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8:50 AM ET, July 24, 2019


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POLITICO Playbook: How to think about today's Mueller extravaganza  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THERE'S NO WAY to adequately encapsulate the gravity of today's pair of hearings with ROBERT MUELLER.  They're absolutely huge politically, substantively and optically.
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 …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
How Bill Barr Ran Circles Around Bob Mueller  —  The special counsel is likely to wind up as just another person with good intentions who got body-slammed by a savvier political operative wearing a sheriff's badge.  —  Robert Mueller, an unusually honorable and admirable law-enforcement official …
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 …
New York Times:
Fireworks, Maybe, but Will Mueller Hearing Be a Turning Point?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Politico
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Key Aide Will Appear Alongside Mueller During Hearings
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Trump blasts decision to let counsel accompany Mueller to testimony: ‘VERY UNFAIR’
Discussion: PJ Media Home and Breitbart
Washington Post:
The administration's last-minute attempt to bully Mueller is offensive
Discussion: Vox and The Guardian
New York Times:
Robert Mueller's Testimony Is Tomorrow. Here's What You Need to Know.
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.
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
House condemns Israel boycott over liberal objections
Discussion: Common Dreams
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Democrats worry Mueller will be a ‘snooze fest,’ while Trump claims falsely he can ‘do whatever I want’
Discussion: Political Wire
Emily Guskin / Washington Post:
How Americans view Mueller and impeachment, in five charts
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Hannah Gilberstadt / Pew Research Center:
For the first time, majority of Republicans express confidence in the fairness of Mueller's investigation
Discussion: Politico
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Justice Ginsburg: ‘I Am Very Much Alive’  —  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in an interview Tuesday that she does not favor proposals put forth by some Democratic presidential candidates who have advocated changing the number of Supreme Court justices if the Democrats win the presidency.
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Former Justice John Paul Stevens traveled to Portugal at age 99, Ginsburg reveals at his funeral
Discussion: The Week
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: New York Post and Fox News
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.
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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.
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 …
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
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
Discussion: The Week
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Trump sues House Democrats to block release of state tax returns
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 …
Toby Young / Quillette:
Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man: A Profile of Boris Johnson  —  I first set eyes on Boris Johnson in the autumn of 1983 when we went up to Oxford at the same time.  I knew who he was since my uncle Christopher was an ex-boyfriend of his mother's and he had told me to keep an eye out for him …
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
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is expected to resign today, source says  —  (CNN)Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is expected to resign Wednesday after more than a week of protests that rocked the island's capital city, a source familiar with the situation told CNN.
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.
New York Sun:
Senator Franken Regrets  —  Al Franken's regrets over resigning from the Senate add up to a tragedy for our times.  They are relayed by Jane Mayer in an illuminating scoop in the New Yorker.  It's a long, reported dispatch to which it's hard to do justice in a short editorial.
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: The Week and Axios
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Elizabeth Spiers / New Republic:
Beyond Pelosi  —  Every time I see Nancy Pelosi patiently spell …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Chuck Schumer Is Not a Wartime Consigliere
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Matthew Vann / ABC News:
Gold star dad tells Trump to go to Arlington for ‘proof of multiracial democracy’
Discussion: Washington Post, IJR and CNN
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Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
The Case for A More Fighting Democratic Party
Discussion: New York Magazine
Miami Herald:
He's a Chinese billionaire and a member of Trump's Mar-a-Lago. …
Discussion: Florida Politics
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
This GOP Challenger to Ilhan Omar ‘100%’ Stands with QAnon