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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
DOJ tells Mueller to limit testimony to his report  —  Justice Department officials have communicated to Robert Mueller that the department expects him to limit his congressional testimony this week to the public findings of his 448-page report, according to one current and one former U.S. official familiar with the preparations.
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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.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media is getting a second chance to cover Robert Mueller's findings — and this time get it right
Washington Post:
Justice Department tells Mueller to not answer a wide swath of questions
Discussion: Hot Air and The Week
Just Security:   35 Questions for Congress to Ask Robert Mueller (+ Questions from Readers)
Fox News:
Read the letter: Department of Justice instructs Mueller to keep testimony to information from his report
Discussion: Townhall and Axios
Ronald A. Klain / Washington Post:
Robert Mueller's testimony seems destined to disappoint. But Democrats could make it worthwhile.
Discussion: Politico and Vox
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.
Discussion: TheBlaze
New York Times:
Federal Budget Would Raise Spending by $320 Billion  —  WASHINGTON — White House and congressional negotiators reached accord on a two-year budget on Monday that would raise spending caps and lift the government's debt ceiling, likely averting a fiscal crisis but splashing still more red ink on an already surging deficit.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:   Deficit Don? Red ink gushes in Trump era
Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
Trump announces deal with Democratic and GOP leaders on budget and debt ceiling
Brian Riedl / National Review:
New Budget Deal Puts Final Nail in the Tea-Party Coffin
Discussion: The Resurgent
Jordain Carney / The Hill:   Trump, Democrats clinch two-year budget deal
Trent Spiner / Politico:
Behind Pence's Air Force Two cancellation: A drug dealer  —  Vice President Mike Pence was one short plane ride away from shaking hands with an alleged interstate drug dealer.  —  Pence abruptly canceled his trip to Manchester, N.H., earlier this month but never said why he was pulled from Air Force Two at the last minute.
Emma Ockerman / VICE:
The Cop Who Said AOC “Needs A Round” Just Got Fired  —  The Louisiana cop who called AOC a “vile idiot” who “needs a round” has reportedly been fired, along with a fellow cop who “liked” the post.  —  Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson on Monday afternoon fired officer Charlie Rispoli and another officer …
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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 …
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: Americans Not Sold On Trump — Or Democrats  —  Democratic presidential candidates are proposing lots of progressive policies in this election.  And while those policies may resonate with the party base, some of those ideas are not popular with a general election electorate, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.
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William Cummings / USA Today:
President Trump's job approval rating reaches high mark in NPR/PBS/Marist poll after racist tweets
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
Trump administration to expand its power to deport undocumented immigrants  —  The Trump administration on Tuesday will significantly expand its power to quickly deport undocumented immigrants who have illegally entered the United States within the past two years, using a fast-track deportation process that bypasses immigration judges.
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Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Top Dem Think Tank Warns Party: You're Losing Immigration Messaging War to Trump
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Gillibrand: Female senators unfairly blamed for Franken exit  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand said Monday that she doesn't regret calling for Al Franken's resignation from the Senate and that female senators are being blamed for it in a way their male colleagues are not.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Hayley Miller / HuffPost:
Al Franken Says He ‘Absolutely’ Regrets Resigning Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump met with Nunes to talk intel chief replacements  —  President Donald Trump recently spoke to top House Intelligence Republican Devin Nunes about replacements for the country's intelligence chief — the latest sign that Dan Coats' tenure may be short-lived.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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
Tess Bonn / The Hill:
Giuliani warns Epstein case could ‘implicate a lot of people’  —  Rudy Giuliani, a personal attorney for President Trump, warned Monday that a renewed investigation into registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein could potentially implicate many more prominent individuals.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Lauren Gardner / Politico:
Kelly Craft was out of Canada for half her days as ambassador  —  President Donald Trump's nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, spent the equivalent of seven months of her 20-month tenure as U.S. ambassador to Canada back in the United States in places where she had homes …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
‘Racially charged’: Reuters is struggling with descriptions of Trump's racist tweets  —  A mystery hangs over a story that Reuters published on July 16 regarding President Trump's racist tweets regarding four Democratic congresswomen of color: … Emphasis added to ask several questions: From where do those quotation marks come?
Discussion: CNN and Townhall, more at Mediagazer »
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 …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Dispute builds over Georgia lawmaker's confrontation at grocery store  —  A confrontation at a grocery store between a black state legislator and a man she accused of demanding that she “go back” to where she came from has led to barbed attacks from partisan leaders, calls for her to resign and threats of litigation.
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 …
Discussion: Axios
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: Axios, Fox News and Washington Post
Ed Burmila / The Baffler:
This is Going to Get Worse  —  “Send her back” is what Trumpism has been all along  —  This is what Donald Trump is, and what Donald Trump always was.  The Baffler  —  W  —  O  —  R  —  D  —  F  —  C  —  T  —  O  —  R  —  Y  —  WATCHING A VIRTUALLY ALL-WHITE CROWD of viciously angry …
John Solomon / The Hill:
How Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann's offer to an oligarch could boomerang on DOJ  —  The ink was still drying on special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment papers when his chief deputy, the famously aggressive and occasionally controversial prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, made a bold but secret overture in early June 2017.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Eryn Brown / Washington Post:
Chris Kraft, godfather of NASA's Mission Control, dies at 95  —  Chris Kraft, an aeronautical engineer who helped shape the success of NASA's manned space missions in the 1960s as the godfather of the ground-based Mission Control organization, died July 22, two days after the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Blake Apgar / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Former Nevada Sen. John Ensign divorces wife  —  Former Sen. John Ensign and his wife, Darlene, left, pictured with former Ensign aide Doug Hampton and his wife, Cynthia.  (Inside Edition)  —  Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., answers a question about his extra-marital affair during a town hall meeting …
Discussion: Roll Call
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:
 
 
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Sarah Emerson / VICE:
Under Trump, 26% of Climate Change References Have Vanished From .Gov Sites
Discussion: Splinter
Ken Dalecki / National Press Club:
Club member Kay Shaw Nelson, ex-CIA spy, dies at 93
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Deregulation explodes under Trump, 13 regulations killed for every new one, $33B saved
Discussion: Power Line
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Pizzagater Jack Posobiec Granted Fellowship By Increasingly White Nationalist Think Tank
Discussion: The Federalist
Tom Jawetz / Center for American Progress:
Endnotes  — While immigrants have always been an essential part …
Discussion: Breitbart and TheBlaze
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Trump is building a chaos machine
 Earlier Items: 
Deb Haaland / New York Times:
Trump Wants Immigrants to ‘Go Back.’ Native Americans Don't.
VICE:
Why Democrats Could Be Heading for the Dreaded Contested Convention
WTVF-TV:
ICE tries to bring man in Hermitage in custody, neighbors form human chain to let them get home
Discussion: FOX31 Denver
CNBC:
Betsy DeVos and family see profits soar after Trump tax reform bill, deregulation efforts
Discussion: The Stranger
New York Times:
With Guns, Cash and Terrorism, Gulf States Vie for Power in Somalia
Rebecca Tan / Washington Post:
Officials call it a common-sense zoning change. These homeowners say it's a ‘betrayal.’