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NBC News:
House divided: Vote temporarily halted after Pelosi calls Trump comments ‘racist’ on the floor  —  The resolution would rap Trump for racist tweets, but Collins said denigrating the president violates House rules.  He moved to have Pelosi's remarks stricken.
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Kellyanne Conway Snaps Back at Reporter: 'What's Your Ethnicity?'  —  “My ethnicity is not relevant to the question I'm asking you,” the reporter replied.  —  When White House reporter Andrew Feinberg posed a question to Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday about the president's racist tweets …
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
What Would It Cost for Republicans to Condemn Trump?  —  Anything you will have to do eventually, you should do immediately.  —  This is the passage that struck me most in the George Conway piece everyone is talking about: … What is it, exactly, that we want from elected Republicans?
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Trump's new impeachment problem  —  President Trump's racist tweets had an unintended consequence: They gave House Democrats a new rationale for impeachment.  —  Why it matters: This has the potential to fundamentally change the conversation around impeachment, which has so far mostly focused …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump feeds his voters another scam, wrapped in racist packaging  —  In the closing days of the 2018 elections, President Trump's political guru, Brad Parscale, rolled out a massive TV ad campaign featuring a worried suburban mom fussing over her daughter.  The woman told herself that everything …
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Strawman Elegy  —  I like and admire our friend J. D. Vance, but I do want to throttle him just a little bit — just a little! — when he says things like this: “The question conservatives confront at this key moment is this: Whom do we serve?  Do we serve pure, unfettered commercial freedom?
CNN:
Trump said ‘many people agree’ with his racist tweets.  These white supremacists certainly do.  —  Trump defends racist attacks on congresswomen  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's racist comments about Democratic congresswomen have won him renewed support from white supremacists …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The American Right Defines Patriotism As Complacency About Racism
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Why Donald Trump is thrilled about this fight with the ‘Squad’
NPR:
White House Spokesman Doesn't Back Away From Trump's Racist Tweets
Discussion: Splinter
David Remnick / New Yorker:
A Racist in the White House
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Floor fight erupts as Pelosi speaks ahead of vote to condemn Trump's ‘racist’ comments
Discussion: Geller Report News
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Planned Parenthood Removes Leana Wen as President  —  Planned Parenthood on Tuesday removed its president after less than a year in the job, seeking new leadership at a time when abortion rights have come under increasing attack from statehouses and Republicans in Washington.
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Washington Post:
Head of Planned Parenthood forced out after eight months  —  The president of Planned Parenthood was forced out of her job Tuesday in a dispute over the direction of the the nation's largest women's reproductive rights organization amid growing political and legal challenges to abortion.
Caleb Parke / Fox News:
Trump abortion rule deals ‘devastating blow’ to Planned Parenthood, group says
Discussion: Politico
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
EXCLUSIVE: Former Trump Aide Jason Miller Admits to Hiring Prostitutes in 2015 and 2017  —  Republican operative Jason Miller, the former communications chief for the Trump campaign and transition team, said he hired numerous prostitutes and visited “hand job” massage parlors as recently …
Discussion: Political Wire
Caitlin Byrd / Post and Courier:
Mark Sanford, SC Republican, former US Rep considers presidential run against Trump  —  Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina congressman ousted from office after President Donald Trump urged voters to reject him, is considering a run for president.  —  Sanford, in an exclusive interview Tuesday …
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
A Judge Has Banned Roger Stone From Posting Anything On Instagram, Facebook, Or Twitter  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday issued an order prohibiting Roger Stone, a longtime ally and adviser of President Donald Trump, from posting anything on Instagram, Facebook …
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Verge
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Ali Dukakis / ABC News:
Judge finds longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone in violation of gag order
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
Eric Garner's Death Will Not Lead to Federal Charges for N.Y.P.D. Officer  —  The decision came five years after Mr. Garner's dying words — “I can't breathe” — became a rallying cry.  —  The Justice Department will not bring federal charges against a New York City police officer in the death …
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Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
William Barr steps in to make sure the NYPD cop who killed Eric Garner won't be prosecuted
Discussion: New York Times
Amy Spiro / Jewish Insider:
Ex-CNN commentator at progressive summit: Major news outlets are ‘Zionist orgs’  —  PHILADELPHIA — Former CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill claimed that news outlets like NBC and ABC were “Zionist organizations” that produced “Zionist content,” during a panel on Friday at the annual Netroots Nation summit held …
Frida Ghitis / Washington Post:
Trump's racist tweets come straight from the authoritarian playbook  —  President Trump's barrage of racist tweets on Sunday ignited precisely the kind of firestorm he wanted.  So on Monday he doubled down — and then tripled down, again attacking the four nonwhite Democratic women in Congress …
Discussion: CNN and Dispatches From the …
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The Hill:   GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm
The Daily Beast:
Jeffrey Epstein Abused Victims While Serving Time in Florida, Accuser's Lawyer Says  —  Attorney Brad Edwards says a new accuser has come forward to say Epstein took advantage of work release to prey on young women.  —  An attorney representing Jeffrey Epstein accusers said Tuesday that at least …
Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg:
Peter Thiel Says Elizabeth Warren Is Most ‘Dangerous’ Candidate  —  Peter Thiel, the technology industry's most prominent supporter of President Donald Trump, called Elizabeth Warren the most “dangerous” Democratic presidential candidate.  —  In a rare television interview …
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New York Times:
In 2020 Democratic Fund-Raising, Five Candidates Stand Out  —  Five Democratic presidential candidates raised a combined $96 million from individual donors in the last three months — about three-quarters of the total fund-raising by the entire Democratic field, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday.
