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7:00 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.
Discussion: Politico, Axios, The Guardian, Splinter and Slate
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 …
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.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Blunder of Epic Proportions  —  Regular readers know that I am a fan of President Trump, and more often than not, a fan of his use of social media.  But today he committed the worst unforced error of his presidency, one that we will hear about from the Democrats from now until November 2020.
Kirby Wilson / Tampa Bay Times:
Donald Trump told U.S.-born congressional Reps. to ‘go back’ to their home countries.  Florida's response?
Discussion: Axios, The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
Bonchie / RedState:
As Democrats Fight a Civil War, Trump Strips Naked and Runs Onto the Battlefield
Discussion: Fox News, The Resurgent and Instapundit
Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
‘Racist and Disgusting’: Ex GOP Congressman Justin Amash Blasts Trump After He Says Congresswomen …
Discussion: and Breitbart
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:   Democrats and Republicans agree — Donald Trump will be re-elected
Devan Cole / CNN:
Trump tweets racist attacks at progressive Democratic congresswomen
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Biden unveils health plan, sharpening fight among Democrats  —  Joe Biden unveiled a proposal Monday to expand the Affordable Care Act with an optional public health insurance program, escalating a fierce debate with his Democratic rivals who favor a more sweeping Medicare-for-all system.
Averi Harper / ABC News:
Former Vice President Joe Biden rolls out expanded Affordable Care Act health plan  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden has released a plan his campaign said would make the Affordable Care Act easier to navigate with more choices for Americans.  —  The plan would expand upon …
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Democrats debate how far left is too far left as they prepare to take on Trump
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Politico
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.
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Pompeo grants visa to Iran's top diplomat to visit New York but limits his movements  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday night that he granted a visa to Iran's foreign minister to visit New York primarily to meet U.S. obligations to the United Nations but that his movements will be sharply curtailed.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The unmistakable ugliness of Trump urging brown-skinned congresswomen to ‘go back’ to their countries
Discussion: Instapundit
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.
Discussion: New York Daily News
Kaly Soto / New York Times:
Have You Been Told to ‘Go Back’ to Your Country Even Though You Are American?  Tell Us About It.  —  Have you been told to “go back” to your country even though you're American?  Tell us about it.  —  Will Sudan's Revolution Succeed?  — After a dictator was ousted, protesters wanted civilian rule.
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 …
New York Times:
How Joe Biden Became the Democrats' Anti-Busing Crusader  —  With a school desegregation lawsuit roiling Delaware in the 1970s, Mr. Biden led an effort in the Senate to end court-ordered busing.  —  NEWPORT, Del. — In July 1974, with a federal court in Delaware on the verge of ordering busing …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
What Happened in New York?  —  Let's discuss this.  There's too little evidence here to support any clear theory.  But given the current leadership of the Department of Justice, a hermeneutic of suspicion is called for.  But consider these dates.  —  On Friday CNN reported …
Dina Nayeri / Slate:
Why They Fear Ilhan Omar  —  Donald Trump and Tucker Carlson don't think she's dangerous.  They hate that she's full of potential.  —  On Wednesday night, Fox News host Tucker Carlson attacked Congresswoman Ilhan Omar for her ingratitude.  “After everything America has done for Omar and for her family …
Daily Mail:
Britain's former ambassador to the U.S., Sir Kim Darroch, vouched for the credibility of Christopher Steele, the author of the explosive dossier detailing Donald Trump's alleged ties to Russia  —  And the same leaked diplomatic cables which revealed Sir Kim's damaging comments about President Trump …
Wall Street Journal:
Manufacturers Move Supply Chains Out of China  —  Tariff costs prompt executives to shift production to other countries; 'Once you move, you don't go back'  —  U.S. manufacturers are shifting production to countries outside of China as trade tensions between the world's two biggest economies stretch into a second year.
Discussion: Mother Jones
New York Times:
ICE Launches Raids Targeting Migrant Families  —  A small number of coordinated federal raids targeting undocumented migrant parents and their children took place over the weekend, the beginning of the Trump administration's plan to swiftly enforce deportation orders against some 2,000 recently …
Washington Post:   As immigrant families wait in dread, no sign of large-scale enforcement raids
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Sophia Tareen / Associated Press:
Churches jump into action with threat of immigration sweeps
Discussion: Axios and USA Today
Daily Mail:
Gillibrand says she has ‘experienced enormous amounts of white privilege’ …
Discussion: Breitbart
Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Rashida Tlaib compares ‘racist’ Israel to 19th-century US segregation
Discussion: Geller Report News
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Top 2020 Dems wouldn't reverse Trump's Jerusalem embassy decision
Monique O. Madan / Miami Herald:
No calls or showers: Boy, reunited with mom, tells of trek from Houston to Homestead
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
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Will Bunch /
Netroots Nation was the day Elizabeth Warren became president of the American left
Discussion: Politico