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10:45 AM ET, July 18, 2019


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POLITICO Playbook: What Trump might not get about impeachment  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  IT BARELY TOOK THE PRESIDENT ANY TIME before he said this Wednesday evening at his campaign rally in Greenville, N.C.: “I just heard that the United States House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted …
Shifting demographics are the biggest threat to Republicans' long-term viability  —  The single biggest threat to Republicans' long-term viability is demographics.  —  The big picture: The numbers simply do not lie.  America, as a whole, and swing states, in particular, are growing more diverse, more quickly.
Discussion: Associated Press
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Senate Republicans pray Trump will take budget deal  —  Congress and the White House are moving toward an ambitious budget deal, but the big question still remains: What will President Donald Trump do?  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican senators are pushing Trump …
Brian Kilmeade: Trump Rally ‘Send Her Back’ Chants Gave ‘MSNBC and CNN Something to Focus On’  —  “Send her back” chants broke out during Wednesday night's Trump Rally held in Greenville, North Carolina after President Donald Trump began criticizing Rep. Ilhan Omar, which has caused something …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Fury just beneath the surface: With a tiny push, Trump's crowd chants ‘Send her back!’
Discussion: Politico
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
Trump rally has a new chant: ‘Send her back’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
‘Send her back!’ chant shows Trump's ugly plan to get reelected
Discussion: Vanity Fair and ABC News
Tamar Auber / Mediaite:
Trump Rally Crowd Chants ‘SEND HER BACK!’ as POTUS Tears Into Ilhan Omar
Discussion: Washington Post and VICE
Wall Street Journal:
Epstein Scandal Brings Legal Titans to Blows  —  Four-year battle between David Boies, Alan Dershowitz turns uglier following financier's arrest  —  The arrest of Jeffrey Epstein is escalating a long-simmering fight between two of the nation's best-known lawyers, Alan Dershowitz and David Boies.
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" …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Eschaton and New York Times
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Scaramucci disinvited from Florida GOP fundraiser for bashing Trump's ‘racially charged’ attacks  —  The Palm Beach County GOP disinvited Anthony Scaramucci from addressing its annual fundraising event after the short-lived former White House spokesman criticized President Trump's …
Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
Jake Tapper Appears to Have Taken a Break From Truth-Telling  —  Late this afternoon, after increasing tensions among the House Democratic caucus seemed to pause in the wake of Donald Trump's racist tweets about Reps. Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib, CNN anchor Jake Tapper had some news.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
McConnell: Trump ‘on to something’ with attacks on four congresswomen  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that Donald Trump is “on to something” with his inflammatory attacks against four congresswomen, attempting to frame the president's racist rhetoric as rooted …
Discussion: Breitbart, The Hill, RedState and Fox News
Elizabeth Warren's new plan targets Wall Street and private equity ‘vampires’  —  Elizabeth Warren: Giant corporations need to be called out  —  (CNN)Elizabeth Warren pivoted her presidential campaign on Thursday to the issue that made the Massachusetts senator a hero of the progressive left long …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Week
Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
End Wall Street's Stranglehold On Our Economy
Discussion: CNBC and American Prospect
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Where Is Ivanka?  —  Ivanka Trump wants it both ways.  —  Since joining her father's White House as a senior adviser in early 2017, the first daughter has reserved the right to toggle between a strict and loose construction of her portfolio.  When flashy opportunities arise …
Victor Fiorillo / Philadelphia Magazine:
Inga Saffron and Stu Bykofsky Absolutely Savaged Each Other at Stu's Farewell Party  —  Don't worry.  There's video.  —  When it's your last day on the job, assuming you've worked at your job for a long time, there will probably be a toast with some sort of alcoholic beverage.  You'll say a few words.
US preparing to send hundreds of troops to Saudi Arabia amid Iran tensions  —  Washington (CNN)The Trump administration is reinforcing its controversial military relationship with Saudi Arabia by preparing to send hundreds of troops to the country amid increasing tensions with Iran.
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:   House Votes to Block Arms Sales to Gulf Nations, Setting Up Trump's Third Veto
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Just a random group of ‘Republicans’?  CNN doesn't tell the whole story about a Trump-loving panel  —  There's no question that the panel of women CNN interviewed about President Trump liked him a lot and don't think he's a racist, despite a congressional resolution to the contrary on Tuesday.
