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2:25 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 …
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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 …
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.
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: CNN and Fox News
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist  —  Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson said Wednesday he does not believe President Trump is a racist, nor did he find the president's tweets telling minority congresswomen to “go back” to other countries to be racist.
Axios:
Trump's premeditated racism is central to his 2020 strategy
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Why Trump must acknowledge that he went too far this time
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
Edward Luce / Financial Times:   Donald Trump's race-baiting strategy to secure second term
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:
Video Shows Trump and Jeffrey Epstein Partying and Commenting on Women in 1992
Discussion: Florida Politics
MSNBC:   Newly-found footage shows Trump, Epstein at a '92 party
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
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John Bresnahan / Politico:   White House, Congress getting closer on budget deal
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 …
Discussion: The Week
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:   Trump's better deal with Iran looks a lot like Obama's
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.
Discussion: twitchy.com
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Yahoo:
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.”
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.
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.
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Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
The Humane Legacy of John Paul Stevens
Discussion: Washington Post and NPR
German Lopez / Vox:
One of John Paul Stevens's last big ideas: repealing the 2nd Amendment
Discussion: Politico, New York Times and Reason
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.
Discussion: New York Post
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Reminder: Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib questioned the loyalty of Americans who support Israel  —  Over the weekend President Trump unleashed a series of tweets that I agreed were racist, because they lumped together four nonwhite congresswomen who he said should go back to their countries …
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JNS.org:
Omar to introduce pro-BDS resolution in House
Discussion: Mondoweiss
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Biden's campaign paid a speech coach a day after widely panned debate performance  —  The day after Joe Biden tanked in the first round of Democratic presidential debates, his campaign hired a prominent speech coach for the 36-year senator and 8-year vice president.
Discussion: Fox News and Political Wire
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: The Hill, Washington Examiner and CNN
Los Angeles Times:
An ultra-violent MS-13 gang entered the U.S., then stalked L.A. with blades and bats  —  One by one, the victims were lured to remote locations: an abandoned building in downtown Los Angeles, an empty rooftop in Hollywood, a quiet park in the San Fernando Valley.
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.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Pompeo on potential Senate run: ‘I always leave open the possibility that something will change’  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday signaled that he is open to considering a run for an open Senate seat in Kansas, months after he declared that he had ruled out a bid.
Discussion: Politico
Steven Hsieh / Phoenix New Times:
Audio: Kelli Ward Says McSally Should ‘Be Quiet’ When She Disagrees With Trump … Arizona Republican Chairwoman Kelli Ward said she wishes GOP elected officials, specifically Senator Martha McSally, “would just be quiet” when they disagree with President Donald Trump, according to audio obtained by Phoenix New Times on Monday.
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Paul Brandus / USA Today:
Donald Trump is not America's first racist president, but hopefully he'll be our last
Lili Bayer / Politico:
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John McCormack / National Review:
Kamala Harris's Preposterous New Claim About Medicare for All
Discussion: Mother Jones
Federal Register:
AGENCY:  —  Executive Office for Immigration Review …
Discussion: Lawfare and The Daily Caller
YouTube:
Harris Falsely Claims Medicare For All Won't Raise Taxes
Discussion: twitchy.com
The Hill:
Sanders campaign vents frustration with media, polls
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
With Name-Calling and Twitter Battles, House Republican Campaign Arm Copies Trump's Playbook
Discussion: DCCC
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Former statewide judge leaves GOP, citing Trump's racism
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Armin Rosen / Tablet Magazine:
Everybody Knows  —  The incidents now pass without much notice …
Discussion: Jewish Insider and twitchy.com
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Trump voters cringe and shrug at tweets while Democrats rage
Jim Swift / The Bulwark:
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Daniel Dale / CNN:
‘Sir’ alert: This one word is a telltale sign Trump is being dishonest
Discussion: Talking Points Memo