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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.
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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.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
‘Send her back’ a worst-case scenario for Trump  —  A reelection campaign dominated by incendiary chants of “send her back” is a worst-case scenario for President Trump, warn senior Republicans who are moving swiftly to douse a political prairie fire sparked by the commander-in-chief's use …
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.
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Trump Disavows ‘Send Her Back’ Chant as G.O.P. Frets Over Ugly Phrase  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday disavowed the “send her back” chant that broke out at his re-election rally Wednesday night when he railed against a Somali-born congresswoman, as Republicans in Congress rushed …
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.
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
House Democrats move to tamp down internal feud, delete tweets that sparked infighting
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Trump says not happy with backers' ‘send her back’ chant
Discussion: Q13 FOX News
Quint Forgey / Politico:
McConnell: Trump ‘on to something’ with attacks on four congresswomen
Discussion: Breitbart
Associated Press:
Trump leans on issue of race in bid for a 2nd term in 2020
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Bear Witness Faithfully
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Trump Disavows ‘Send Her Back’ Chant, Claims He Tried to Stop It: ‘I Was Not Happy’
Discussion: Axios
Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Lay Out 2020 Strategy to Paint Democrats as Radicals
Discussion: Roll Call and Daily Wire
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.
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USA Today:
Prosecutors weighed DOJ policy blocking indictment of a sitting president in closing Trump hush-money probe  —  WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors' decision to end an investigation into hush money payments to women claiming affairs with Donald Trump relied at least in part …
Discussion: UPI and Patterico's Pontifications
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 …
Adam Klasfeld / courthousenews.com:
Michael Cohen Files Implicate Trump, Hope Hicks and David Pecker  —  MANHATTAN (CN) - Three years after the “Access Hollywood” tapes sent shot waves of panic through the Trump campaign and the publishers of the National Enquirer, hundreds of pages of new search warrant materials unsealed on Thursday catalogue the cover-up that ensued.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Hope Hicks' testimony gets second look after Cohen document dump
Discussion: NB Blog
Ursula Perano / Axios:
FBI believed Trump was in contact with Cohen, Hope Hicks over hush money payments
Jackie Kucinich / The Daily Beast:
Pentagon Contractor Allegedly 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 …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Maria Ines Zamudio / WBEZ:
O'Hare Standoff: Federal Officials Detaining Three Children Of Undocumented Parents  —  Chicago lawyers, a representative from the Mexican Consulate and a congresswoman from Illinois have all met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials to find out why three American citizen children are being detained at O'Hare Airport.
Discussion: CBS Chicago
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Alejandra Reyes-Velarde / Los Angeles Times:
Customs agent at Long Beach port admits selling guns illegally
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit, UPI and KTLA
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: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Vox
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Pete Buttigieg Is Still Figuring This Out  —  A dark-horse presidential candidate tries to stay on track.  —  It was a humid Sunday in June, a quiet afternoon that Pete Buttigieg knew would not remain quiet.  “You know, there are always going to be ups and downs,” the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend …
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Maggie Severns / Politico:
Obama and Clinton's bundlers are betting on these 3 candidates
Discussion: Fox News and NBC News
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:   Hollywood stars open wallets to Buttigieg's 2020 campaign
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
E.P.A. Won't Ban Chlorpyrifos, Pesticide Tied to Children's Health Problems  —  WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced it would not ban a widely-used pesticide associated with developmental disabilities and other health problems in children.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Political Wire
Madeline Peltz / Newsweek:
I'm Paid to Watch Tucker Carlson Each Night.  Don't Tell Me This Rant About Ilhan Omar Isn't Shocking |  Opinion  —  Tucker Carlson raced to the defense of President Donald Trump and his racist tweets against “the Squad” this week, accusing the four non-white Democratic congresswomen …
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Iran makes ‘substantial’ nuclear offer in return for US lifting sanctions  —  Iran has offered a deal with the US in which it would formally and permanently accept enhanced inspections of its nuclear programme, in return for the permanent lifting of US sanctions.
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Trump Voters Are Not the Only Voters  —  They are, in fact, in the minority — so why do the media and Democratic leaders seem so obsessed with them?  —  The anti-Trump vote is the single largest coalition in American politics.  That was true in 2016, despite Hillary Clinton's defeat in the Electoral College.
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.
Saagar Enjeti / The Hill:
EXCLUSIVE: Career officials rebut claims of White House interference in security clearance process  —  Two career White House security officials have testified in a closed door session with the House Oversight Committee that no political pressure was asserted on their office …
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.
Emily Larsen / Washington Examiner:
Plea deal by Kamala Harris AG office for sexual-harassing San Diego mayor was too lenient, critics say  —  Kamala Harris' presidential campaign biography rests heavily on her career as a prosecutor, including six years as California attorney general.  But it omits a plea deal her office negotiated …
Discussion: twitchy.com
Quartz:
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 …
Discussion: Shareblue Media
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.
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.
Pew Research Center:
Democrats' Ratings of Party's 2020 Field: Better Than in 2016, Similar to 2008  —  Early attention to presidential campaign hits a 30-year high  —  With a large slate of candidates to choose from and the first primary votes still more than six months off, Democratic voters express relatively high levels …
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Trump says the U.S. Navy shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz  —  DUBAI — A U.S. naval ship destroyed an Iranian drone that flew too close and ignored multiple calls to stand down on Thursday, President Trump said.  —  The Iranian drone came within 1,000 yards of the USS Boxer …
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Mother Jones
 
 
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House Dem impeachment support gains new momentum
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Kamala Harris's Medicare for All Plan Makes No Sense
Discussion: Breitbart and GOP.com
Fox News:
House chaplain prays to exorcise 'all spirits of darkness ... at play in the people's House'
Discussion: Townhall and CNN
Matt Vespa / Townhall:
Enough Games, Democrats: We Know You Wanted To Deport Sebastian Gorka
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and twitchy.com
Ed Whelan / National Review:
Sharply Divided Fourth Circuit Rules Against Virginia's Regulation of ‘Habitual Drunkards’—Part 2
Discussion: Power Line
Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
Trump's USDA buried sweeping climate change response plan
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Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
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Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
Booker says he felt disrespected in his verbal tussle with Biden
Discussion: Washington Post
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
The Future of the City Is Childless
Discussion: National Review
Agence France-Presse:
‘You had the Nobel Prize?’ Trump learns of Yazidi activist Murad
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Where Is Ivanka?  —  Ivanka Trump wants it both ways.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Victor Fiorillo / Philadelphia Magazine:
Inga Saffron and Stu Bykofsky Absolutely Savaged Each Other at Stu's Farewell Party
Discussion: Billy Penn