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8:05 PM ET, July 21, 2019

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CBS News:
Most Americans disagree with Trump's “go back” tweets — CBS News poll  —  The controversy around President Trump's tweets last week comes at a time when nearly nine in 10 Americans see a nation divided along racial lines, and most believe the parties each hold different ideas about what makes a person an American.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Week
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CBS News:
Biden, Warren, Harris and Sanders top 2020 field — CBS News Battleground Tracker poll  —  Joe Biden continues to be the first choice among Democratic voters across the 2020 primary states holding contests through Super Tuesday.  However, rivals Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris are gaining …
CBS News:
Early contests by the numbers: Democratic delegate race tightens — CBS News Battleground Tracker
Discussion: Opinion Today
Noah Weiland / New York Times:
In 88 Trips to Capitol Hill, Mueller Grew Weary of Partisanship  —  Dozens of hours of Robert S. Mueller III's congressional testimony since 1990 reveal his complex relationship with legislators.  —  WASHINGTON — Days after he was appointed special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III visited …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Nadler: Trump has broken the law “6 ways from Sunday”
Discussion: Breitbart
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Democrats to face off against a reluctant Mueller
Discussion: Axios
Kate Sullivan / CNN:   ‘Very substantial evidence’ Trump is ‘guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors,’ House Judiciary Chair says
Will Bunch / Inquirer.com:
I can't stop thinking about the little girl behind Trump and the hate she's being taught  —  I'm terrible at guessing ages, but if I had to guess I'd say she was about 12 or 13.  She was wearing a bright summery top and a red “Make America Great Again” cap that looks to be a half-size too big …
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Ali Watkins / New York Times:
He Wasn't Seeking to Kill a Mob Boss.  He Was Trying to Help Trump, His Lawyer Says.  —  In new court documents, the lawyer for Anthony Comello says he became obsessed by far-right QAnon conspiracy theories.  —  As his pickup truck roared toward the Todt Hill section of Staten Island …
Discussion: Law & Crime
New York Times:
Defying Protests, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico Refuses to Resign  —  SAN JUAN, P.R. — Facing an angry public uprising against his administration, Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló of Puerto Rico announced on Sunday evening that he would not seek re-election in 2020 …
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Axios:
Puerto Rico governor says he will not seek re-election amid mass protests
Charles Sykes / America Magazine:
Dante, Trump and the moral cowardice of the G.O.P.  —  One of John F. Kennedy's favorite quotes was something he thought came from Dante: “The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of moral crisis preserve their neutrality.”  —  As it turns out, the quote is apocryphal.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump's Bolton Doctrine: Why the president keeps his hawkish national security adviser  —  President Trump made small talk with the Irish prime minister as they sat in the Oval Office in mid-March, accompanied by a handful of senior American and Irish officials.
Garry Kasparov / New York Daily News:
The demagogue and the Democrats: Trump spits in the face of American values; the opposition party has no clue how to respond  —  Like nearly everyone else to ever leave his homeland, I would like to go back to where I came from.  I would like to have continued to live in my native Baku …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Chris Wallace burns down Stephen Miller over Trump's racist lies: He let ‘send her back’ chant ‘go for 13 seconds’  —  Things did not go well for Donald Trump adviser Stephen Miller when he appeared on Fox News Sunday morning.
Washington Post:
Hundreds of Islamic State militants are slipping back into Iraq.  Their fight isn't over.  —  QAIM, Iraq — Islamic State militants who escaped the defeat of their self-declared caliphate in Syria earlier this year have been slipping across the border into Iraq, bolstering a low-level insurgency …
Osita Nwanevu / New Yorker:
Conservative Nationalism Is Trumpism for Intellectuals  —  On the final night of this past week's National Conservatism Conference, Senator Josh Hawley—a graduate of Stanford and Yale and a former instructor at an English private school—warned the attendees gathered in the ballroom …
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Military studies ‘hyperfit’ women who pass grueling courses  —  ARMY SOLDIER SYSTEMS CENTER, Mass. (AP) — In the nearly four years since the Pentagon announced it was opening all combat jobs to women , at least 30 have earned the Army Ranger tab, two have graduated Marine infantry school …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Andy Newman / New York Times:
My Frantic Life as a Cab-Dodging, Tip-Chasing Food App Deliveryman  —  I had just started my lunch shift when the phone pinged: Uber Eats, pickup at Cocina del Sur on West 38th Street in Manhattan, five blocks away.  Great!  I pedaled down West 40th into congealing crosstown traffic.
Miami Herald:
As Trump's reliable sycophant, Rubio drags us further into the president's swamp |  Editorial  —  Witnessing Sen. Marco Rubio's pathetic response last week to President Trump's latest racist outrages, it is impossible now to believe that Florida's senior senator was once hailed as …
New York Times:
Trump Sets the Terms on Racial Division.  Do Democrats Know What to Do?  —  GREENVILLE, N.C. — President Trump waited for 13 seconds, as the chants from the crowd of thousands grew louder.  —  “Send her home!” the North Carolina audience yelled, mimicking Mr. Trump's recent tweet attacking a Somali-born Democratic congresswoman.
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Cory Booker says Trump is “worse than a racist”  —  2020 Democratic candidate Sen. Cory Booker claimed on CNN's “State of the Union” Sunday that President Trump is “worse than a racist,” and that his rhetoric weaponizes race just as Gov. George Wallace — a staunch segregationist — did in his presidential campaigns.
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Eleanor Mueller / Politico:
Cory Booker charges Trump is ‘worse than a racist’
Discussion: Breitbart
Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
Elijah Cummings: Trump's words brings back bad memories of racism
Discussion: Breitbart and Axios
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Meet the woman who ties Jeffrey Epstein to Trump and the Clintons  —  How did wealthy sex offender Jeffrey Epstein come to be palling around with Bill Clinton and Donald Trump?  —  People who know those involved said Epstein's connections to two U.S. presidents ran through one bubbly British heiress: Ghislaine Maxwell.
Discussion: New York Post
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Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Pitched a New Narrative. These Sites Published It.
Philip Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:
Cuccinelli, the Immigration Hawk After Trump's Own Heart
Discussion: USCIS and The Root
Derrick Bryson Taylor / New York Times:
‘The Hate Is Real’: Black Georgia Lawmaker Says She Was Berated at Supermarket
Maureen Callahan / New York Post:
In the #MeToo era, it's time to revisit Ted Kennedy's legacy
Discussion: Instapundit
Holly Aguirre / Vanity Fair:
“THE GIRLS WERE JUST SO YOUNG”: THE HORRORS OF JEFFREY EPSTEIN'S PRIVATE ISLAND
Axios:
Scoop: Kushner to travel to Israel, Arab countries for discussions on peace plan
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Biden won't promise Americans they'll keep their doctor under his healthcare plan
Discussion: IJR
Associated Press:
Police launch tear gas as Hong Kong protest turns violent
 Earlier Items: 
James Anderson / Associated Press:
In some states, GOP employs the recall as a political weapon
Associated Press:
New audio shows UK could not prevent Iran takeover of tanker
Discussion: Slate
Adam Geller / Associated Press:
Sanders' early life in Brooklyn taught lessons, some tough
Ethan Cai / Campus Reform:
STUDY: Faculty diversity at near stand-still despite MILLIONS spent by universities
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Elizabeth Warren Has Momentum. Can She Build a Movement?
Daily Mail:
Why I helped expose ambassador's embarrassing cables: Journalist, 19, behind Trump scoop comes forward …
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Guardian