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10:45 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.
Mike Allen / Axios:
A tough time to be a Trump supporter  —  Conservatives who reluctantly support President Trump often try to pretend the daily outrage didn't happen, but yesterday's “go back” tweets were like his “both sides” comment on Charlottesville — a transgression that won't instantly fade, and can't be laughed off.
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.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
How news outlets are dealing with the ‘moral dimension’ of covering Trump and his racist tweets  —  New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter.  You can sign up for free right here.  —  President Trump launched a bigoted attack …
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Just say ‘racist’  —  Yesterday, the president of the United States …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Republicans are quiet as Trump urges minority congresswomen to leave the country  —  A day has passed without prominent Republicans stepping forward to disagree with President Trump's notion that four minority congresswomen who have been critical of his approach to immigration enforcement should …
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Trump is truly America's Bigot-in-Chief  —  President Trump's Twitter feed is a repugnant place, and no one would want the thankless task of having to weed through all his bitter, bigoted ramblings to determine which are the most offensive.  But a three-tweet thread early Sunday morning …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Blunder of Epic Proportions
Discussion: The Hill, The Bulwark, Politico and Althouse
Adrian Walker /
Ayanna Pressley brushes off Trump's tweets — but not his treatment of refugees
Discussion: Splinter
Nina Golgowski / HuffPost:
Republicans Silent On Trump's Racist Remarks To Congresswomen
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.
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
Trump to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants at US-Mexico border  —  The Trump administration is moving to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants, the Department of Justice announced Monday.  —  According to a new rule published in the Federal Register …
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 …
POLITICO Playbook: Trump to up the ante on asylum rules
Discussion: New York Times
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Biden unveils health care plan: Affordable Care Act 2.0  —  Democratic front-runner Joe Biden today will unveil a health plan that's intended to preserve the most popular parts of Obamacare — from Medicaid expansion to protections for patients with pre-existing conditions …
Discussion: YouTube, UPI and Washington Post
Sam Baker / Axios:
The GOP isn't worried about its Affordable Care Act lawsuit
Discussion: Political Wire, Hullabaloo and Politico
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Biden unveils health plan, sharpening fight among Democrats
Discussion: CNN and The Week
Congressman Andy Harris / WBAL NewsRadio 1090/FM 101.5:
LATEST PODCASTS  —  Congressman Andy Harris joins me this morning to discuss the ICE raids targeting nearly 2,000 undocumented immigrants ordered to be removed from the country.  We get his take on the raids and discuss President Trump's tweets targeting four members from the democratic side of the aisle.
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.
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 …
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 …
Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
The Border Patrol Hits a Breaking Point  —  Vice President Pence's Friday visit to a Border Patrol detention facility in Texas didn't go according to plan.  Meant to pressure Democrats to address the migrant crisis at the southern border, the visit instead appeared to horrify those who accompanied Pence …
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
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 …
Tim Alberta / Vanity Fair:
“You Crossed the Rubicon...There's No Going Back”: Karl Rove, Kellyanne Conway, and the Odd Couple Marriage Between Mike Pence and Donald Trump  —  He didn't like Rove (Trump: “I'll win New York”; Rove: “No, you won't").  Conway had worked for “Lyin' Ted Cruz.”  And Pence was a choirboy, albeit a hyper-ambitious one.
Kevin Peachey / BBC:
New face of the Bank of England's £50 note is revealed  —  Computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing will feature on the new design of the Bank of England's £50 note.  —  He is celebrated for his code-cracking work that proved vital to the Allies in World War Two.
Discussion: Mashable
Craig Gilbert / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Former Gov. Scott Walker to take the helm of conservative group, says he won't run for office in 2022  —  Former Gov. Scott Walker has accepted a full-time position running a national conservative youth organization based in northern Virginia.  —  Walker said the move rules out a run …
Discussion: Political Wire
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Trump Is Undoing Jimmy Carter's Greatest Accomplishment  —  President Jimmy Carter's diversification of the judiciary is one of the most important and least acknowledged achievements in presidential history.  And it's in danger.  —  In December 1976, one month before beginning his single term as president …
Jim Galloway / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Son of Joe Lieberman contemplates a run for U.S. Senate in Georgia  —  So far, the dominant themes of the Democratic side of the 2020 U.S. Senate contest in Georgia has been its slow formation and leftward drift, even as Republican incumbent David Perdue rakes in boatloads of campaign cash.
Wall Street Journal:
Kavanaugh Fight Was No ‘Win’  —  The left savaged a man's reputation and America's institutions—and paid no price for its indecency.  —  When the Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh 50-48, it was a victory over American politics' most vicious smear campaign in decades.  Or was it?
U.K. Leader Says Trump's Tweets on Democrats Are ‘Completely Unacceptable’  — Spokesman briefs reporters on U.K. prime minister's views  — President criticized over tweets about four female lawmakers  —  U.S. President Donald Trump used “completely unacceptable” …
Discussion: Political Wire
Ben Kesslen / NBC News:
‘Never again means close the camps’: Jews protest ICE across the country  —  A growing group of young Jews formed Never Again Action to protest the mistreatment of migrants in ICE detention.  —  Serena Adlerstein didn't expect her Facebook status to turn into a nationwide movement but somehow …
Discussion: Breitbart
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Ben Blanchard / Reuters:
China says will freeze out U.S. companies that sell arms to Taiwan
Ai-jen Poo / New York Times:
The Workers in Our Homes Deserve Rights
Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
López Obrador's cost-cutting spree is transforming Mexico — and drawing blowback from bureaucrats
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Biden Cancer Initiative to suspend operations as 2020 campaign heats up
Discussion: Fortune
Connor Mannion / Mediaite:
CNN Analyst: Trump's ‘Go Back’ Attack Might Not be Seen as Racist Because He Said They Could Return to U.S.
Uri Friedman / The Atlantic:
Why Democrats Are Casting Trump as a Threat to Democracy
Dana Goodyear / New Yorker:
Kamala Harris Makes Her Case
Discussion: Althouse
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Of Progressive Carnivores and Cannibals
 Earlier Items: 
Trump may face more court battles over giving citizenship data to states
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Sanders campaign: Media ‘find Bernie annoying, discount his seriousness’
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
How Joe Biden Became the Democrats' Anti-Busing Crusader
Dina Nayeri / Slate:
Why They Fear Ilhan Omar
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
What Happened in New York?
Wall Street Journal:
Manufacturers Move Supply Chains Out of China
Discussion: Mother Jones