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12:50 PM ET, July 17, 2019


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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 …
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 …
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.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Reminder: Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib questioned the loyalty of Americans who support Israel  —  Over the weekend President Trump unleashed a series of tweets that I agreed were racist, because they lumped together four nonwhite congresswomen who he said should go back to their countries …
Nida Khan / Medium:   Trump's Attacks on The Squad Aren't Just Racist; They're a Deliberate Attempt to Stifle Their Freedom of Speech
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:   Trump voters cringe and shrug at tweets while Democrats rage
Trump's premeditated racism is central to his 2020 strategy
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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
Newly-found footage shows Trump, Epstein at a '92 party  —  Newly found footage from NBC News' archives shows Donald Trump apparently talking about women with Jeffrey Epstein, now a registered sex offender, at a party at Mar-a-Lago in November 1992.  The party was a decade before Epstein's plea deal in Florida.
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.
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
The Humane Legacy of John Paul Stevens  —  John Paul Stevens, who served on the Supreme Court from 1975 to 2010 and died Tuesday, at the age of ninety-nine, belonged to a vanished tradition on the Court and in American life: moderate Republicanism.  By the time he left the Court …
Discussion: Washington Post and NPR
German Lopez / Vox:
One of John Paul Stevens's last big ideas: repealing the 2nd Amendment
Discussion: Politico, New York Times and Daily Kos
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.”
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   Yahoo's story on Chris Pratt's ‘white supremacist’ T-shirt did us all a disservice
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.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Heather Caygle / Politico:   House to vote on whether to consider articles of impeachment for Trump
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.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Once Trump Talked About ‘American Carnage.’ Now He Says Critics Should Leave.  —  WASHINGTON — America stinks.  At least that's what Donald J. Trump seemed to be saying before becoming president.  —  He did not believe in “American exceptionalism,” he said, because America was not exceptional.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Eric Trump: ‘95 percent’ of Americans agree with my father
Discussion: CNN, Fox News and Political Wire
Edward Luce / Financial Times:   Donald Trump's race-baiting strategy to secure second term
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Rand Paul angles to become Trump's emissary to Iran  —  Over a round of golf this past weekend, Sen. Rand Paul asked President Donald Trump's blessing for a sensitive diplomatic mission.  —  Paul proposed sitting down with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to extend a fresh olive branch …
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
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Sanders vows to reject donations from drug and health insurance industry, seeking to pressure Biden
CNN:   Bernie Sanders to 2020 Democrats: Reject private insurance and pharma donations
New York Times:
Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than people knew.  This is how it was saved.  —  A baffling alert.  A race to the wrong building.  Notre-Dame still stands only because firefighters decided to risk everything, a New York Times reconstruction has found.
Discussion: New York Post
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Ocasio-Cortez gets new 2020 challenger: a Republican immigrant from Jamaica  —  EXCLUSIVE — Scherie Murray, a New York businesswoman who immigrated from Jamaica as a child and is active in state Republican politics, is launching a campaign Wednesday for the congressional seat held by Democratic …
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: Balloon Juice, The Guardian, STAT and KTLA
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.
Los Angeles Times:
An ultra-violent MS-13 gang entered the U.S., then stalked L.A. with blades and bats  —  One by one, the victims were lured to remote locations: an abandoned building in downtown Los Angeles, an empty rooftop in Hollywood, a quiet park in the San Fernando Valley.
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
With Name-Calling and Twitter Battles, House Republican Campaign Arm Copies Trump's Playbook  —  WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is portrayed as wearing clown makeup.  Democratic congressional candidates — including an Air Force combat veteran — are labeled “socialist losers” or anti-Semites.
Discussion: DCCC
Wall Street Journal:
2020 Spotlight Shines on Lawmakers in Early Primary States  —  Presidential hopefuls on campaign trail seek advice from representatives who won in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina  —  NASHUA, N.H.—When Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke was asked during …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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.
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.
Keith Woods / NPR:
Report On Racism, But Ditch The Labels  —  Toggle more options … Once again, the president of the United States has used the sniper tower of Twitter to take aim at immigration, race relations and common decency.  And once again, journalists are daring their profession to boldly call bigotry what it is: bigotry.
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
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.
Chuck Lindell / Austin American-Statesman:
Former statewide judge leaves GOP, citing Trump's racism  —  Citing what she called President Donald Trump's racist ideology, Elsa Alcala, a retired Republican judge on the state's highest criminal court, announced on Facebook that she can no longer support the GOP and has left the party.
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Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Mubasher Bukhari / Reuters:
Pakistan arrests accused mastermind of Mumbai attacks
Armin Rosen / Tablet Magazine:
Everybody Knows  —  The incidents now pass without much notice …
Discussion: and Jewish Insider
Kevin Rawlinson / The Guardian:
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe moved to mental health ward in Iran
Chris Stewart / The 74:
Hey, Bill de Blasio, I Was Once a Charter School Parent — and I Don't Deserve Your ‘Hate’
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Washington Post:
‘Win where we won’: As Trump's campaign boasts of going on offense, its efforts appear squarely aimed …
Ellen Knickmeyer / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: NRC looking at reducing inspections at reactors
Discussion: CNN
Charles Sykes / Politico:
Memo to Dems: You're Playing Into Trump's Hands
Republicans Won't Call Trump Racist — But One Said White People Are “People of Color”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
John Solomon / The Hill:
FBI's spreadsheet puts a stake through the heart of Steele's dossier
Discussion: RedState