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12:45 AM ET, July 21, 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 …
Ana Swanson / New York Times:
A New Red Scare Is Reshaping Washington  —  WASHINGTON — In a ballroom across from the Capitol building, an unlikely group of military hawks, populist crusaders, Chinese Muslim freedom fighters and followers of the Falun Gong has been meeting to warn anyone who will listen that China poses …
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.
State rep. says man told her to ‘go back where you came from’ at grocery store  —  COBB COUNTY, Ga. - A man accused of harassing an African American Georgia lawmaker at a Cobb County grocery store has come forward to tell Channel 2 Action News his side of the story.
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 …
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 …
Nick Schager / The Daily Beast:   Netflix Takes Aim at Facebook With ‘The Great Hack’
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
Michael Crowley / New York Times:
In ‘Send Her Back’ Fallout, Trump Amplifies Praise From Right-Wing British Commentator  —  BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Trump on Saturday extended the debate over a chant of “send her back!” at his campaign rally in North Carolina this week when he retweeted a right-wing British commentator …
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:
RNC more than doubles DNC's fundraising haul in June
Discussion: Breitbart and Axios
Fox News:
Border agents use tear gas to stop nearly 50 undocumented migrants who stormed Rio Grande bridge  —  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents had to use tear gas and pepper spray early Saturday to stop nearly 50 “undocumented individuals” from illegally entering the U.S. after they stormed …
Discussion: RedState
Sarah Ruiz-Grossman / HuffPost:
Chuck Schumer: Child In Border Detention Center Said He Wasn't Able To Brush His Teeth
Discussion: Splinter, and CNSNews
Washington Post:
Boris Johnson, Britain's likely next prime minister, is a hack — a journalist who has reached the pinnacle of power  —  LONDON — Boris Johnson, the far-ahead front-runner to become Britain's prime minister this week, waved a vacuum-packed fish over his head and railed at the European Union.
Eliza Collins / Wall Street Journal:
Candidate Sleepovers Mean Tight Quarters, Wet Towels and ‘Surreal’ Family-Room Chats  —  Booker, handful of other presidential hopefuls pass up hotels in favor of guest bedrooms and pull-out couches.  —  BRENTWOOD, N. H.—Sen. Cory Booker sat on the family-room floor with New Hampshire State …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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Seth Abramovitch / Hollywood Reporter:
Marianne Williamson on Her “Woo-Woo” Rep, Hollywood Friends and Dead-Serious Plan to Save America
Discussion: Breitbart
Andrea Perez Balderrama / Detroit Free Press:
Miss Michigan World America stripped of title over ‘offensive’ social media posts
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
National Conservatives Want Cultural Dominance Not ‘Social Cohesion’
Ernesto Londoño / New York Times:
‘The Antithesis of Bolsonaro’: A Gay Couple Roils Brazil's Far Right
Billings Gazette:
Gazette opinion: More a sycophant than a Senator
Brian Kahn / Earther:
Scientists Wrote a Eulogy for Iceland's First Glacier Lost to Climate Change
Harry Enten / CNN:
How Trump's 2020 reelection strategy could work — but probably won't
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Officials Signal Quarter-Point Rate Cut Likely at July Meeting
 Earlier Items: 
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
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
WATCH: Trump Hangs Melania and Ivanka Out to Dry, Says They Never Objected to Racist Chant
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
No One Really Wants to ‘Send Her Back’
Discussion: Power Line and The Gateway Pundit
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Mueller Hearings on Wednesday Present Make-or-Break Moment for Democrats