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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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, RedState and The Hill
Alan Fram / Associated Press:   Trump says not happy with backers' ‘send her back’ chant
Axios:
Shifting demographics are the biggest threat to Republicans' long-term viability
Discussion: Associated Press
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Trump Disavows ‘Send Her Back’ Chant, Claims He Tried to Stop It: ‘I Was Not Happy’
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
Trump says he disagrees with ‘send her back’ …
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Grant Stern / Washington Press:
Unsealed warrants just directly implicated Trump in porn star hush money felony  —  Newly unsealed documents from the search warrants used to break open the case against Trump's personal lawyer have finally implicated President Trump directly in his illegal efforts to cover up his extramarital affair …
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: CNN, The Week and The Gateway Pundit
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.
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:   Prosecutors Reveal Details From Michael Cohen Investigation
Ursula Perano / Axios:
FBI believed Trump was in contact with Cohen, Hope Hicks over hush money payments
Discussion: Washington Post
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:   Trump directly involved in talks that led to Stormy Daniels payment, FBI says
Adam Rawnsley / The Daily Beast:
Cohen Called Trump and Hope Hicks During Stormy Daniels Deal, According to FBI Documents
Discussion: Boing Boing
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
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
Judge Denies Jeffrey Epstein's Bail Request
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Boing Boing
Associated Press:
Deemed dangerous, Epstein denied bail in sex abuse case
Discussion: Breitbart
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: Fox News and NBC News
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Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:   Hollywood stars open wallets to Buttigieg's 2020 campaign
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Pete Buttigieg Is Still Figuring This Out
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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 …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Stop Chanting ‘Send Her Back.’ Citizenship Isn't Conditional.  —  Don't ‘Send Her Back.’ Investigate the Criminal Allegations Surrounding Her.  —  I suppose we should consider it a small miracle that the crowd at Trump's rally last night chanted “send her back” and not “send them back.”
Carol Anderson / TIME:
Republicans Want a White Republic.  They'll Destroy America to Get It  —  When in a recent tweetstorm Donald Trump suggested that four Congresswomen of color leave the U.S. and “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” social media exploded.  Outrage.
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.
 
 
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David Dayen / American Prospect:
Steve Ricchetti, Top Biden Campaign Aide, Was a Health-Care Lobbyist
Discussion: Associated Press, IJR and Fortune
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
DHS chief decries ‘child recycling’ at border, recalls migrant who ‘bought’ infant for $80 to exploit loopholes
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Democrats Can't Take Their Own Medicine
Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
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CNN:
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
The Future of the City Is Childless
Agence France-Presse:
‘You had the Nobel Prize?’ Trump learns of Yazidi activist Murad
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
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Where Is Ivanka?  —  Ivanka Trump wants it both ways.
Victor Fiorillo / Philadelphia Magazine:
Inga Saffron and Stu Bykofsky Absolutely Savaged Each Other at Stu's Farewell Party
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