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6:40 AM ET, July 24, 2019


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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Mueller scrambles hearing by tapping top deputy as counsel  —  Robert Mueller's top deputy will appear alongside him for his highly anticipated testimony on Wednesday, according to congressional aides familiar with the preparations, a last-minute curveball that came despite the Justice Department's demand …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Key Aide Will Appear Alongside Mueller During Hearings  —  WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III's longtime right-hand aide will appear beside him at the witness table during Wednesday's hearing with the House Judiciary Committee to assist as needed as the former special counsel answers questions …
New York Times:
Fireworks, Maybe, but Will Mueller Hearing Be a Turning Point?
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
New York Times:
Robert Mueller's Testimony Is Tomorrow. Here's What You Need to Know.
CNN:   Trump irritated — not anxious — ahead of Mueller testimony
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Ahead of Mueller testimony, Democrats rip into McConnell on election security
Discussion: ABC News
Chase Madar / BuzzFeed News:
Ilhan Omar's Anti-Semitism Is Becoming A Load-Bearing Myth For American Politics  —  When House Rep. Ilhan Omar's comments about the Israel lobby took over the news cycle earlier this year, they struck some as innocuously accurate, others as impolitic, while for others they were outrageous and inflammatory.
Kadia Goba / BuzzFeed News:
The House Voted To Condemn The Boycott Israel Movement Over Protests From Reps. Ilhan Omar And Rashida Tlaib  —  The measure to formally condemn the BDS movement passed the House overwhelmingly Tuesday night.  “Dissent is how we nurture democracy,” Tlaib said.  —  Reporting From  —  Washington, DC
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
House condemns Israel boycott over liberal objections
Discussion: Common Dreams
Nomaan Merchant / Associated Press:
ICE releases US citizen, 18, wrongfully detained near border  —  HOUSTON (AP) — A U.S.-born 18-year-old was released from immigration custody Tuesday after wrongfully being detained for more than three weeks.  —  Francisco Erwin Galicia left a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Pearsall, Texas, on Tuesday.
Discussion: The Week, Axios and Washington Post
Obed Manuel / Dallas Morning News:
A Dallas-born citizen picked up by the Border Patrol has been detained for three weeks, his lawyer says
Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
While bemoaning Mueller probe, Trump falsely says the Constitution gives him ‘the right to do whatever I want’  —  President Trump believes the Constitution gives him a wide breadth of power.  That's the message he delivered ― not for the first time — on Tuesday while addressing a crowd …
Emily Guskin / Washington Post:
How Americans view Mueller and impeachment, in five charts
Discussion: Politico
Hannah Gilberstadt / Pew Research Center:
For the first time, majority of Republicans express confidence in the fairness of Mueller's investigation
Discussion: Politico
Joseph Zeballos-Roig / Business Insider:
Joe Biden says he didn't think anyone thought Trump ‘would be as bad as he is’ during the 2016 presidential election  — Former Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview that he didn't believe anyone thought during the 2016 presidential election that President Trump would be as divisive as he turned out to be.
Discussion: Breitbart
Joe Biden for President:
Justice - Joe Biden for President  —  The Biden Plan for Strengthening America's Commitment to Justice Equality, equity, justice - these ideas form the American creed.  We have never lived up to it and we haven't always gotten it right, but we've never stopped trying.
New York Times:
Neil Armstrong's Death, and a Stormy, Secret $6 Million Settlement  —  When Neil Armstrong died in a Cincinnati hospital two weeks after undergoing heart surgery in 2012, his family released a touching tribute addressing the astronaut's millions of admirers around the globe.
Discussion: Fox News and New York Post
Kera Bolonik / The Cut:
The Most Gullible Man in Cambridge A Harvard Law professor who teaches a class on judgment wouldn't seem like an obvious mark, would he?  —  It was just supposed to have been a quick Saturday-morning errand to buy picture hooks.  On March 7, 2015, Harvard Law professor Bruce Hay, then 52 …
Discussion: New York Times
Rod Dreher / The American Conservative:   Bonfire Of The Trannities
Washington Post:
'We're like Thelma and Louise': Republicans shrug at deficits under Trump  —  In 2011, with the nation still climbing back from the Great Recession, Republicans threatened global markets by refusing to raise the federal debt limit unless President Obama and the Democrats agreed to steep, across-the-board spending cuts for years to come.
