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11:20 AM ET, July 18, 2019


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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 …
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
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 …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
House Republican campaign chairman says there's no place for ‘send her back’ language  —  The chairman of House Republicans' campaign arm on Thursday criticized the “send her back” chant that animated the crowd at Donald Trump's Wednesday night rally and added a dimension to the president's attacks on four Democratic freshman women.
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Fury just beneath the surface: With a tiny push, Trump's crowd chants ‘Send her back!’
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
Poll: ICE Is More Popular Than Any Member Of Freshman Democrat ‘Squad’
Discussion: Geller Report News
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
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 …
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
Trump rally has a new chant: ‘Send her back’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Goads Crowd Into Urging Deportation of Congressional Democrat
Discussion: Breitbart
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
Joshua Jamerson / Wall Street Journal:   Elizabeth Warren Takes Aim at Private-Equity Funds
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / New York Times:
U.S. to Send About 500 More Troops to Saudi Arabia  —  WASHINGTON — The United States is sending hundreds of troops to Saudi Arabia in what is intended as the latest show of force toward Iran, two Defense Department officials said Wednesday.  —  The roughly 500 troops are part of a broader tranche …
Discussion: Radio Free Europe
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 …
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
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 …
Miami Herald:
Leaked documents show Jeffrey Epstein kept funds offshore.  Can the money even be tracked?  —  Jeffrey Epstein's attorneys, hoping to persuade a judge to release the accused sexual predator on bail while awaiting trial, submitted a bare bones accounting of his financing this week.
Discussion: CNBC
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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: Splinter, Skift and Jacobin
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 …
Emma Best:
Renowned hacker and former WikiLeaks source Phineas Fisher says organization misled people about their files  —  Three days before the first batch of DNC emails were unveiled in 2016, WikiLeaks released hundreds of thousands of emails in what has alternately been called the AKP Emails and the Erdogan Emails.
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
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Surge in voters who say race card used against Trump ‘for political gain’
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Microsoft will give away software to guard U.S. voting machines
Jacob Heilbrunn / NYR Daily:
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Discussion: Reason and Spectator USA
John F. Kerry /
Trump can't hold a candle to Ayanna Pressley
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
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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
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Rahm Emanuel / Washington Post:
No, the Democratic Party hasn't lurched to the left
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
House Holds Barr and Ross in Contempt Over Census Dispute
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
DNC warns 2020 campaigns not to use FaceApp ‘developed by Russians’