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11:45 AM ET, July 23, 2019


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Neal K. Katyal / New York Times:
With Three Simple Answers, Mueller Can Speak Volumes  —  For those who have read it, the special counsel's report speaks for itself.  For those who haven't, he can speak for it in Congress.  —  Mr. Katyal was an acting solicitor general in the Obama administration.
Discussion: Washington Post
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
The Shaky Standing of Mueller's Footnotes  —  Jule 23, 2019  —  The Mueller report.  Top photo: Its author, left, with his successor as FBI boss, James Comey, who looms large not just in height but in the report's footnotes.  —  Who knew that the humble footnote would loom so large …
The Daily Beast:
Can Mueller Cut Through Barr's ‘Fog of Propaganda’?
Discussion: Washington Post
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
DOJ tells Mueller to limit testimony to his report
Josh Campbell / CNN:   Robert Mueller will frustrate the hell out of Congress
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Most Republicans plan to tune out Mueller probe: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: Political Wire
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
A U.S. citizen has been in immigration custody for nearly a month due to a paperwork snafu, attorney says
Discussion: VICE
Anna Kaplan / The Daily Beast:   18-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Has Been in CBP and ICE Custody for Three Weeks
Heather Stewart / The Guardian:
Boris Johnson elected new Tory leader  —  Former foreign secretary will succeed Theresa May as Britain's next prime minister after beating Jeremy Hunt  —  Play Video  —  Boris Johnson will become Britain's next prime minister after being elected leader of the Conservative party …
BBC:   Boris Johnson wins race to be Tory leader and PM
Boris Johnson elected Tory leader, set to become UK PM
Washington Post:   Boris Johnson, Brexit cheerleader, to become Britain's next prime minister
Maxwell Strachan / HuffPost:
The Fall Of Mic Was A Warning  —  “I don't need a pair of Nikes.  I need a 401(k)” — and other lessons from the death of a venture-backed, Facebook-dependent, millennial-focused news site.  —  Esther Bergdahl felt invigorated.  How could she not?  It was 2014, and she had just joined …
Tom Polansek / Reuters:
Trump administration pursues rule that would remove 3.1 million people from food stamps  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Tuesday will propose a rule to tighten food stamp restrictions that would cut about 3.1 million people from the program, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials said.
Discussion: Fox News and Progress Pond
Laura Reiley / Washington Post:
Trump administration proposal would push 3 million Americans off food stamps
Discussion: Axios, Common Dreams and Slate
Tami Luhby / CNN:
Trump administration proposal could kick 3 million off food stamps
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, USDA and UPI
Issues & Insights:
A Budget Disaster of Epic Proportions  —  Three days after President Trump told his aides to look for deep cuts in federal spending for 2020, he agreed to a budget deal that blows a $320 billion hole in the spending caps and allows a two-year suspension of the debt ceiling.
Discussion: Instapundit
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Deficit Don? Red ink gushes in Trump era
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Federal Budget Would Raise Spending by $320 Billion
POLITICO Playbook: Deal or no deal?
Warplanes from four countries face off in Asian confrontation  —  Seoul (CNN)Warplanes from four countries faced off Tuesday in a chaotic and unprecedented confrontation above a small, disputed island off the coast of South Korea and Japan.  —  South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff issued …
Discussion: The Week
ICE officers came for a Tennessee man.  His neighbors stepped in to stop them  —  (CNN)When US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers tried to take a Tennessee man into custody early Monday morning, the man's neighbors stepped up to stop them, CNN affiliates WTVF and WZTV reported.
Discussion: Daily Kos, and FOX31 Denver
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Sherrod Brown Is the Only Democrat in America Not Running for President  —  EL PASO, Tex. — As 20 Democrats debated on national television, Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio and his wife, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz, texted each other a running critique of the candidates.
Walter Shapiro / Roll Call:
Moderation in the Trump era?  Democrats, it's futile  —  OPINION — The tone of the letter from the Columnists' Guild I'm expecting any minute now will be as stiff as the old-fashioned stationery it's printed on.  It will note that I am “derelict in your duties” and “an embarrassment …
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
More Than 2,000 Migrants Were Targeted in Raids.  35 Were Arrested.  —  More than 2,000 migrants who were in the United States illegally were targeted in widely publicized raids that unfolded across the country last week.  But figures the government provided to The New York Times on Monday show …
Discussion: CNN, Daily Wire and The Crime Report
NBC News:
Human rights groups lead chorus of alarm over new Trump administration commission  —  A trio of letters sent Tuesday voice concern over the administration's new “Commission on Unalienable Rights.”  —  WASHINGTON — Hundreds of prominent human rights organizations, presidential candidates …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
US attorney general William Barr says Americans should accept security risks of encryption backdoors  —  U.S. attorney general William Barr has said consumers should accept the risks that encryption backdoors pose to their personal cybersecurity to ensure law enforcement can access encrypted communications.
