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8:15 AM ET, July 22, 2019


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Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
The Case of Al Franken  —  A close look at the accusations against the former senator.  —  Last month, in Minneapolis, I climbed the stairs of a row house to find Al Franken, Minnesota's disgraced former senator, wandering around in jeans and stocking feet.  It was a sunny day, but the shades were mostly drawn.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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’
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 …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
POLITICO Playbook: Trump's huge week  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  WE ARE ENTERING what could be one of the most momentous weeks in what's left of DONALD TRUMP'S presidency, a week that could set the tone for the rest of his first term.  Not only is former special counsel Robert Mueller testifying live …
Discussion: Political Wire and New York Times
Dánica Coto / Associated Press:
Puerto Rico prepares for massive protest to expel governor
Discussion: Common Dreams
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:   Inside the preparations for Mueller's history-making testimony
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
19 Questions We Have for Mueller About His Investigation  —  THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION  —  Were Robert S. Mueller III ever to tell the inside story of his investigation, much of America would likely come to a standstill to hear what he had to say.  There is virtually no chance that will happen …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Democrats to face off against a reluctant Mueller
Discussion: The Atlantic, Axios and Breitbart
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Illinois Republicans pull social media aimed at four Democratic congresswomen who were subjects of President Trump's ‘go back’ tweets, calling them ‘Jihad Squad’  —  Top leaders of the Illinois Republican Party launched an effort at damage control Sunday after a social media post echoed …
Owen Daugherty / The Hill:   Illinois GOP group shares, then deletes meme labeling minority congresswomen ‘Jihad Squad’
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.
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 …
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
Puerto Rico governor says he will not seek re-election amid mass protests
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
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
'It's a disaster over there': Commerce reaches new heights of dysfunction  —  Constant infighting among top officials.  Sudden departures of senior staffers without explanation.  A leader who is disengaged and prone to falling asleep in meetings.  —  The Commerce Department has reached …
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
What if Robert Mueller decided to tell Congress what he really thinks?  —  I did not anticipate William Barr's perfidious misrepresentations, maddening Democratic caution or scandalous Republican indifference.  Let's clear things up.  —  CONNECT … Think of me as a hostage, tied to this chair …
Washington Post:
Leaked documents reveal Huawei's secret operations to build North Korea's wireless network  —  Huawei Technologies Co., the Chinese tech giant embroiled in President Trump's trade war with China and blacklisted as a national security threat, secretly helped the North Korean government build …
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Top Democrat on tax committee faces left-wing primary challenge  —  WASHINGTON — Alex Morse, the mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts, announced Monday that he will mount a primary challenge against Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., the chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee who has been criticized …
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
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: CNN and Rolling Stone
Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
Louisiana Police Officer on Facebook Says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ‘Needs a Round’  —  Officials in the city where the officer works condemned his comment but said they were not sure it constituted a threat.  —  A Facebook post by a Louisiana police officer suggesting that Representative …
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 …
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Democrats struggle for policy traction amid noise from Trump  —  Is there room, amid the noise and the outrage, for a policy debate?  —  That's the question confronting the still-crowded field of Democratic presidential contenders, as the calendar flips closer to the next debate.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump says he wants to meet with Schumer ‘ASAP’ on conditions at the border  —  President Trump said late Sunday night that he wants to set up a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer about conditions at the U.S.-Mexico border following the New York Democrat's tour of migrant detention centers that he called “inhumane.”
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
The Washington Post keeps shilling for Antifa
Discussion: The Hill
Charles Kaiser / The Guardian:
The Man Who Sold America: Joy-Ann Reid hosts a Trump house of horrors
Renuka Rayasam / Politico:
Migrant mental health crisis spirals in ICE detention facilities
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
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Military studies ‘hyperfit’ women who pass grueling courses
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Charles Sykes / America Magazine:
Dante, Trump and the moral cowardice of the G.O.P.
 Earlier Items: 
Garry Kasparov / New York Daily News:
The demagogue and the Democrats: Trump spits in the face of American values; the opposition party …
Washington Post:
Stephen Miller defends Trump's attacks on Rep. Omar
Discussion: ABC News, USA Today, Daily Wire and CNN
New York Times:
Trump Sets the Terms on Racial Division. Do Democrats Know What to Do?
Andy Newman / New York Times:
My Frantic Life as a Cab-Dodging, Tip-Chasing Food App Deliveryman
Holly Aguirre / Vanity Fair:
James Anderson / Associated Press:
In some states, GOP employs the recall as a political weapon
CBS News:
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