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5:30 AM ET, July 22, 2019

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Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
Donald Trump's Idea of Selective Citizenship  —  Last week, the President wasn't just attacking four congresswomen of color; he was reanimating ideas whose prevalence wreaked havoc in the nation's past.  —  We have known since the earliest moments of Donald Trump's political life …
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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 …
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.
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Progressive trying to unseat Nadler puts pressure on the N.Y. congressman with ‘Impeach Trump Now’ petition  —  An insurgent progressive candidate trying to unseat Jerry Nadler in 2020 is making the House Judiciary chairman's dithering stance on impeachment a major pushing point for her long-shot campaign.
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Washington Post:
Emerging budget deal likely to include few or no actual spending cuts, while lifting debt limit for two years  —  Deal taking shape days ahead of Congress' summer recess, but still awaits Trump's approval  —  White House and congressional negotiators rushing to hammer out the final details …
New York Times:
A Peculiarly Dutch Summer Rite: Children Abandoned in the Night Woods  —  It may sound extreme, but it's normal in the Netherlands.  —  AUSTERLITZ, the Netherlands — Shortly after 10 p.m. on a recent night, a car came to a stop at the edge of the woods.  The door opened to release three children …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Democrats to face off against a reluctant Mueller  —  House Democrats are facing a daunting challenge this week — goading Robert Mueller into offering testimony that could irreparably damage Donald Trump's presidency.  —  In the three months since the conclusion of the former special …
Discussion: Axios
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Ahead of Mueller hearings, top Democrats call Trump ‘unindicted co-conspirator’ …
Discussion: Vox, Townhall, The Guardian, Slate and Mediaite
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Nadler: Trump has broken the law “6 ways from Sunday”
Discussion: Breitbart
Kate Sullivan / CNN:   ‘Very substantial evidence’ Trump is ‘guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors,’ House Judiciary Chair says
Dánica Coto / Associated Press:
Puerto Rico gov will not seek re-election, leaves his party  —  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Sunday evening that he will not resign in the face of public furor over an obscenity-laced leaked online chat, but he will not seek re-election or continue …
Discussion: Slate
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New York Times:   Defying Protests, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico Refuses to Resign
Axios:
Puerto Rico governor says he will not seek re-election amid mass protests
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Pitched a New Narrative.  These Sites Published It.  —  After Jeffrey Epstein got out of the Palm Beach County jail in 2009, having served 13 months of an 18-month sentence resulting from a plea deal that has been widely criticized, he began a media campaign to remake his public image.
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Robert Morgenthau, Longtime Manhattan District Attorney, Dies at 99  —  Robert M. Morgenthau, a courtly Knickerbocker patrician who waged war on crime for more than four decades as the chief federal prosecutor for Southern New York State and as Manhattan's longest-serving district attorney, died on Sunday in Manhattan.
Discussion: New York Post
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
Hayley Miller / HuffPost:
Cumulus Media Blocks Country Radio Stations From Airing Pete Buttigieg Interview  —  Nash FM's Blair Garner recorded an interview with the Democratic presidential candidate last week, but the broadcasting company spiked it.  —  Cumulus Media, one of the largest broadcasting companies in the country …
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Washington Post:
Stephen Miller defends Trump's attacks on Rep. Omar  —  A week after his racist tweets about four minority congresswomen, President Trump's aides on Sunday defended his behavior, even as top Democrats sharply criticized him and pushed for greater accountability.
Discussion: USA Today, RedState, Daily Wire and CNN
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CBS News:   Biden, Warren, Harris and Sanders top 2020 field — CBS News Battleground Tracker poll
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.
Derrick Bryson Taylor / New York Times:
‘The Hate Is Real’: Black Georgia Lawmaker Says She Was Berated at Supermarket  —  Erica Thomas said a white man angry at how many items she had in an express lane checkout told her “go back where you came from.”  —  A black member of Georgia's House of Representatives said she had been the target …
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
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.
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
The Washington Post keeps shilling for Antifa  —  The Washington Post made an editorial decision to label “racist” President Trump's tweet suggesting that four radical, America-bashing congresswomen leave the country.  The tweet isn't racist, and the explanation for the editorial decision …
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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Charles Kaiser / The Guardian:
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Renuka Rayasam / Politico:
Migrant mental health crisis spirals in ICE detention facilities
Washington Post:
Muslim countries joined China in defending its cultural genocide of Uighurs. Aren't they ashamed?
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Chinese Money in the U.S. Dries Up as Trade War Drags On
Discussion: New York Times
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Why ‘send her back’ is even worse than ‘lock her up’
Washington Post:
Hundreds of Islamic State militants are slipping back into Iraq. Their fight isn't over.
Discussion: The Week
Philip Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:
Cuccinelli, the Immigration Hawk After Trump's Own Heart
Discussion: The Root
Garry Kasparov / New York Daily News:
The demagogue and the Democrats: Trump spits in the face of American values; the opposition party …
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Holly Aguirre / Vanity Fair:
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Axios:
Scoop: Kushner to travel to Israel, Arab countries for discussions on peace plan
Associated Press:
Police launch tear gas as Hong Kong protest turns violent
James Anderson / Associated Press:
In some states, GOP employs the recall as a political weapon
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Meet the woman who ties Jeffrey Epstein to Trump and the Clintons
Discussion: New York Post