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1:50 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 …
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
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
New York Times:
Power Restored to Manhattan's West Side After Widespread Outage  —  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 The Last Refuge
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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.
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 …
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and The Verge
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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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
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?  —  She won the World Cup, was player of the tournament and top scorer, then stole the show at the ticker tape parade with both her swagger and her speech - but Megan Rapinoe is also a polarising figure who inspires anger as well as adoration.
Discussion: The Guardian
Associated Press:
Trump Administration Gets Court Victory in Sanctuary Cities Case  —  SEATTLE — A federal appeals court on Friday gave President Trump a rare legal victory in his efforts to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities, upholding the Justice Department's decision to give preferential treatment …
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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: Breitbart, PJ Media Home and Hullabaloo
Jackie Wattles / CNN:
Fallout over offensive Buttigieg article: Magazine's owner apologizes but a sponsor cuts ties  —  New York (CNN Business)The League of Conservation Voters is cutting ties with an upcoming forum on climate change after its co-host for the event, The New Republic, published an “offensive” …
Mark Phillips / KNXV:
Arizona Dems want Ducey, AG to investigate child abuse allegations at Yuma Border Patrol facility  —  Arizona Dems want Ducey and AG to investigate child abuse allegations at Yuma border patrol facility  —  YUMA, AZ — Members of the House and Senate Democratic caucus sent a letter …
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
WATCH: Protesters Tear Down American Flag From ICE Facility, Replace It With Mexican Flag And Deface 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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Aaron Mehta / Defense News:
Turkey has the S-400. The Trump administration is silent.
www.theadvocate.com:
Woman found dead in trunk of car was founder of Baton Rouge African American history museum
Discussion: Fox News and UPI
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
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face
 Earlier Items: 
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
Jared S. Hopkins / Wall Street Journal:
OxyContin Made The Sacklers Rich. Now It's Tearing Them Apart.
Tami Abdollah / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: New election systems use vulnerable software
Discussion: The Verge
Megan McArdleKaren Tumulty / Washington Post:
Democrats learn the hard way: Latino voters don't care just about immigration
Discussion: Daily Wire and Mother Jones