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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.
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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
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.
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 …
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
Gabby Orr / Politico:   How Trump aides rushed to repackage the ‘go back’ tweets
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's prepared notes: Democrats he criticized are ‘DANGEROUS’ and may ‘hate America’
Discussion: CNN, Vanity Fair and The Week
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
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
Mike Allen / Axios:
A tough time to be a Trump supporter
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
New York Times:   Most Migrants at Border With Mexico Would Be Denied Asylum Protections Under New Trump Rule
NBC News:
Trump administration moves to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants
Discussion: Shareblue Media
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
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  —  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: 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
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 …
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.
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 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 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.
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
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, HuffPost, Axios and Slate
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 …
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 …
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.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Tiptoeing around Trump's racism is a betrayal of journalistic truth-telling  —  Long before Donald Trump ran for president, an inside-journalism battle was raging over the ideas of objectivity and balance.  —  It went like this: Should reporters and editors strive for a kind of neutral even-handedness …
 
 
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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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Politico:
Boris Johnson: Trump's ‘go home’ attack was ‘totally inappropriate’
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
House Democrat to move forward on articles of impeachment against Trump
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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:
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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?