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3:15 PM ET, July 17, 2019


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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 …
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 …
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.
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Republican support for Trump rises after racially charged tweets: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Support for U.S. President Donald Trump increased slightly among Republicans after he lashed out on Twitter over the weekend in a racially charged attack on four minority Democratic congresswomen …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Eric Trump: ‘95 percent’ of Americans agree with my father  —  Eric Trump on Wednesday heralded his father, President Donald Trump, as “the greatest fighter in the world,” and claimed that “95 percent” of people in the U.S. support his political message even as the president has worked to beat …
Discussion: Fox News, CNN and POLITICUSUSA
Daily Mail:   EXCLUSIVE: Trump says he's ‘not unhappy’ …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist
Trump's premeditated racism is central to his 2020 strategy
Edward Luce / Financial Times:   Donald Trump's race-baiting strategy to secure second term
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Why Trump must acknowledge that he went too far this time
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
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
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
Newly-found footage shows Trump, Epstein at a '92 party
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
Discussion: Politico and The Guardian
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:   Two Republican senators emerge as opponents to 9/11 victims bill
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Pompeo on potential Senate run: ‘I always leave open the possibility that something will change’
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
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 …
Nahal Toosi / Politico:   Trump's better deal with Iran looks a lot like Obama's
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Chris Pratt criticised for ‘white supremacist’ T-shirt  —  Chris Pratt is facing criticism over a T-shirt he was pictured wearing featuring a controversial symbol.  —  The  —  Marvel star's top shows the American flag with a coiled snake over the top and a message underneath which reads “Don't Tread On Me.”
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
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Who Led Liberal Wing, Dies at 99  —  John Paul Stevens, whose 35 years on the United States Supreme Court transformed him, improbably, from a Republican antitrust lawyer into the outspoken leader of the court's liberal wing, died on Tuesday at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 99.
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
The Humane Legacy of John Paul Stevens
Discussion: NPR and Washington Post
German Lopez / Vox:
One of John Paul Stevens's last big ideas: repealing the 2nd Amendment
Discussion: Bloomberg, Politico and New York Times
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 Political Wire
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.
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Why CNN's Normalizing Of A White Nationalist Matters  —  It's transparent partisan attempt to smear Republican voters.  —  In 2016, a bunch of real-life white supremacists—not just Republicans who happen to disagree with the Democrats' preferred immigration policy—put together a conference in Washington, D.C., to attract attention.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and CNN
Owen Daugherty / The Hill:
CNN slammed for having white nationalist Richard Spencer on to talk about Trump's tweets
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 …
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.
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
Civil Servants Who Process Immigration Applications Are Being Asked To Help ICE Instead  —  As the US agency that processes applications for legal immigration struggles with a backlog, its leaders asked staffers to volunteer to help ICE on administrative tasks, including with a program keeping asylum-seekers in Mexico.
Bill Scher / Politico:
How the Democratic Netroots Died  —  Twelve years ago, progressive political bloggers were so influential that nearly every 2008 Democratic presidential candidate attended the Yearly Kos convention—a gathering of liberal online activists named after Markos Moulitsas' popular Daily Kos website.
Keith Woods / NPR:
Report On Racism, But Ditch The Labels  —  Toggle more options … Once again, the president of the United States has used the sniper tower of Twitter to take aim at immigration, race relations and common decency.  And once again, journalists are daring their profession to boldly call bigotry what it is: bigotry.
Colleen Flaherty / Inside Higher Ed:
Pinker, Epstein, Soldier, Spy  —  Steven Pinker's aid in Jeffrey Epstein's legal defense renews criticism of an increasingly divisive public intellectual.  —  That convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein had help in avoiding federal or state prison is unsurprising: money and power often buy what they shouldn't.
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Brian Merchant / Columbia Journalism Review:
Tech journalism's ‘on background’ scourge
Discussion: Mother Jones
Paul Brandus / USA Today:
Donald Trump is not America's first racist president, but hopefully he'll be our last
Steven Hsieh / Phoenix New Times:
Audio: Kelli Ward Says McSally Should ‘Be Quiet’ When She Disagrees With Trump
Discussion: Political Wire
John McCormack / National Review:
Kamala Harris's Preposterous New Claim About Medicare for All
Discussion: Mother Jones
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Biden's campaign paid a speech coach a day after widely panned debate performance
Federal Register:
AGENCY:  —  Executive Office for Immigration Review …
Discussion: Lawfare and The Daily Caller
The Hill:
Sanders campaign vents frustration with media, polls
 Earlier Items: 
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
With Name-Calling and Twitter Battles, House Republican Campaign Arm Copies Trump's Playbook
Discussion: DCCC
Chuck Lindell / Austin American-Statesman:
Former statewide judge leaves GOP, citing Trump's racism
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Bryan Caplan / Econlib:
Reflections from Spain  —  I just got back from a five-week visit to Spain.
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Lessons From the Second-Quarter Fundraising Reports
Armin Rosen / Tablet Magazine:
Everybody Knows  —  The incidents now pass without much notice …
Discussion: Jewish Insider and
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Trump voters cringe and shrug at tweets while Democrats rage
Daniel Dale / CNN:
‘Sir’ alert: This one word is a telltale sign Trump is being dishonest
Discussion: Talking Points Memo