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7:30 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.
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.
Kirby Wilson / Tampa Bay Times:
Donald Trump told U.S.-born congressional Reps. to ‘go back’ to their home countries.  Florida's response?
Discussion: Axios, Crooks and Liars and Mediaite
Bonchie / RedState:
As Democrats Fight a Civil War, Trump Strips Naked and Runs Onto the Battlefield
Discussion: Fox News, The Resurgent and Instapundit
Mike Allen / Axios:
Exclusive poll: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defining Democrats among crucial 2020 swing voters
Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
‘Racist and Disgusting’: Ex GOP Congressman Justin Amash Blasts Trump After He Says Congresswomen …
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Biden unveils health plan, sharpening fight among Democrats  —  Joe Biden unveiled a proposal Monday to expand the Affordable Care Act with an optional public health insurance program, escalating a fierce debate with his Democratic rivals who favor a more sweeping Medicare-for-all system.
Discussion: Politico, YouTube and Splinter
Averi Harper / ABC News:   Former Vice President Joe Biden rolls out expanded Affordable Care Act health plan
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Joe Biden Decides He Doesn't Need to Stay Above the Fray After All
Discussion: Common Dreams
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Democrats debate how far left is too far left as they prepare to take on Trump
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Politico
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 …
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 …
POLITICO Playbook: Trump to up the ante on asylum rules
Discussion: Bloomberg, Axios and Gizmodo
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.
New York Daily News:
Bill's power failure: A blackout hits, and de Blasio is busy in the campaign spotlight  —  It's not just that Bill de Blasio, currently polling at 0% nationally and 0% in the key early states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, was out of town on a campaign jaunt when a blackout struck Manhattan …
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.
Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
The Border Patrol Hits a Breaking Point  —  Behind this week's migrant-center horrors lies an agency plagued by years of dysfunction—and Trump is only its latest problem.  —  Garrett M. Graff (@vermontgmg) is a journalist, historian, and executive director of The Aspen Institute's Cybersecurity & Technology Program.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Washington Post:
As immigrant families wait in dread, no sign of large-scale enforcement raids
Discussion: Political Wire
Kaly Soto / New York Times:
Have You Been Told to ‘Go Back’ to Your Country Even Though You Are American?  Tell Us About It.  —  Have you been told to “go back” to your country even though you're American?  Tell us about it.  —  Will Sudan's Revolution Succeed?  — After a dictator was ousted, protesters wanted civilian rule.
New York Times:
How Joe Biden Became the Democrats' Anti-Busing Crusader  —  With a school desegregation lawsuit roiling Delaware in the 1970s, Mr. Biden led an effort in the Senate to end court-ordered busing.  —  NEWPORT, Del. — In July 1974, with a federal court in Delaware on the verge of ordering busing …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Huge Turnout Is Expected in 2020.  So Which Party Would Benefit?  —  Democrats typically gain from a broader electorate in presidential races, but that pattern is not assured in the Trump era.  —  The 2020 presidential election is poised to have the highest turnout in a century …
Barbara Bradley Hagerty / The Atlantic:
An Epidemic of Disbelief … robert spada walked into the decrepit warehouse in Detroit and surveyed the chaos: Thousands of cardboard boxes and large plastic bags were piled haphazardly throughout the cavernous space.  The air inside was hot and musty.  Spada, an assistant prosecutor …
Trump may face more court battles over giving citizenship data to states  —  (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's order that all federal agencies provide citizenship data to the Commerce Department could open a new legal front over whether states can redraw their voting maps based on citizenship status.
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 …
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 …
Dina Nayeri / Slate:
Why They Fear Ilhan Omar  —  Donald Trump and Tucker Carlson don't think she's dangerous.  They hate that she's full of potential.  —  On Wednesday night, Fox News host Tucker Carlson attacked Congresswoman Ilhan Omar for her ingratitude.  “After everything America has done for Omar and for her family …
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Wall Street Journal:
Mexico's Economy Falters as U.S. Chugs Along
Discussion: Washington Post
Dana Goodyear / New Yorker:
Kamala Harris Makes Her Case
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Of Progressive Carnivores and Cannibals
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Sanders campaign: Media ‘find Bernie annoying, discount his seriousness’
Discussion: Political Wire
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Pompeo grants visa to Iran's top diplomat to visit New York but limits his movements
Sophia Tareen / Associated Press:
Churches jump into action with threat of immigration sweeps
Discussion: Axios and USA Today
 Earlier Items: 
Daily Mail:
Britain's former ambassador to the U.S., Sir Kim Darroch, vouched for the credibility …
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
Monique O. Madan / Miami Herald:
No calls or showers: Boy, reunited with mom, tells of trek from Houston to Homestead
Wall Street Journal:
Manufacturers Move Supply Chains Out of China
Discussion: Mother Jones
Walter Soriano: The covert operative for Russian and Israeli elite
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Jeffrey Epstein's ranch in New Mexico linked to sex trafficking, abuse investigation