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2:35 AM ET, July 15, 2019


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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Fans the Flames of a Racial Fire  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump woke up on Sunday morning, gazed out at the nation he leads, saw the dry kindling of race relations and decided to throw a match on it.  It was not the first time, nor is it likely to be the last.
Discussion: Splinter and Slate
Goldie Taylor / The Daily Beast:
Trump Is a Racist.  If You Still Support Him, So Are You.  —  The president keeps baring his ass, and the people talking about his clothing as he does are part of the problem.  —  The president is a racist, in his words and his actions.  —  Before you go clutching your pearls and extolling the virtues of …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Trump's Tweets Prove That He Is a Raging Racist  —  It is undeniably true that America's president opposes diversity.  —  Donald Trump keeps trying to convince any disbelieving holdouts that he is a raging racist.  At least, that's how I imagine his motives.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Blunder of Epic Proportions  —  Regular readers know that I am a fan of President Trump, and more often than not, a fan of his use of social media.  But today he committed the worst unforced error of his presidency, one that we will hear about from the Democrats from now until November 2020.
New York Times:
Trump Tells Freshman Congresswomen to ‘Go Back’ to the Countries They Came From  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Sunday weighed in on the friction between a group of four freshman Democratic congresswomen and Speaker Nancy Pelosi: He suggested that the congresswomen — none of whom are white …
Kaly Soto / New York Times:
Have You Been Told to ‘Go Back’ to Your Country Even Though You Are American?  Tell Us About It.  —  On Sunday, President Trump used a well-worn racist trope to attack progressive Democrats who are frequent objects of his ire.  “Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Exclusive poll: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defining Democrats among crucial 2020 swing voters  —  Top Democrats are circulating a poll showing that one of the House's most progressive members — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — has become a definitional face for the party with a crucial group of swing voters.
Kirby Wilson / Tampa Bay Times:
Donald Trump told U.S.-born congressional Reps. to ‘go back’ to their home countries.  Florida's response?  —  We asked the four Florida congressional representatives who are immigrants or the children of immigrants for their thoughts on the president's comments.
Discussion: Axios, Mediaite and Deneen Borelli
Bonchie / RedState:
As Democrats Fight a Civil War, Trump Strips Naked and Runs Onto the Battlefield
Discussion: Fox News, Instapundit and The Resurgent
Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
‘Racist and Disgusting’: Ex GOP Congressman Justin Amash Blasts Trump After He Says Congresswomen …
Discussion: The Hill and
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Tells Group of Democrats, Who Are Minorities, to ‘Go Back’ to Fix Problems
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Fox News
Beto O'Rourke / Medium:
Rose and Eliza  —  I was recently given documents showing that both Amy and I are descended from people who owned slaves.  Along with other possessions listed in their property log were two human beings, Rose and Eliza.  —  A paternal great-great-great grandfather of mine, Andrew Cowan Jasper, owned these two women in the 1850s.
New York Post:
The Post says: de Blasio must be removed as mayor  —  The lights went out on Broadway Saturday night, and Bill de Blasio was a thousand miles away in Iowa.  It was the moment that perfectly captured his distracted, ego-driven failure of a mayoralty.  —  Bill de Blasio does not care about New York City.
Discussion: New York Daily News
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
What Happened in New York?  —  Let's discuss this.  There's too little evidence here to support any clear theory.  But given the current leadership of the Department of Justice, a hermeneutic of suspicion is called for.  But consider these dates.  —  On Friday CNN reported …
Wall Street Journal:
Manufacturers Move Supply Chains Out of China  —  Tariff costs prompt executives to shift production to other countries; 'Once you move, you don't go back'  —  U.S. manufacturers are shifting production to countries outside of China as trade tensions between the world's two biggest economies stretch into a second year.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Washington Post:
‘His own fiefdom’: Mulvaney builds ‘an empire for the right wing’ as Trump's chief of staff  —  Mick Mulvaney's battles with Alexander Acosta began almost immediately.  —  Weeks after he was named acting White House chief of staff, Mulvaney summoned the labor secretary for a tense January encounter …
Daily Mail:
Britain's former ambassador to the U.S., Sir Kim Darroch, vouched for the credibility of Christopher Steele, the author of the explosive dossier detailing Donald Trump's alleged ties to Russia  —  And the same leaked diplomatic cables which revealed Sir Kim's damaging comments about President Trump …
Kevin Fitzpatrick / Vanity Fair:
Lindsey Graham: “I Don't Care” If Migrants “Stay in These Facilities for 400 Days”  —  Senator Graham said on Sunday that he has no sympathy for the conditions seen in migrant camps over the weekend.  —  Speaking with Sunday Morning Futures host Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network …
Mary Hudetz /
Jeffrey Epstein's ranch in New Mexico linked to sex trafficking, abuse investigation  —  WATCH ABOVE: At the time this video was posted, Epstein's New Mexico ranch not named in latest indictment despite older court records alleging abuse at compound.  —  At the centre of Jeffrey Epstein's secluded …
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Democrats debate how far left is too far left as they prepare to take on Trump  —  The past few weeks have put on remarkable display just how far to the left the Democratic Party has moved, with many in the 2020 presidential field now embracing previously untouchable positions on health care and immigration.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Republicans ready to dive off a cliff on Obamacare
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Week
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Daily Mail:
Gillibrand says she has ‘experienced enormous amounts of white privilege’ …
Discussion: Breitbart
Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Rashida Tlaib compares ‘racist’ Israel to 19th-century US segregation
Discussion: Geller Report News
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Top 2020 Dems wouldn't reverse Trump's Jerusalem embassy decision
Monique O. Madan / Miami Herald:
No calls or showers: Boy, reunited with mom, tells of trek from Houston to Homestead
Walter Soriano: The covert operative for Russian and Israeli elite
Washington Post:
As immigrant families wait in dread, no sign of large-scale enforcement raids
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Democrats and Republicans agree — Donald Trump will be re-elected
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Democrats Start to Worry
Discussion: Breitbart and Instapundit
Emily S. Rueb / New York Times:
He Emerged From Prison a Potent Symbol of H.I.V. Criminalization
Julie K. Brown / Miami Herald:
Epstein scandal explodes in Israel as ties to former prime minister under scrutiny
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Salena Zito / New York Post:
Why America's tariff-hit farmers still support Trump
Discussion: alicublog
Will Bunch /
Netroots Nation was the day Elizabeth Warren became president of the American left
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Pete Buttigieg's Life in the Closet
Discussion: Breitbart