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11:20 AM ET, July 20, 2019


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Annie Karni / New York Times:
In Another About-Face, Trump Refuses to Condemn ‘Send Her Back’ Chant  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday demonstrated the limited influence of allies or advisers who try to steer him away from pre-election racial and cultural fights.  He walked back his disavowal of a racially loaded chant …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
WATCH: Trump Hangs Melania and Ivanka Out to Dry, Says They Never Objected to Racist Chant  —  President Donald Trump contradicted reports that First Lady Melania Trump and White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump objected privately to rally chants urging that U.S. citizen Rep. Ilhan Omar be sent back to Africa.
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Michelle Obama seemingly swipes at Trump amid ‘send her back’ controversy
Discussion: Breitbart and LifeZette
New York Times:
U.K. Warns Iran of ‘Serious Consequences’ for Seizing Oil Tanker  —  LONDON — Britain on Saturday warned Iran that “there will be serious consequences” for seizing a British-owned oil tanker and warned ships to avoid the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial shipping route for the world's oil supplies.
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Iran seizes British tanker in Strait of Hormuz; denies Trump's claim on drone downing
Discussion: LobeLog and The Week
Farnaz Fassihi / New York Times:
As Conflict With U.S. Grows, Some Iran Hard-liners Suggest Talking to Trump
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
House Democrats Prepare for Civil War as Challengers Plot Primary Battles  —  Several entrenched New York representatives will face progressive hopefuls seeking to replicate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's success.  —  Representative Jerrold Nadler has served in Congress for 27 years …
Discussion: Instapundit and Power Line
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Trump falsely accuses Ocasio-Cortez of calling Americans ‘garbage’  —  Washington (CNN)During an exchange with reporters as he left the White House on Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump made false accusations against both Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar …
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Andrea Mitchell messes up again, and coincidentally, it's in defense of Democrats
Discussion: Instapundit
Lori Rozsa / Washington Post:
For ‘client’ Jeffrey Epstein, an unlocked cell in a Florida jail  —  PALM BEACH, Fla. — In 2008, a supervisor at the county jail here alerted staff members to the needs of an inmate serving an 18-month sentence for sex crimes involving a minor.  Jeffrey Epstein, he wrote in a memo …
Discussion: The Week and Miami Herald
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 …
Matt Vespa / Townhall:
The Democrats' ‘Ultimate Nightmare Scenario’: Trump Loses By 5 Million Votes.... And Still Wins Re-Election
Discussion: Instapundit
Associated Press:
Trump offers to guarantee A$AP Rocky's bail in Sweden  —  BERLIN (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump said he spoke with Sweden's prime minister Saturday about jailed rapper A$AP Rocky and “offered to personally vouch for his bail.”  —  Trump tweeted that during a “a very good call” …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Mueller Hearings on Wednesday Present Make-or-Break Moment for Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — For more than two years, Democrats have hoped that Robert S. Mueller III would show the nation that President Trump is unfit for office — or at the very least, severely damage his re-election prospects.
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
No One Really Wants to ‘Send Her Back’  —  Don't exaggerate the significance of raucous chants.  —  The president can be very entertaining, but I don't pay much attention to political rallies, including his famously raucous ones.  —  For the faithful, the rallies are fun spectacles, like rock concerts or ball games.
Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
Polishing the Nationalist Brand in the Trump Era  —  Conservative thinkers are trying to bring intellectual coherence to the Trumpian moment under the banner of nationalism.  But can it be cleansed of its darker currents?  —  WASHINGTON — Ever since Donald J. Trump laid waste …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed News:   There's A New Movement Trying To Create An Intellectual Strain Of Trumpism. …
John Binder / Breitbart:
Twitter Suspends Angel Mom for Posting About Illegal Immigration  —  Angel Mom Mary Ann Mendoza, who heads the Angel Families organization, has been suspended from Twitter after posting about illegal immigration and raising awareness about the harms of sanctuary city policies.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Sen. Marco Rubio / Orlando Sentinel:
Sen. Rubio: Moon landing was America's defining moment |  Commentary  —  “For thousands of years now, it's been man's dream to walk on the moon,” said legendary CBS anchor Walter Cronkite as he watched Apollo 11 touch down on the lunar surface.  Teary-eyed and awestruck, Cronkite marveled that …
William Lee / Chicago Tribune:
‘Ready to explode’: How a black boy's drifting raft triggered a deadly week of riots 100 years ago in Chicago  —  One hundred years ago, 7-year-old Juanita Mitchell should have been playing with other children in the streets during that summer's heat wave and getting to know her new home on Chicago's South Side.
