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10:45 PM ET, July 13, 2019

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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Scaling Wokeback Mountain  —  WASHINGTON — I was feeling on edge.  Writing a column that sparks an internecine fight among the highest-profile women in the Democratic Party is nerve wracking.  —  So I went to the gym.  Alex Toussaint, the digital Peloton instructor inside the little screen …
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Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Top Ocasio-Cortez Aide Becomes a Symbol of Democratic Division  —  WASHINGTON — House Democratic leaders, their patience clearly fraying, signaled this weekend to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's outspoken top aide that his seeming efforts to lead an insurrection against more moderate Democrats …
Wall Street Journal:
Immigration-Enforcement Raids Begin in New York  —  ICE agents attempt raids in at least two city neighborhoods; President Trump says roundups will focus on criminals  —  Federal immigration authorities attempted raids in at least two neighborhoods in New York City on Saturday …
Discussion: Breitbart and ImmigrationProf Blog
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Trevor Hughes / USA Today:
Cities prepare for showdown with Trump over ICE raids: You ‘have to come through us’
Discussion: Vox, TalkLeft and Denver Post
New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Was a Sex Offender.  The Powerful Welcomed Him Anyway.  —  A strange thing happened when Jeffrey Epstein came back to New York City after being branded a sex offender: His reputation appeared to rise.  —  In 2010, the year after he got out of a Florida prison …
Julie K. Brown / Miami Herald:
Deflecting blame, Acosta pointed finger at others.  Why they may have some explaining to do  —  On Oct 23, 2007, as federal prosecutors in South Florida were in the midst of tense negotiations to finalize a plea deal with accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, a senior prosecutor in their office …
Discussion: USA Today, Splinter and The Guardian
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Washington Post:
The pressure on a prosecutor: How Epstein's wealth and power steered Acosta toward lenient deal
Discussion: CNN
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Acosta's Sweetheart Deal Likely to Foreclose Epstein's SDNY Prosecution
NBC New York:
Midtown Blackout Knocks Out Power to More Than 45K: ConEd  —  Firefighters were responding to reports of people trapped in elevators  —  A blackout across much of midtown Manhattan and part of the Upper West Side knocked out power to more than 45,000 customers on Saturday evening, Con Edison said.
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New York Times:
Power Failure Hits Manhattan's West Side, Leaving 62,000 Customers in the Dark  —  A power failure plunged a stretch of the West Side of Manhattan into darkness on Saturday night, trapping thousands of people in subways and elevators for a time, leaving drivers to fend for themselves …
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Daily Mail:
Britain's Ambassador to Washington Sir Kim Darroch claimed that Donald Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal as an act of ‘diplomatic vandalism’ to spite his predecessor Barack Obama  —  Responding to Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu's incendiary claim that publishing the contents of the documents …
Discussion: CNN, The Last Refuge and Political Wire
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BBC:
New leak claims Trump scrapped Iran nuclear deal ‘to spite Obama’  —  Donald Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal to spite Barack Obama, according to a leaked memo written by the UK's former ambassador to the US.  —  Sir Kim Darroch described the move as an act of “diplomatic vandalism”, according to the Mail on Sunday.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Brian Contreras / The Seattle Times:
Armed man attacking Tacoma's ICE detention center killed in officer-involved shooting  —  Tacoma police said they shot at an armed man early Saturday who was attacking the Northwest Detention Center, the holding facility in Tacoma for federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The man died at the scene.
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Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Armed man shot, killed after throwing incendiary devices at Washington ICE detention center
Discussion: Q13 FOX News and PJ Media Home
Christian Vasquez / Politico:
Trump: Republicans like Paul Ryan are ‘weak, ineffective & stupid’  —  President Donald Trump on Saturday broadened his attack on Paul Ryan, saying conservatives like the former speaker “almost killed the Republican Party” because they were “weak, ineffective & stupid.”
Discussion: Political Wire and New York Times
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:   President Trump in Milwaukee says farmers are ‘over the hump’ as dairy farms continue to close in Wisconsin
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
Guatemala: Leftist Opposition And Alleged Interference By U.S. State Dept Risk Immigration Agreement  —  The Guatemalan Constitutional Court placed an injunction against Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales ' government Saturday from signing the much anticipated 'Safe Third Country Agreement …
Discussion: ABC News
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Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
Trump Is Poised to Sign a Radical Agreement to Send Future Asylum Seekers to Guatemala
Discussion: PJ Media Home, Breitbart and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Taught at Dalton.  His Behavior Was Noticed.  —  Some students at the esteemed Manhattan prep school recall that Mr. Epstein, now charged with sex trafficking, was willing to violate norms in his encounters with girls.  —  In the mid-1970s, students at one of New York's …
Jared S. Hopkins / Wall Street Journal:
OxyContin Made The Sacklers Rich.  Now It's Tearing Them Apart.  —  A rash of lawsuits, which accuse its Purdue Pharma of helping fuel the addiction crisis, has exacerbated longstanding divisions  —  Jacqueline Sackler was fed up.  HBO's John Oliver had just used his TV show to pillory her family …
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Tami Abdollah / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: New election systems use vulnerable software  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvania's message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020.  Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems.
Discussion: The Verge
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
WATCH: Protesters Tear Down American Flag From ICE Facility, Replace It With Mexican Flag And Defaced Blue Lives Matter Flag  —  Demonstrators at a protest outside an Aurora, Colorado Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility on Friday removed an American flag and replaced it with the Mexican flag.
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Danielle Wallace / Fox News:
Anti-ICE protesters pull down American flag, raise Mexico flag, vandalize ‘Blue Lives Matter’ flag
 
 
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Marianna Brady / BBC:
Megan Rapinoe: Can a pink-haired lesbian be an American hero?
Discussion: The Guardian
Mark Phillips / KNXV:
Arizona Dems want Ducey, AG to investigate child abuse allegations at Yuma Border Patrol facility
Associated Press:
Trump Administration Gets Court Victory in Sanctuary Cities Case
Javier C. Hernández / New York Times:
'We're Almost Extinct': China's Investigative Journalists Are Silenced Under Xi
Washington Post:
They used to be Beto O'Rourke fans.  But Texans' allegiance to him has vanished as quickly as ‘Beto-mania.’
Lloyd Green / The Guardian:
American Carnage: a masterful must-read on Trump's Republican takeover
Discussion: Political Wire
Siobhán O'Grady / Washington Post:
A Somali-Canadian journalist returned to Somalia to tell ‘uplifting’ stories.  Then terrorists killed her.
Aura Bogado / Reveal:
The US is quietly opening shelters for babies and young kids. One has 12 children and no mothers
 Earlier Items: 
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face
Ayaan Hirsi Ali / Wall Street Journal:
Can Ilhan Omar Overcome Her Prejudice?
Jamie Ehrlich / CNN:
Pete Buttigieg calls ‘Medicare for All’ and free college plans ‘questionable on their merits’
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Favorite Ambassador Makes a Very Trumpian Splash in Berlin
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
How the Stress of Separation and Detention Changes the Lives of Children
Megan McArdleKaren Tumulty / Washington Post:
Democrats learn the hard way: Latino voters don't care just about immigration
Discussion: Daily Wire and Mother Jones
Dennis Romero / NBC News:
‘No shower, no shower!’: Migrants shout as Pence visits Texas detention centers