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3:40 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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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 …
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
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Republican support for Trump rises after racially charged tweets: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Axios:
Trump's premeditated racism is central to his 2020 strategy
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: Fox News, Politico and The Guardian
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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Two Republican senators emerge as opponents to 9/11 victims bill  —  A Republican senator moved Wednesday to stall for the moment legislation providing compensation to 9/11 workers, sparking an emotional appeal on behalf of those sick and dying after responding to Ground Zero.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Pompeo on potential Senate run: ‘I always leave open the possibility that something will change’
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
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
MSNBC:
Newly-found footage shows Trump, Epstein at a '92 party
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Eric Trump: ‘95 percent’ of Americans agree with my father
Discussion: Fox News, CNN and POLITICUSUSA
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Why Trump must acknowledge that he went too far this time
Discussion: Vox and Washington Post
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
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.
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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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 …
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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.
Discussion: twitchy.com
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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
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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: 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
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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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
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Owen Daugherty / The Hill:
CNN slammed for having white nationalist Richard Spencer on to talk about Trump's tweets
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.
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.
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.
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.
 
 
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Another top NRA staffer departs amid upheaval
New York Times:
Drug Overdose Deaths Drop in U.S. for First Time Since 1990
Andy Puzder / Fox News:
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Brian Merchant / Columbia Journalism Review:
Tech journalism's ‘on background’ scourge
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
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
Bryan Caplan / Econlib:
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Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
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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
Daniel Dale / CNN:
‘Sir’ alert: This one word is a telltale sign Trump is being dishonest
Discussion: Talking Points Memo