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1:30 PM 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 …
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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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump feeds his voters another scam, wrapped in racist packaging  —  In the closing days of the 2018 elections, President Trump's political guru, Brad Parscale, rolled out a massive TV ad campaign featuring a worried suburban mom fussing over her daughter.  The woman told herself that everything …
Discussion: CNN, Power Line, NBC News and Politico
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.
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:   CNN Panel on Trump's Demagoguery Goes Off the Rails: ‘The White Nationalists Will Never Love You’
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
What has Ilhan Omar done that Donald Trump hasn't?
Discussion: New York Post, Power Line and Breitbart
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
We need someone who can lift us up again. Enter President Obama.
Anti-Defamation League:   White Supremacists, Extremists Celebrate President Trump's Latest Racist Tweets
Caitlin Byrd / Post and Courier:
Mark Sanford, SC Republican, former US Rep considers presidential run against Trump  —  Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina congressman ousted from office after President Donald Trump urged voters to reject him, is considering a run for president.  —  Sanford, in an exclusive interview Tuesday …
New York Times:
Eric Garner's Death Will Not Lead to Federal Charges for N.Y.P.D. Officer  —  The decision came five years after Mr. Garner's dying words — “I can't breathe” — became a rallying cry.  —  The Justice Department will not bring federal charges against a New York City police officer in the death …
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Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
William Barr steps in to make sure the NYPD cop who killed Eric Garner won't be prosecuted
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. will not charge police in connection with Eric Garner's death
Discussion: New York Times, The Root and Breitbart
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.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The political world Trump made  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  WELCOME TO AMERICA'S NEW POLITICAL REALITY, courtesy of Donald Trump.  —  THE BULK OF THIS WEEK will be focused on President DONALD TRUMP'S attack on Reps. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ, AYANNA PRESSLEY, ILHAN OMAR and RASHIDA TLAIB, a.k.a. The Squad.
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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.
New York Times:
In 2020 Democratic Fund-Raising, Five Candidates Stand Out  —  Five Democratic presidential candidates raised a combined $96 million from individual donors in the last three months — about three-quarters of the total fund-raising by the entire Democratic field, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday.
Discussion: Shakesville
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New York Times:
How North Korea's Leader Gets His Luxury Cars  —  WASHINGTON — The armored black limousines appear everywhere with Kim Jong-un, sleek Western chariots for the young dictator of North Korea.  —  Flown in from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang on a cargo plane, the sedans carried …
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Foster Klug / Associated Press:   North Korea suggests it might lift weapons test moratorium
Min Joo Kim / Washington Post:   North Korea hints it may resume nuclear testing, accuses U.S. of reneging on pact
Amy Spiro / Jewish Insider:
Ex-CNN commentator at progressive summit: Major news outlets are ‘Zionist orgs’  —  T-shirts linking Zionism with racism sold at Netroots Nation conference  —  PHILADELPHIA — Former CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill claimed that news outlets like NBC and ABC were “Zionist organizations” …
Discussion: twitchy.com
Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg:
Peter Thiel Says Elizabeth Warren Is Most ‘Dangerous’ Candidate  —  Peter Thiel, the technology industry's most prominent supporter of President Donald Trump, called Elizabeth Warren the most “dangerous” Democratic presidential candidate.  —  In a rare television interview …
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Dan Primack / Axios:
Questions for Peter Thiel after his accusations about Google and China were tweeted by Trump
Discussion: Breitbart
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
A Judge Has Banned Roger Stone From Posting Anything On Instagram, Facebook, Or Twitter  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday issued an order prohibiting Roger Stone, a longtime ally and adviser of President Donald Trump, from posting anything on Instagram, Facebook …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Joe Biden: I'll challenge Trump to do push-ups onstage 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 onstage.
Discussion: twitchy.com and IJR
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Judge Decides Neo-Nazi Owes Woman Over $14M After ‘Storming’ Her Family  —  A federal judge in Montana decided Monday that Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin owes real estate agent Tanya Gersh more than $14 million after rallying other white supremacists on his site to inundate her and her family with a barrage of threats and vitriol.
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David Montgomery / Washington Post:
Sebastian Gorka says that Obama was our first celebrity president  —  Sebastian Gorka was a deputy assistant to President Trump.  He left the White House in August 2017, a week after Steve Bannon was forced out.  Now he hosts a daily three-hour radio show on the conservative Salem Radio Network.
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
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Is the Most Unpatriotic Presidential Candidate in American History  —  In the smoldering wake of President Trump's unscripted racist outburst, his allies have sought to wrench him back onto favorable terrain.  They hastily insisted that Trump meant to say, or actually did say, something different from the words he typed.
CNN:
CNN Poll: Biden, Sanders and Warren top the 2020 Democratic field in New Hampshire  —  Washington (CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders sit atop the field of Democratic presidential contenders among likely primary voters in New Hampshire …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jason Hopkins / The Daily Caller:
CBP Chief Said Democratic Rhetoric Fueled Attempted Terrorist Attack On ICE Facility  —  Customs and Border Protection acting Commissioner Mark Morgan placed blame on Democratic rhetoric for an attempted terrorist attack on an immigration detention center.  —  “Why is this happening?
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
'That's all I've got': Romney fails his own test on Trump's racist tweets  —  After tracking Republican responses to President Trump's racist tweets over the past couple of days, we can say this: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) offered one of the strongest condemnations of anyone in his party.
Discussion: NB Blog, Boston Globe and Daily Kos
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, ABC News, VICE and New York Times
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
George Joseph / www.wnyc.org:
Data Company Directly Powers Immigration Raids in Workplace  —  Palantir, a secretive data-mining firm co-founded by Trump adviser Peter Thiel, is facing mounting criticism for its work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  In response, the company has tried to distance itself …
ProPublica:
Trump's Tax Law Threatened TurboTax's Profits.  So the Company Started Charging the Disabled, the Unemployed and Students.  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published.
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
 
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Danielle McLean / ThinkProgress:
Democrats sue over a Florida law that puts Trump's name ahead of rivals on the 2020 ballot
The Hill:
GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm
Celine Ryan / Campus Reform:
Public university shares “Toolkit” to combat 'Trump's deportation machinery'
Discussion: Breitbart
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
White identity politics drives Trump, and the Republican Party under him
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
The Painful Roots of Trump's ‘Go Back’ Comment
Discussion: Washington Post
Associated Press:
Trump nominates Esper to be defense chief, succeeding Mattis
Discussion: Vox, NBC News and Bloomberg
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Ros-Lehtinen will lobby for foundation in dispute with Qatari sheikh
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CBS News:
Trump abortion restrictions go into effect immediately
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Axios
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DeVos' use of personal email as secretary probed by House Democrats
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
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Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
It's Not Easy Being a Red-State Democrat
Discussion: Power Line
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Republicans represent almost none of the places most immigrants live
Tom Rogan / Washington Examiner:
Ousted UK ambassador leaked US intelligence
Discussion: Breitbart and RedState
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
BBC Accepts Iran's Demand Of Blackout On Its Persian Sites Amid Regime's Attacks On Press