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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.
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: Associated Press
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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
Michael Luo / New Yorker:
Trump's Racist Tweets, and the Question of Who Belongs in America
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Twitter says Trump's racist tweets don't break its rules
Associated Press:
The Latest: Romney calls Trump's tweets ‘destructive’
Discussion: CNN, more at Mediagazer »
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
Trump's incendiary rhetoric is met with fading resistance from Republican and corporate leaders
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Rep. Al Green to force impeachment vote against Trump
Benjamin Swasey / WBUR:
GOP Gov. Baker Calls Trump's Tweet Attacks On Dem Congresswomen ‘Shameful, Racist’
Discussion: WBUR News
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
We need someone who can lift us up again.  Enter President Obama.  —  An open letter to Barack Obama:  —  Mr. President, it is time.  You must speak.  Your country needs you.  —  Eleven summers ago, as you accepted the Democratic nomination for president, you announced: “Tonight …
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Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
CNN Panel on Trump's Demagoguery Goes Off the Rails: ‘The White Nationalists Will Never Love You’  —  CNN went wild on Monday night when former Trump adviser Steve Cortes and New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali collided over President Donald Trump's racist attacks on Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
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 Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to other countries, his campaign was scrambling to repackage the attack on the four women of color into a broader patriotic message.
Claudia Koerner / BuzzFeed News:
Trump Said His Racist Tweets Are Fine Because “Many People” Agree With Him
Discussion: Washington Press
Sarah Parvini / Los Angeles Times:   For children of immigrants like me, ‘go back’ is a familiar racist taunt
David Moye / HuffPost:
Rep. Ilhan Omar Has Been A U.S. Citizen Longer Than Melania Trump
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Molly Olmstead / Slate:
Lindsey Graham Called AOC a “Communist” in Rambling Fox & Friends Segment About the President's Racist Tweets
Discussion: Vox, Rolling Stone and Power Line
Salvador Hernandez / BuzzFeed News:
A Neo-Nazi Blogger Was Ordered To Pay $14 Million To A Woman Who Was Targeted In A Racist “Troll Storm”  —  A federal judge awarded more than $14 million to a woman who was barraged with anti-Semitic and threatening messages online after a neo-Nazi blogger instructed his followers to target her and her family with a “troll storm.”
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Alex Johnson / NBC News:   Founder of neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer should pay $14 million to victim of ‘troll storm,’ judge says
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
Washington Post:
Low-polling Democratic presidential candidates spent almost all the money they raised in the second quarter  —  Low-polling Democratic presidential hopefuls drew in far less cash in the past three months than their more prominent rivals and spent almost all the money they raised trying …
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David Siders / Politico:
Beto O'Rourke fundraising fell to $3.6 million in second quarter
Discussion: Political Wire
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Beto O'Rourke's Fund-Raising Falters as 2020 Democrats Announce Finances
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CNN
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Week and Politico
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Miami Herald:
Epstein accusers finally face him in court; safe held passport with his photo, fake name
Discussion: New York Magazine
CNBC:
Jeffrey Epstein willing to post $100 million bail …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and UPI
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
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
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.
Washington Post:
Trump's new move on asylum is truly extreme  —  Much of the Trump administration's efforts fit into a long-standing Republican agenda: Cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations, attack abortion rights, relieve polluters of the burden of regulation, and so on.
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Colleen Long / Associated Press:
Trump moves to end asylum protections for Central Americans
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
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
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
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.
Niv Elis / The Hill:
WH projects $1 trillion deficit for 2019  —  The White House projects that the federal deficit will surpass $1 trillion this year, the only time in the nation's history the deficit has exceeded that level, excluding the four-year period following the Great Recession.
Discussion: Axios
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.
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: Spectator USA, Queerty, Axios, HuffPost and Slate
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg / The Appeal:
Philadelphia D.A. Asks Court to Declare Death Penalty System Unconstitutional  —  Larry Krasner says the punishment is ‘really about poverty’ and race.  —  Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner—who vowed as a candidate not to seek the death penalty—has asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court …
Discussion: Reason and The Intercept
 
 
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Zach Schonfeld / The Ringer:
Sufjan Stevens and the Curious Case of the Missing 48 States
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Peter Thiel tells Tucker Carlson which 2020 Dem has him ‘most scared’
Discussion: Axios
New York Times:
Tariffs on China Don't Cover the Costs of Trump's Trade War
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
Trump's racist tweets were written in the White House, which slaves helped build
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
Interior to move most of Bureau of Land Management's D.C. staff out west as part of larger reorganization push
Discussion: Axios
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
Donald Trump and the Plot to Take Over the Courts
ITV:
Air-to-air missile among weapons seized by counter-terrorism police in Italy after raid on far-right group
BuzzFeed News:
Trump's Favorite Meme-Maker Adopted A Fake Name To Go On Trump's Favorite TV Network
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Rogan / Washington Examiner:
Ousted UK ambassador leaked US intelligence
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Instacart Hounds Workers to Take Jobs That Aren't Worth It
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
Scott Duke Kominers / Bloomberg:
People Make It So Hard to Ditch Plastic Straws
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Law Profs Weigh In: What Is The Appropriate Response When A White Student Wears A MAGA Hat In Class?
Discussion: RedState and Althouse
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Focus group: Some swing Michigan voters like how Trump is handling immigration
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Obama officials say Trump administration hasn't delayed new $20 bill, despite Harriet Tubman firestorm