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12:40 PM ET, July 18, 2019


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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 …
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
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.
Andrew Egger / The Bulwark:
Send Her Back!  Send Her Back!  —  In recent days, President Trump has been widely condemned for firing repeated racist criticisms at several freshman minority congresswomen, saying in a Sunday tweet (and several times since) that they should “go back and help fix the totally broken …
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  —  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 …
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:   A Fascist Trump Rally In Greenville
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Senate Republicans pray Trump will take budget deal
Noa Landau / Haaretz:
Democratic U.S. Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are planning a visit to Israel …
Discussion: Jewish Insider and Fox News
Mediaite:   Brian Kilmeade: Trump Rally ‘Send Her Back’ Chants Gave ‘MSNBC and CNN Something to Focus On’
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Fury just beneath the surface: With a tiny push, Trump's crowd chants ‘Send her back!’
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: 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 …
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’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Week
Joshua Jamerson / Wall Street Journal:   Elizabeth Warren Takes Aim at Private-Equity Funds
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
Associated Press:
Iran state TV: Iranian forces seize foreign oil tanker, crew  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces seized a foreign oil tanker accused of smuggling oil, Iran's state TV reported Thursday.  The vessel appears to be a United Arab Emirates-based tanker …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Townhall
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Renowned hacker and former WikiLeaks source Phineas Fisher says organization misled people about their files
Jacob Heilbrunn / NYR Daily:
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Discussion: Reason and Spectator USA
John F. Kerry /
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Agence France-Presse:
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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
Maggie Severns / Politico:
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Discussion: NBC News
Rahm Emanuel / Washington Post:
No, the Democratic Party hasn't lurched to the left
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
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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’