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8:15 AM ET, July 14, 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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Post
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 …
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Associated Press:   Trump Administration Gets Court Victory in Sanctuary Cities Case
Trevor Hughes / USA Today:
Cities prepare for showdown with Trump over ICE raids: You ‘have to come through us’
Discussion: Vox, ABC7, TalkLeft and Denver Post
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 …
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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
New York Times:
Power Restored to Manhattan's West Side After Major Blackout  —  A power failure plunged a stretch of the West Side of Manhattan into darkness on Saturday night, trapping people in subway cars and elevators for a time, leaving drivers to fend for themselves at intersections with no traffic signals …
Discussion: twitchy.com and Slate
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Attacker on Tacoma ICE Detention Center identified as “anarchist and antifascist”  —  Willem Van Spronsen attacked the center with incendiary devices before being shot dead.  In an earlier 2018 protest outside the facility, Van Spronsen “was accused of lunging at a police officer's neck …
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Mariel Padilla / New York Times:
Man Attacking ICE Detention Center Is Fatally Shot by the Police
Discussion: Skift
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Inslee says he'll ask soccer player Megan Rapinoe to be secretary of state  —  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said Saturday that if he is elected president, he will ask soccer player Megan Rapinoe to be his secretary of state.  —  He said at the progressive Netroots Nation conference …
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Marianna Brady / BBC:
Megan Rapinoe: Can a pink-haired lesbian be an American hero?
Discussion: The Guardian
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 …
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Washington Post:
The pressure on a prosecutor: How Epstein's wealth and power steered Acosta toward lenient deal
Discussion: CNN
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: 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
Discussion: Politico
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Republicans ready to dive off a cliff on Obamacare  —  GOP senators hope the courts strike down the health law — even if they have no plan to deal with the ensuing chaos.  —  Republicans have no real plan to establish a new health care system if the courts strike down the Affordable Care Act before the 2020 election.
Jeffrey Cimmino / Washington Free Beacon:
Review: ‘Justice on Trial’  —  We won't be fooled again  —  With tensions high as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepared to vote on advancing Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, senators packed into an anteroom—and turmoil ensued.  —  In their new book Justice on Trial, Mollie Hemingway …
Danielle Wallace / Fox News:
Anti-ICE protesters pull down American flag, raise Mexico flag, vandalize ‘Blue Lives Matter’ flag  —  Authorities in Colorado restored an American flag to its place Friday evening after protesters demonstrating outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility pulled …
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Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
Former Southwest Key leader who ran migrant child shelters for U.S. government earned $3.6 million in 2017
Tim Kreider / New York Times:
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Discussion: Althouse
Aaron Mehta / Defense News:
Turkey has the S-400. The Trump administration is silent.
Jackie Wattles / CNN:
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www.theadvocate.com:
Woman found dead in trunk of car was founder of Baton Rouge African American history museum
Discussion: UPI and Fox News
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
Guatemala: Leftist Opposition And Alleged Interference By U.S. State Dept Risk Immigration Agreement
Discussion: Hullabaloo, ABC News and New Yorker
Mark Phillips / KNXV:
Arizona Dems want Ducey, AG to investigate child abuse allegations at Yuma Border Patrol facility
Javier C. Hernández / New York Times:
'We're Almost Extinct': China's Investigative Journalists Are Silenced Under Xi
 Earlier Items: 
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
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face
Jamie Ehrlich / CNN:
Pete Buttigieg calls ‘Medicare for All’ and free college plans ‘questionable on their merits’
Jared S. Hopkins / Wall Street Journal:
OxyContin Made The Sacklers Rich. Now It's Tearing Them Apart.