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7:00 PM ET, July 20, 2019


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New York Times:
Trump Employs an Old Tactic: Using Race for Gain  —  For the fourth season of “The Apprentice,” Donald J. Trump searched for a gimmick to bolster ratings.  His idea was simple if explosive — pit an all-white team against an all-black team.  —  “Do you like it?” he asked …
Discussion: Political Wire
Zak Doffman / Forbes:
Russia's Secret Intelligence Agency Hacked: ‘Largest Data Breach In Its History’  —  I write about security and surveillance.  —  Red faces in Moscow this weekend, with the news that hackers have successfully targeted FSB—Russia's Federal Security Service.
Emma Graham-Harrison / The Guardian:
Brexit funder Arron Banks threatens Netflix over Great Hack documentary  —  Legal threat comes as campaigners warn UK government that courts are being used to intimidate journalists  —  The businessman Arron Banks and the unofficial Brexit campaign Leave.EU have issued a legal threat …
Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:
The Great Hack: the film that goes behind the scenes of the Facebook data scandal  —  This week, a Netflix documentary on Cambridge Analytica sheds light on one of the most complex scandals of our time.  Carole Cadwalladr, who broke the story and appears in the film, looks at the fallout …
Washington Post:
‘He always doubles down’: Inside the political crisis caused by Trump's racist tweets  —  President Trump's own top aides didn't think he fully understood what he had done last Sunday, when he fired off a trio of racist tweets before a trip to his golf course.
Discussion: Crooked Timber
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: CNN, Daily Wire and The Week
Claudia Koerner / BuzzFeed News:
This State Lawmaker Says She Was Told In A Supermarket This Week To “Go Back” To Where She Came From  —  After a week of controversy sparked by President Trump's racist tweets against four Democratic women of color, a black Georgia state representative described being harassed at a grocery store …
WSB-TV:   State rep. says man told her to ‘go back where you came from’ at grocery store
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.
Devan Cole / CNN:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Trump's immigration policies are about ‘ethnicity and racism’  —  AOC confronts DHS chief over border agent Facebook group  —  Washington (CNN)Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday slammed President Donald Trump's policies on immigration in her latest argument …
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
House Democrats Prepare for Civil War as Challengers Plot Primary Battles
Discussion: Instapundit and Power Line
Jeremy Stahl / Slate:
Trump Falsely Claims Four Congresswomen Used the Slur “Evil Jews”
Discussion: CNN
Billings Gazette:
Gazette opinion: More a sycophant than a Senator  —  There is no shortage of fools in Washington, D.C.  —  Or even in Montana.  —  Because fools, as the saying goes, rush in where wise men fear to tread.  —  Wise men, or even those with common sense, would see President Donald Trump's most recent Twitter tirade and back away.
Tim Reid / Reuters:
Joe Biden compares Trump to segregationist George Wallace  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Joe Biden, former U.S. vice-president and Democratic presidential candidate, compared President Donald Trump on Friday to the late George Wallace, a prominent supporter of racial segregation.
Discussion: Political Wire and POLITICUSUSA
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.
Daily Mail:
‘I just made it up’: Florida Dem admits lying about treating Pulse shooting victims after going on the record as saying ‘I personally removed 77 bullets from 32 people.  It was like an assembly line’  — Elizabeth McCarthy told the Florida Department of Health that she had fabricated claims …
Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Oliver Stone Asks Vladimir Putin to Be His Daughter's Godfather  —  “OK, we'll make her that,” the bootlicking filmmaker said when the Russian leader asked if she'd be willing to convert to Orthodox Christianity.  —  Filmmaker and conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone has made no secret …
The Democratic Party Is Getting Crushed in Fundraising: “They Need to Get Their Shit Together”  —  WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee is getting smoked by its GOP counterpart in fundraising — and some major Democrats are panicked it could hurt their chances at defeating President Trump next year.
Maggie Severns / Politico:
DNC raises $8.5 million in June
Discussion: Axios
Ernesto Londoño / New York Times:
‘The Antithesis of Bolsonaro’: A Gay Couple Roils Brazil's Far Right  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — The votes had been tallied, and the skies of Rio de Janeiro crackled with fireworks as supporters celebrated the decisive election of a far-right populist, Jair Bolsonaro, as Brazil's president.
Harry Enten / CNN:
How Trump's 2020 reelection strategy could work — but probably won't  —  Washington (CNN)First things first: The theme song of the week is the theme from The Larry Sanders Show.  —  Poll of the week: A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that President Donald Trump's approval rating among voters nationwide is 45%.
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Mueller Hearings on Wednesday Present Make-or-Break Moment for Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — For more than two years, Democrats have hoped that Robert S. Mueller III would show the nation that President Trump is unfit for office — or at the very least, severely damage his re-election prospects.
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
National Conservatives Want Cultural Dominance Not ‘Social Cohesion’  —  While Donald Trump was imploring nonwhite Democrats to “go back” to the “crime infested places from which they came” this week, a group of his sympathizers gathered in D.C. to lament America's bitter social divisions, and call for a return to national unity.
Associated Press:
Trump offers to guarantee A$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” …
Discussion: Slate, The Root and New York Times
The Surprising Phone Call Ted Kennedy Made to His Mistress After a Woman Died in His Car in Chappaquiddick  —  In the early morning hours after Sen. Ted Kennedy crashed his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, killing his passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, he turned first not to his wife — but to his mistress for help
Discussion:, Hot Air and RedState
Brian Kahn / Earther:
Scientists Wrote a Eulogy for Iceland's First Glacier Lost to Climate Change  —  That may sound like an Onion headline, but alas, it is not.  We've reached the point in our wild planetary experiment where humans are memorializing the things we're knowingly wiping out.
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Andrea Perez Balderrama / Detroit Free Press:
Miss Michigan World America stripped of title over ‘offensive’ social media posts
Sarah Ruiz-Grossman / HuffPost:
Chuck Schumer: Child In Border Detention Center Said He Wasn't Able To Brush His Teeth
Discussion: Splinter, and CNSNews
CREW Requests DOJ and FBI Records on Hush Money Payments
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Officials Signal Quarter-Point Rate Cut Likely at July Meeting
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
EXCLUSIVE: Buzz Aldrin wants to go back to the moon — as a first step to putting settlers on Mars
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Campaigning from behind: Lower-tier 2020ers seek comeback
 Earlier Items: 
JM Rieger / Washington Post:
Trump criticized the U.S. for years. Now he wants people who do that to leave.
Discussion: Breitbart and The Guardian
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
U.S. spy chief creates a new head of election security for intelligence agencies
Sen. Marco Rubio / Orlando Sentinel:
Sen. Rubio: Moon landing was America's defining moment | Commentary
Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
Polishing the Nationalist Brand in the Trump Era
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
No One Really Wants to ‘Send Her Back’
Discussion: Power Line and The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
Trump tells aides to look for big spending cuts in second term, sowing confusion about budget priorities
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
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / New York Times:
The Army's Failure to Train and Equip Troops in Afghanistan