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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.
Associated Press:
Trump leans on issue of race in bid for a 2nd term in 2020  —  NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has placed racial animus at the center of his reelection campaign, and even some of his critics believe it could deliver him a second term.  —  Every successful modern presidential campaign …
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.
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 …
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
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
POLITICO Playbook: What Trump might not get about impeachment
Discussion: Jerusalem Post and Jewish Insider
Noa Landau / Haaretz:
Democratic U.S. Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are planning a visit to Israel …
Discussion: Jewish Insider and Fox News
Steven Shepard / Politico:
House Republican campaign chairman says there's no place for ‘send her back’ language
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Mnuchin: Negotiators agree on core elements of budget deal
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
New Michael Cohen documents reveal series of calls Trump and team had with National Enquirer publisher ahead of payments to women  —  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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutors Reveal Details From Michael Cohen Investigation  —  Manhattan federal prosecutors provided their most detailed account to date of President Trump's involvement in a hush-payment scheme arranged by his lawyer, Michael Cohen, in the weeks before the 2016 election …
Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times:   Court documents show close contact between Cohen and Trump during hush-money arrangements
Wall Street Journal:
Judge Denies Jeffrey Epstein's Bail Request  —  Financier will remain in jail while awaiting his trial on sex-trafficking charges  —  Financier Jeffrey Epstein will remain in jail while awaiting his trial on sex-trafficking charges, a federal judge ruled Thursday, rejecting his request …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Boing Boing
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Judge to decide whether Jeffrey Epstein can be released from jail  —  A federal judge in New York will decide Thursday whether multimillionaire and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein should be released on bail while he awaits trial on new allegations that he sexually abused children.
Discussion: Vox, Vanity Fair and Hullabaloo
Associated Press:
Deemed dangerous, Epstein denied bail in sex abuse case
Discussion: Breitbart
Jackie Kucinich / The Daily Beast:
Pentagon Contractor 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 of Congress …
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.
Discussion: Media Matters for America and CNN
Mediaite:   Brian Kilmeade: Trump Rally ‘Send Her Back’ Chants Gave ‘MSNBC and CNN Something to Focus On’
House passes $15 minimum wage bill  —  Washington (CNN)The House passed a bill Thursday that would raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade — but there's little chance the measure will be taken up in the Republican-controlled Senate.  —  The House vote was 231-199.
Discussion: FOX31 Denver and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
House passes long-sought $15 minimum wage legislation
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump made aware of A$AP Rocky's detention in Sweden by Kardashian call  —  President Trump has directed his administration to work to have rapper A$AP Rocky freed from custody in Sweden after Kim Kardashian West contacted White House adviser Jared Kushner about the issue, as first reported by TMZ.
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Lobbied Trump in A$AP Rocky's Case
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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.
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 White House communications director criticized President Trump's …
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.
Elizabeth Warren's new plan targets Wall Street and private equity ‘vampires’
Michael Oren / The Atlantic:
The Three Myths of the Iran Deal  —  The Trump administration's withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—the nuclear deal with Iran—and its renewal of sanctions, the rise of Iran's provocations in the Gulf and Iran's enrichment of uranium have together reignited the debate …
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
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.
Discussion: Billy Penn
William Barr's donations to Senate Republicans spiked just before they confirmed him as attorney general  —  In between stints as US attorney general for George HW Bush in the early 90s and now for Donald Trump, while making millions as an executive at Verizon and a lawyer at Kirkland & Ellis …
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 …
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: Vanity Fair and Vox
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Discussion: Breitbart
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
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Agence France-Presse:
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Kaitlyn Folmer / ABC News:
Former IT contractor for Jeffrey Epstein says he quit over concerns about revealing pictures and topless young women
Discussion: New York Post
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