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11:25 AM ET, July 19, 2019

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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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New York Times:
The Real Meaning of ‘Send Her Back!’  —  It's become the message of Donald Trump's presidency.  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.  It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.  —  Donald Trump insists he's not a racist.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Congressional Republicans shame themselves with their silence on Trump's racism.
Discussion: Shareblue Media
John Haltiwanger / Business Insider:
Ilhan Omar calls Trump a ‘fascist’ after the ‘send her back’ chant
Discussion: Vox, The Hill and Mother Jones
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Trump Disavows ‘Send Her Back’ Chant as G.O.P. Frets Over Ugly Phrase
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: Splinter and The Week
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 …
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 …
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, CBS Baltimore and KTLA
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
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.
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
The Movement to Impeach Donald Trump Is Far from Over  —  On Wednesday afternoon, Representative Al Green, who since 2005 has represented Texas's Ninth Congressional District, stood on the floor of the House of Representatives and read from a resolution to impeach Donald Trump.
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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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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 …
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.
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's supposed Secret Political Genius is overblown  —  Ever since Donald Trump shocked the world by winning the presidency in 2016, there has been a premium on political pundits and journalists locating his Secret Political Genius.  This long-running search is irresistible for three main reasons …
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Wall Street Journal:
For the ‘Squad,’ a Split-Screen Existence In and Out of Congress
Discussion: New York Post
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 …
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Republican State Lawmaker: 'Owning Slaves Doesn't Make You Racist'  —  If you were writing a list of things that are and are not racist, slavery should probably be pretty close to the top of the “are” section.  But not for a Republican state lawmaker from New Hampshire …
Discussion: Fox News
David Brooks / New York Times:
Donald Trump Hates America  —  The rest of us can love America well.  —  So apparently Donald Trump wants to make this an election about what it means to be American.  He's got his vision of what it means to be American, and he's challenging the rest of us to come up with a better one.
Discussion: CNN
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump's EPA clears pesticide tied to children's health problems  —  We learned a few months ago that senior officials at the Environmental Protection Agency rejected calls to ban asbestos, despite the advice of EPA scientists, and opened the door to new uses for the known carcinogen.
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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
Joshua Eaton / ThinkProgress:
Catholics in Iowa went to church.  Steve Bannon tracked their phones.  —  Steve Bannon and the conservative group CatholicVote used cell-phone location data for people who had been inside Roman Catholic churches in Dubuque, Iowa, in 2018 to target them with get-out-the-vote ads, ThinkProgress has learned.
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: Political Wire, Breitbart, IJR and Townhall
Allan Smith / NBC News:
‘An abomination’: Jon Stewart blasts Rand Paul for blocking 9/11 victims bill  —  “Pardon me if I'm not impressed in any way by Rand Paul's fiscal responsibility virtue signaling,” Stewart said.  —  Comedian Jon Stewart, an outspoken advocate for 9/11 first responders, blasted Sen. Rand Paul …
Discussion: IJR, RedState and Breitbart
Kris B. Mamula / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Smarting from import tariffs, Mercer County steelmaker furloughs 80 to 100  —  A Mercer County steel plant, roiled by U.S. tariffs on imported metals, has furloughed between 80 and 100 workers, with more layoffs possible in the coming weeks.  —  The steelworkers were laid off the first week …
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.
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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Politico:
Trump taps Scalia's son for Labor secretary
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 …
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
NBC News poll: Biden, Sanders and Warren lead 2020 field  —  The poll also shows President Donald Trump's approval rating has ticked upward in the past 10 months.  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden is leading the pack of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, with Sens. Bernie Sanders …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
 
 
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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump Can't Just Walk Away From ‘Send Her Back’
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Bukola Adebayo / CNN:
Muslim cleric who hid Christians during attacks honored in the US
Discussion: IJR
Paul Curry / Townhall:
The Squad to Re-Elect President Trump
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CNN:
Democrats plot new plan to press Mueller on Trump's alleged crimes
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and emptywheel
John Harwood / CNBC:
GOP vote on Trump's ‘go back’ comments was an effort to absolve him — and themselves — on racism
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nathaniel Rakich / FiveThirtyEight:
Mitch McConnell Is The Only Senator More Unpopular Than Susan Collins
Discussion: Morning Consult