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9:15 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: CNN, Hullabaloo and The Week
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
Will Bunch /
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.
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:   Donald Trump's Idea of Selective Citizenship
Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
Elijah Cummings: Trump's words brings back bad memories of racism
Discussion: Breitbart and Axios
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
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Nadler: Trump has broken the law “6 ways from Sunday”
Discussion: Breitbart
Noah Weiland / New York Times:
In 88 Trips to Capitol Hill, Mueller Grew Weary of Partisanship
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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
New York Times:   Defying Protests, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico Refuses to Resign
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
Holly Aguirre / Vanity Fair:
“THE GIRLS WERE JUST SO YOUNG”: THE HORRORS OF JEFFREY EPSTEIN'S PRIVATE ISLAND  —  Locals say Epstein was flying in underage girls long after his conviction for sex crimes—and authorities did nothing to stop him.  “It was like he was flaunting it,” says an employee at the airstrip on St. Thomas.
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.
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 …
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.
James Anderson / Associated Press:
In some states, GOP employs the recall as a political weapon  —  DENVER (AP) — Republicans frustrated by losing their grip on political power in some Western states have begun deploying a new weapon: the recall.  —  Once reserved for targeting corrupt or inept elected officials …
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.
Eleanor Mueller / Politico:
Cory Booker charges Trump is ‘worse than a racist’
Discussion: Breitbart
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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’
Hayley Miller / HuffPost:
Cumulus Media Blocks Country Radio Stations From Airing Pete Buttigieg Interview
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Philip Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:
Cuccinelli, the Immigration Hawk After Trump's Own Heart
Discussion: The Root and USCIS
Derrick Bryson Taylor / New York Times:
‘The Hate Is Real’: Black Georgia Lawmaker Says She Was Berated at Supermarket
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
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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
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Meet the woman who ties Jeffrey Epstein to Trump and the Clintons
Discussion: New York Post
Ethan Cai / Campus Reform:
STUDY: Faculty diversity at near stand-still despite MILLIONS spent by universities
Daily Mail:
Why I helped expose ambassador's embarrassing cables: Journalist, 19, behind Trump scoop comes forward …
Discussion: The Guardian and Bloomberg