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Colin Drury / The Independent:
Grinning Trump gives thumbs-up with baby whose parents were shot dead in El Paso terror attack  —  Infant was brought for photo op at hospital where patients refused to meet president  —  It is the sort of photo politicians have long been known to favour: adorable baby, thumbs up, big smiles.
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Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Trump and First Lady Smiling With Baby Orphaned in El Paso Massacre Draws Criticism: ‘Act Like a Human Being’  —  One day after President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited with victims of the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, Twitter erupted in disgust at an image Tweeted …
Edward Helmore / The Guardian:
Anger as grinning Trump gives thumbs-up while Melania holds El Paso orphan  —  A backlash is building over a picture posted by Melania Trump on Twitter that showed her and Donald Trump smiling broadly while holding a baby who was orphaned in the mass shooting in El Paso.
Lulu Garcia-Navarro / The Atlantic:   The Media Erased Latinos From the Story
Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
Democratic candidates' quandary: How to call out Trump on race without offending potential voters
Discussion: USA Today, Breitbart and Axios
KYTV-TV:
Former firefighter stops man armed with 100 rounds of ammunition at south Springfield Walmart  —  SPRINGFIELD, Mo. The Springfield Police Department says it responded to a call of an active shooter at the Walmart Neighborhood Market at Republic Rd., near Golden Ave., Thursday evening.
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KOLR:
Springfield Police arrest armed person at Walmart on Republic  —  SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- The Springfield Police Department tweeted out Thursday that an armed man was arrested at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on W. Republic Road. … Later, Lt. Mike Lucas with Springfield Police confirmed …
New York Times:
Trump's Opponents Want to Name His Big Donors.  His Supporters Say It's Harassment.  —  WASHINGTON — For many businesses, a sudden deluge of phone calls might signal an influx of new customers.  But most of the 25 calls Justin Herricks received before noon on Thursday were from people …
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Emma Kinery / Bloomberg:
Biden in Iowa Says ‘Poor Kids’ Are Just as Smart as ‘White Kids’  — Latest gaffe on campaign trail from former vice president  — Trump campaign posts video of Biden remark without walkback  —  Joe Biden told a group of mostly Asian and Hispanic voters in Iowa on Thursday that “poor kids are just as bright” as white children.
Discussion: The Week and Mediaite
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Biden tells minority voters in Iowa that ‘poor kids’ are just as bright as ‘white kids’
Discussion: The Root and Jezebel
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Joe Biden says ‘poor kids’ are ‘just as talented as white kids’
Discussion: Splinter and UPI
Edmund DeMarche / Fox News:
Biden says ‘poor kids’ just as bright as ‘white kids’ in latest gaffe
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Biden: If Elected President, I'll Let Mitch McConnell Block Everything
Yahoo News:
Here's the data on white supremacist terrorism the Trump administration has been ‘unable or unwilling’ to give to Congress  —  WASHINGTON — Alleged white supremacists were responsible for all race-based domestic terrorism incidents in 2018, according to a government document distributed earlier …
Washington Post:
'If you're a good worker, papers don't matter': How a Trump construction crew has relied on immigrants without legal status  —  OSSINING, N.Y. — For nearly two decades, the Trump Organization has relied on a roving crew of Latin American employees to build fountains and waterfalls …
Discussion: Mediaite
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Stephen Ross expressed qualms about Trump bash after liberal backlash  —  Billionaire New York real estate developer Stephen Ross privately expressed qualms about going ahead with his Hamptons fundraiser for President Trump today.  —  The state of play: Liberal customers had threatened …
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Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
They Paid $42 for a SoulCycle Ride, Not for Trump  —  A look at what happens when politics enters every spandex-clad corner of life, especially in the Hamptons.  —  WATER MILL, N.Y. — Dressed in workout clothes, Lulu Hall hovered by the front door of the SoulCycle while fighting back tears.
