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6:45 AM ET, July 16, 2019

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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 …
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.
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 …
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:   How Trump flipped the script on Pelosi and The Squad
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
‘Racist’ tweets? News media grapple with how to label Trump's latest attacks
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
David Moye / HuffPost:
Rep. Ilhan Omar Has Been A U.S. Citizen Longer Than Melania Trump
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Sarah Parvini / Los Angeles Times:   For children of immigrants like me, ‘go back’ is a familiar racist taunt
Michael Luo / New Yorker:
Trump's Racist Tweets, and the Question of Who Belongs in America
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
Heather Caygle / Politico:
‘Bile of garbage’: Progressive squad tears into Trump
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
Washington Post:
Low-polling Democratic presidential candidates spent almost all the money they raised in the second quarter  —  Low-polling Democratic presidential hopefuls drew in far less cash in the past three months than their more prominent rivals and spent almost all the money they raised trying …
Discussion: Politico and Axios
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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Beto O'Rourke's Fund-Raising Falters as 2020 Democrats Announce Finances
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:   Democratic Fund-Raising: In a Packed Field, Five Candidates Stand Out
David Siders / Politico:
Beto O'Rourke fundraising fell to $3.6 million in second quarter
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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
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
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
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
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 …
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
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.
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
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  —  The canary in the coal mine for our current moment was Judge Gonzalo Curiel.  An Indiana-born jurist who had the misfortune to catch the Trump University fraud lawsuit.
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Kellyanne Conway defies subpoena, skips Oversight hearing  —  White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway on Monday defied a congressional subpoena, refusing to show up for testimony to the House Oversight and Reform Committee about her violations of the Hatch Act and prompting House Democrats to threaten to hold her in contempt of Congress.
 
 
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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:
Interior to move most of Bureau of Land Management's D.C. staff out west as part of larger reorganization push
Discussion: Axios
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
Donald Trump and the Plot to Take Over the Courts
ITV:
Air-to-air missile among weapons seized by counter-terrorism police in Italy after raid on far-right group
Washington Post:
Trump's new move on asylum is truly extreme
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Twitter exec: ‘Jail,’ ‘impeachment’ for Trump, calls social media chief ‘racist d—k’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Miami Herald:
Epstein accusers finally face him in court; safe held passport with his photo, fake name
Scott Duke Kominers / Bloomberg:
People Make It So Hard to Ditch Plastic Straws
Politico:
Von der Leyen hints at Selmayr exit if she becomes Commission president
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Law Profs Weigh In: What Is The Appropriate Response When A White Student Wears A MAGA Hat In Class?
Discussion: RedState and Althouse
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