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2:10 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 …
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 …
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.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
What has Ilhan Omar done that Donald Trump hasn't?
Discussion: New York Post, NB Blog and Breitbart
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:   CNN Panel on Trump's Demagoguery Goes Off the Rails: ‘The White Nationalists Will Never Love You’
Anti-Defamation League:   White Supremacists, Extremists Celebrate President Trump's Latest Racist Tweets
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
We need someone who can lift us up again. Enter President Obama.
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 …
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 …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Judge bars Roger Stone from social media
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Judge bars Roger Stone from Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
Discussion: VICE
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 …
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
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.
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” …
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Questions for Peter Thiel after his accusations about Google and China were tweeted by Trump
Discussion: Breitbart
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: and IJR
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
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.”
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
How Trump Broke the Immigration Courts
Discussion: The Marshall Project
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.
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?
Gov. Lee says he hopes to change law that calls for annual Nathan Bedford Forrest Day  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - On Monday, Gov. Bill Lee said he hopes to work with the legislature to change the law about Nathan Bedford Forrest Day in the next session.  —  Gov. Lee said he wanted to clear …
Discussion: CNN and Political Wire
George Joseph /
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 …
Associated Press:
Trump nominates Esper to be defense chief, succeeding Mattis  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday asked the Senate to confirm Mark Esper as the successor to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose resignation last December opened an unprecedented period of senior-level instability at the Pentagon.
Discussion: Politico, Vox, NBC News and Bloomberg
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.
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Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
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Meet the young Jews chanting ‘Never again!’ and blocking streets to shut down Trump's camps
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Danielle McLean / ThinkProgress:
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Celine Ryan / Campus Reform:
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Katie Rogers / New York Times:
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