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CNN:
5 takeaways from 2020 Democrats' second quarter fundraising reports
JM Rieger / Washington Post:
Steve Scalise says House Republicans didn't disrespect Obama's position.  Let's go to the tape.  —  House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) made quite an assertion Tuesday about how Republicans treated President Barack Obama while he was in office.  —  “We had disagreements with a lot …
Discussion: Daily Kos
George Prayias / The Rush Limbaugh Show:
Caller Wants to Nominate a “Normal” Republican Instead of Trump  —  RUSH: Let's grab Douglas on line 4, San Diego.  Douglas, it's great to have you on the EIB Network, sir.  Hello.  —  CALLER: Well, thanks.  It's wonderful to be here.  Of course, I often... I listen to your show.
TIME:
The 25 Most Influential People on the Internet  —  For our fifth annual roundup of the most influential people on the Internet, TIME evaluated contenders by looking at their global impact on social media and their overall ability to drive news.  Here's who made this year's unranked list.
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
An Asylum Officer Said She Won't Enforce “Immoral” Asylum Standards At The US-Mexico Border  —  At least one asylum officer won't enforce a new regulation that ended asylum protections for hundreds of thousands of Central Americans and other immigrants, calling the change “illegal” and “immoral.”
Ginger Thompson / ProPublica:
A Border Patrol Agent Reveals What It's Really Like to Guard Migrant Children  —  With the agency under fire for holding children in deplorable conditions and over racist and misogynistic Facebook posts, one agent speaks about what it's like to do his job.  “Somewhere down the line people just accepted what's going on as normal.”
Discussion: Slate, ABC News, VICE and New York Times
Ally Mutnick / National Journal:
Freshmen Dems Fortify House Advantage With Massive Q2s  —  More than 30 newly elected members raised over $500,000 each in the second quarter.  —  Swing-seat freshman Democrats raised a collective $24 million in the second quarter of 2019, a staggering sum that will provide an early fortification …
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Judge Decides Neo-Nazi Owes Woman Over $14M After ‘Storming’ Her Family  —  A federal judge in Montana decided Monday that Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin owes real estate agent Tanya Gersh more than $14 million after rallying other white supremacists on his site to inundate her and her family with a barrage of threats and vitriol.
HuffPost:
Donald Trump's ‘Go Back’ Slur All Too Familiar To Minority Members Of Congress  —  White lawmakers, however, acknowledged that people generally assumed they were American.  —  WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump insists he wasn't being racist when he told four minority congresswomen who've …
Discussion: NPR, The Guardian and Bloomberg
Julia Horowitz / CNN:
Ikea is closing its only US factory and moving production to Europe  —  London (CNN Business)Ikea is shutting down its only furniture factory in the United States.  —  The Swedish company will end production this December at its plant in Danville, Virginia.  Operations will move to Europe, where the company says it can cut costs.
Discussion: UPI
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Google VP grilled by senators over allegations of tech giant's bias against conservatives  —  Republican lawmakers on Tuesday criticized Google during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing over allegations of bias against and censorship of conservative groups on the tech giant's platforms.
Discussion: Politico
Ibram X. Kendi / The Atlantic:
Am I an American?  —  I live in envy.  I envy the people who know their nationality.  All the people whose nationality has never been a question in their mind.  —  I can imagine the woman staring at her reflection in the Volta River who knows she's Ghanaian, like her ancestors who liberated …
 
 
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Rick Noack / Washington Post:
‘Go back’? Trump's grandfather's German hometown has a different message for the U.S. president
John Nolte / Breitbart:
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Dan Diamond / Politico:
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Washington Post:
Rep. Al Green says he will file articles of impeachment against Trump tonight, despite pushback from Democratic leaders
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The ‘Squad’ Gives a Gift to Donald Trump
Discussion: Splinter, Power Line and RedState
David Steil / USA Today:
Republican business owner and former state lawmaker: We need Medicare for All. Here's why.
Discussion: Jacobin
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 Earlier Items: 
WKRN-TV:
Gov. Lee says he hopes to change law that calls for annual Nathan Bedford Forrest Day
Discussion: CNN
Danielle McLean / ThinkProgress:
Democrats sue over a Florida law that puts Trump's name ahead of rivals on the 2020 ballot
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Is the Most Unpatriotic Presidential Candidate in American History
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
David Montgomery / Washington Post:
Sebastian Gorka says that Obama was our first celebrity president
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Joe Biden: I'll challenge Trump to do push-ups onstage if he makes fun of my age or mental state
Foster Klug / Associated Press:
North Korea suggests it might lift weapons test moratorium
Kate Morrissey / Stars & Stripes:
Customs and Border Protection denies Marine Corps veteran entry for scheduled citizenship interview
Discussion: Shakesville