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10:30 PM ET, July 19, 2019


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David Wasserman / NBC News:
How Trump could lose by 5 million votes and still win in 2020  —  Analysis: The nation's two most populous states, California and Texas, are at the heart of Democrats' geography problem.  —  In the wake of President Donald Trump's tweets suggesting several nonwhite progressive congresswomen …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Trump's Electoral College Edge Could Grow in 2020, Rewarding Polarizing Campaign  —  Re-election looks plausible, with an even bigger loss in the national popular vote.  —  President Trump's approval ratings are under water in national polls.  His position for re-election, on the other hand, might not be quite so bleak.
Matt Vespa / Townhall:
The Democrats' ‘Ultimate Nightmare Scenario’: Trump Loses By 5 Million Votes.... And Still Wins Re-Election
Discussion: Instapundit
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Mueller witness George Nader charged with transporting 14-year-old boy for sex, child porn
Discussion: Daily Wire
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
George Nader indicted on child sex transportation charges
Discussion: CNN
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Trump falsely accuses Ocasio-Cortez of calling Americans ‘garbage’  —  Washington (CNN)During an exchange with reporters as he left the White House on Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump made false accusations against both Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar …
Discussion: Slate
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Michelle Obama seemingly swipes at Trump amid ‘send her back’ controversy
Discussion: Breitbart and LifeZette
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Andrea Mitchell messes up again, and coincidentally, it's in defense of Democrats
Andrew Rice / New York Magazine:
Alan Dershowitz Cannot Stop Talking Accused of a slew of terrible things, the defense has no intention of resting.  —  One morning in July, days after his onetime client Jeffrey Epstein was arrested on sex-trafficking charges, the famed attorney Alan Dershowitz was reminiscing as he drove the winding roads of Martha's Vineyard.
Discussion: Mediaite and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Racial Resentment Is Down Since 2016  —  Recent polling on race relations is pretty grim reading.  Ever since Ferguson, both blacks and whites have agreed that race relations in America are getting worse.  No matter how you ask the question, you get the same result.
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:   Trump Can't Just Walk Away From ‘Send Her Back’
Leana S. Wen / New York Times:
Why I Left Planned Parenthood  —  I believe abortion is about health care, not politics.  Many of my colleagues disagreed.  —  Dr. Wen is an emergency physician.  —  This week, I left my position as the president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood.
Discussion: Fox News
Trump campaign and RNC spend more than $600,000 on law firm representing Hope Hicks  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee have paid more than $600,000 in legal fees to the law firm that represents Hope Hicks, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
How the Ilhan Omar Marriage Smear Went From Fever Swamp to Trump  —  The curious journey of the unproven rumor that Omar married her brother to get him citizenship—from an obscure Somali diaspora forum to the president.  —  When Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday that Rep. Ilhan Omar …
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Iran seizes British tanker in Strait of Hormuz; denies Trump's claim on drone downing  —  DUBAI — Iran's Revolutionary Guard seized at least one British tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday, according to Iranian state media, setting up a new showdown with the West and demonstrating …
Discussion: LobeLog, The Week, Common Dreams and CNN
Farnaz Fassihi / New York Times:
As Conflict With U.S. Grows, Some Iran Hard-liners Suggest Talking to Trump
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Judge halts Democrats' subpoenas of Trump Org docs in emoluments case  —  Washington (CNN)A federal judge Friday paused congressional Democrats' subpoenas of Trump Organization financial records, 10 days before the records were due in a lawsuit over whether President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution.
Discussion: UPI and Daily Wire
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
Trump Is Betting That Indecency Can Win in America  —  In the deeply disturbing moments after Donald Trump invoked a three-minutes-of-hate session toward Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Wednesday night, and the crowd erupted with chants of “Send Her Back!  Send Her Back!”, a protester yelled something inaudible, and caused a commotion.
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Bernie Sanders defends staff compensation after complaints his campaign isn't paying $15 an hour  —  U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders defended his campaign's compensation package Friday after a Washington Post story highlighted concerns among staffers that they were not receiving the $15-an-hour wages Sanders champions on the campaign trail.
James Comey / Lawfare:
What I Would Ask Robert Mueller  —  If I were a member of Congress with five minutes to question Robert Mueller, I would ask short questions drawn from the report's executive summaries.  —  Volume One: Russia  —  Did you find that there were a series of contacts between the Trump campaign …
Discussion: Law & Crime
James Queally / Los Angeles Times:
LAPD informant infiltrated left-wing activists during Trump protests, records show  —  The Los Angeles Police Department ordered a confidential informant to monitor and record meetings held by a political group that staged protests against President Trump in 2017, a move that has drawn concern …
Discussion: The Guardian
David Marchese / New York Times:
Graydon Carter on Vanity Fair, Jeffrey Epstein and an Editor's Power  —  “I didn't invent the system.  I just lived by the system.”  —  Graydon Carter on Vanity Fair, Jeffrey Epstein and an editor's power.  —  During his 25-year run as editor in chief of Vanity Fair …
Trump Puts More GOP Money In His Own Pocket During Another Million-Dollar Golf Trip  —  An RNC fundraiser could put hundreds of thousands of dollars into his own business, while the getaway will bring his taxpayer-paid golf tab to $109.2 million.  —  WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump …
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Joy of Hatred  —  Trump and “his people” reach deep into the violent history of public spectacle in America.  —  The chanting was disturbing and the anger was frightening, but what I noticed most about the president's rally in Greenville, N.C., on Wednesday night was the pleasure of the crowd.
