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1:35 PM ET, August 3, 2019

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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Michael Avenatti is mulling a run for president again after declaring he would not seek nomination  —  KEY POINTS  — Michael Avenatti, who in the past represented porn star Stormy Daniels against the likes of President Donald Trump and his then fixer Michael Cohen, told CNBC late on Friday …
New York Times:
Trump Fuels Racial Disharmony.  Will It Motivate or Discourage Black Voters?  —  DETROIT — Mark Greer is a black Detroiter so outraged by President Trump's regular stream of invective toward people of color that he does his best to avoid exposure to him.  —  So when he clicked on a YouTube link …
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump prepares a push to woo black voters  —  President Donald Trump is looking to woo black voters — if he can make them forget about his tweets.  —  The Trump 2020 campaign has been quietly reaching out to prominent African Americans about joining its latest coalition, intended to boost Republican support in the black community.
Discussion: Mediaite
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
The Reverend Bill Owens Stands Behind Trump  —  During the past several weeks, President Trump has been ramping up his racist and inflammatory attacks on nonwhite lawmakers and activists.  After telling four lawmakers of color to “go back” to where they came from, he targeted Representative Elijah Cummings …
Discussion: Althouse
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Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
CNN's Don Lemon ambushes black pastor over his meeting with President Trump
Discussion: Fox News
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Baltimore Sun Torches Donald Trump: ‘Dancing On Graves’ Of City's Dead  —  “This is the behavior of a jerk, a clod, a dolt, a schmuck.”  —  The Baltimore Sun's editorial board on Friday published yet another blistering opinion piece about President Donald Trump, in which it took him to task …
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Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Deprived of Power, House Republicans Head for the Exits  —  WASHINGTON — Imagine being swept out of power in Congress and relegated to the role of spectator and naysayer as your political opponents dictate the terms of legislative debate.  Add in the specter of a painful slog to re-election …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Daily Kos
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:   For Democrats, and for Republicans, a summer of discontent
The Hill:
Hurd retirement leaves GOP gloomy on 2020
Discussion: The Root
CNN:
Elizabeth Warren is running a brilliant campaign  —  David Axelrod, a senior CNN political commentator and host of “The Axe Files,” was senior adviser to President Barack Obama and chief strategist for the 2008 and 2012 Obama presidential campaigns.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
Discussion: Viking Pundit
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Annie Linskey / Washington Post:   Warren makes inroads into Sanders's world, one backer at a time
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Why can't Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren be as realistic as the guy who promised to slow the rise of the oceans?
Discussion: Fox News and Mediaite
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Biden holds two-to-one lead over Sanders in post-debate poll
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
John Ratcliffe (R-Loser) Gets the Full Trump Treatment  —  The resume-padding backbencher raved at Mueller on camera and found himself at the peak of Trump's regard.  But like a gram of pure coke, there are consequences when the fun stops.  —  By RICK WILSON8.2.19 8:31 PM ET
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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The Daily Beast:
Whistleblower Allegations Surfaced Just Before DNI Pick John Ratcliffe Withdrew  —  Trump blamed the media for his nominee's withdrawal, but it may have to do with his proximity to a company accused of being instrumental in reprisal against a whistleblower.  —  An email disclosing …
Washington Post:
GOP senator held up Trump nominee, demanding to see border wall contracts after Army Corps panned construction firm he prefers  —  A Republican senator held up the confirmation of a White House budget official this week in an attempt to obtain sensitive information about border wall contracts he's …
Christopher Caldwell / New York Times:
The Problem With Greta Thunberg's Climate Activism  —  Her radical approach is at odds with democracy.  —  Mr. Caldwell is the author of “Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West.”  —  Climate activists in Western Europe had already been radicalizing …
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Fox News Host: 'I Don't Know Where To Begin' Debunking Donald Trump's Latest Lie  —  Neil Cavuto fact-checked Trump's latest false claims about U.S. tariffs on products imported from China.  —  Fox News' Neil Cavuto wasted no time in fact-checking President Donald Trump's latest claims …
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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:   Fox News Host Neil Cavuto Tells Viewers Trump Is Wrong: 'China Isn't Paying These Tariffs.  You Are.'
