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2:25 PM ET, July 23, 2019

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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Mueller Asks for Aide to Appear as Witness During Hearings  —  WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III has asked that his longtime right-hand aide be sworn in as a witness during Wednesday's hearing with the House Judiciary Committee about the special counsel's investigation, according to congressional officials familiar with the request.
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Josh Campbell / CNN:
Robert Mueller will frustrate the hell out of Congress  —  Josh Campbell is a CNN analyst covering national security issues.  He previously served as a Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI, special assistant to the bureau's director and is the author of a forthcoming book on the origins of the FBI's Russia investigation.
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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
Morgan Phillips / Mediaite:
MSNBC Guests Keep Repeating False Claim That Fox News Isn't Covering the Mueller Hearings
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Bill Barr Already Won
Discussion: Axios and Daily Kos
The Daily Beast:
Can Mueller Cut Through Barr's ‘Fog of Propaganda’?
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:   Mail Bomber's Trump Obsession Contributed To Radicalization, Lawyers Say
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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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: The budget deal shows how unserious the GOP is about deficits in the Trump era
Issues & Insights:
A Budget Disaster of Epic Proportions
Discussion: Instapundit
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Deficit Don? Red ink gushes in Trump era
Discussion: Denver Post
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
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.
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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.
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.
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
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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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.
Jim Treacher / PJ Media Home:
IMPORTANT CORRECTION: AOC Was Weeping Over an Empty Road, Not an Empty Parking Lot  —  We've all seen the harrowing, heartbreaking pictures: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez standing next to a chain-link fence, weeping in anguish over what she saw on the other side.
Discussion: @politifact, twitchy.com and RedState
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 …
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Biden announces criminal justice policy sharply at odds with his '94 crime law  —  Former vice president Joe Biden, who has faced criticism from liberals for spearheading a 1994 law when he was a senator that cracked down on criminals, announced a proposal Tuesday that would eliminate …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Politico
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.
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Top Democratic super PAC launches online barrage against Trump on economy  —  Priorities USA plans to spend at least $250,000 per week through the end of the Democratic primaries.  —  A Democratic super PAC is starting to spend at least $1 million a month online attacking President Donald Trump's record …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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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Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
NSA Forms Cybersecurity Directorate Under More Assertive U.S. Effort
Discussion: CNN, more at Techmeme »
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Trump mocks Tlaib for ‘screaming’ at 2016 speech: ‘This is not a sane person’
Discussion: Politico
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Durbin regrets calling on Franken to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Christopher Kraft, NASA Mission Control's Founding Father, Dies at 95
Discussion: CNN
Jeff Manning / Oregonian:
Columbia Sportswear's Boyle wades into national debate over race, immigration with rebuke of Trump
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
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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
Discussion: The Guardian and Politico
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Doctors find differences in brains of U.S. diplomats who alleged mystery attacks in Cuba
Discussion: The Week
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Column: Does Trump mean what he tweets?
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?
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Fake Science of Global Warming