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Obed Manuel / Dallas Morning News:
A Dallas-born citizen picked up by the Border Patrol has been detained for three weeks  —  An 18-year-old Dallas-born U.S. citizen has been in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement for more than three weeks, his attorney says.
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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
NBC News:   Abner, 17, describes 11 days of hunger and thirst at Yuma's border station
Anna Kaplan / The Daily Beast:   18-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Has Been in CBP and ICE Custody for Three Weeks
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 …
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
MAGA Bomber's Lawyers Blame Trump, Sean Hannity for His Radicalization  —  “In this darkness, Mr. Sayoc found light in Donald J. Trump,” his legal team wrote in a new filing.  —  The “MAGA Bomber” who mailed explosives to President Donald Trump's critics turned violent on a steady diet of Fox News …
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Fox News helped radicalize domestic terrorist Cesar Sayoc, say his lawyers  —  Cesar Sayoc pleaded guilty in March to mailing improvised explosive devices to 13 people, including many prominent Democratic figures, among them former president Barack Obama, former vice president Joe Biden …
Discussion: Mediaite
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: ThinkProgress and UPI
New York Times:
Trump Relies on Populist Language, but He Mostly Sides With Corporate Interests  —  WASHINGTON — History will record last week as a moment when President Trump turned to raw racial appeals to attack a group of nonwhite lawmakers, but his attacks also underscored a remarkable fact of his first term …
Discussion: Politico
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
With budget deal, Trump drains the swamp — of the Tea Party  —  President Trump once vowed to drain the swamp, but by joining with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the latest budget deal, he has merely drained it of the Tea Party.  —  There are many ways in which the Trump presidency has been disruptive to the status quo.
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Issues & Insights:
A Budget Disaster of Epic Proportions
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
Morgan Phillips / Mediaite:
MSNBC Guests Keep Repeating False Claim That Fox News Isn't Covering the Mueller Hearings  —  Former Democratic Congresswoman Donna Edwards, appearing on MSNBC Tuesday morning, repeated the false claim that Fox News will not be airing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's hearing before Congress this week.
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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
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.
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Tami Luhby / CNN:
Trump administration proposal could kick 3 million off food stamps
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, USDA and UPI
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 and Law & Crime
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Josh Campbell / CNN:
Robert Mueller will frustrate the hell out of Congress
Discussion: National Review
Elie Honig / CNN:
Mueller, drop the Yoda act
BBC:
Boris Johnson wins race to be Tory leader and PM  —  Boris Johnson has been elected new Conservative leader in a ballot of party members and will become the next UK prime minister.  —  He beat Jeremy Hunt comfortably, winning 92,153 votes to his rival's 46,656.
Discussion: Reason and PJ Media Home
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Hugo Gye / The Sun:
BOJO BLOWS IN Boris anoints himself ‘The Dude’ …
CNN:
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 …
Jeffrey Cimmino / Washington Free Beacon:
Gabbard: ‘Kamala Harris is Not Qualified to Serve as Commander in Chief’  —  'She's got no background or experience in foreign policy'  —  Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D., Hawaii) argued Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) is not qualified to serve as commander in chief during an appearance on Outkick the Coverage with Clay Travis on Tuesday.
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Ben Terris / Washington Post:   Who is Kamala Harris, really? Ask her sister Maya.
Nancy A. Youssef / Wall Street Journal:
Senate Votes to Confirm Mark Esper as Defense Secretary  —  Confirmation ends longest period in Pentagon history without a congressionally approved leader  —  The Senate voted to confirm former Raytheon Co. executive Mark Esper as U.S. defense secretary, ending the longest period …
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Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Senate confirms Mark Esper as new defense secretary
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
CNN:
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.
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Doctors find differences in brains of U.S. diplomats who alleged mystery attacks in Cuba  —  Doctors found “significant differences” but couldn't say if they were caused by whatever happened in Cuba or if those differences were tied to symptoms.  —  WASHINGTON — A group …
Discussion: The Week
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Mentions of Immigration as Top Problem Surpass Record High  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — After hitting a new high last month, mentions of immigration as the most important problem facing the U.S. increased further to 27% in July.  Since Gallup began regularly recording mentions of the issue in 1993 …
Discussion: Townhall and RedState
 
 
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Maggie Severns / Politico:
Top Democratic super PAC launches online barrage against Trump on economy
Discussion: Political Wire
Jeff Manning / Oregonian:
Columbia Sportswear's Boyle wades into national debate over race, immigration with rebuke of Trump
Washington Post:
Trump attacks ‘socialists’ at home, but in Hong Kong he just sided with the Communists
Discussion: Slate and Bloomberg
Politico:
Jon Stewart to attend Senate Dems lunch ahead of 9/11 victims fund vote
Steven Overly / Politico:
Amazon, Facebook lobbying hits record high amid heightened D.C. scrutiny
Ezra Klein / Vox:
How “Medicare Extra” gets to universal coverage without single-payer
Jon Gerberg / Washington Post:
'I just don't want to kill 10 million people': Trump's comments reverberate in Afghanistan
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Column: Does Trump mean what he tweets?
 Earlier Items: 
VICE:
EXCLUSIVE: HHS Is Shutting Down the Model Facility for Migrant Kids It Showed Off to Journalists
Discussion: The Guardian
Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
Can Democrats do anything to combat being painted as socialists?
Carol E. Lee / NBC News:
Among the questions for Mueller: Why wasn't Donald Trump Jr. interviewed?
NBC News:
Human rights groups lead chorus of alarm over new Trump administration commission
Discussion: Politico
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Fake Science of Global Warming
New York Times:
These Michigan Voters Show How Trump's ‘Go Back’ Attack May Help Him
Discussion: CNN