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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
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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.
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.
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 …
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
Benjamin Swasey / WBUR:
GOP Gov. Baker Calls Trump's Tweet Attacks On Dem Congresswomen ‘Shameful, Racist’
Discussion: WBUR News
CNN:
Fact check: Trump falsely accuses Ilhan Omar of praising al Qaeda
Discussion: FOX2now.com
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Trump Tells America What Kind of Nationalist He Is
Discussion: Mediaite, Townhall and Mashable
Los Angeles Times:
Trump is truly America's Bigot-in-Chief
Discussion: CNSNews
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Tiptoeing around Trump's racism is a betrayal of journalistic truth-telling
Politico:   Boris Johnson: Trump's ‘go home’ attack was ‘totally inapproapriate’
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's prepared notes: Democrats he criticized are ‘DANGEROUS’ and may ‘hate America’
Discussion: The Week and WPIX 11 New York
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Republicans are quiet as Trump urges minority congresswomen to leave the country
George Prayias / The Rush Limbaugh Show:
The Truth About the Latest Trump Tweet Uproar
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Washington Press
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
After years of decrying McCarthyism, Lindsey Graham accuses members of Congress of being Communists
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
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.
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
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Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
The Border Patrol Hits a Breaking Point
Discussion: The Week and VTDigger
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 …
Discussion: Progress Pond and Political Wire
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
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: twitchy.com and New York Post
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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: 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 …
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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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.
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.
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
House Democrat to move forward on articles of impeachment against Trump  —  Rep. Al Green (D-Tex.) said Monday that he would move forward in the next two weeks on articles of impeachment against President Trump, saying “the American people are fed up” with his racism and bigotry.
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Rep. Al Green to force impeachment vote against Trump
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Charles Riley / CNN:
Alan Turing, World War II code-breaker castrated for being gay, is the face of Britain's £50 note  —  London (CNN Business)Alan Turing, a crack code-breaker and visionary mathematician who was convicted under Victorian-era homophobic laws, will be the face of Britain's new £50 note.
Discussion: Big Think and Political Wire
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Kevin Peachey / BBC:
New face of the Bank of England's £50 note is revealed
Discussion: Mashable and Engadget
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Law Profs Weigh In: What Is The Appropriate Response When A White Student Wears A MAGA Hat In Class?
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Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
The U.S. Holocaust Museum is wrong to deny that Trump's racism resembles Nazism
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
German Lopez / Vox:
Donald Trump's long history of racism, from the 1970s to 2019
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Please, Pelosi, Fight Trump, Not the Squad
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Focus group: Some swing Michigan voters like how Trump is handling immigration
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Wire
Wall Street Journal:
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Tim Alberta / Vanity Fair:
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Barbara Bradley Hagerty / The Atlantic:
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