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8:50 AM ET, July 17, 2019


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Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Republican support for Trump rises after racially charged tweets: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Support for U.S. President Donald Trump increased slightly among Republicans after he lashed out on Twitter over the weekend in a racially charged attack on four minority Democratic congresswomen …
New York Times:
Trump Sets the 2020 Tone: Like 2016, Only This Time ‘the Squad’ Is Here  —  WASHINGTON — With three days of attacks on four liberal, minority freshman congresswomen, President Trump and the Republicans have sent the clearest signal yet that their approach to 2020 will be a racially divisive reprise …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Florida Phoenix
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Most Americans call Trump's tweets targeting 4 congresswomen ‘un-American’  —  WASHINGTON - A clear majority of Americans say President Trump's tweets targeting four minority congresswomen were “un-American,” according to a new USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll.  But most Republicans say they agreed …
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.
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
House Condemns Trump's Attack on Four Congresswomen as Racist  —  WASHINGTON — The House voted on Tuesday to condemn as racist President Trump's attacks against four congresswomen of color, but only after the debate over the president's language devolved into a bitterly partisan brawl …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Trump attacks on ‘The Squad’ drives wedge between campaign and critical voters
Discussion: CNN, Breitbart and Washington Post
Trump's premeditated racism is central to his 2020 strategy
Discussion: Political Wire
VICE:   Republicans Won't Call Trump Racist — But One Said White People Are “People of Color”
John Bresnahan / Politico:
House thrown into chaos after Pelosi decries Trump's ‘racist’ tweets on floor
Discussion: Axios, CNN, The Hill and WHOTV
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Who Led Liberal Wing, Dies at 99  —  John Paul Stevens, whose 35 years on the United States Supreme Court transformed him, improbably, from a Republican antitrust lawyer to the outspoken leader of the court's liberal wing, died Tuesday at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 99.
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
John Paul Stevens, longtime leader of Supreme Court's liberal wing, dies at 99
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog, Politico and UPI
The Daily Beast:
CNN Invites White Supremacist Richard Spencer to Talk About Trump's Racist Tweets  —  A man who wants ‘peaceful ethnic cleansing’ and invokes Nazi slogans was allowed to represent racists.  It's the latest instance of the press struggling to cover the far right.
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Kellyanne Conway just said something that should stun you  —  (CNN)Kellyanne Conway prides herself on her combativeness with the press.  It's a trait that has long endeared her to President Donald Trump and kept her in his ever-shrinking inner circle of advisers.  —  But on Tuesday afternoon, she went too far — even for her.
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
CNN Blasted for Giving Platform to White Nationalist Richard Spencer
Discussion: CNN
Chris Pratt criticised for ‘white supremacist’ T-shirt  —  Chris Pratt is facing criticism over a T-shirt he was pictured wearing featuring a controversial symbol.  —  The  —  Marvel star's top shows the American flag with a coiled snake over the top and a message underneath which reads “Don't Tread On Me.”
Jack Bohrer / NBC News:
Tape shows Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein discussing women at 1992 party  —  The November 1992 tape in the NBC archives shows Donald Trump with Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade before Epstein pleaded guilty to felony prostitution charges in Florida.  —  Inside a 1992 party with Trump, Jeffrey Epstein
Discussion: Political Wire
Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
Joe Biden Is ‘Dangerously Close to Using Republican Talking Points’, Says Ex-Clinton Adviser  —  A former adviser to 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said that 2020 hopeful Joe Biden is “dangerously close to using Republican talking points” and sounds like President Donald Trump …
Discussion: New Republic
Yusra Murad / Morning Consult:
On Controlling Health Costs, Most Voters Trust ... No One
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
76 billion opioid pills: Newly released federal data unmasks the epidemic  —  America's largest drug companies saturated the country with 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006 through 2012 as the nation's deadliest drug epidemic spun out of control, according …
Discussion: KTLA
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Planned Parenthood Ousts President, Seeking a More Political Approach  —  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.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
'Trump's Going to Get Re-elected, Isn't He?'  —  Voters have reason to worry.  —  I'm struck at how many people have come up to me recently and said, “Trump's going to get re-elected, isn't he?”  And in each case, when I drilled down to ask why, I bumped into the Democratic presidential debates in June.
Ex-Ecuadorian president confirms Assange meddled in US election from London embassy  —  Exclusive: Assange turned embassy into command post in 2016  —  Atlanta (CNN)Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said Tuesday his country was aware that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was interfering …
Discussion: Shadowproof
Washington Post:
Unauthorized immigrants face public backlash in Mexico, survey finds  —  MEXICO CITY — Mexicans are deeply frustrated with immigrants after a year of heightened migration from Central America through the country, according to a survey conducted by The Washington Post and Mexico's Reforma newspaper.
