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12:35 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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’
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
We need someone who can lift us up again. Enter President Obama.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Biden praises AOC and progressive congresswomen following Trump's attacks
Discussion: Breitbart and The Week
David Moye / HuffPost:
Rep. Ilhan Omar Has Been A U.S. Citizen Longer Than Melania Trump
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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 …
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.
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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.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
‘Racist’ tweets? News media grapple with how to label Trump's latest attacks
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Reason and The Week
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Washington Post:
Justice Dept. will not charge police in connection with Eric Garner's death
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.
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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:   Beto O'Rourke's Fund-Raising Falters as 2020 Democrats Announce Finances
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: Power Line, CNN, NBC News and Politico
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
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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Min Joo Kim / Washington Post:   North Korea hints it may resume nuclear testing, accuses U.S. of reneging on pact
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
What has Ilhan Omar done that Donald Trump hasn't?  —  A politician accused of anti-Semitism.  Someone who has been critical of the United States and its leaders, often in strong terms.  Who advocates positions outside of the American mainstream.  Who swears.
Discussion: Power Line, VICE and Breitbart
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Rich Lowry / New York Post:
Woke assimilation: Teaching our politicians to hate America
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: Shakesville, IJR and Political Wire
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
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP megadonors pour money into Trump campaign  —  President Donald Trump savaged the megadonor class during his 2016 campaign.  Now, he's turning to them to bankroll his 2020 effort.  —  The Trump political machine raked in $108 million for his campaign and the Republican National Committee during …
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New York Times:
Trump Campaign Invests Big in Small Donors, and Reaps Rewards
Discussion: CNBC
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 …
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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Anti-Defamation League:   White Supremacists, Extremists Celebrate President Trump's Latest Racist Tweets
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.
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, ABC News and New York Times
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
Reformist District Attorney Larry Krasner Argues Pennsylvania Death Penalty Is Unconstitutional  —  Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, who campaigned in 2017 as an unequivocal opponent of the death penalty, asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a legal filing Monday night to declare …
Discussion: Reason
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Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg / The Appeal:
Philadelphia D.A. Asks Court to Declare Death Penalty System Unconstitutional
Discussion: Splinter
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
CBS News:
Trump abortion restrictions go into effect immediately  —  Effective immediately, family planning clinics that are funded by taxpayers must stop referring women for abortions, the Trump administration said Monday.  The Health and Human Services (HHS) Department formally notified clinics …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Axios
 
 
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Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
White identity politics drives Trump, and the Republican Party under him
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Associated Press:
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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
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Racism Comes Out of the Closet
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Atlantic
Tom Rogan / Washington Examiner:
Ousted UK ambassador leaked US intelligence
Discussion: RedState
Niv Elis / The Hill:
WH projects $1 trillion deficit for 2019
Discussion: Politico, UPI and Axios
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
BBC Accepts Iran's Demand Of Blackout On Its Persian Sites Amid Regime's Attacks On Press