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7:55 AM ET, July 12, 2019

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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.
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Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Sebastian Gorka at the center of Rose Garden ruckus following Trump event  —  WASHINGTON — It was an unusual spectacle, even by the unconventional standards of the Trump administration.  After President Trump invited a group of right-wing and fringe media figures to the White House for a …
Discussion: VICE
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.
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
‘Like a rocket’: Trump revels in his love-hate relationship with Twitter
Discussion: New York Post and Balloon Juice
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.
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David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
The Overhyped Feud Between Nancy Pelosi and AOC  —  “With all due respect, the press likes to make a story that is more about Democrats divided than the fact that Mitch McConnell doesn't care about the children,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Maureen Dowd in a recent interview.
Discussion: CNN, New York Post and The Guardian
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.
Jack Crowe / National Review:   Pelosi Advises Illegal Immigrants on How to Avoid ICE
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: The Week and Bloomberg
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden holds commanding lead among South Carolina Democrats
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
NBC New York:
R. Kelly Arrested on Federal Sex Trafficking Charges: Law Enforcement Officials  —  The 52-year-old was arrested by NYPD detectives and Homeland Security Investigators on sex trafficking charges  —  Singer R. Kelly has been arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges, according two law enforcement sources.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump aborts yet another plan  —  This time, it was on the census.  It's becoming a theme.  —  Over the past month and a half, President Trump has set in motion plans to strike Iran, ordered nationwide immigration raids, threatened punitive and imminent tariffs on Mexico and said he would fight …
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Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:   Trump Has Backed Down On Adding A Citizenship Question To The 2020 Census
New York Times:
Trump Says He Will Seek Citizenship Information From Existing Federal Records, Not the Census
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Fox News Host Tyrus Sent Lewd Text Messages To Colleague: ‘Pull Your Boobs Out’  —  Fox News split up Tyrus and his former Fox Nation co-host, Britt McHenry, after he sent her the messages.  But he still works at the network.  —  Tyrus, a Fox News contributor and a host on the network's digital channel …
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
The ‘Billy Graham rule’ doesn't honor your wife.  It demeans her — and all women.  —  It's charitable to first assume our fellow humans are acting in good faith, so let's first assume that Robert Foster genuinely believes he is the hero of this story.  Let's assume that when the Mississippi …
Laura Bassett / GQ:
When Does America Reckon with the Gravity of Donald Trump's Alleged Rapes?  —  In light of the new legal scrutiny of Jeffrey Epstein, it's time to re-examine all the sexual misconduct allegations against the president.  —  For more than a decade, it's been no secret that multimillionaire …
Discussion: Page Six and Instapundit
ABC7:
CA lawmakers pass bill requiring Trump, presidential candidates to release tax returns  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KABC) — California legislation that would require presidential and state gubernatorial candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the state's ballot cleared a significant hurdle …
New York Times:
U.A.E. Pulls Most Forces From Yemen in Blow to Saudi War Effort  —  For four years, the United Arab Emirates have been the military linchpin of the Saudi-led war in Yemen, providing weapons, money and thousands of ground troops to a campaign to drive out Yemen's Houthi rebels.
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PBS NewsHour:
Members of new Pompeo task force have previously praised human-rights abusers
Discussion: Breitbart, NBC News and POLITICUSUSA
John Solomon / The Hill:
Democrats' opposition research got exposed — this time, not by the Russians  —  When the Russians hacked the Democratic National Committee in summer 2016, one of the crown jewels obtained by Vladimir Putin's team was the party's opposition research files on then-GOP candidate Donald Trump.
Discussion: Politico
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Trump's big deal gets battered by 2020 Dems and Pelosi  —  The Democratic presidential primary is becoming a big problem for what would be President Donald Trump's premier bipartisan achievement.  —  The leading White House contenders are amping up their opposition to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Washington Post:   Pelosi says she is seeking to finalize deal to raise debt ceiling and resolve budget impasse before August recess
KRON4.com:
ICE raids have already begun in Bay Area, immigration attorneys say  —  CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (KRON) — While the focus is on upcoming weekend ICE raids, immigration attorneys in the Bay Area say those raids have already begun.  —  A group of Bay Area immigration attorneys entered federal ICE offices …
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 …
Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
How Amy Klobuchar would improve care for seniors  —  Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Friday released a multifaceted plan to improve care for seniors — including lowering prescription drug costs, strengthening retirement funds and Social Security benefits, and investing in long-term treatments.
Claire Parker / Washington Post:
A Soviet-era submarine is emitting radiation at levels 800,000 times normal, Norway says  —  Norway has discovered that a Soviet-era submarine that sank in the Norwegian Sea 30 years ago is leaking radiation up to 800,000 times the normal levels.  —  Using a remote-controlled vehicle to probe the wreck …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
 
 
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New York Times:
Biden, in Foreign Policy Speech, Castigates Trump and Urges Global Diplomacy
Sean Wilentz / New Yorker:
Nancy Pelosi, Impeachment, and Places in History
Kevin Collier / CNN:
As Feds struggle, states create their own anti-election propaganda programs
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Primary challenge to Amy McGrath's bid to take down McConnell ‘might be helpful,’ Dem lawmaker says
Discussion: The Atlantic, Salon and Washington Post
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
‘A real barn-burner’: Potential Senate showdown looms in Wyoming
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
‘You are asking my client to lie’: Flynn lawyers fought with prosecutor
Loïc Tregoures / ECFR:
Kosovo, the global far right, and the threat to liberalism
 Earlier Items: 
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Weinstein's Legal Team Falls Apart Again: 'He's Impossible to Work With'
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Joe Biden's Senate records could answer questions about his past actions — but they're being kept secret
Tom Schoenberg / Bloomberg:
Attorney General Barr Won't Oversee Probe of Boeing's 737 Max
Dan Hassler-Forest / Washington Post:
‘The Lion King’ is a fascistic story. No remake can change that.
Discussion: NB Blog
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
TV Ignores Conservative Authors of No. 1 Book In The Country, While Putting Liberal Author …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. allies hold breakfast for departing British ambassador — and ‘the message is clear’
Discussion: Power Line and 1A