Discussion: Political Wire and Althouse
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:   An Asylum Officer Said She Won't Enforce “Immoral” Asylum Standards At The US-Mexico Border
John Solomon / The Hill:
FBI's spreadsheet puts a stake through the heart of Steele's dossier  —  Some in the news media have tried in recent days to rekindle their long-lost love affair with former MI6 agent Christopher Steele and his now infamous dossier.  —  The main trigger was a lengthy interview in June …
Discussion: RedState
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 …
Colleen Flaherty / Inside Higher Ed:
Pinker, Epstein, Soldier, Spy  —  Steven Pinker's aid in Jeffrey Epstein's legal defense renews criticism of an increasingly divisive public intellectual.  —  That convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein had help in avoiding federal or state prison is unsurprising: money and power often buy what they shouldn't.
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
ActBlue's ‘green wave’ continues with $246 million second quarter haul  —  Democratic campaigns and organizations are riding high off support from small donors.  —  ActBlue, the online fundraising platform used by most Democratic candidates and outside groups, announced …
Discussion: Axios, Washington Post and ActBlue Blog
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Why Democrats' oversight machine is moving so slowly against Trump  —  House Democrats have kicked and screamed about the White House's refusal to allow key Trump officials to come before Congress.  But they haven't done the one thing they can do to force the issue: Go to court.
Alanna Vagianos / HuffPost:
Another Mississippi Gov. Candidate Refuses To Be Alone With Woman Other Than Wife  —  Former state Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller Jr. is the second Republican in the race to say he follows the “Billy Graham rule.”  —  Another Republican man running for governor of Mississippi …
Washington Post:
‘Win where we won’: As Trump's campaign boasts of going on offense, its efforts appear squarely aimed at defending his 2016 map  —  President Trump's campaign has boasted about efforts to expand the 2020 electoral map and compete in far-flung Democratic territory from Oregon to New Mexico …
Ellen Knickmeyer / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: NRC looking at reducing inspections at reactors  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff is recommending that the agency cut back on inspections at the country's nuclear reactors, a cost-cutting move promoted by the nuclear power industry but denounced by opponents as a threat to public safety.
Discussion: Political Wire
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
White House readies immigration plan amid uproar over Trump's ‘go back’ remarks  —  As the uproar over President Trump's racist remarks demanding four minority Democratic lawmakers “go back [to countries] from which they came” continued to flare Tuesday, the White House prepared to roll …
Daniel Dale / CNN:
‘Sir’ alert: This one word is a telltale sign Trump is being dishonest  —  A fact check of the President's environmental speech  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump told a dramatic story on Twitter last month.  —  Explaining how he decided to cancel a possible attack on Iran …
Jason Zengerle / New York Times:
Inside Trump's Border Wars  —  Battles have raged within the administration over family separations, ICE raids and the president's obsession with a wall.  Together, they have remade homeland security.  —  On the last day of March, Kirstjen Nielsen set off for what was supposed to be a weeklong trip to Europe with a packed itinerary.
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Bill Scher / Politico:
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Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Ocasio-Cortez gets new 2020 challenger: a Republican immigrant from Jamaica
Discussion: Townhall and New York Post
New York Times:
Trump's New Top Labor Official Is Expected to Advance an Anti-Labor Agenda
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Six officials at nonprofit Southwest Key, which runs migrant child shelters, earned more than $1 million in 2017
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and New York Times
Steven Swinford / The Times & The Sunday Times:
Conservative leadership race: Boris Johnson plans early election to hit Corbyn
Discussion: Bloomberg
Tim Alberta / Politico:
Inside Trump's Feud With Paul Ryan
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
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 Earlier Items: 
Charles Sykes / Politico:
Memo to Dems: You're Playing Into Trump's Hands
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Judge signs order permanently blocking citizenship question from 2020 census
Discussion: CNN, The Gateway Pundit and UPI
Tracy Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times:
Trump administration diverts Central America aid to U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Pelosi sees ‘clear understanding’ with Mnuchin on budget deal
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
‘Go back’? Trump's grandfather's German hometown has a different message for the U.S. president
Discussion: Washington Press
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George Prayias / The Rush Limbaugh Show:
Caller Wants to Nominate a “Normal” Republican Instead of Trump
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
What Would It Cost for Republicans to Condemn Trump?
Discussion: IJR, and CNN