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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Trump Rally Crowd Launches Into ‘Send Her Back’ Chant Over Ilhan Omar  —  We now have a new gross Trump rally crowd chant to replace “Lock Her Up!”  —  We now have a new gross Trump rally crowd chant to replace “Lock Her Up!”  —  During President Trump's Wednesday night rally in Greenville …
Discussion: Breitbart
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Tamar Auber / Mediaite:
Trump Rally Crowd Chants ‘SEND HER BACK!’ as POTUS Tears Into Ilhan Omar  —  The audience at a Trump rally in North Carolina chanted “send her back” as President Donald Trump railed against freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar on Wednesday.  —  The chant came during a lengthy screed during …
Discussion: Washington Post, VICE and The Root
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump says he's ‘not unhappy’ with racism fight's result because ‘the race card’ is ‘the only thing they have’ now, telling DailyMail.com his back-and-forth with Pelosi was ‘one of the all-time classics’  — In a brief phone call, the president said he's ‘not unhappy’ with the result …
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: 'I'm a person of color.  I'm white.'  —  Republican Rep. Mike Kelly (Pa.) on Tuesday weighed in on criticism of President Trump's tweets targeting four minority congresswomen, saying that he is a person of color because he is white.  —  “You know, they talk about people of color.
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:   Trump rally has a new chant: ‘Send her back’
Amanda Becker / Reuters:
Ocasio-Cortez, Pelosi to meet and discuss working relationship
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Rand Paul blocks Senate from approving 9/11 victim compensation fund  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday blocked an attempt by Democrats to pass an extension of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) tried to win the Senate's consent to approve …
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Jon Stewart Eviscerates Rand Paul for Blocking 9/11 Victim Funding: 'It's an Abomination'  —  The former ‘Daily Show’ host told Fox News that Paul was trying to “balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community.”  —  One month ago, former Daily Show host Jon Stewart went …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Two Republican senators emerge as opponents to 9/11 victims bill
Discussion: Axios and Mediaite
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" …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
House Holds Barr and Ross in Contempt Over Census Dispute  —  WASHINGTON — The House voted Wednesday evening to hold Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress for their refusal to turn over key documents related to the Trump administration's attempt …
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:   House holds William Barr, Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress
Natalie Andrews / Wall Street Journal:
House Votes to Hold Ross, Barr in Contempt Over Citizenship Question on Census
Discussion: Washington Post and POLITICUSUSA
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 …
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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.
Mark Preston / CNN:
How to watch CNN's live debate drawing  —  (CNN)The candidate lineups for the upcoming Democratic presidential debates in Detroit will be decided by a live, random draw Thursday night during a special edition of Anderson Cooper 360 at 8 p.m. ET on CNN.  —  The CNN debate brings …
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Post
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Here are the 2020 Democratic candidates who qualify for CNN's debate  —  (CNN)The field is set for CNN's Democratic primary debates later this month.  —  The Democratic National Committee announced Wednesday that the candidates who have made the debate stage are: Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet …
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
DNC warns 2020 campaigns not to use FaceApp ‘developed by Russians’  —  Washington (CNN)The Democratic National Committee sent a security alert to 2020 presidential campaigns Wednesday afternoon warning them not to use the popular smartphone application FaceApp, CNN has learned.
Washington Post:
Border official in Clint accused of harassing mother of 12-year-old migrant who was in custody  —  A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent allegedly sought out an undocumented Guatemalan woman living in California, sent her Facebook messages and asked her to watch a live video of him masturbating …
Discussion: Splinter
Megh Wright / Vulture:
The Garbage Man Speaks  —  ClickHole, a sister site of the Onion that parodies the internet's most clickbaity content, launched in June 2014, but it arguably wasn't until later that year that the site dropped its first timeless classic.  This was a post so widely shared that New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino …
New York Times:
A Border Kept Him From His Daughter.  Now He's Here to Say Goodbye.  —  Heydi Gámez Garcia, a 13-year-old from Honduras, waited for her father to join her in the United States.  But he was repeatedly stopped at the border.  —  He came too late.  —  BRENTWOOD, N.Y. …
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Trump and the dead end of conservative nationalism  —  A conference on “national conservatism” barely mentioned Trump — but gave voice to Trumpism.  —  President Trump's vicious attacks on four House Democrats this week — telling four American women of color to “go back” to their own countries …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Emma Green / The Atlantic:   The Nationalists Take Washington
Erica Orden / CNN:
Feds end investigation into Trump Org and hush money payments  —  New York (CNN)Federal prosecutors in New York have ended their investigation into the Trump Organization's role in hush money payments made to women who alleged affairs with President Donald Trump and have been ordered by a judge …
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Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Democratic lawmakers accuse their own party of proposing ‘deep’ cuts to health centers for poor  —  Several Democratic lawmakers are accusing members of their own party of advancing a plan that would have the effect of cutting health care services for millions of Americans in poor and rural parts …
Isabella Borshoff / Politico:
Michel Barnier: Theresa May ‘never’ threatened EU with no-deal Brexit  —  UK will have to ‘face the consequences’ if it leaves without a deal on October 31, EU's chief negotiator warns.  —  British Prime Minister Theresa May “never” attempted to threaten the EU with a no-deal Brexit during …
Discussion: BBC and One America News Network
Rahm Emanuel / Washington Post:
No, the Democratic Party hasn't lurched to the left  —  Rahm Emanuel is a former mayor of Chicago.  —  The most hyped theme of the 2020 election cycle is that the Democratic Party has lurched suddenly and dramatically to the left.  Not only has the party not lurched …
JNS.org:
Omar to introduce pro-BDS resolution in House  —  U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar said that she plans to introduce a resolution this week in support of the anti-Israel BDS movement, reported Al-Monitor on Tuesday.  —  “We are introducing a resolution ... to really speak about the American values …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Goads Crowd Into Urging Deportation of Congressional Democrat  —  After President Trump made racist attacks on left-wing Democrats, his supporters engaged in frantic historical revisionism.  Trump was not calling his non-white targets foreign or denying their Americanness, they insisted.
Discussion: Breitbart
Talia Lavin / GQ:
When Non-Jews Wield Anti-Semitism as Political Shield  —  In recent weeks, some Republicans have raised the specter of anti-Semitism as a convenient distraction from detention camps and racist tropes.  And the Jews are tired of it.  —  There's a meme I've seen go around a thousand times …
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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Jeffrey J. Schott / Bloomberg:
Just Say No to the New Nafta  —  Trump's proposed United States …
Discussion: Mother Jones