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9:30 AM ET, July 16, 2019

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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 …
Discussion: Rep. Al Green
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
We need someone who can lift us up again.  Enter President Obama.  —  An open letter to Barack Obama:  —  Mr. President, it is time.  You must speak.  Your country needs you.  —  Eleven summers ago, as you accepted the Democratic nomination for president, you announced: “Tonight …
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
CNN Panel on Trump's Demagoguery Goes Off the Rails: ‘The White Nationalists Will Never Love You’  —  CNN went wild on Monday night when former Trump adviser Steve Cortes and New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali collided over President Donald Trump's racist attacks on Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
David Remnick / New Yorker:
A Racist in the White House  —  On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama beat John McCain by nine and a half million votes and became the country's first African-American President.  In 2016, Donald Trump, an unapologetic racist, lost the popular ballot by three million votes but …
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
Trump's racism cements his party's place among the West's far right  —  Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.  —  President Trump tweets with such frenzy and frequency that we have become almost inured to his rhetorical excesses.  But there are times when you have to pay attention.
Gabby Orr / Politico:
How Trump aides rushed to repackage the ‘go back’ tweets  —  Within hours of President Donald Trump's radioactive tweets on Sunday urging several Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to other countries, his campaign was scrambling to repackage the attack on the four women of color into a broader patriotic message.
Isabella Borshoff / Politico:
Scaramucci: Trump ‘turning into’ a racist  —  Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House communications chief, said that U.S. President Donald Trump could be “turning into” a racist.  —  Scaramucci told the BBC's “Today” program on Tuesday that the president's recent Twitter tirade …
Discussion: Politico and AOL.com
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump's Aides, Not Eager to Defend His Tweets, Also Don't Condemn Them  —  WASHINGTON — When President Trump defended neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017, one of his top aides took the rare step of publicly condemning what he said.  —  Gary D. Cohn, who served …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Biden praises AOC and progressive congresswomen following Trump's attacks
Discussion: Breitbart
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Trumpworld says attacks on minority congresswomen are actually good politics
Discussion: Reuters
David Moye / HuffPost:
Rep. Ilhan Omar Has Been A U.S. Citizen Longer Than Melania Trump
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Rich Lowry / New York Post:
Woke assimilation: Teaching our politicians to hate America
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
‘Racist’ tweets? News media grapple with how to label Trump's latest attacks
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Twitter says Trump's racist tweets don't break its rules
George T. Conway III / Washington Post:
George Conway: Trump is a racist president  —  George T. Conway III is a lawyer in New York.  —  To this day, I can remember almost the precise spot where it happened: a supermarket parking lot in eastern Massachusetts.  It was the mid-1970s; I was not yet a teenager, or barely one.
Discussion: The Week and Mediaite
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Beto O'Rourke's Fund-Raising Falters as 2020 Democrats Announce Finances  —  The gap between the rich and the poor in the Democratic presidential primary is growing — and Beto O'Rourke has landed on the worrisome side of the dividing line.  —  Mr. O'Rourke, who had entered the race in March …
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Scott Bland / Politico:   ‘Doomsday scenario’: Cash shortage squeezes huge Dem field
New York Times:   In 2020 Democratic Fund-Raising, Five Candidates Stand Out
Washington Post:
Low-polling Democratic presidential candidates spent almost all the money they raised in the second quarter
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Washington Post:   Five takeaways: How the 2020 presidential candidates are raising and spending their money
New York Times:
Trump Campaign Invests Big in Small Donors, and Reaps Rewards
Discussion: CNBC
David Siders / Politico:   Beto O'Rourke fundraising fell to $3.6 million in second quarter
Washington Post:
Pelosi torpedoes White House debt limit plan, throwing budget talks into chaos  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi late Monday said the House of Representatives would not raise the debt ceiling unless it is part of a broader budget deal, putting extreme pressure on the White House and congressional leaders to cut a deal within days.
Discussion: The Week
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Abolish the debt ceiling — no strings attached
Discussion: The Week, CNN and Fox News
Kate Morrissey / Stars & Stripes:
Customs and Border Protection denies Marine Corps veteran entry for scheduled citizenship interview  —  SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Tribune News Service) — A deported Marine Corps veteran who has been unable to come back to the U.S. for more than a decade was denied entry to the country Monday morning …
Min Joo Kim / Washington Post:
North Korea hints it may resume nuclear testing, accuses U.S. of reneging on pact  —  SEOUL — North Korea warned Tuesday that planned military exercises involving U.S. and South Korean forces would jeopardize proposed disarmament talks with Washington, and hinted it might respond by resuming nuclear and missile tests.
