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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 …
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
'That's all I've got': Romney fails his own test on Trump's 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 …
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
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Judge bars Roger Stone from Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:   Judge bars Roger Stone from social media
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.
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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 …
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:   What Would It Cost for Republicans to Condemn Trump?
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  —  New York Police Department officer Daniel Pantaleo will face no criminal charges for killing Eric Garner in 2014, federal prosecutors will announce Tuesday.  —  The decision ends nearly five years …
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. will not charge police in connection with Eric Garner's death
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” …
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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New York Times:   How North Korea's Leader Gets His Luxury Cars
Min Joo Kim / Washington Post:   North Korea hints it may resume nuclear testing, accuses U.S. of reneging on pact
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 …
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
What has Ilhan Omar done that Donald Trump hasn't?
Discussion: New York Post, NB Blog and Breitbart
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 …
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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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
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.
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 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 …
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.
Frida Ghitis / Washington Post:
Trump's racist tweets come straight from the authoritarian playbook  —  President Trump's barrage of racist tweets on Sunday ignited precisely the kind of firestorm he wanted.  So on Monday he doubled down — and then tripled down, again attacking the four nonwhite Democratic women in Congress …
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
WKRN-TV:
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
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.
Danielle McLean / ThinkProgress:
Democrats sue over a Florida law that puts Trump's name ahead of rivals on the 2020 ballot  —  Democrats are challenging a Florida law that ensures President Donald Trump's name appears at the top of the state's 2020 election ballot, which they say gives him and fellow Republicans an unfair advantage in the vote.
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
The Hill:
GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm  —  President Trump's attacks on four minority Democratic lawmakers have created a rift in the GOP, putting many Republicans on the defensive.  —  Most are seeking to steer clear of the firestorm, but a few GOP lawmakers came out against Trump's suggestion …
David Brody / CBN News:
EXCLUSIVE Secretary of State Pompeo Says Trump Not Racist: The Squad's Views Are ‘Deeply Troubling’  —  EXCLUSIVE SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO TAKES ON THE SQUAD: 'THEY BLAME AMERICA... THAT'S DEEPLY TROUBLING'  —  WASHINGTON, DC - In an exclusive interview with CBN News …
Karen Heller / Washington Post:
The extraordinary trek of George Takei  —  The cult icon is on a mission to make sure America doesn't forget a shameful legacy  —  NEW YORK — As a child, he believed the camp to be a magical oasis, where mythical dinosaurs prowled the woods at night.  A native of Los Angeles, he marveled at the …
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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Luke Ramseth / The Clarion Ledger:
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David Steil / USA Today:
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Caleb Parke / Fox News:
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Discussion: Politico
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Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Kellyanne Conway says ignoring congressional subpoena is ‘taking one for the team’
Discussion: Politico and Vanity Fair
Will Bunch / Inquirer.com:
Meet the young Jews chanting ‘Never again!’ and blocking streets to shut down Trump's camps
Discussion: National Review
Celine Ryan / Campus Reform:
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Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
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