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Judge halts Democrats' subpoenas of Trump Org docs in emoluments case  —  Washington (CNN)A federal judge Friday paused congressional Democrats' subpoenas of Trump Organization financial records, 10 days before the records were due in a lawsuit over whether President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution.
Discussion: UPI and Daily Wire
Washington Post:
Internal drug company emails show indifference to opioid epidemic  —  In May 2008, as the opioid epidemic was raging in America, a representative of the nation's largest manufacturer of opioid pain pills sent an email to a client at a wholesale drug distributor in Ohio.
Discussion: WBUR News
Washington Post:
Trump tells aides to look for big spending cuts in second term, sowing confusion about budget priorities  —  President Trump has instructed aides to prepare for sweeping budget cuts if he wins a second term in the White House, five people briefed on the discussions said …
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Mueller witness George Nader charged with transporting 14-year-old boy for sex, child porn  —  KEY POINTS  — George Nader, who was a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, is charged in a new federal indictment with transporting a 14-year-old boy for sex, child pornography and carrying obscene materials.
Discussion: Daily Wire and Politico
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
George Nader indicted on child sex transportation charges
Discussion: CNN
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.
Discussion: Fox News
JM Rieger / Washington Post:
Trump criticized the U.S. for years.  Now he wants people who do that to leave.  —  On Friday, President Trump was asked again about his racist remarks aimed at four minority congresswomen.  He again doubled down.  —  “I'm unhappy with the fact that a congresswoman, in this case a different congresswoman …
Discussion: Slate, Breitbart and The Guardian
Jonathan Oosting / Detroit News:
Michigan College Republican loses beauty crown over ‘insensitive’ tweets  —  A College Republican leader at the University of Michigan is blasting Miss World America beauty pageant officials for stripping her state title and barring her from a national competition because of provocative social media posts …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
U.S. spy chief creates a new head of election security for intelligence agencies  —  Dan Coats announced Friday he has appointed a career official, Shelby Pierson, to serve as the first intelligence community election threats executive.  —  ASPEN, Colo. — The nation's top spy has created …
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / New York Times:
The Army's Failure to Train and Equip Troops in Afghanistan  —  You're reading this week's At War newsletter.  Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Friday.  Email us at  —  It was a strange thing, listening to Army Secretary Mark Esper's confirmation hearing on Tuesday.
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Obama's Pro-Iran Echo Chamber Finds New Ally in Rand Paul  —  Paul strategizing with Iranian FM Zarif to pressure Trump into lifting sanctions  —  The Obama administration's pro-Iran “echo chamber” has found an unlikely ally in Republican senator Rand Paul, who recently engaged in shadow diplomacy …
Discussion: New Yorker, The Atlantic and Politico
Maggie Severns / Politico:
DNC raises $8.5 million in June  —  The Democratic National Committee raised $8.5 million in June, the month of the Democratic debates in Miami, $1.7 million more than during the previous month, new disclosures show.  —  The DNC spent almost as much money as it raised — $7.5 million …
Discussion: Axios
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Matt Stevens / New York Times:
Democrats Call Out Racism, New Debate Lineups: This Week in the 2020 Race
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Amazon hires Trump-allied lobbyist Jeff Miller as president threatens to intervene in battle over Pentagon contract
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
‘I Came From the Internet’: Inside Andrew Yang's Wild Ride
Discussion: Breitbart
James Poniewozik / New York Times:
The Night Democracy Became the Lotto
Discussion: NB Blog
Pew Research Center:
Americans say the nation's political debate has grown more toxic and ‘heated’ rhetoric could lead to violence
Discussion: US News, The Root and National Review
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Racial Resentment Is Down Since 2016
 Earlier Items: 
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MJ Lee / CNN:
Donald Trump's accusers: ‘The forgotten’ women of the #MeToo movement
U.S. Department of Justice:
Three Members of California-Based White Supremacist Group Sentenced on Riots Charges Related …
The Intercept:
Democrat-Backed Centrist PAC Is Supporting a Republican Against a Vulnerable Swing-District Incumbent
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
BuzzFeed Reaches Agreement to Voluntarily Recognize Union
Trump campaign and RNC spend more than $600,000 on law firm representing Hope Hicks
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Bernie Sanders defends staff compensation after complaints his campaign isn't paying $15 an hour
James Comey / Lawfare:
What I Would Ask Robert Mueller
Discussion: Law & Crime