Discussion: Mediaite,, CNN, Hullabaloo and VICE
Kaitlyn Folmer / ABC News:
Former IT contractor for Jeffrey Epstein says he quit over concerns about revealing pictures and topless young women  —  A former IT contractor for Jeffrey Epstein who said that he ended their business relationship over personal concerns about gaggles of apparently unsupervised young women …
Discussion: New York Post and Page Six
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 …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
House holds William Barr, Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress
Discussion: Splinter and The Week
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Gizmodo Media Staff Enraged at New CEO's ‘Insane’ Direction  —  High-level staffers at the company that now owns ex-Gawker sites like Jezebel and Deadspin complain their new leader is destroying a famously freewheeling culture.  —  Leaning on editors to be nice to advertisers.
Agence France-Presse:
‘You had the Nobel Prize?’  Trump learns of Yazidi activist Murad  —  Washington (AFP) - US President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared unfamiliar with the work and cause of Nobel laureate Nadia Murad as she pleaded with him to help the Yazidis of Iraq.  —  Murad, one of thousands of women …
Morning Consult:
Morning Consult's Senator Approval Rankings  —  On a daily basis, Morning Consult is surveying over 5,000 registered voters across the United States on their senators.  Each quarter, we'll update this page with the latest survey data, providing an in-depth look at how all 100 U.S. senators stand with voters in their state.
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
How Trump Is Weighing on 2020's Most Vulnerable Senators
New York Times:
Puerto Ricans in Protests Say They've Had Enough  —  SAN JUAN, P.R. — Flags in hand, Puerto Ricans descended into the streets of San Juan on Wednesday, arriving by the thousands for several hours before the start of an enormous protest.  They filled a boulevard lined with palm trees …
Discussion: Jacobin, Skift and Mother Jones
Jacob Heilbrunn / NYR Daily:
National Conservatism: Retrofitting Trump's GOP with a Veneer of Ideas  —  From the outset of his campaign for the presidency, Donald Trump has sought to reinvent the Republican Party in his own image by sounding nationalist themes, including his initial pledge in his foreign policy speech …
Discussion: Reason and Spectator USA
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Trump and the dead end of conservative nationalism
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
The Future of the City Is Childless  —  A few years ago, I lived in a walkup apartment in the East Village of New York.  Every so often descending the stairway, I would catch a glimpse of a particular family with young children in its Sisyphean attempts to reach the fourth floor.
Washington Post:
Behind the scenes the night Trump partied at Mar-a-Lago with Jeffrey Epstein and NFL cheerleaders  —  Donald Trump was coming off a bruising few years: His casino and real estate business had teetered on the edge of collapse, awash in debt.  His marriage to Ivana Trump had disintegrated …
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Obama and Clinton's bundlers are betting on these 3 candidates  —  Big-money Democratic donors have jumped off the sidelines of the presidential race, and three candidates are the clear winners of their support: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris.  —  Each of those three candidates received …
Discussion: NBC News and Political Wire
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.
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Mt. Vernon Has 2 Mayors and a Police Chief Arrested by His Own Officers  —  Things are really not O.K. in this New York suburb.  —  MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. — On one side of City Hall, Richard Thomas, the former and possibly still-current mayor of Mount Vernon was in his office on Tuesday, the door guarded by two police officers.
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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Microsoft will give away software to guard U.S. voting machines
Miami Herald:
Leaked documents show Jeffrey Epstein kept funds offshore. Can the money even be tracked?
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Trump can't hold a candle to Ayanna Pressley
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Fewer Inspections for Aging Nuclear Plants, Regulators Propose
The Texas Tribune:
Houston councilwoman Amanda Edwards jumps into Democratic primary in hopes of unseating Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn
Marc Thiessen / New York Post:
Dems insist ‘no one is above the law’ — except illegal immigrants
Denise Grady / New York Times:
Ebola Outbreak in Congo Is Declared a Global Health Emergency
Discussion: VICE and STAT
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Ip / Wall Street Journal:
China's State-Driven Growth Model Is Running Out of Gas
Discussion: The Week
Rahm Emanuel / Washington Post:
No, the Democratic Party hasn't lurched to the left
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Democratic lawmakers accuse their own party of proposing ‘deep’ cuts to health centers for poor
Washington Post:
Border official in Clint accused of harassing mother of 12-year-old migrant who was in custody
Discussion: Splinter
New York Times:
A Border Kept Him From His Daughter. Now He's Here to Say Goodbye.
Megh Wright / Vulture:
The Garbage Man Speaks
Mark Preston / CNN:
How to watch CNN's live debate drawing
Discussion: The Ringer and Mediaite