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8:15 AM ET, July 12, 2019

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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
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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.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“Congratulations Again, Mr. President”: Trump and the Co-opting of the G.O.P.  —  He is a Twitter cry baby, but it's more calculated than it looks.  —  Donald Trump hates criticism but loves to criticize.  As President, he's done more of it than perhaps any of his predecessors.
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
‘Like a rocket’: Trump revels in his love-hate relationship with Twitter
Discussion: New York Post and Balloon Juice
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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Michelle Celarier / New York Magazine:
Real Hedge-Fund Managers Have Some Thoughts on What Epstein Was Actually Doing  —  Long before Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to prostitution charges in Florida more than a decade ago, his fellow Palm Beach resident and hedge-fund manager Douglas Kass was intrigued by the local gossip about his neighbor.
Discussion: Slate, New York Times and Instapundit
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
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Democratic lawmaker unloads on Ocasio-Cortez, chief of staff for ‘using the race card’
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: Bloomberg and The Week
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Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Sanders and Warren voters have astonishingly little in common
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden holds commanding lead among South Carolina Democrats
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump's cave on Census stuns allies  —  Top figures in the conservative legal community are stunned and depressed by President Trump's cave in his fight for a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.  —  The state of play: Sources say Leonard Leo and other Federalist Society stalwarts …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   Trump aborts yet another plan
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Warren responds to Trump retreat on census citizenship question: 'Wow, he's going to follow the law?'
Discussion: Washington Press
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
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.
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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Sean Wilentz / New Yorker:   Nancy Pelosi, Impeachment, and Places in History
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
An impeachment inquiry is risky. Not opening one is riskier.
Discussion: Breitbart, Boing Boing and Politico
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
 
 
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