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7:15 PM ET, July 15, 2019

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Claudia Koerner / BuzzFeed News:
Trump Said His Racist Tweets Are Fine Because “Many People” Agree With Him  —  President Trump on Monday claimed his racist tweets attacking progressive congresswomen weren't racist, and he added that he's not concerned about backlash because “many people” hold his same views.
Discussion: Washington Press and The Week
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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
How Trump flipped the script on Pelosi and The Squad  —  Analysis: Trump wants the Democratic Party stuck to its progressive fringe.  Thanks to him, now they are.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump clearly didn't like the way Speaker Nancy Pelosi's fight with “The Squad” was playing out for him.
Heather Caygle / Politico:
‘Bile of garbage’: Progressive squad tears into Trump  —  The four progressive congresswomen at the center of President Donald Trump's racist tweet controversy tore into the president on Monday, ripping him on everything from his “inhumane” policies at the border to his “weak” mind and the “bile of garbage” that comes from his mouth.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's prepared notes: Democrats he criticized are ‘DANGEROUS’ and may ‘hate America’  —  As is so often the case at the White House, reporters attending an event focused on American manufacturing preferred to ask President Trump questions on a somewhat different subject.
Discussion: CNN, Vanity Fair and The Week
David French / National Review:
Donald Trump's Tweets Were Malicious, and Republican Silence is Deafening
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Twitter says Trump's racist tweets don't break its rules
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Meghan McCain knocks Lindsey Graham for defending Trump's tweets: ‘This is not the person I used to know’
Discussion: ABC News, Political Wire and Breitbart
CNN:
Fact check: Trump falsely accuses Ilhan Omar of praising al Qaeda
Discussion: Slate, Q13 FOX News and FOX2now.com
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Fans the Flames of a Racial Fire
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Trump Tells America What Kind of Nationalist He Is
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Please, Pelosi, Fight Trump, Not the Squad
Associated Press:
The Latest: Romney calls Trump's tweets ‘destructive’
Discussion: Washington Post
Benjamin Swasey / WBUR:
GOP Gov. Baker Calls Trump's Tweet Attacks On Dem Congresswomen ‘Shameful, Racist’
Discussion: WBUR News
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
After years of decrying McCarthyism, Lindsey Graham accuses members of Congress of being Communists
Politico:   Boris Johnson: Trump's ‘go home’ attack was ‘totally inappropriate’
Los Angeles Times:
Trump is truly America's Bigot-in-Chief
Discussion: CNSNews
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Kellyanne Conway defies subpoena, skips Oversight hearing  —  White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway on Monday defied a congressional subpoena, refusing to show up for testimony to the House Oversight and Reform Committee about her violations of the Hatch Act and prompting House Democrats to threaten to hold her in contempt of Congress.
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Washington Post:
Trump tells White House counselor Kellyanne Conway to ignore congressional subpoena, White House says
Discussion: Political Wire
Robert Moore / NPR:
3-Year-Old Asked To Pick Parent In Attempted Family Separation, Her Parents Say  —  Toggle more options  —  At a Border Patrol holding facility in El Paso, Texas, an agent told a Honduran family that one parent would be sent to Mexico while the other parent and their three children could stay …
Discussion: Splinter
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Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
The Border Patrol Hits a Breaking Point
Discussion: ABC News, The Week and VTDigger
Colleen Long / Associated Press:
62 border employees under internal investigation amid posts
Discussion: Townhall
Colleen Long / Associated Press:
Trump moves to end asylum protections for Central Americans  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday moved to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants in a major escalation of the president's battle to tamp down the number of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
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NBC News:
Trump administration moves to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants
Discussion: Shareblue Media
CNN:
Exclusive: Security reports reveal how Assange turned an embassy into a command post for election meddling  —  Watch this story on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer at 6 p.m. ET and on Anderson Cooper 360 at 8 p.m. ET.  —  Atlanta (CNN)New documents obtained exclusively by CNN reveal …
John DiStaso / WMUR:
Kamala Harris rises into second place in new Saint Anselm College poll of NH primary voters  —  California senator 3 percentage points behind Biden; Sanders drops to fifth place  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. —  Sen. Kamala Harris has moved into second place among Democratic presidential contenders …
Discussion: Political Wire and Bloomberg
The Daily Beast:
Jeffrey Epstein Had ‘Piles of Cash,’ Diamonds, Foreign Passport in Safe  —  Prosecutors are arguing he should be held without bail until trial because he's a flight risk.  —  FBI agents found “piles of cash,” dozens of diamonds and a expired foreign passport in Jeffrey Epstein's safe …
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Joe Biden / Joe Biden for President:
Health Care  —  “When we passed the Affordable Care Act, I told President Obama it was a big deal - or something to that effect.”  —  On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, with Vice President Biden standing by his side, and made history.
