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2:10 PM ET, July 18, 2019

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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.
Discussion: Media Matters for America and CNN
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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.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Trump Disavows ‘Send Her Back’ Chant, Claims He Tried to Stop It: ‘I Was Not Happy’  —  President Donald Trump addressed the most recent firestorm surrounding his administration in White House press spray.  At issue was the “send her back” chant that broke out during his political rally held in Greenville …
Discussion: Axios
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
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.
Axios:
Shifting demographics are the biggest threat to Republicans' long-term viability
Discussion: Associated Press
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Senate Republicans pray Trump will take budget deal
Washington Post:
Trump says he disagrees with ‘send her back’ …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What Trump might not get about impeachment
Noa Landau / Haaretz:
Democratic U.S. Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are planning a visit to Israel …
Discussion: JNS.org, Jewish Insider and Fox News
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Mnuchin: Negotiators agree on core elements of budget deal
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Mediaite:   Brian Kilmeade: Trump Rally ‘Send Her Back’ Chants Gave ‘MSNBC and CNN Something to Focus On’
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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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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: Political Wire
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 …
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Trump directly involved in talks that led to Stormy Daniels payment, FBI says  —  Court filing says Trump and Hope Hicks spoke to Michael Cohen often as Daniels in 2016 threatened to go public with story of affair  —  Donald Trump and his press secretary were directly involved in discussions …
Adam Rawnsley / The Daily Beast:
Cohen Called Trump and Hope Hicks During Stormy Daniels Deal, According to FBI Documents
Discussion: Axios and Boing Boing
Adam Klasfeld / courthousenews.com:   Michael Cohen Files Implicate Trump, Hope Hicks and David Pecker
Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times:   Court documents show close contact between Cohen and Trump during hush-money arrangements
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 …
Discussion: Boing Boing
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
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Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Judge to decide whether Jeffrey Epstein can be released from jail
Discussion: Vox, Vanity Fair and Hullabaloo
Associated Press:
Deemed dangerous, Epstein denied bail in sex abuse case
Discussion: Breitbart and WPIX 11 New York
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: Vox
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.
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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CNN:
Elizabeth Warren's new plan targets Wall Street and private equity ‘vampires’
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 …
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
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 …
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Mt. Vernon Has 2 Mayors, and Its Police Commissioner Was Just Arrested  —  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.
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
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.
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 …
 
 
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Stop Chanting ‘Send Her Back.’ Citizenship Isn't Conditional.
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Democrats Can't Take Their Own Medicine
CNN:
House passes $15 minimum wage bill
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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
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The Three Myths of the Iran Deal
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
The Future of the City Is Childless
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
Maggie Severns / Politico:
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