New York Times:
These Michigan Voters Show How Trump's ‘Go Back’ Attack May Help Him  —  PORT HURON, Mich. — As President Trump presses his attacks against four women of color in Congress, suggesting they are unpatriotic and should leave the country, many voters in this city on Lake Huron are embracing his …
Discussion: CNN
Jacey Fortin / New York Times:
2 Officers Fired Over Facebook Post Saying Ocasio-Cortez ‘Needs a Round’  —  One police officer from Gretna, La., referred to the congresswoman as a “vile idiot” and suggested she should be shot.  Another officer liked the post.  —  Two police officers in Gretna, La., were fired on Monday …
Chad Calder / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Two Gretna officers fired: One posted Ocasio-Cortez ‘needs a round,’ 2nd hit ‘like’ button
NBC News:
Abner, 17, describes 11 days of hunger and thirst at Yuma's border station  —  Abner said he gave food to younger migrant kids so they wouldn't go hungry, saw a guard hit a boy, and drank from the sink by cupping his unwashed hands.  —  CHICAGO — Abner, a 17-year-old Guatemalan boy …
Carol E. Lee / NBC News:
Among the questions for Mueller: Why wasn't Donald Trump Jr. interviewed?  —  The president's son was the only American participant in the infamous Trump Tower meeting not to talk with investigators in the Russia probe.  —  WASHINGTON — Former special counsel Robert Mueller is likely …
EXCLUSIVE: HHS Is Shutting Down the Model Facility for Migrant Kids It Showed Off to Journalists  —  When the Department of Health and Human Services wanted to show how well it was treating unaccompanied minors in its custody, it invited journalists and politicians to visit a new emergency shelter …
Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
Can Democrats do anything to combat being painted as socialists?  —  Mayor Pete says they can't, so they should focus elsewhere.  —  More than a year out from the 2020 elections, the Democratic Party is in a fight for its identity.  Meanwhile Trump and the GOP have landed on how they want to identify its members: as socialists.
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Heritage Blasts ‘Vengeful’ Conservative Critics—Including Its Former President  —  In a lengthy internal memo, Kay Coles James hammered reporting in the new book “American Carnage” and accused her predecessor of leaking unflattering details about the think tank.
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Lawyers For Trump ‘Super Fan’ Cesar Sayoc Say Trump's Rhetoric Inspired Terrorist Plot On Democrats  —  “A rational observer may have brushed off Trump's tweets as hyperbole, but Mr. Sayoc took them to heart,” his attorneys wrote.  —  Cesar Sayoc, the fanatical Donald Trump fan …
Discussion: UPI
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Fake Science of Global Warming  —  Francis Menton sticks it to the global warming lobby, good and hard: … This is not science, obviously.  There is much more at the link, but I will close with this: … It turns out to be exceptionally close:  —  This is from the article by Povlovsky and Kauppinen:
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Kamala Harris and Jerry Nadler Team on Major Marijuana Legislation  —  The new legislation would go far beyond simply decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level.  —  Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) are teaming up on sweeping legislation aimed …
Discussion: New York Times, The Week, CNN, Politico and Vox
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David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Unlike His Critics, Former New York Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera Is A Mensch
Discussion: Tablet Magazine and
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
Paul Krassner, Anarchist, Prankster and a Yippies Founder, Dies at 87
Discussion: Althouse and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Corrections: July 23, 2019  —  An article on Monday about residents …
Betsy Klein / CNN:
Donald Trump Jr. to become an author this November
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and
Aaron Sarin / Quillette:
When the Lion Wakes: The Global Threat of the Chinese Communist Party
Heather Caygle / Politico:
‘Another white guy in the race’: Dems perplexed by Tom Steyer's run
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
GOP 2020 convention host city Charlotte condemns Trump's ‘racist and xenophobic’ comments
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Usually talkative Trump silent on asylum changes
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Reich / American Prospect:
How Corporate Welfare Hurts You
Ed Burmila / The Baffler:
This is Going to Get Worse  —  “Send her back” is what Trumpism has been all along
Tess Bonn / The Hill:
Giuliani warns Epstein case could ‘implicate a lot of people’
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump met with Nunes to talk intel chief replacements
Discussion: IJR and POLITICUSUSA
John Solomon / The Hill:
How Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann's offer to an oligarch could boomerang on DOJ
Discussion: RedState and The National Interest
Trent Spiner / Politico:
Behind Pence's Air Force Two cancellation: A drug dealer