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:   The Case for A More Fighting Democratic Party
John Harwood / CNBC:   Why the GOP keeps losing the fight in budget deals
John Solomon / The Hill:
Robert Mueller soon may be exposed as the ‘magician of omission’ on Russia  —  While most of the political world focused its attention elsewhere, special prosecutor John Durham's team quietly reached out this summer to a lawyer representing European academic Joseph Mifsud …
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Trump sues House Ways and Means panel to block disclosure of his tax returns  —  KEY POINTS  — President Trump filed a lawsuit against the House Ways and Means Committee, the New York state's attorney general and tax chief to block the disclosure of years of his tax returns.
New York Times:   Trump Sues New York and Congress to Shield His State Tax Returns
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Trump sues House Democrats to block release of state tax returns
Discussion: Politico
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department to Open Broad, New Antitrust Review of Big Tech Companies  —  Inquiry signals Barr's deep interest in tech sector, poses threat to companies such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple  —  WASHINGTON—The Justice Department is opening a broad antitrust review …
Jack Crowe / National Review:   DOJ Opens Sweeping Anti-Trust Probe of Big Tech Firms
Bloomberg Law:
Sanders White House Campaign Hit with Federal Labor Complaint  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign has been hit with an unfair labor practice complaint alleging illegal employee interrogation and retaliation against staffers.  —  The July 19 complaint …
The Babylon Bee:   Sanders Campaign Raises Pay To $700 Per Hour By Laying Off Everyone Except Bernie
Anna Bauman / Detroit Free Press:
Dearborn burger franchise founded in Israel delays opening after backlash, threats  —  A franchisee has delayed the scheduled opening of his Burgerim restaurant in Dearborn amid backlash from the Arab-American community over the popular burger company's Israeli roots.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:
The Man Who Built The Retweet: “We Handed A Loaded Weapon To 4-Year-Olds”  —  Developer Chris Wetherell built Twitter's retweet button.  And he regrets what he did to this day.  —  “We might have just handed a 4-year-old a loaded weapon,” Wetherell recalled thinking as he watched the first Twitter mob use the tool he created.
CBS News:
Thousands of unaccompanied migrant children could be detained indefinitely  —  An unprecedented number of unaccompanied migrant children are at risk of spending the rest of their childhoods in federal custody, CBS News learned in an exclusive interview with the head of the Office of Refugee Resettlement …
Discussion: Axios
Miami Herald:
He's a Chinese billionaire and a member of Trump's Mar-a-Lago.  Is he also a communist spy?  |  Miami Herald  —  He's a Chinese billionaire and a member of Trump's Mar-a-Lago.  Is he also a communist spy?
Discussion: Florida Politics
New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Moved Money Overseas in Transactions His Bank Flagged to U.S.  —  As Deutsche Bank officials this year scrambled to extricate themselves from a yearslong relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier charged this month with sex trafficking, they uncovered suspicious transactions …
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
This GOP Challenger to Ilhan Omar ‘100%’ Stands with QAnon  —  Danielle Stella, a Republican candidate seeking to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar from the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020, firmly supports the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to someone identifying themselves as communications volunteer …
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
‘A lack of urgency’: Democrats frustrated as House investigators struggle to unearth major revelations about Trump  —  Democratic frustrations with the House majority's oversight of President Trump are beginning to boil over, as longtime party strategists and liberals alike decry what they view …
Discussion: Politico
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Rebecca Tan / Washington Post:
No cooperation with ICE: Montgomery's new ban is strongest in D.C. region
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Daily Caller
Toby Young / Quillette:
Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man: A Profile of Boris Johnson
Discussion: Washington Post, New York Times and BBC
New York Times:
Emails Show DeVos Aides Pulled Strings for Failing For-Profit Colleges
‘That Place Is A Disaster,’ Says Bill De Blasio Watching Flooded NYC Subway On TV During Iowa Campaign Stop
Matthew Vann / ABC News:
Gold star dad tells Trump to go to Arlington for ‘proof of multiracial democracy’
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and IJR
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Former Justice John Paul Stevens traveled to Portugal at age 99, Ginsburg reveals at his funeral
Discussion: The Week
 Earlier Items: 
John Bresnahan / Politico:
House prepares to formally endorse Trump-related subpoenas