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9:05 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: Washington Press, Mediaite and Splinter
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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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Moderate Democrats are getting skittish about confronting Trump's racism.  Seriously?  —  The president of the United States has spent days on end attacking four nonwhite lawmakers, telling them to “go back” to their countries, even though three of the four were born in the United States.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Most Americans call Trump's tweets targeting 4 congresswomen ‘un-American’
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
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:   When Trump attacks, the base turns out — for both parties
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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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Jon Stewart Eviscerates Rand Paul for Blocking 9/11 Victim Funding: 'It's an Abomination'  —  The former ‘Daily Show’ host told Fox News that Paul was trying to “balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community.”  —  One month ago, former Daily Show host Jon Stewart went …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Two Republican senators emerge as opponents to 9/11 victims bill
Discussion: Mediaite
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
Washington Post:
Behind the scenes the night Trump partied at Mar-a-Lago with Jeffrey Epstein and NFL cheerleaders
Discussion: MSNBC and The Daily Caller
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
House Holds Barr and Ross in Contempt Over Census Dispute  —  WASHINGTON — The House voted Wednesday evening to hold Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress for their refusal to turn over key documents related to the Trump administration's attempt …
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Natalie Andrews / Wall Street Journal:
House Votes to Hold Ross, Barr in Contempt Over Citizenship Question on Census
Discussion: Washington Post and POLITICUSUSA
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Here are the 2020 Democratic candidates who qualify for CNN's debate  —  (CNN)The field is set for CNN's Democratic primary debates later this month.  —  The Democratic National Committee announced Wednesday that the candidates who have made the debate stage are: Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet …
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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" …
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.
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.
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Trump Rally Crowd Launches Into ‘Send Her Back’ Chant Over Ilhan Omar  —  We now have a new gross Trump rally crowd chant to replace “Lock Her Up!”  —  We now have a new gross Trump rally crowd chant to replace “Lock Her Up!”  —  During President Trump's Wednesday night rally in Greenville …
Discussion: Breitbart
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Megh Wright / Vulture:
The Garbage Man Speaks  —  ClickHole, a sister site of the Onion that parodies the internet's most clickbaity content, launched in June 2014, but it arguably wasn't until later that year that the site dropped its first timeless classic.  This was a post so widely shared that New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino …
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Trump and the dead end of conservative nationalism  —  A conference on “national conservatism” barely mentioned Trump — but gave voice to Trumpism.  —  President Trump's vicious attacks on four House Democrats this week — telling four American women of color to “go back” to their own countries …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Emma Green / The Atlantic:   The Nationalists Take Washington
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 …
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Karen Zraick / New York Times:
Iowa Official, 66, Says His Love of Tupac Wasn't What Got Him Fired  —  Jerry Foxhoven, the former director of the state's Department of Human Services, was removed days after he sent an email celebrating the rapper to 4,300 employees.  —  The timing certainly seemed suspicious.
Discussion: VICE and Talking Points Memo
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Julia Arciga / The Daily Beast:
Iowa Official Ousted After Bombarding Employees With Emails About Tupac Shakur
Discussion: NPR, The Root and Associated Press
New York Times:
A Border Kept Him From His Daughter.  Now He's Here to Say Goodbye.  —  Heydi Gámez Garcia, a 13-year-old from Honduras, waited for her father to join her in the United States.  But he was repeatedly stopped at the border.  —  He came too late.  —  BRENTWOOD, N.Y. …
Washington Post:
Border official in Clint accused of harassing mother of 12-year-old migrant who was in custody  —  A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent allegedly sought out an undocumented Guatemalan woman living in California, sent her Facebook messages and asked her to watch a live video of him masturbating …
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.
 
 
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Sexual assault charges dropped against Kevin Spacey in Nantucket criminal case
Discussion: The Daily Caller and UPI
Pew Research Center:
Growing share of Republicans say U.S. risks losing its identity if it is too open to foreigners
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Private Prison Bosses Beg Taxpayers to Pay Human-Trafficking Lawsuit Bills
Associated Press:
Microsoft reports hundreds of election-related cyber probes
Bloomberg:
Trump Expressed Concern About Pentagon Cloud-Computing Contract
Talia Lavin / GQ:
When Non-Jews Wield Anti-Semitism as Political Shield
Gareth Cook / The Atlantic:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey J. Schott / Bloomberg:
Just Say No to the New Nafta  —  Trump's proposed United States …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jacqueline Feldscher / Politico:
White House kicks Turkey out of fighter jet project
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Another top NRA staffer departs amid upheaval
Andrew Freedman / Washington Post:
Widespread, oppressive and dangerous heat to roast much of the U.S. through the weekend