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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
‘Racist’ tweets?  News media grapple with how to label Trump's latest attacks  —  When is it time to call a statement “racist,” and when is it time to let others characterize it that way?  —  News organizations wrestled with that question Sunday and Monday after President Trump tweeted …
Discussion: New Republic
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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.
Gabby Orr / Politico:
How Trump aides rushed to repackage the ‘go back’ tweets  —  Within hours of President Donald Trump's radioactive tweets on Sunday urging several minority Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to other countries, his campaign was scrambling to repackage the attack into a broader patriotic message.
Discussion: The Intercept
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
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
We need someone who can lift us up again. Enter President Obama.
Associated Press:   The Latest: Romney calls Trump's tweets ‘destructive’
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Twitter says Trump's racist tweets don't break its rules
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's prepared notes: Democrats he criticized are ‘DANGEROUS’ and may ‘hate America’
Discussion: CNN, Vanity Fair and The Week
Benjamin Swasey / WBUR:
GOP Gov. Baker Calls Trump's Tweet Attacks On Dem Congresswomen ‘Shameful, Racist’
Discussion: WBUR News
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
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Rep. Al Green to force impeachment vote against Trump
Politico:   Boris Johnson: Trump's ‘go home’ attack was ‘totally inappropriate’
George T. Conway III / Washington Post:
George Conway: Trump is a racist president  —  George T. Conway III is a lawyer in New York.  —  To this day, I can remember almost the precise spot where it happened: a supermarket parking lot in eastern Massachusetts.  It was the mid-1970s; I was not yet a teenager, or barely one.
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Harris blasts, and takes money from, Epstein's law firm  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris bemoaned the influence of the powerful and connected elite last Tuesday when she called on top Justice Department officials to recuse themselves from any matter related to Jeffrey Epstein.
Discussion: Townhall, twitchy.com and New York Post
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The Daily Beast:
Jeffrey Epstein Had ‘Piles of Cash,’ Diamonds, Foreign Passport in Safe
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Miami Herald:
Epstein accusers finally face him in court; safe held passport with his photo, fake name
Discussion: New York Magazine
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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Colleen Long / Associated Press:
62 border employees under internal investigation amid posts
Discussion: Townhall
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 …
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.
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
New York Times:
After 2016 Bible Slip, Trump Lashed Out at ‘So-Called Christians,’ Book Says  —  Furious after he was criticized by evangelicals for stumbling in his reference to a book of the Bible during the 2016 campaign, Donald J. Trump lashed out at “so-called Christians” and used an epithet in describing …
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
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
BBC Accepts Iran's Demand Of Blackout On Its Persian Sites Amid Regime's Attacks On Press  —  A deal to not share reporting from Iran on BBC Persian has angered staffers who see it as complicity with a government that imprisons, tortures and kills journalists.
Washington Post:
Pelosi torpedoes White House debt limit plan, throwing budget talks into chaos  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi late Monday said the House of Representatives would not raise the debt ceiling unless it is part of a broader budget deal, putting extreme pressure on the White House and congressional leaders to cut a deal within days.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Queerty, Spectator USA, Axios, HuffPost and Slate
Scott Duke Kominers / Bloomberg:
People Make It So Hard to Ditch Plastic Straws  —  Bars and restaurants that switched to reusable metal ones learned about the downsides.  —  Rarely has a minor consumer product received more vilification than the plastic straw.  As a symbol of human wastefulness and our careless disregard …
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
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 …
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Trump Tells America What Kind of Nationalist He Is  —  When President Donald Trump declared himself a “nationalist,” he was telling the truth, but he was inadequately specific.  —  On Sunday morning, the president told four members of Congress to “go back” to the countries “from which they came.”
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.
 
 
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Twitter exec: ‘Jail,’ ‘impeachment’ for Trump, calls social media chief ‘racist d—k’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Jury decides Terry Branstad discriminated against gay employee as governor, awards employee $1.5 million
Discussion: Political Wire
Politico:
Von der Leyen hints at Selmayr exit if she becomes Commission president
Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
The deadly race riot ‘aided and abetted’ by The Washington Post a century ago
Janelle Griffith / NBC News:
Founder of African American museum in Louisiana found dead in car trunk
Discussion: New York Times, NPR and Hyperallergic
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Charles Riley / CNN:
Alan Turing, World War II code-breaker castrated for being gay, is the face of Britain's £50 note
Discussion: Big Think
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
Elizabeth Warren's Campaign Turned To A Big Donor To Pay For The DNC Voter Database, Despite Her Fundraising Pledge
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Tiptoeing around Trump's racism is a betrayal of journalistic truth-telling
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
How Matt Gaetz Used Daddy's Money to Become Trump's Favorite Congressman
Daniel Arkin / NBC News:
Andrea Mitchell to receive lifetime achievement award at news Emmys
Discussion: NB Blog
BBC:
Italy seizes ‘combat-ready’ missile in raids on far right
Lizzie Presser / ProPublica:
The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Tim Alberta / Vanity Fair:
“You Crossed the Rubicon...There's No Going Back”: Karl Rove, Kellyanne Conway, and the Odd …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Huge Turnout Is Expected in 2020. So Which Party Would Benefit?