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8:00 AM ET, July 17, 2019


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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.
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: Axios, POLITICUSUSA and Florida Phoenix
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  —  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: CNN, Breitbart and Washington Post
VICE:   Republicans Won't Call Trump Racist — But One Said White People Are “People of Color”
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Floor fight erupts as Pelosi speaks ahead of vote to condemn Trump's ‘racist’ comments
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 …
Discussion: Althouse and Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: The National Interest
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.
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
CNN Blasted for Giving Platform to White Nationalist Richard Spencer
Discussion: CNN
CNN:   Trump said ‘many people agree’ with his racist tweets. These white supremacists certainly do.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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
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
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 …
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
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
Why Democrats' oversight machine is moving so slowly against Trump  —  Lawmakers say they are building a record of White House resistance to testimony from Mueller witnesses — but angst on the left is growing.  —  House Democrats have kicked and screamed about the White House's refusal …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Hot Air
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: Washington Post and ActBlue Blog
Tim Alberta / Politico:
Inside Trump's Feud With Paul Ryan  —  It was barely 2 o'clock in the afternoon and Paul Ryan was offering me a beer.  —  We stood in a cramped break room — microwave, sink, refrigerator stocked with Miller Lite — on the third floor of a brick building in Janesville, Wisconsin …
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Why Republicans can't break free from white nationalism
Discussion: The Week
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.
Charles Sykes / Politico:
Memo to Dems: You're Playing Into Trump's Hands  —  I'm guessing you're feeling pretty good right now.  As a result of his racist tweet storms, President Trump has managed to simultaneously unite fractious Democrats while further alienating moderate voters.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Why Does Trump Want to Be Unpopular?  —  We are told that Donald Trump's appallingly un-American tweets directed toward the “Squad” of radical freshmen members of Congress are an expression of evil political brilliance.  The tweets are supposedly designed to compel Democrats to side …
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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
Alanna Vagianos / HuffPost:
Another Mississippi Gov. Candidate Refuses To Be Alone With Woman Other Than Wife
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Racist Trump Takes a Dump on the American Dream
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Judge signs order permanently blocking citizenship question from 2020 census
Discussion: CNN, The Gateway Pundit and UPI
U.S. Department of Justice:
Department of Justice Announces Extradition of Iranian National and Unsealing of Charges …
Discussion: American Greatness
Tracy Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times:
Trump administration diverts Central America aid to U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela
 Earlier Items: 
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Pelosi sees ‘clear understanding’ with Mnuchin on budget deal
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
An Asylum Officer Said She Won't Enforce “Immoral” Asylum Standards At The US-Mexico Border
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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JM Rieger / Washington Post:
Steve Scalise says House Republicans didn't disrespect Obama's position. Let's go to the tape.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
What Would It Cost for Republicans to Condemn Trump?
Discussion: IJR, and CNN