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Foster Klug / Associated Press:   North Korea suggests it might lift weapons test moratorium
New York Times:
After 2016 Bible Slip, Trump Lashed Out at ‘So-Called Christians,’ Book Says  —  Furious after he was criticized by evangelicals for stumbling in his reference to a book of the Bible during the 2016 campaign, Donald J. Trump lashed out at “so-called Christians” and used an epithet in describing …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Peter Thiel tells Tucker Carlson which 2020 Dem has him ‘most scared’  —  Billionaire Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel says there is one Democratic presidential candidate who makes him most concerned ahead of the 2020 elections.  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is the only Democratic …
Discussion: The Hill and Axios
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Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg:
Peter Thiel Says Elizabeth Warren Is Most ‘Dangerous’ Candidate
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
It's taking longer and longer to become a legal immigrant  —  The number of immigrants waiting on a judge to decide whether they can stay in the U.S. keeps climbing, according to Justice Department data.  —  Why it matters: Immigration-court backlogs “are basically crippling the whole system …
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Politico:
How Trump Broke the Immigration Courts
Discussion: The Marshall Project
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Joe Biden: I'll challenge Trump to do push-ups on stage if he makes fun of my age or mental state  —  If President Trump makes of fun of his age or questions his mental state during a debate, Joe Biden has a response at the ready: He'll challenge him to do push-ups on stage.
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
BBC Accepts Iran's Demand Of Blackout On Its Persian Sites Amid Regime's Attacks On Press  —  A deal to not share reporting from Iran on BBC Persian has angered staffers who see it as complicity with a government that imprisons, tortures and kills journalists.
Salvador Hernandez / BuzzFeed News:
A Neo-Nazi Blogger Was Ordered To Pay $14 Million To A Woman Who Was Targeted In A Racist “Troll Storm”  —  A federal judge awarded more than $14 million to a woman who was barraged with anti-Semitic and threatening messages online after a neo-Nazi blogger instructed his followers to target her and her family with a “troll storm.”
Discussion: Splinter
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
The Labyrinthine Ways and Wages of Stefan Halper  —  Stefan Halper, the shadowy Cambridge academic who may have helped the FBI spy on the Trump campaign, was paid more than $1 million by a U.S. agency for research papers of dubious value, according to a new government report.
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, VICE and New York Times
Tom Rogan / Washington Examiner:
Ousted UK ambassador leaked US intelligence  —  Leaked U.K. diplomatic cables critical of President Trump have led Britain's ambassador, Sir Kim Darroch, to announce his departure from Washington earlier than expected.  But the story is not yet concluded.  —  According to one current …
 
 
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Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini / LobeLog:
The War Whisperers, Their Successful Iraq War, and the Targeting of Iran
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
It's Not Easy Being a Red-State Democrat
Discussion: Power Line
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Al Green to force impeachment vote following incendiary Trump tweets
Discussion: Politico and Da Tech Guy Blog
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Republicans represent almost none of the places most immigrants live
Discussion: Political Wire
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Racism Comes Out of the Closet
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Atlantic
Linda Qiu / New York Times:
Trump Falsely Accuses Ilhan Omar of Proclaiming ‘How Great Al Qaeda Is’
Discussion: CNN
Zach Schonfeld / The Ringer:
Sufjan Stevens and the Curious Case of the Missing 48 States
 Earlier Items: 
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg / The Appeal:
Philadelphia D.A. Asks Court to Declare Death Penalty System Unconstitutional
Discussion: The Intercept and Reason
New York Times:
Tariffs on China Don't Cover the Costs of Trump's Trade War
Discussion: The Daily Caller
BuzzFeed News:
Trump's Favorite Meme-Maker Adopted A Fake Name To Go On Trump's Favorite TV Network
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Niv Elis / The Hill:
WH projects $1 trillion deficit for 2019
Discussion: Politico, UPI and Axios
Robert A. George / New York Daily News:
None dare call it racism: Afraid of the r-word, Republicans?  Here's a better one to describe this president
John DiStaso / WMUR:
Kamala Harris rises into second place in new Saint Anselm College poll of NH primary voters
Discussion: Bloomberg and Political Wire
John M. Donnelly / Roll Call:
House orders Pentagon to say if it weaponized ticks and released them
Discussion: Gizmodo