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Dan Diamond / Politico:
Biden unveils health care plan: Affordable Care Act 2.0
Robert A. George / New York Daily News:
None dare call it racism: Afraid of the r-word, Republicans?  Here's a better one to describe this president  —  The canary in the coal mine for our current moment was Judge Gonzalo Curiel.  An Indiana-born jurist who had the misfortune to catch the Trump University fraud lawsuit.
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German Lopez / Vox:
Donald Trump's long history of racism, from the 1970s to 2019
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
House Democrat to move forward on articles of impeachment against Trump  —  Rep. Al Green (D-Tex.) said Monday that he would move forward in the next two weeks on articles of impeachment against President Trump, saying “the American people are fed up” with his racism and bigotry.
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Rep. Al Green to force impeachment vote against Trump
Discussion: Daily Kos and Breitbart
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Obama officials say Trump administration hasn't delayed new $20 bill, despite Harriet Tubman firestorm  —  Congressional Democrats have been hammering the Trump administration for delaying the introduction of 19th-century abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.
Rich Juzwiak / Jezebel:
Define ‘Homophobic’  —  Imagine my surprise when late last week, I, an out gay man, found myself enrolled in an online course on homophobia that was attempting to teach me something I didn't know.  I thought I'd seen it all: the withering glances, the systemic discrimination …
John M. Donnelly / Roll Call:
House orders Pentagon to say if it weaponized ticks and released them  —  The House quietly voted last week to require the Pentagon inspector general to tell Congress whether the department experimented with weaponizing disease-carrying insects and whether they were released into the public realm — either accidentally or on purpose.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Political Wire
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Law Profs Weigh In: What Is The Appropriate Response When A White Student Wears A MAGA Hat In Class?  —  Following up on my previous post, What Should A Black Law Professor Do When A White Student Wears A MAGA Hat In Class?:  —  Jacob H. Rooksby (Dean, Gonzaga), Statement:
Discussion: RedState and Althouse
BBC:
Italy seizes ‘combat-ready’ missile in raids on far right  —  Anti-terrorism police in northern Italy have seized an air-to-air missile and other sophisticated weapons during raids on far-right extremist groups.  —  Three people were arrested - two of them near Forli airport.
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
Elizabeth Warren's Campaign Turned To A Big Donor To Pay For The DNC Voter Database, Despite Her Fundraising Pledge  —  Elizabeth Warren relied on a multimillion-dollar Democratic donor to cover the cost of an expensive voter database — a move that risks putting her campaign at odds with the spirit …
NBC News:
Trump weighs ousting Commerce chief Wilbur Ross after census defeat  —  Some White House officials expect the Cabinet secretary, who has known the president for years, to depart as soon as this summer.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has told aides and allies that he is considering …
 
 
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Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
The U.S. Holocaust Museum is wrong to deny that Trump's racism resembles Nazism
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Charles Riley / CNN:
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Tiptoeing around Trump's racism is a betrayal of journalistic truth-telling
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