Laurence H. Tribe / NBC News:
Should the age of sexual consent be lowered?  —  Consent laws exist for a reason.  But that hasn't stopped lawyers and pundits from making demonstrably flawed arguments as “devil's advocates.”  —  The devil is a notoriously misleading advocate.  Lawyers and pundits who revel in advancing arguments …
Discussion: The Sun
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Excellence  —  A former dean of the Yale Law School sounds a warning.  —  Anyone who has followed the news from college campuses over the past few years knows they are experiencing forms of unrest unseen since the late 1960s.  —  Now, as then, campuses have become an arena for political combat.
Anna Kusmer / wgbh.org:
Artist Cages ‘Make Way for Ducklings’ Statue To Protest Child Detention Centers  —  Early Friday morning, local artist Karyn Alzayer went to work at the Boston public gardens.  She put chicken wire cages around the iconic “Make Way for Ducklings” statue, separating the baby ducklings …
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Kevin McCarthy Details GOP Plan to Retake House Majority: 31 Democrats Sit in Districts Donald Trump Won  —  Republicans only need to net win back 20 seats from Democrats to retake their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy broke …
The Economist:
The Amazon is approaching an irreversible tipping point  —  The results would be disastrous, for Brazil and for the world  —  The amazon basin, most of which sits within the borders of Brazil, contains 40% of the world's tropical forests and accounts for 10-15% of the biodiversity of Earth's continents.
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
Iran's Foreign Minister Was Invited to Meet Trump in the Oval Office  —  Last month, amid a rapid-fire escalation in tensions between Washington and Tehran, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, received an unexpected invitation—to meet President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.
Mensah M. Dean / Inquirer.com:
‘It was terrifying’: Black Chadds Ford couple left shaken by white Pa. trooper's alleged misconduct  —  Rodney and Angela Gillespie were excited when they returned July 1 to the United States, to the home they'd built in 2007 on a 2.7-acre parcel in a leafy section of upscale Chadds Ford.
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
An elite D.C. girls' school thought its founding nuns taught slaves to read.  Instead, they sold them off for as much as they could.  —  The cash-strapped nuns were desperate to sell their slaves.  —  It was the 1820s, and debt was piling up for Mother Agnes Brent, superior of the Georgetown Visitation Convent in Washington.
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
Ohio's Hamilton County may test whether Trump's divisiveness will help or hurt him in 2020  —  CINCINNATI — When President Trump railed against Baltimore and other diverse American cities as dangerous and “broken” during a campaign rally here this week, supporters cheered Trump's assessment.
Discussion: Politico
Evan A. Davis / The Hill:
An impeachment inquiry has begun  —  Those eager for the start of an official inquiry by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee into the possible impeachment of President Trump need wait no longer.  —  A memorandum, submitted by the committee on July 26 to the U.S. District Court for the District …
Discussion: National Review
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
Climate Could Be an Electoral Time Bomb, Republican Strategists Fear  —  WASHINGTON — When election time comes next year, Will Galloway, a student and Republican youth leader at Clemson University, will look for candidates who are strong on the mainstream conservative causes he cares about most …
Discussion: NB Blog and Washington Monthly
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
O'Rourke to visit inmates inside California's San Quentin  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is planning to visit San Quentin State Prison north of San Francisco on Monday to meet with inmates and have them lead him on a tour of the facility — a rare peek behind bars for a White House hopeful.
 
 
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Associated Press:
Impeachment summer? August town halls may decide next steps
Christian Caryl / Washington Post:
Another Post contributor is under attack — this time from Thailand
Discussion: Financial Times
Stephen Sestanovich / New York Times:
Is Putin Burning Out?  —  The demonstrations of recent weeks …
David Von Drehle / Washington Post:
American politics could use a healthy dose of pragmatism
Xinhua News Agency:
China urges Western nations not to intervene in Hong Kong affairs
Amy Harder / Axios:
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Washington Post:
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New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Joseph Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
What Would We Do Without the Word ‘Racism’?
Donald Trump / Press Association:
Donald Trump's ‘go back’ comments were ‘genius’, says Nigel Farage
Discussion: The Guardian and The Independent
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
McConnell's new posture toward Moscow
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Tulsi Gabbard Thinks We're Doomed
Discussion: Althouse and Vox
Edward Alden / Foreign Policy:
Trump Hired Robert Lighthizer to Win a Trade War. He Lost.
Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
A reporter says the White House suspended his credentials in an ‘attempt to stifle the free press’
Quinta Jurecic / New York Times:
Look at the Mueller Report as a Detective Story. It Will Blow Your Mind.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Anti-Muslim Activist Laura Loomer to Run for Congress