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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 …
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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 …
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
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.
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
Trump's racism cements his party's place among the West's far right
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
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
‘Racist’ tweets? News media grapple with how to label Trump's latest attacks
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:   How Trump flipped the script on Pelosi and The Squad
Sarah Parvini / Los Angeles Times:   For children of immigrants like me, ‘go back’ is a familiar racist taunt
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Twitter says Trump's racist tweets don't break its rules
Molly Olmstead / Slate:
Lindsey Graham Called AOC a “Communist” in Rambling Fox & Friends Segment About the President's Racist Tweets
Discussion: Townhall, Power Line and Breitbart
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
Trump's incendiary rhetoric is met with fading resistance from Republican and corporate leaders
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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New York Times:
Trump Campaign Invests Big in Small Donors, and Reaps Rewards  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats have traditionally trounced Republicans when it comes to raising money from small donors, but President Trump's 2020 re-election campaign is spending heavily to try to change that.
Discussion: CNBC
Washington Post:
Low-polling Democratic presidential candidates spent almost all the money they raised in the second quarter
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Scott Bland / Politico:   ‘Doomsday scenario’: Cash shortage squeezes huge Dem field
Washington Post:
Five takeaways: How the 2020 presidential candidates are raising and spending their money
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:   Democratic Fund-Raising: In a Packed Field, Five Candidates Stand Out
Reuters:   Democratic presidential hopefuls spend heavily on digital ads, staff
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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Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
Trump's racist tweets were written in the White House, which slaves helped build
Discussion: Fox News
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.”
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Alex Johnson / NBC News:   Founder of neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer should pay $14 million to victim of ‘troll storm,’ judge says
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: 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: Axios
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Harris blasts, and takes money from, Epstein's law firm  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris bemoaned the influence of the powerful and connected elite last Tuesday when she called on top Justice Department officials to recuse themselves from any matter related to Jeffrey Epstein.
Discussion: Townhall, twitchy.com and New York Post
Niv Elis / The Hill:
WH projects $1 trillion deficit for 2019  —  The White House projects that the federal deficit will surpass $1 trillion this year, the only time in the nation's history the deficit has exceeded that level, excluding the four-year period following the Great Recession.
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Foster Klug / Associated Press:
North Korea suggests it might lift weapons test moratorium  —  PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday suggested it might call off its 20-month suspension of nuclear and missile tests because of summertime U.S.-South Korean military drills that the North calls preparation for an eventual invasion.
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.
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg / The Appeal:
Philadelphia D.A. Asks Court to Declare Death Penalty System Unconstitutional  —  Larry Krasner says the punishment is ‘really about poverty’ and race.  —  Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner—who vowed as a candidate not to seek the death penalty—has asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court …
Discussion: The Intercept and Reason
New York Times:
Tariffs on China Don't Cover the Costs of Trump's Trade War  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday portrayed America as being on the winning end of his trade war, saying tariffs are punishing China's economy while generating billions of dollars for the United States …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
John DiStaso / WMUR:
Kamala Harris rises into second place in new Saint Anselm College poll of NH primary voters  —  California senator 3 percentage points behind Biden; Sanders drops to fifth place  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. —  Sen. Kamala Harris has moved into second place among Democratic presidential contenders …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Political Wire
 
 
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Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Republicans represent almost none of the places most immigrants live
Discussion: Political Wire
Kate Morrissey / Stars & Stripes:
Customs and Border Protection denies Marine Corps veteran entry for scheduled citizenship interview
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Racism Comes Out of the Closet
Linda Qiu / New York Times:
Trump Falsely Accuses Ilhan Omar of Proclaiming ‘How Great Al Qaeda Is’
Discussion: CNN
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
It's taking longer and longer to become a legal immigrant
Discussion: Politico and The Marshall Project
Zach Schonfeld / The Ringer:
Sufjan Stevens and the Curious Case of the Missing 48 States
Washington Post:
Trump's new move on asylum is truly extreme
Discussion: Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
BuzzFeed News:
Trump's Favorite Meme-Maker Adopted A Fake Name To Go On Trump's Favorite TV Network
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Instacart Hounds Workers to Take Jobs That Aren't Worth It
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Twitter exec: ‘Jail,’ ‘impeachment’ for Trump, calls social media chief ‘racist d—k’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Scott Duke Kominers / Bloomberg:
People Make It So Hard to Ditch Plastic Straws
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 M. Donnelly / Roll Call:
House orders Pentagon to say if it weaponized ticks and released them
Discussion: Gizmodo
Robert Moore / NPR:
3-Year-Old Asked To Pick Parent In Attempted Family Separation, Her Parents Say
Discussion: Splinter