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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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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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?
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The American Right Defines Patriotism As Complacency About Racism
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:   Strawman Elegy  —  I like and admire our friend J. D. Vance …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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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Nick Givas / Fox News:
Biden says if Trump challenges his mental state he'll challenge him to a push-up contest
Discussion: RedState
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:
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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Charlie Hoffmann / Washington Free Beacon:
Northam Steps Up Contributions to Dems after Virginia Primaries  —  Va. governor has given over $200k to Dem candidates since yearbook photo  —  Virginia's Democratic governor Ralph Northam stepped up his political contributions in June following the state's legislative primary elections …
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.”
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 …
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.
Mad Dog PAC:
Can DEAD PEOPLE donate to Trump?  Maybe  —  In the name of Jesus..  —  ...I compel you to donate to me.  —  As you many of you know - the Federal Elections Commission requires declared candidates, PACs, and SuperPACs to adhere to the filing schedule in a timely manner.
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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: Vox, Politico, The Week and NBC News
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
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.
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 …
 
 
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Julia Horowitz / CNN:
Ikea is closing its only US factory and moving production to Europe
Discussion: UPI
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The ‘Squad’ Gives a Gift to Donald Trump
Discussion: Splinter, RedState and Power Line
MIRAC - Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee:
At 7:20 a.m. Monday morning, July 15, 2019, MIRAC members got notice …
Discussion: WCCO | CBS Minnesota
Luke Ramseth / The Clarion Ledger:
Bill Waller is latest governor candidate to say he won't meet alone with women
Discussion: Shareblue Media
David Steil / USA Today:
Republican business owner and former state lawmaker: We need Medicare for All. Here's why.
Discussion: Jacobin
Caleb Parke / Fox News:
Trump abortion rule deals ‘devastating blow’ to Planned Parenthood, group says
Discussion: Politico
Will Bunch / Inquirer.com:
Meet the young Jews chanting ‘Never again!’ and blocking streets to shut down Trump's camps
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
WKRN-TV:
Gov. Lee says he hopes to change law that calls for annual Nathan Bedford Forrest Day
Discussion: CNN and Political Wire
Danielle McLean / ThinkProgress:
Democrats sue over a Florida law that puts Trump's name ahead of rivals on the 2020 ballot
The Hill:
GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm
Celine Ryan / Campus Reform:
Public university shares “Toolkit” to combat 'Trump's deportation machinery'
Discussion: Breitbart
ProPublica:
Trump's Tax Law Threatened TurboTax's Profits. …
Discussion: The Verge and Gizmodo
Jason Hopkins / The Daily Caller:
CBP Chief Said Democratic Rhetoric Fueled Attempted Terrorist Attack On ICE Facility
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
What has Ilhan Omar done that Donald Trump hasn't?
Discussion: New York Post, NB Blog and Breitbart
George Joseph / www.wnyc.org:
Data Company Directly Powers Immigration Raids in Workplace