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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Kellyanne Conway Snaps Back at Reporter: 'What's Your Ethnicity?'  —  “My ethnicity is not relevant to the question I'm asking you,” the reporter replied.  —  When White House reporter Andrew Feinberg posed a question to Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday about the president's racist tweets …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The American Right Defines Patriotism As Complacency About Racism  —  Over the past 48 hours, Donald Trump has tweeted several things that respectable conservatives do not wish to defend.  No National Review columnist has seconded Trump's assertion that U.S.-born congresswomen Ayanna Pressley …
Discussion: Politico
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Strawman Elegy  —  I like and admire our friend J. D. Vance, but I do want to throttle him just a little bit — just a little! — when he says things like this: “The question conservatives confront at this key moment is this: Whom do we serve?  Do we serve pure, unfettered commercial freedom?
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 …
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Planned Parenthood Removes Leana Wen as President  —  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.
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Washington Post:
Head of Planned Parenthood forced out after eight months  —  The president of Planned Parenthood was forced out of her job Tuesday in a dispute over the direction of the the nation's largest women's reproductive rights organization amid growing political and legal challenges to abortion.
Discussion: Associated Press
Caleb Parke / Fox News:
Trump abortion rule deals ‘devastating blow’ to Planned Parenthood, group says
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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Ali Dukakis / ABC News:
Judge finds longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone in violation of gag order
Discussion: Breitbart
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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
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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CNN:
5 takeaways from 2020 Democrats' second quarter fundraising reports
Amy Spiro / Jewish Insider:
Ex-CNN commentator at progressive summit: Major news outlets are ‘Zionist orgs’  —  PHILADELPHIA — Former CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill claimed that news outlets like NBC and ABC were “Zionist organizations” that produced “Zionist content,” during a panel on Friday at the annual Netroots Nation summit held …
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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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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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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: Power Line
Washington Post:
Rep. Al Green says he will file articles of impeachment against Trump tonight, despite pushback from Democratic leaders  —  The Texas Democrat told The Washington Post that he has notified Democratic leaders of his move to file the articles Tuesday night.  Under House rules …
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.”
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
What Would It Cost for Republicans to Condemn Trump?  —  Anything you will have to do eventually, you should do immediately.  —  This is the passage that struck me most in the George Conway piece everyone is talking about: … What is it, exactly, that we want from elected Republicans?
JM Rieger / Washington Post:
Steve Scalise says House Republicans didn't disrespect Obama's position.  Let's go to the tape.  —  House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) made quite an assertion Tuesday about how Republicans treated President Barack Obama while he was in office.  —  “We had disagreements with a lot …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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 …
NPR:
White House Spokesman Doesn't Back Away From Trump's Racist Tweets  —  Toggle more options  —  NPR's Noel King talks to NPR's Franco Ordonez and White House Deputy Director of Communications Adam Kennedy about the president's use of racist language directed at four Democratic female lawmakers.
Discussion: Splinter
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Exclusive: Trump to order drive for improved flu vaccine  —  President Donald Trump is readying an executive order that would direct HHS to overhaul the development of flu vaccine and encourage more Americans to get vaccinated, say nine people with knowledge of the plan and according to internal documents reviewed by POLITICO.
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.
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 …
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.
Julia Horowitz / CNN:
Ikea is closing its only US factory and moving production to Europe  —  London (CNN Business)Ikea is shutting down its only furniture factory in the United States.  —  The Swedish company will end production this December at its plant in Danville, Virginia.  Operations will move to Europe, where the company says it can cut costs.
Discussion: UPI
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.
 
 
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Gov. Lee says he hopes to change law that calls for annual Nathan Bedford Forrest Day
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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
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ProPublica:
Trump's Tax Law Threatened TurboTax's Profits. …
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Associated Press:
Trump nominates Esper to be defense chief, succeeding Mattis
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George Joseph / www.wnyc.org:
Data Company Directly Powers Immigration Raids in Workplace