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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 …
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.”
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Meghan McCain knocks Lindsey Graham for defending Trump's tweets: ‘This is not the person I used to know’  —  “The View” co-host Meghan McCain on Monday criticized her father's longtime friend Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for standing by President Trump after Trump suggested that a group …
Discussion: Political Wire, ABC News and Breitbart
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Tiptoeing around Trump's racism is a betrayal of journalistic truth-telling
Los Angeles Times:
Trump is truly America's Bigot-in-Chief
Discussion: CNSNews
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Republicans are quiet as Trump urges minority congresswomen to leave the country
Benjamin Swasey / WBUR:
GOP Gov. Baker Calls Trump's Tweet Attacks On Dem Congresswomen ‘Shameful, Racist’
Discussion: WBUR News
George Prayias / The Rush Limbaugh Show:
The Truth About the Latest Trump Tweet Uproar
Discussion: ABC News, USA Today and The Bulwark
Politico:   Boris Johnson: Trump's ‘go home’ attack was ‘totally inapproapriate’
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Trump Tells America What Kind of Nationalist He Is
Discussion: Mediaite, Townhall and Mashable
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
After years of decrying McCarthyism, Lindsey Graham accuses members of Congress of being Communists
Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep. Insists Trump Was Probably Just Talking About Congresswomen's Districts
Discussion: Mother Jones and Politico
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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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: VTDigger and The Week
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
Washington Post:
Trump tells White House counselor Kellyanne Conway to ignore congressional subpoena, White House says  —  In a letter Monday, White House counsel Pat A. Cipollone cited constitutional immunity, and “in order to protect the prerogatives of the Office of the President, the President has directed …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Kellyanne Conway defies subpoena, skips Oversight hearing
Discussion: Washington Post
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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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
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.
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 …
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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
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Please, Pelosi, Fight Trump, Not the Squad  —  The House speaker is demoralizing people the Democratic Party needs.  —  For the last couple of weeks, the House Democratic leadership has been locked in an escalating battle with four left-wing freshmen congresswomen known as “the squad” …
Discussion: Slate, Fox News and Vox
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David Catron / The American Spectator:
Meet AOC's Brain: Saikat Chakrabarti
Discussion: Vox, Jacobin, Jezebel and The Week
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 …
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 …
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
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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Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
The U.S. Holocaust Museum is wrong to deny that Trump's racism resembles Nazism
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German Lopez / Vox:
Donald Trump's long history of racism, from the 1970s to 2019
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:
Generals Fall Out of Favor as Trump Advisers
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
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Daniel Arkin / NBC News:
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Lizzie Presser / ProPublica:
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Jim Galloway / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Son of Joe Lieberman contemplates a run for U.S. Senate in Georgia
Tim Alberta / Vanity Fair:
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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 …