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9:45 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.
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
Todd S. Purdum / The Atlantic:
Adam Schiff Is Back From the Wilderness  —  Adam Schiff was everywhere, until he was nowhere.  —  In nearly 20 years as a Democratic congressman from Southern California, Schiff has grappled with issues from national security, to intellectual property, to the Armenian genocide.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Just Security and emptywheel
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
Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
The Coming Economic Crash — And How to Stop It  —  I warned about an economic crash years before the 2008 crisis, but the people in power wouldn't listen.  Now I'm seeing serious warning signs in the economy again — and I'm calling on regulators and Congress to act before another crisis …
Discussion: NBC News and Bloomberg
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Warren warns of ‘coming economic crash’  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday predicted an imminent economic crisis unless the Trump administration and Congress quickly pass legislation to regulate the financial sector and significantly reduce middle class household debt.  —  “Warning lights are flashing.
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’
Alex Johnson / NBC News:
Illinois GOP group deletes post depicting Democratic congresswomen as ‘The Jihad Squad’
James Pindell /
Bernie Sanders might be losing his N.H. firewall  —  Bernie Sanders and his aides would be forgiven if, when mapping out his 2020 presidential campaign, they didn't spend a lot of time wondering how the Vermont senator would win the New Hampshire Democratic primary.
Discussion: Political Wire
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:   Top Democrat on tax committee faces left-wing primary challenge
David Siders / Politico:   Warren pulls closer to Sanders in progressive straw poll
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
Sanders and Warren have a similar message, but they're battling different weaknesses
Discussion: CNN, Breitbart, Fox News and Townhall
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
BuzzFeed News:
Two Unofficial US Operatives Reporting To Trump's Lawyer Privately Lobbied A Foreign Government In A Bid To Help The President Win In 2020  —  Two unofficial envoys reporting directly to Donald Trump's personal lawyer have waged a remarkable back-channel campaign to discredit the president's rivals …
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 and Cafe Hayek
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:   Progressive trying to unseat Nadler puts pressure on the N.Y. congressman with ‘Impeach Trump Now’ petition
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Wendy Davis announces bid for Congress, will challenge U.S. Rep. Chip Roy  —  The former state senator is running for office for the first time since her unsuccessful campaign for Texas governor.  —  WASHINGTON - Former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis is running for Congress.
Discussion: Political Wire and YouTube
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 …
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
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 …
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Trump's New Favorite Channel Employs Kremlin-Paid Journalist  —  Kristian Rouz appears on segments for One America News Network—ironic given he is working for a Russian outlet fingered in the 2016 election attack.  —  If the stories broadcast by the Trump-endorsed One America News Network sometimes look …
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Comey's Under DoJ Scrutiny for Leading Probe While Misleading Trump  —  It is one of the most enduring and consequential mysteries of the Trump-Russia investigation: Why did former FBI Director James Comey refuse to say publicly what he was telling President Trump in private — that Trump was not the target of an ongoing probe?
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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
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 …
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
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
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Discussion: The Hill
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Discussion: CNN and Rolling Stone
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
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Discussion: The National Interest
Charles Sykes / America Magazine:
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