Washington Post:
Internal drug company emails show indifference to opioid epidemic  —  In May 2008, as the opioid epidemic was raging in America, a representative of the nation's largest manufacturer of opioid pain pills sent an email to a client at a wholesale drug distributor in Ohio.
Discussion: WBUR News and Bangor Daily News
New York Times:
16,000 Readers Shared Their Experiences of Being Told to ‘Go Back.’ Here Are Some of Their Stories.  —  “Go back to where you came from.”  —  These seven words are seared into the minds of countless Americans — a reminder that they haven't always been welcome in the country where they were born …
Discussion: Boing Boing
The Intercept:
Democrat-Backed Centrist PAC Is Supporting a Republican Against a Vulnerable Swing-District Incumbent  —  The political action committee affiliated with a bipartisan caucus on Capitol Hill is spending money to back a Republican challenge to Rep. Katie Hill of California …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Defenders of a Racist President Use Jews as Human Shields  —  Trump's bigoted attack on four congresswomen of color has nothing to do with fighting anti-Semitism.  —  Sebastian Gorka, a onetime adviser to Donald Trump, wore a medal from the Vitezi Rend, a Hungarian group historically aligned with Nazism …
Discussion: The Federalist
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed News:
There's A New Movement Trying To Create An Intellectual Strain Of Trumpism.  It Just Doesn't Know What Exactly That Means.  —  WASHINGTON — Amy Wax, a law professor whose hard-right pronouncements have made her an object of outrage among students and led to censure at the University of Pennsylvania …
MJ Lee / CNN:
Donald Trump's accusers: ‘The forgotten’ women of the #MeToo movement  —  Donald Trump's accusers say they feel forgotten  —  Watch CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper at 4 p.m. ET to see the full interviews.  —  (CNN)Each woman remembers without a shadow of a doubt exactly what they were wearing …
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
Pete Buttigieg hires former Goldman Sachs executive as national policy director  —  KEY POINTS  — Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg has hired a former Goldman Sachs vice president and Google executive to run his policy shop, his campaign announced Thursday.
Meghan McCain / New York Times:
What I Learned From My Miscarriage  —  I loved my baby, and I always will.  —  Ms. McCain is a co-host of “The View.”  —  A few weeks ago, I was part of the photo shoot for The New York Times Magazine's cover story about ABC's “The View.”  It should have been a moment of triumph …
Jim Treacher / Trending:
After 50 Years, the Press Is Still Whitewashing Chappaquiddick  —  Fifty years ago this week, two major events in American history occurred within 48 hours of each other.  The second one, an American astronaut walking on the Moon, drew focus away from the first one: Chappaquiddick.
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air, Townhall and
Rafael Carranza / Arizona Republic:
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema pushes program to streamline removal of migrant families without valid asylum claims  —  TUCSON — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is pushing for the implementation of a pilot program along the U.S.-Mexico border that aims to more quickly screen and remove migrant families without valid legal claims …
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
BuzzFeed Reaches Agreement to Voluntarily Recognize Union  — Employees had staged walkout in June to pressure company  — Agreement is part of wave of unioning at digital-media sites  —  BuzzFeed Inc. has agreed to voluntarily recognize its union, ending months of negotiations between management …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“I'm Winning”: Donald Trump's Calculated Racism  —  On Tuesday, President Trump convened his Cabinet in the White House.  First to speak after a long, rambling, and inaccuracy-filled monologue by Trump himself was Ben Carson, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Discussion: Daily Kos
John Binder / Breitbart:
Twitter Suspends Angel Mom for Posting About Illegal Immigration  —  Angel Mom Mary Ann Mendoza, who heads the Angel Families organization, has been suspended from Twitter after posting about illegal immigration and raising awareness about the harms of sanctuary city policies.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Three Members of California-Based White Supremacist Group Sentenced on Riots Charges Related to August 2017 “Unite the Right” Rally in Charlottesville  —  Charlottesville, VIRGINIA - Benjamin Daley, Michael Miselis, and Thomas Gillen, members of the white-supremacist organization formerly known …
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Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
‘I Came From the Internet’: Inside Andrew Yang's Wild Ride
Discussion: Breitbart
James Poniewozik / New York Times:
The Night Democracy Became the Lotto
Discussion: NB Blog and NBC News
Pew Research Center:
Americans say the nation's political debate has grown more toxic and ‘heated’ rhetoric could lead to violence
Discussion: US News, The Root and National Review
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
500 U.S. troops to headed to Saudi Arabia
Discussion: One America News Network and UPI
Washington Post:
FTC approves settlement with Google over YouTube kids privacy violations
He tried for years to join his 13-year-old daughter in the US.  Now they're finally reunited — at her deathbed
Discussion: NB Blog
Aaron Mehta / Defense News:
David Trachtenberg, No. 2 policy official, exits Pentagon
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Moe / NBC News:
Mueller hearings to highlight ‘shocking evidence of criminal misconduct’ by Trump, Democrats say
Emma Fantuzzo / NB Blog:
MSNBC's Chris Hayes: Trump Supporters Must Be ‘Confronted and Destroyed’
Ryan Maloney / HuffPost Canada:
Trudeau: ‘Send Her Back’ Chants At Trump Rally ‘Completely Unacceptable’
Discussion: Bloomberg
The Daily Beast:
Stephen Miller Keeps His Head Down as Trump Makes His Nativist Dreams Come True
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Tulsi Gabbard Raised Negative $20 for Her House Campaign
Discussion: New York Post
Weijia Jiang / CBS News:
Trump took heat from Melania and Ivanka over racist chants at rally