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6:25 PM ET, July 17, 2019

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Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump says he's ‘not unhappy’ with racism fight's result because ‘the race card’ is ‘the only thing they have’ now, telling DailyMail.com his back-and-forth with Pelosi was ‘one of the all-time classics’  — In a brief phone call, the president said he's ‘not unhappy’ with the result …
Discussion: Mediaite, Political Wire and Splinter
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Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Most Americans call Trump's tweets targeting 4 congresswomen ‘un-American’  —  WASHINGTON - A clear majority of Americans say President Trump's tweets targeting four minority congresswomen were “un-American,” according to a new USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll.  But most Republicans say they agreed …
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: 'I'm a person of color.  I'm white.'  —  Republican Rep. Mike Kelly (Pa.) on Tuesday weighed in on criticism of President Trump's tweets targeting four minority congresswomen, saying that he is a person of color because he is white.  —  “You know, they talk about people of color.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Trump attacks on ‘The Squad’ drives wedge between campaign and critical voters  —  President Trump's incendiary claims that his Democratic critics in Congress are un-American are driving a deep wedge between his 2020 campaign and critical elements of the coalition he needs to secure a second term with.
New York Times:
Trump Sets the 2020 Tone: Like 2016, Only This Time ‘the Squad’ Is Here  —  WASHINGTON — With three days of attacks on four liberal, minority freshman congresswomen, President Trump and the Republicans have sent the clearest signal yet that their approach to 2020 will be a racially divisive reprise …
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Donald Trump's race-baiting strategy to secure second term
Amanda Becker / Reuters:
Ocasio-Cortez, Pelosi to meet and discuss working relationship
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist
Nick Givas / Fox News:
Ben Carson defends Trump amid feud with House Dems: 'He's not a racist'
Discussion: RedState and Daily Wire
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Rand Paul blocks Senate from approving 9/11 victim compensation fund  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday blocked an attempt by Democrats to pass an extension of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) tried to win the Senate's consent to approve …
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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:   Two Republican senators emerge as opponents to 9/11 victims bill
Jack Bohrer / NBC News:
Tape shows Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein discussing women at 1992 party  —  The November 1992 tape in the NBC archives shows Donald Trump with Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade before Epstein pleaded guilty to felony prostitution charges in Florida.  —  Inside a 1992 party with Trump, Jeffrey Epstein
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New York Times:
Trump and Epstein Partied and Commented on Women in 1992 Video  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has been playing down his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier under federal indictment on charges of sexually trafficking and abusing girls, but at least one night …
Discussion: PJ Media Home and Florida Politics
JNS.org:
Omar to introduce pro-BDS resolution in House  —  U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar said that she plans to introduce a resolution this week in support of the anti-Israel BDS movement, reported Al-Monitor on Tuesday.  —  “We are introducing a resolution ... to really speak about the American values …
Discussion: twitchy.com
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Talia Lavin / GQ:   When Non-Jews Wield Anti-Semitism as Political Shield
Jack Crowe / National Review:
Omar to Introduce Resolution Declaring Support for Anti-Israel BDS Movement
Discussion: Townhall and IJR
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Rand Paul angles to become Trump's emissary to Iran  —  Over a round of golf this past weekend, Sen. Rand Paul asked President Donald Trump's blessing for a sensitive diplomatic mission.  —  Paul proposed sitting down with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to extend a fresh olive branch …
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:   Trump's better deal with Iran looks a lot like Obama's
Bloomberg:   U.S. ‘Shot Itself in the Foot’ by Quitting Iran Deal, Zarif Says
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Once Trump Talked About ‘American Carnage.’ Now He Says Critics Should Leave.  —  WASHINGTON — America stinks.  At least that's what Donald J. Trump seemed to be saying before becoming president.  —  He did not believe in “American exceptionalism,” he said, because America was not exceptional.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Moderate Democrats are getting skittish about confronting Trump's racism. Seriously?
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:   When Trump attacks, the base turns out — for both parties
New York Times:
Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than people knew.  This is how it was saved.  —  A baffling alert.  A race to the wrong building.  Notre-Dame still stands only because firefighters decided to risk everything, a New York Times reconstruction has found.
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
DNC warns 2020 campaigns not to use FaceApp ‘developed by Russians’  —  Washington (CNN)The Democratic National Committee sent a security alert to 2020 presidential campaigns Wednesday afternoon warning them not to use the popular smartphone application FaceApp, CNN has learned.
