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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 …
Discussion: twitchy.com
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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.
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 …
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Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
The Ilhan Omar marriage story isn't ‘baseless,’ but it doesn't help that Trump alt-right hacks hijacked it
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: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
George Nader, Witness in Mueller Probe, Hit With New Charges of Sex Trafficking  —  The key cooperator faces additional child-porn charges in a new indictment to be unsealed Friday.  —  George Nader, who was a key witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Businessman who testified in Mueller probe indicted on child pornography charges
Discussion: Boing Boing
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.
CNN:
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.
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Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Jerry Nadler asks Hope Hicks to clarify her “inconsistent” testimony about hush payments
Discussion: Politico, Hullabaloo, Vanity Fair and CNN
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.
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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 and Political Wire
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.
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Trump says he won't watch Mueller testimony  —  President Trump insisted Friday that he won't watch special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony before Congress next week.  —  Trump, who was asked directly if he would be watching the marathon testimony, also told reporters that Democrats need to …
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
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Alex Moe / NBC News:   Mueller hearings to highlight ‘shocking evidence of criminal misconduct’ by Trump, Democrats say
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 …
Weijia Jiang / CBS News:
Trump took heat from Melania and Ivanka over racist chants at rally  —  Washington — CBS News has learned President Trump took a lot of heat from his family over the racist chants at a campaign rally in North Carolina on Wednesday.  He heard from first lady Melania Trump, his daughter Ivanka and Vice President Mike Pence.
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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 …
Gavrielle Jacobovitz / HuffPost:
New Hampshire Lawmaker: 'Owning Slaves Doesn't Make You Racist'  —  GOP state Rep. Werner Horn told HuffPost that human beings have always owned other human beings, and “it's never been about race.”  —  New Hampshire state Rep. Werner Horn (R) doesn't think American slavery was racist …
Discussion: Salon, USA Today, UnionLeader.com and Slate
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Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Republican State Lawmaker: 'Owning Slaves Doesn't Make You Racist'
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Fox News
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Tulsi Gabbard Raised Negative $20 for Her House Campaign  —  The number raises questions about whether Gabbard will return to Congress should her presidential campaign come to an end.  —  As she runs for the Democratic nominee for president, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) also faces a primary challenge for her seat in the House.
Discussion: Politico and New York Post
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.
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
Emma Fantuzzo / NB Blog:
MSNBC's Chris Hayes: Trump Supporters Must Be ‘Confronted and Destroyed’  —  Several days later, the liberal media still hasn't moved past President Trump's controversial tweets, but are instead rallying around them in opposition.  MSNBC's All In host, Chris Hayes, took a leading position Thursday night …
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.
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 …
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
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 and CBS Baltimore
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
New GOP panic about Trump's racism reveals an ugly truth  —  Credulous pundits told us for days that President Trump's racist attacks on nonwhite lawmakers were brilliant politics, but Republicans disagree: They are widely warning Trump that presiding over a rally chant of “send her back,” …
Discussion: Politico, Reason and GovExec.com
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.
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
A Billionaire Makes His Case: 'I Don't See Myself as Rich'  —  San Francisco — Tom Steyer is a former hedge fund investor and a billionaire.  Those things could be a liability for a man running for president as a progressive.  But Mr. Steyer, who this month joined a field of — what is it now?
Aaron Mehta / Defense News:
David Trachtenberg, No. 2 policy official, exits Pentagon  —  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon's No. 2 policy official is resigning Friday, leaving yet another hole in the department's leadership.  —  David Trachtenberg, the deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, is retiring …
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 …
 
 
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The Intercept:
Democrat-Backed Centrist PAC Is Supporting a Republican Against a Vulnerable Swing-District Incumbent
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
'We won't go back': Ocasio-Cortez answers Trump's rallying cry with one of her own
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
A Yazidi woman from Iraq told Trump that ISIS killed her family. ‘Where are they now?’ he asked.
Jim Treacher / Trending:
After 50 Years, the Press Is Still Whitewashing Chappaquiddick
Discussion: Townhall, Hot Air and Daily Wire
Washington Post:
Trump's presidency may be making Latinos sick
Discussion: CNN and KTLA
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
Thoughts on America  —  Doing some reading about nationalism …
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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
Discussion: Washington Post
Jared Bernstein / Vox:
What economists have gotten wrong for decades
Public Policy Polling:
The Southern Path to a Democratic Win in 2020
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump's Base Isn't Enough
Discussion: Outside the Beltway