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3:05 PM 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.
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Pelosi announces resolution condemning Trump for racist tweets  —  House Democrats are drafting a resolution to condemn President Donald Trump's racist tweets against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other high-profile freshman congresswomen, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday.
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.
CNN:
Trump denies racist tweets were racist  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump denied Monday that the inflammatory tweets he issued Sunday were racist.  —  Asked on the South Lawn during an event on American-made products if his tweets were racist, he said: “Not at all.”
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: The Week
David French / National Review:
Donald Trump's Tweets Were Malicious, and Republican Silence is Deafening  —  In 2016 Speaker Paul Ryan called Donald Trump's attacks on Judge Alonzo Curiel — Trump had called the American-born judge “Mexican” and claimed he was therefore too biased to preside over the Trump University litigation …
Discussion: Mother Jones, Vox, Townhall and Roll Call
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump just denied his attacks are racist.  He only confirmed the worst.  —  Ever since President Trump launched his candidacy by declaring Mexicans to be “rapists,” Trump's public racism has often included two additional important elements: An adamant refusal to apologize for it in the face of outrage …
Discussion: Politico, CNN, RedState and USA Today
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 …
Discussion: CNSNews
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Tiptoeing around Trump's racism is a betrayal of journalistic truth-telling
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Meghan McCain knocks Lindsey Graham for defending Trump's tweets: ‘This is not the person I used to know’
Discussion: Political Wire, ABC News and Breitbart
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
After years of decrying McCarthyism, Lindsey Graham accuses members of Congress of being Communists
Elizabeth Thomas / ABC News:
Trump says his ‘go back’ remarks to lawmakers ‘not at all racist’ as outrage grows
Goldie Taylor / The Daily Beast:
Trump Is a Racist. If You Still Support Him, So Are You.
Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep. Insists Trump Was Probably Just Talking About Congresswomen's Districts
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
RacistInChief Trends After Trump Tells Lawmakers to ‘Go Back’ …
Bloomberg:   U.K. Leader Says Trump's Tweets on Democrats Are ‘Completely Unacceptable’
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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Washington Post:   Trump administration moves to restrict asylum access, aiming to curb Central American migration
Bill Chappell / NPR:
Trump Administration Implementing ‘3rd Country’ Rule On Migrants Seeking Asylum
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
Trump to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants at US-Mexico border
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Biden unveils health care plan: Affordable Care Act 2.0  —  Democratic front-runner Joe Biden on Monday unveiled a health plan that's intended to preserve the most popular parts of Obamacare — from Medicaid expansion to protections for patients with preexisting conditions …
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Stephen Braun / Associated Press:
Biden cancer nonprofit suspends operations indefinitely
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Caller
Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
The Border Patrol Hits a Breaking Point  —  Vice President Mike 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 …
Discussion: New York Times
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Robert Moore / NPR:   3-Year-Old Asked To Pick Parent In Attempted Family Separation, Her Parents Say
BBC:
Italy seizes ‘combat-ready’ missile in raids on far right  —  Anti-terrorism police in northern Italy have seized an air-to-air missile and other sophisticated weapons during raids on far-right extremist groups.  —  Three people were arrested - two of them near Forli airport.
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Iga Lis / Politico:
Italian police seize missile in raids on far right
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
Elizabeth Warren's Campaign Turned To A Big Donor To Pay For The DNC Voter Database, Despite Her Fundraising Pledge  —  Elizabeth Warren relied on a multimillion-dollar Democratic donor to cover the cost of an expensive voter database — a move that risks putting her campaign at odds with the spirit …
Discussion: Political Wire and twitchy.com
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 …
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.
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.
Lizzie Presser / ProPublica:
The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published.
Discussion: Boing Boing
 
 
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Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
‘Believe all women’ makes the ‘Pence rule’ just common sense
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Focus group: Some swing Michigan voters like how Trump is handling immigration
Discussion: Daily Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Generals Fall Out of Favor as Trump Advisers
David Catron / The American Spectator:
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Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
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Daniel Arkin / NBC News:
Andrea Mitchell to receive lifetime achievement award at news Emmys
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Award-Winning Reporter to Counter-Sue Man Who Bankrolled Brexit for ‘Harassment’
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Just say ‘racist’  —  Yesterday, the president of the United States …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Kevin Peachey / BBC:
New face of the Bank of England's £50 note is revealed
Discussion: Mashable and Engadget
Jim Galloway / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Son of Joe Lieberman contemplates a run for U.S. Senate in Georgia
Discussion: Political Wire
Uri Friedman / The Atlantic:
Democrats Have Found Their Battle Cry
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
Discussion: Washington Times
Barbara Bradley Hagerty / The Atlantic:
An Epidemic of Disbelief  —  This article is part of our project …
New York Times:
How Joe Biden Became the Democrats' Anti-Busing Crusader
Discussion: The Week
Beto O'Rourke / Medium:
Rose and Eliza  —  I was recently given documents showing …