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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: Political Wire
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 …
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The Daily Beast:
Stephen Miller Keeps His Head Down as Trump Makes His Nativist Dreams Come True
Discussion: Washington 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.
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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: USA Today, Slate and UnionLeader.com
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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
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.
Discussion: Shareblue Media
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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.
VICE:
EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans Are Pressuring Amazon to Sell Books on Gay Conversion Therapy  —  WASHINGTON — A group of House Republicans is urging their members to pressure Amazon to resume selling a set of controversial gay conversion therapy books, after the platform announced this month …
Discussion: Metro Weekly and Queerty
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
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump's Base Isn't Enough  —  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.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.
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
Paul Seamus Ryan / Just Security:
After Publishing Strong Evidence of Trump's Campaign Finance Crimes, DOJ Closes Case Without Explanation  —  On Thursday, under federal court order, the Department of Justice (DOJ) made public the search warrant applications that led to the April 2018 raid on the home, office and hotel room of Michael Cohen …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Press
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USA Today:
Prosecutors weighed DOJ policy blocking indictment of a sitting president in closing Trump hush-money probe
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
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.
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.
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.
Devoun Cetoute / Miami Herald:
Palm Beach sheriff opens internal affairs investigation into handling of Jeffrey Epstein  —  The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office has opened an internal affairs investigation into whether it properly handled the case of multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein, the part-time Palm Beach resident accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.
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.
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.
Discussion: The Intercept, The Week and Bloomberg
Ryan Maloney / HuffPost Canada:
Trudeau: ‘Send Her Back’ Chants At Trump Rally ‘Completely Unacceptable’  —  European Council President Donald Tusk also said the remarks must be called out.  —  MONTREAL — European Council President Donald Tusk says he's happy that while he's been in Montreal, no one shouted “send him back.”
Discussion: Bloomberg
U.S. Department of Justice:
Department Of Justice Announces the Release of 3,100 Inmates Under First Step Act, Publishes Risk And Needs Assessment System  —  The Department of Justice today announced three major developments related to the implementation of the First Step Act of 2018 (FSA):
Discussion: The Federalist
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.
Robin Opsahl / Des Moines Register:
Family Leader president endorses Steve King challenger in 4th District Republican primary  —  The president of The Family Leader, a prominent conservative Iowa organization, endorsed Rep. Steve King's primary opponent Thursday.  —  Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO for the evangelical group …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Jared Bernstein / Vox:
What economists have gotten wrong for decades  —  McDonald's restaurant employees rallied to demand a $15-per-hour wage in Los Angeles, California.  For a long time, economists believed that the minimum wage would only hurt workers — a view that has since been debunked.  David McNew/Getty Images
U.S. Department of Justice:
American Citizen who became an ISIS Sniper and Trained Other ISIS Members in the Use of Weapons Charged with Providing Material Support to ISIS  —  Defendant Was Transferred to the United States from Custody of Syrian Democratic Forces  —  A criminal complaint was unsealed today in federal court …
Public Policy Polling:
The Southern Path to a Democratic Win in 2020  —  The lion's share of discussion about the states Democrats need to win to take back the White House in 2020 has focused on the trio of Midwestern states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.  Those states do indeed present the clearest path …
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 and twitchy.com
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.
Discussion: The Verge
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
Jeffrey Young / HuffPost:
Biden Mimics GOP Fear-Mongering In His Attacks On ‘Medicare For All’  —  “All the Medicare you have is gone,” the former vice president told an AARP audience of what would happen under a “Medicare for All” plan.  —  If some of former Vice President Joe Biden's talking points against “Medicare for All” sound familiar, they should.
Discussion: CNN and Jacobin
 
 
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Allan Smith / NBC News:
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Discussion: IJR, RedState and Breitbart
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
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CNN:
Democrats plot new plan to press Mueller on Trump's alleged crimes
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and emptywheel
Jon Schlosberg / ABC News:
Rabbi in Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's district compares Trump rally to ‘Nazi Germany’
Discussion: Breitbart, Political Wire and IJR