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9:20 AM ET, July 19, 2019

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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 …
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CNN:
House Judiciary asks Hope Hicks to clarify testimony about Stormy Daniels  —  Hope Hicks' House committee testimony released  —  (CNN)The House Judiciary Committee is examining the truthfulness of former White House communications director and Trump confidante Hope Hicks' statements …
Discussion: UPI, The Week and Mediaite
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 …
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Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Trump Voters Are Not the Only Voters
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
‘Send her back’ a worst-case scenario for Trump
Discussion: Vanity Fair, USA Today and The Week
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Bear Witness Faithfully
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Labor fight roils Bernie Sanders campaign, as workers demand the $15 hourly pay the candidate has proposed for employees nationwide  —  Unionized campaign organizers working for Sen. Bernie Sanders's presidential effort are battling with its management, arguing that the compensation and treatment …
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Congressional Republicans shame themselves with their silence on Trump's racism.  —  Days after President Donald Trump's racist declaration that four congresswomen of color — three of them American-born — should “go back” where they came from, the response from most members of the party of Lincoln continues to be ... nothing.
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David Brooks / New York Times:   Donald Trump Hates America
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.
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Manny Ramos / Chicago Sun-Times:
Feds detain 3 sisters at O'Hare for 12 hours; officials accused of setting trap for undocumented parents
Discussion: Slate and ABC News
WBEZ:   O'Hare Standoff Over: Federal Officials Release Three Children To Undocumented Mother
Ted Hesson / Politico:
Trump officials pressing to slash refugee admissions to zero next year  —  The Trump administration is considering a virtual shutdown of refugee admissions next year — cutting the number to nearly zero — according to three people familiar with the plan.  —  During a key meeting …
Nicholas Watt / BBC:
Brexit: Scheme to block no deal ‘could involve Queen’  —  Senior Tories seeking to block a no-deal Brexit are examining a radical plan involving the Queen, Newsnight has learned.  —  Highly placed figures in the rebel group are so concerned that the next prime minister could ignore …
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Iga Lis / Politico:
UK chancellor doesn't rule out future no-confidence vote against Boris Johnson
Discussion: One America News Network and SZ.de
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Scoop: John Delaney's staffers have asked him to drop out  —  On July 9, John Delaney's senior team sat him down and told him to drop out of the presidential race by mid-August, according to three sources close to the campaign.  —  Why it matters: He's been running for president for 721 days.
Discussion: The Week
Des Bieler / Washington Post:
ESPN's Dan Le Batard rips President Trump, derides network's no-politics policy  —  “There's a racial division in this country that's being instigated by the president, and we here at ESPN haven't had the stomach for that fight.”  —  With those words, Dan Le Batard launched into an impassioned monologue Thursday.
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Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
Trump supporters' newest rallying cry — ‘Send her back!’  — reverberates across a nation fraught with racial tension
Discussion: The Week, Shareblue Media and Breitbart
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
How a racist tweet became a Trump rally chant in three short days
Discussion: Media Matters for America and CNN
New York Times:
Trump to Nominate Eugene Scalia for Labor Secretary Job  —  President Trump said he would name Eugene Scalia as his next secretary of labor, tapping the son of the former Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia for a position with vast responsibility over the American work force.
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Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
It's Biden v. Harris Part 2 at next Democratic presidential debate  —  Former vice president Joe Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris, who clashed at the first Democratic debate, will face off again on July 31, leaving the ideologically aligned Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts …
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Orion Rummler / Axios:   CNN sets lineups for second round of Democratic debates
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
E.P.A. Won't Ban Chlorpyrifos, Pesticide Tied to Children's Health Problems  —  The decision not to prohibit the pesticide, which has been linked to developmental disabilities, comes after years of legal wrangling.  —  President Trump said the U.S. shot down an Iranian drone that approached a Navy ship.
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Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Trump administration won't ban pesticide tied to childhood brain damage
Discussion: Washington Post
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump Is Betting on Race in 2020.  He May Not Have a Choice.  —  Buried beneath the blustery bravado of Donald Trump's openly racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color were clear signs of electoral anxiety.  —  Trump insists he is producing great results for the country, especially on the economy.
Paulina Cachero / Yahoo:
Store clerk fired after telling customers to ‘go back to their country’ in viral video  —  In the midst of a national controversy about President Donald Trump's inflammatory tweets towards minority congresswomen, a store clerk at an Illinois convenience store has been fired after he was caught …
Discussion: CNN, KTLA, FOX31 Denver, CBS Chicago and WGN-TV
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.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Anxious Democratic Governors Urge 2020 Field Not to Veer Too Far Left  —  WASHINGTON — After claiming governorships from Republicans in seven states last year, including in crucial presidential battlegrounds like Wisconsin and Michigan, Democratic governors should have good reason to celebrate.
Discussion: Politico
John Harwood / CNBC:
GOP vote on Trump's ‘go back’ comments was an effort to absolve him — and themselves — on racism  —  KEY POINTS  — With their votes this week, House Republicans absolved President Donald Trump of racism in calling for four non-white lawmakers to “go back” to other countries.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jon Schlosberg / ABC News:
Rabbi in Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's district compares Trump rally to ‘Nazi Germany’  —  Faith leaders in Rep. Ilhan Omar's home district are standing firmly behind her in the face of attacks from President Trump, despite disagreeing with some of her comments on Israel.
Discussion: Breitbart, IJR and Townhall
Stacy Cowley / New York Times:
Safe Deposit Boxes Aren't Safe  —  When Philip Poniz opened Box 105 at his local Wells Fargo, he discovered it was empty — and that he was totally unprotected by federal law.  —  In the early 1980s, when Philip Poniz moved to New Jersey from Colorado, he needed a well-protected place to stash his collection of rare watches.
The City:
Bill de Blasio Tapped His State PAC for Presidential Hopes  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio spent more on his presidential run than he reported in federal campaign filings this week, an analysis by THE CITY found.  —  The extra support came out of a state political action committee de Blasio launched …
Paul Curry / Townhall:
The Squad to Re-Elect President Trump  —  One of the greatest parts of the great American classic, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, was when young Tom tricked all of the neighborhood kids into painting a fence for him.  Punished by Aunt Polly for one his many indiscretions …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump Can't Just Walk Away From ‘Send Her Back’  —  There's a reason the president can't bring himself to condemn a bigoted chant.  —  Last Sunday, President Donald Trump suggested that four Democratic congresswomen of color, three of whom were born in the U.S., “go back” to their ancestors' countries.
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
The Times' obscene attacks on the Apollo program  —  As America prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, The New York Times is busy celebrating the Soviet space program and bashing America's.  —  A Times op-ed Thursday highlighted how the Soviet Union was oh-so-diverse …
Bukola Adebayo / CNN:
Muslim cleric who hid Christians during attacks honored in the US  —  Imam Abubakar Abdullahi saved Christians who ran to his home in central Nigeria  —  Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)The US government is honoring an 83-year-old Muslim cleric who hid 262 Christians in his home and mosque during an attack in central Nigeria.
Discussion: IJR
 
 
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CNN:
Democrats plot new plan to press Mueller on Trump's alleged crimes
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Stuart Stevens / Washington Post:
Trump chooses open racism. What does his party choose?
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Without testimony from Michael Flynn, judge is skeptical of case against ex-business partner
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Donald Trump's Politics of Hate Began With a “Cynical and Evil” GOP Memo
Washington Post:
Trump says the U.S. Navy shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz
Madeline Peltz / Newsweek:
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