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Trump announces shakeup at top of U.S. intelligence  —  President Trump said in a tweet Thursday that he will name Joseph Maguire, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, as the acting director of national intelligence.  —  Maguire will assume the role Aug. 15, when Sue Gordon …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: 4 reasons why the gun debate is all noise
Discussion: The Week
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Deputy Intel Chief Sue Gordon Is Out After Trump Snub
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Quillette Duped by Left-Wing Hoaxer Posing as Communist Construction Worker  —  “Archie Carter,” who pretended to be a blue-collar member of the Democratic Socialists of America, says he set out to humiliate the conservative site with his error-riddled story.
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Aaron Freedman / Jacobin:   Exclusive: We Found Archie Carter
The Daily Beast:
Trump to NRA Bigwigs: Get Better Lawyers  —  This spring, the president told the gun group's top lobbyist and exec their legal team was “lousy.”  Now the NRA is in an unusually weak position—and trying to keep Trump in line.  —  At the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Indianapolis …
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New York Times:
Trump Weighs New Stance on Guns as Pressure Mounts After Shootings
Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
Kellyanne Conway Defends Tucker Carlson, Says White Supremacy Gets ‘Outsized Coverage’ Compared to Antifa  —  White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defended Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Thursday, arguing that his assertion that white supremacy is a “hoax” was getting “outsized coverage” compared to other threats.
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:   Tucker Carlson, Now on Vacation, Could Face More Advertiser Defections
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Trump heads for golf club holiday - but summer storms loom  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Now is the summer (vacation) of the president's discontent.  —  As Donald Trump prepares to leave Friday for his annual August holiday at his lush New Jersey golf club, he's confronting a storm of crises …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Week
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
For Trump and his cronies, draining the swamp means ousting experts  —  Once upon a time, President Trump pledged to “drain the swamp.”  —  This resonated with lots of Americans, who resented the ecosystem of interest groups rigging government in their favor: corrupt officials …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Gizmodo
Bethany Mandel / New York Post:
Twitter giving conservatives the silent tweetment  —  When Ben Goldey, a House communications director from Kentucky, saw a Facebook Live video of protesters outside of Sen. Mitch McConnell's house, he immediately took a screen grab of the video and posted it to Twitter.
Discussion: CNSNews and TheBlaze
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:   Skepticism greets a White House meeting devoted to violent online extremism
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
'They're afraid': Suburban voters in red states threaten GOP's grip on power  —  BROOKHAVEN, Ga. — Republicans face a reckoning in the red-state suburbs that have long been a bedrock for the party, propelled by the stormy confluence of President Trump's searing racial attacks …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Wall Street Journal:
Lost in Life, El Paso Suspect Found a Dark World Online  —  Gunman who allegedly killed 22 people with an intent to attack Hispanics told investigators he came to his views on the internet  —  ALLEN, Texas—The family of Patrick Crusius, the alleged gunman in El Paso's mass shooting …
Jacob T. Levy / Niskanen Center:
The Metastasizing Crisis: Executive Authority and the Crumbling of the Separation of Powers  —  Headnote: The news cycle inspires twin effects: being overwhelmed by the noise and the sheer volume of terrible things to keep track of or letting it all fade to background noise and getting used to it …
Sahil Chinoy / New York Times:
Quiz: Let Us Predict Whether You're a Democrat or a Republican  —  Tell us a few details about you and we'll guess which political party you belong to.  It shouldn't be that simple, right?  We're all complex people with a multiplicity of identities and values.
Bloomberg:
First U.K. Contraction Since Wake of Crisis Raises Brexit Stakes  — Firms run down stocks after hoarding before March exit date  — Underlying growth has lost momentum amid no-deal Brexit fears  —  Follow @Brexit, sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, and tell us your Brexit story.
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Nadler: ‘This is formal impeachment proceedings’  —  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said publicly for the first time on Thursday that his panel is conducting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, adding that the committee will decide by the end of the year whether …
Discussion: TheBlaze, twitchy.com and The Week
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