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7:40 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: The Week and Mediaite
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
House Democrats demand Hope Hicks clarify testimony after Cohen document dump
Discussion: PJ Media Home
Adam Klasfeld / courthousenews.com:   Michael Cohen Files Implicate Trump, Hope Hicks and David Pecker
USA Today:   FBI tied Donald Trump and top aides to 2016 effort to silence a porn star, new court files show
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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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
‘Send her back’ a worst-case scenario for Trump
Discussion: Vanity Fair, USA Today and Vox
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
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Bear Witness Faithfully
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  —  Supporters of the family had gathered at the airport, fearing border officials were using children as bait to lure their undocumented parents.  —  Three girls were detained by U.S. Customs …
Discussion: ABC News
WBEZ:   O'Hare Standoff Over: Federal Officials Release Three Children To Undocumented Mother
Vanessa Romo / NPR:
Acting Head Of Customs And Border Protection Says New Asylum Rule In ‘Pilot’ Phase
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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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Ian Kullgren / Politico:
Trump taps Scalia's son for Labor secretary  —  President Donald Trump plans to nominate Eugene Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to be the next Labor secretary.  —  The president announced the decision on Twitter after POLITICO first reported his plans earlier Thursday.
Wall Street Journal:
Trump to Nominate Eugene Scalia to Serve as Labor Secretary
Discussion: Townhall
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
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 …
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Trump administration won't ban pesticide tied to childhood brain damage  —  Evironmental Protection Agency rejects proposed ban on chlorpyrifos, despite growing evidence of its toxicity  —  The US government has rejected a proposed ban on a toxic pesticide linked to brain damage in children …
Discussion: Washington Post
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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.
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.
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Donald Trump's Politics of Hate Began With a “Cynical and Evil” GOP Memo  —  Donald Trump's outburst of nativistic racism—viscerally and putridly displayed by his “go back” tweet-attack on four congresswoman who are people of color and the subsequent and shocking (even for Trump) “send her back” …
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: Washington Post
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 and CBS Chicago
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.
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.
Ryan Prior / CNN:
The 200th firefighter just died from a World Trade Center-related illness  —  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted images of FDNY firefighters Richard Driscoll and Kevin Nolan, saying, “200 members of the FDNY have now succumbed to WTC-related illness.  They didn't hesitate to run into danger.
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.
Madeline Peltz / Newsweek:
I'm Paid to Watch Tucker Carlson Each Night.  Don't Tell Me This Rant About Ilhan Omar Isn't Shocking |  Opinion  —  Tucker Carlson raced to the defense of President Donald Trump and his racist tweets against “the Squad” this week, accusing the four non-white Democratic congresswomen …
Stuart Stevens / Washington Post:
Trump chooses open racism.  What does his party choose?  —  In the American political system, parties have a certain “circuit breaker” role to play.  Seven years ago, the Republican National Committee withdrew support from Senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri after he tried to distinguish between …
 
 
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Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
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U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana:
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Nathaniel Rakich / FiveThirtyEight:
Mitch McConnell Is The Only Senator More Unpopular Than Susan Collins
Discussion: Morning Consult
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
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Kamala Harris's Medicare for All Plan Makes No Sense
Discussion: Slate, Breitbart and GOP.com
Washington Post:
Trump says the U.S. Navy shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
What Americans Do Now Will Define Us Forever
Discussion: CNN, Lawyers, Guns & Money and HuffPost
Jackie Kucinich / The Daily Beast:
Pentagon Contractor Allegedly Threatened to Kill Congresswoman Over Vaccine Bill