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Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
A Fascist Trump Rally In Greenville  —  Scholars say the rally — where Trump supporters chanted “Send her back!” about Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar — is an escalation in America's slide toward fascism.  —  GREENVILLE, N.C. — Mark and Nancy Dawson think Muslims should be removed from the United States.
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Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Trump Disavows ‘Send Her Back’ Chant as G.O.P. Frets Over Ugly Phrase  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday disavowed the “send her back” chant that broke out at his re-election rally Wednesday night when he railed against a Somali-born congresswoman, as Republicans in Congress rushed …
John Bresnahan / Politico:
House Dems warn Omar in ‘imminent danger’ after Trump rally chants  —  House Democrats erupted in fury Thursday over President Donald Trump's attacks on freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar at his reelection rally, fearful that crowd chants of “send her back” have personally endangered her and her family.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
‘Send her back’ a worst-case scenario for Trump  —  A reelection campaign dominated by incendiary chants of “send her back” is a worst-case scenario for President Trump, warn senior Republicans who are moving swiftly to douse a political prairie fire sparked by the commander-in-chief's use …
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and Vox
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Bear Witness Faithfully
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:   How a racist tweet became a Trump rally chant in three short days
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Trump says not happy with backers' ‘send her back’ chant
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Q13 FOX News
USA Today:
Prosecutors weighed DOJ policy blocking indictment of a sitting president in closing Trump hush-money probe  —  WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors' decision to end an investigation into hush money payments to women claiming affairs with Donald Trump relied at least in part …
Discussion: UPI and Patterico's Pontifications
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NBC News:
FBI believed Trump was closely involved in hush-money scheme, unsealed documents show  —  The release of the previously redacted documents came one day after the judge in the case disclosed that prosecutors had concluded their probe into Cohen's campaign finance crimes.
Discussion: UPI, CNN and Shareblue Media
Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
New Cohen documents reveal calls with Trump, National Enquirer publisher before payment  —  President Donald Trump and his campaign may have had prior knowledge of a deal to silence Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who allegedly engaged in an extra-marital affair with the then-presidential candidate …
Adam Klasfeld / courthousenews.com:   Michael Cohen Files Implicate Trump, Hope Hicks and David Pecker
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Hope Hicks' testimony gets second look after Cohen document dump
Discussion: NB Blog
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's denial of knowing about the Stormy Daniels payment suffers another blow
USA Today:   FBI tied Donald Trump and top aides to 2016 effort to silence a porn star, new court files show
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:   Prosecutors Reveal Details From Michael Cohen Investigation
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.
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
House Democrats move to tamp down internal feud, delete tweets that sparked infighting
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Quint Forgey / Politico:
McConnell: Trump ‘on to something’ with attacks on four congresswomen
Discussion: Breitbart
Associated Press:
Trump leans on issue of race in bid for a 2nd term in 2020
Ian Kullgren / Politico:
Trump taps Scalia's son for Labor secretary  —  President Donald Trump plans to nominate Eugene Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to be the next Labor secretary.  —  The president announced the decision on Twitter after POLITICO first reported his plans earlier Thursday.
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New York Times:
Trump Plans to Nominate Eugene Scalia for Labor Secretary Job  —  President Trump has decided to name Eugene Scalia as his next secretary of labor, according to two people with direct knowledge of the decision, tapping the son of the former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia for a position …
Jackie Kucinich / The Daily Beast:
Pentagon Contractor Allegedly Threatened to Kill Congresswoman Over Vaccine Bill  —  Feds charged Darryl Varnum in late June after he told a member he was ‘gonna kill your ass if you do that bill.’  —  A Pentagon cybersecurity contractor has been charged with threatening to kill a member …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Maria Ines Zamudio / WBEZ:
O'Hare Standoff: Federal Officials Detaining Three Children Of Undocumented Parents  —  Chicago lawyers, a representative from the Mexican Consulate and a congresswoman from Illinois have all met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials to find out why three American citizen children are being detained at O'Hare Airport.
