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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 …
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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 …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Trump attacks on ‘The Squad’ drives wedge between campaign and critical voters  —  President Trump's incendiary claims that his Democratic critics in Congress are un-American are driving a deep wedge between his 2020 campaign and critical elements of the coalition he needs to secure a second term with.
Discussion: Breitbart, CNN and Washington Post
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
Axios:
Trump's premeditated racism is central to his 2020 strategy  —  It might seem like improvisational madness when President Trump tells American citizens in Congress to “go back” where they came from, but those close to Trump say there's a lot of calculation behind his race-baiting.
Discussion: Political Wire
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Trump voters cringe and shrug at tweets while Democrats rage  —  HELENVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Bill Brasch greeted President Donald Trump's latest tweet controversy with a shrug.  —  He doesn't believe Trump was being racist for telling four congresswomen, all women of color, to “go back” to the countries they came from.
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
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MSNBC:   Newly-found footage shows Trump, Epstein at a '92 party
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.
Yahoo:
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.”
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi was rebuked for calling Trump's tweets racist.  She can thank Thomas Jefferson and the Brits.  —  For more than an hour Tuesday, as the House debated whether to condemn President Trump's racist tweets telling four minority congresswomen to “go back” to their “crime-infested” countries, the debate had to be put on pause.
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NBC News:
House divided: Vote temporarily halted after Pelosi calls Trump comments ‘racist’ on the floor
VICE:   Republicans Won't Call Trump Racist — But One Said White People Are “People of Color”
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 into the outspoken leader of the court's liberal wing, died on Tuesday at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 99.
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Alanna Vagianos / HuffPost:
Another Mississippi Gov. Candidate Refuses To Be Alone With Woman Other Than Wife
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Eric Trump: ‘95 percent’ of Americans agree with my father  —  Eric Trump on Wednesday heralded his father, President Donald Trump, as “the greatest fighter in the world,” and claimed that “95 percent” of people in the U.S. support his political message even as the president has worked to beat …
Discussion: Political Wire and Fox News
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Ted Lieu / Washington Post:
I have served in the Air Force and in Congress.  People still tell me to ‘go back’ to China.  —  Ted Lieu, a Democrat, is a U.S. representative from California.  —  I served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force and currently serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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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.
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.
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: The Guardian and KTLA
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Lessons From the Second-Quarter Fundraising Reports  —  Congressional Democrats continue to raise record money, but Republicans are picking up their fundraising pace.  —  Democrats have good reason to cheer their congressional candidates' second-quarter fundraising figures.
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Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
White House readies immigration plan amid uproar over Trump's ‘go back’ remarks
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.
Bill Scher / Politico:
How the Democratic Netroots Died  —  Twelve years ago, progressive political bloggers were so influential that nearly every 2008 Democratic presidential candidate attended the Yearly Kos convention—a gathering of liberal online activists named after Markos Moulitsas' popular Daily Kos website.
Bryan Caplan / Econlib:
Reflections from Spain  —  I just got back from a five-week visit to Spain.  The first four weeks, I was teaching labor economics at Universidad Francisco Marroquín while my sons took Spanish-language classes on Islamism, Self-Government, and the Philosophy of Hayek.
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
China's Campaign Against the Uighurs Demands a Response  —  The evidence is mounting of China's despicable strategy of cultural persecution in Xinjiang Province.  —  The world no longer has the excuse of ignorance about the cultural annihilation currently taking place in China's western Xinjiang Province.
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
Daniel Dale / CNN:
‘Sir’ alert: This one word is a telltale sign Trump is being dishonest  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump told a dramatic story on Twitter last month.  —  Explaining how he decided to cancel a possible attack on Iran, he wrote, “We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
CNN:
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
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Trump Has Put Judges All Over The Courts With Awful Records On Voting Rights  —  “This administration is weaponizing the federal judiciary to restrict the vote,” the NAACP warns in a new report.  —  WASHINGTON ― Two and a half years into his presidency, Donald Trump has filled …
Jim Swift / The Bulwark:
Can Scott Walker Save the Future of Conservatism?  —  Maybe even a little?  —  Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will soon have a new job: President of Young America's Foundation.  —  As The Hill reports, Walker says that “Starting January 2021, this will be full-time. . . . I won't be engaged in anything else.
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
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Pompeo layers over top State Dept. negotiator ahead of talks with Russia  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed concern about sending one of his top arms control negotiators, Andrea Thompson, to head a U.S. delegation meeting with Russia's deputy foreign minister this week after it was revealed …
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, ActBlue Blog and Washington Post
 
 
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Armin Rosen / Tablet Magazine:
Everybody Knows  —  The incidents now pass without much notice …
Discussion: Jewish Insider
Kevin Rawlinson / The Guardian:
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe moved to mental health ward in Iran
Eric Berger / Ars Technica:
American kids would much rather be YouTubers than astronauts
Chris Stewart / The 74:
Hey, Bill de Blasio, I Was Once a Charter School Parent — and I Don't Deserve Your ‘Hate’
John F. Harris / Politico:
The Trump Outrage Cycle: indignation, rinse, repeat.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Fox News and Slate
Washington Post:
Unauthorized immigrants face public backlash in Mexico, survey finds
Discussion: Political Wire and Althouse
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
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Washington Post:
‘Win where we won’: As Trump's campaign boasts of going on offense, its efforts appear squarely aimed …
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
Ellen Knickmeyer / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: NRC looking at reducing inspections at reactors
Discussion: Political Wire
Charles Sykes / Politico:
Memo to Dems: You're Playing Into Trump's Hands
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Planned Parenthood Ousts President, Seeking a More Political Approach
George Prayias / The Rush Limbaugh Show:
Caller Wants to Nominate a “Normal” Republican Instead of Trump
Discussion: Hot Air
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
EXCLUSIVE: Former Trump Aide Jason Miller Admits to Hiring Prostitutes in 2015 and 2017