions Senate bid  —  President Trump is not on board with a potential Senate bid by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).  —  Shelby told The Hill on Thursday that he has discussed a potential Sessions candidacy …
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries
Discussion: Big League Politics and Daily Kos
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 …
 
 
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Discussion: Axios
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