Madeline Peltz / Newsweek:
I'm Paid to Watch Tucker Carlson Each Night.  Don't Tell Me This Rant About Ilhan Omar Isn't Shocking |  Opinion  —  Tucker Carlson raced to the defense of President Donald Trump and his racist tweets against “the Squad” this week, accusing the four non-white Democratic congresswomen …
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
What Americans Do Now Will Define Us Forever  —  The conservative intelligentsia flocked to the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., this week for the National Conservatism Conference, an opportunity for people who may never have punched a time clock to declare their eternal enmity toward elites …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Vox
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
E.P.A. Won't Ban Chlorpyrifos, Pesticide Tied to Children's Health Problems  —  WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced it would not ban a widely-used pesticide associated with developmental disabilities and other health problems in children.
Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
End Wall Street's Stranglehold On Our Economy  —  Last month, I announced my economic patriotism agenda — a commitment to fundamentally change the government's approach to the economy so we put American workers and middle-class prosperity ahead of multinational profits and Wall Street bonuses.
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Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Warren likens private equity to ‘vampires’ in plan targeting Wall Street ‘looting’
Discussion: Politico
Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
Booker says he felt disrespected in his verbal tussle with Biden  —  Sen. Cory Booker said Thursday that he felt disrespected by Joe Biden's counterattack after Booker condemned the former vice president for his remarks about working with segregationist senators.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Iran makes ‘substantial’ nuclear offer in return for US lifting sanctions  —  Iran has offered a deal with the US in which it would formally and permanently accept enhanced inspections of its nuclear programme, in return for the permanent lifting of US sanctions.
Madeline Holcombe / CNN:
Gendered language like ‘manhole’ will soon be banned from Berkeley's city codes  —  (CNN)Soon, there will be no more manholes in the city of Berkeley, California.  There will also be no chairmen, no manpower, no policemen or policewomen.  —  No, that doesn't mean a whole city will be without committee leaders and law enforcement.
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David Corn / Mother Jones:
Donald Trump's Politics of Hate Began With a “Cynical and Evil” GOP Memo  —  Donald Trump's outburst of nativistic racism—viscerally and putridly displayed by his “go back” tweet-attack on four congresswoman who are people of color and the subsequent and shocking (even for Trump) “send her back” …
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Trump Voters Are Not the Only Voters  —  They are, in fact, in the minority — so why do the media and Democratic leaders seem so obsessed with them?  —  The anti-Trump vote is the single largest coalition in American politics.  That was true in 2016, despite Hillary Clinton's defeat in the Electoral College.
Kyle Hopkins / Anchorage Daily News:
The Alaska village where every cop has been convicted of domestic violence  —  Dozens of convicted criminals have been hired as cops in Alaska communities.  Often, they are the only applicants.  In Stebbins, every cop has a criminal record, including the chief.
Discussion: New York Post
Washington Post:
Trump says the U.S. Navy shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz  —  DUBAI — A U.S. naval ship destroyed an Iranian drone that flew too close and ignored multiple calls to stand down on Thursday, President Trump said.  —  The Iranian drone came within 1,000 yards of the USS Boxer …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Foreign Policy
Vanessa Romo / NPR:
Acting Head Of Customs and Border Protection Says New Asylum Rule In ‘Pilot’ Phase  —  Toggle more options  —  Mark Morgan, acting head of Customs and Border Protection, said on Thursday the Trump administration's new asylum rule, unveiled earlier this week, is being rolled out as a small …
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Without testimony from Michael Flynn, judge is skeptical of case against ex-business partner
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Politico
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House Dem impeachment support gains new momentum
Emily Larsen / Washington Examiner:
Plea deal by Kamala Harris AG office for sexual-harassing San Diego mayor was too lenient, critics say
Discussion: twitchy.com
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Kamala Harris's Medicare for All Plan Makes No Sense
Discussion: Breitbart and GOP.com
Ed Whelan / National Review:
Sharply Divided Fourth Circuit Rules Against Virginia's Regulation of ‘Habitual Drunkards’—Part 2
Discussion: Power Line
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Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
Trump's USDA buried sweeping climate change response plan
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Hollywood stars open wallets to Buttigieg's 2020 campaign
Saagar Enjeti / The Hill:
EXCLUSIVE: Career officials rebut claims of White House interference in security clearance process
Pew Research Center:
Democrats' Ratings of Party's 2020 Field: Better Than in 2016, Similar to 2008
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Scaramucci disinvited from Florida GOP fundraiser for bashing Trump's ‘racially charged’ attacks
Wall Street Journal:
Epstein Scandal Brings Legal Titans to Blows