Erica Orden / CNN:
Feds end investigation into Trump Org and hush money payments  —  New York (CNN)Federal prosecutors in New York have ended their investigation into the Trump Organization's role in hush money payments made to women who alleged affairs with President Donald Trump and have been ordered by a judge …
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
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Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
Russia, Iran, North Korea Launch Hundreds of Cyberattacks on U.S. Political Groups, Microsoft Says  —  Most of the hacking attempts are against think tanks and nongovernmental organizations that work with candidates or political parties  —  Suspected nation-state hackers from Russia …
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Associated Press:   Microsoft reports hundreds of election-related cyber probes
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
'Trump's Going to Get Re-elected, Isn't He?'  —  Voters have reason to worry.  —  I'm struck at how many people have come up to me recently and said, “Trump's going to get re-elected, isn't he?”  And in each case, when I drilled down to ask why, I bumped into the Democratic presidential debates in June.
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“IT'S GOING TO BE STAGGERING, THE AMOUNT OF NAMES”: AS THE JEFFREY EPSTEIN CASE GROWS MORE GROTESQUE, MANHATTAN AND DC BRACE FOR IMPACT  —  The disgraced financier “collected people,” said a source.  Could some of them be implicated in his crimes?  Meanwhile, Alan Dershowitz ("He's a bad person" …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Yahoo's story on Chris Pratt's ‘white supremacist’ T-shirt did us all a disservice  —  U.S. media took a bold stand against racist tweets by the president of the United States this week, with much of it objectively calling Donald Trump's behavior “racist” after resisting that label in its news coverage for years.
Bloomberg:
Trump Expressed Concerns About Pentagon Cloud-Computing Contract  — Pentagon poised to give JEDI contract to Amazon or Microsoft  — President frustrated he was unaware of Republican concerns  —  President Donald Trump recently demanded more information about how the Pentagon crafted …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Why Democrats' oversight machine is moving so slowly against Trump  —  House Democrats have kicked and screamed about the White House's refusal to allow key Trump officials to come before Congress.  But they haven't done the one thing they can do to force the issue: Go to court.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Andrew Freedman / Washington Post:
Widespread, oppressive and dangerous heat to roast much of the U.S. through the weekend  —  A heat wave featuring a life-threatening combination of heat and oppressive humidity has begun to spread across the United States, with excessive heat warnings and heat advisories in effect for at least 22 states and the District of Columbia.
Washington Post:
Unauthorized immigrants face public backlash in Mexico, survey finds  —  MEXICO CITY — Mexicans are deeply frustrated with immigrants after a year of heightened migration from Central America through the country, according to a survey conducted by The Washington Post and Mexico's Reforma newspaper.
Mosheh Gains / NBC News:
Duncan Hunter ordered to stop using Marine Corps emblem in campaign  —  The California Republican used the Marine Corps emblem in a campaign mailer that tied his Democratic opponent and two Democratic congresswomen to terror.  —  WASHINGTON — The Marine Corps has issued a cease-and-desist letter …
Pew Research Center:
Growing share of Republicans say U.S. risks losing its identity if it is too open to foreigners  —  A majority of Americans (62%) continue to say the country's openness to people from around the world is “essential to who we are as a nation.”  —  But the share expressing this view …
Mark Preston / CNN:
How to watch CNN's live debate drawing  —  (CNN)The candidate lineups for the upcoming Democratic presidential debates in Detroit will be decided by a live, random draw Thursday night during a special edition of Anderson Cooper 360 at 8 p.m. ET on CNN.  —  The CNN debate brings …
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
The Nationalists Take Washington  —  It might have been the first-ever nationalist revolt launched from a Ritz-Carlton ballroom.  This week, conservative intellectuals and politicos in Washington tucked into plated dinners and sipped from at least four varieties of seltzer at a new gathering, the National Conservatism Conference.
Discussion: Vox
New York Times:
Drug Overdose Deaths Drop in U.S. for First Time Since 1990  —  After three decades of ever-escalating drug overdose deaths, the tide of fatalities may have finally started to turn.  Total drug overdose deaths in America declined by around 5 percent last year, the first drop since 1990 …
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Ocasio-Cortez gets new 2020 challenger: a Republican immigrant from Jamaica  —  EXCLUSIVE — Scherie Murray, a New York businesswoman who immigrated from Jamaica as a child and is active in state Republican politics, is launching a campaign Wednesday for the congressional seat held by Democratic …
 
 
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BuzzFeed News:
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Gareth Cook / The Atlantic:
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Jeffrey J. Schott / Bloomberg:
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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
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Jacqueline Feldscher / Politico:
White House kicks Turkey out of fighter jet project
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Julia Arciga / The Daily Beast:
Iowa Official Ousted After Bombarding Employees With Emails About Tupac Shakur
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Another top NRA staffer departs amid upheaval
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
Civil Servants Who Process Immigration Applications Are Being Asked To Help ICE Instead
Brian Merchant / Columbia Journalism Review:
Tech journalism's ‘on background’ scourge
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
The Humane Legacy of John Paul Stevens
Discussion: NPR, Washington Post and New York Times
Bill Scher / Politico:
How the Democratic Netroots Died