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2:30 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.
Discussion: RedState, Axios and Breitbart
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.
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 …
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.”
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump just denied his attacks are racist. He only confirmed the worst.
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and CNN
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Tiptoeing around Trump's racism is a betrayal of journalistic truth-telling
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
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Trump's Tweets Prove That He Is a Raging Racist
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
RacistInChief Trends After Trump Tells Lawmakers to ‘Go Back’ …
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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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
Sam Baker / Axios:
Joe Biden unveils his health care plan
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
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
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 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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Axios and Townhall
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
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Award-Winning Reporter to Counter-Sue Man Who Bankrolled Brexit for ‘Harassment’  —  Award-winning journalist Carole Cadwalladr hits back with countersuit against Brexit campaigners who are suing her for libel.  —  LONDON—The award-winning journalist whose investigations led to the collapse …
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.
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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: Washington Times
Barbara Bradley Hagerty / The Atlantic:
An Epidemic of Disbelief  —  This article is part of our project “The Presence of Justice,” which is supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge.  —  Robert Spada walked into the decrepit warehouse in Detroit and surveyed the chaos …
 
 
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Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Focus group: Some swing Michigan voters like how Trump is handling immigration
Discussion: Daily Wire
Robert Moore / NPR:
3-Year-Old Asked To Pick Parent In Attempted Family Separation, Her Parents Say
Wall Street Journal:
Generals Fall Out of Favor as Trump Advisers
Associated Press:
Some Iranian women take off hijabs as hard-liners push back
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
How Matt Gaetz Used Daddy's Money to Become Trump's Favorite Congressman
Daniel Arkin / NBC News:
Andrea Mitchell to receive lifetime achievement award at news Emmys
Ben Kesslen / NBC News:
‘Never again means close the camps’: Jews protest ICE across the country
Discussion: Breitbart
 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
Bloomberg:
U.K. Leader Says Trump's Tweets on Democrats Are ‘Completely Unacceptable’
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Trump Is Undoing Jimmy Carter's Greatest Accomplishment
Uri Friedman / The Atlantic:
Democrats Have Found Their Battle Cry
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 …