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Heather Caygle / Politico:
‘Get real’: Senior Democrats shut down Kavanaugh impeachment push  —  Senior Democrats are moving quickly to snuff out calls to impeach Brett Kavanaugh, arguing those tactics are unrealistic and politically harmful.  —  Democrats are already wrestling with whether to try to oust President Donald Trump …
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Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
To Balance the Scales of Justice, Don't Be Afraid to Pack the Court  —  The lifetime appointments of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh cry out for Democratic hardball in response.  —  President Trump bragged on Twitter recently about his success filling up the federal judiciary.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Brett Kavanaugh Turmoil Engulfs the New York Times  —  Sources say Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly initially pitched their reporting to the news side, but top editors ultimately felt that there wasn't enough juice to warrant a story there—punting the scoop to the Sunday Review section.
New York Times:
Answers to Reader Questions on Our Brett Kavanaugh Essay
Washington Examiner:
In New York Times v. Kavanaugh, flagrant prosecutorial misconduct
Discussion: The Resurgent
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Times' handling of Kavanaugh story draws widespread criticism
Mimi Rocah / USA Today:
Confirmed: Powerful men ignored women in short-circuited Brett Kavanaugh investigation
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
The Deborah Ramirez ‘corroboration’ that wasn't
Discussion: New York Magazine and Vox
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
'Just didn't make any sense': Friend of Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford now challenges her story
Karma Allen / ABC News:
Legendary journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts dies at 75  —  Renowned ABC News journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts has died at the age of 75.  —  Roberts won countless awards, including three Emmys, throughout her decades-long career.
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Bobby Allyn / NPR:
Cokie Roberts, Pioneering Female Journalist Who Helped Shape NPR, Dies at 75  —  Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, who joined an upstart NPR in 1978 and left an indelible imprint on the growing network with her coverage of Washington politics before later going to ABC News, has died.  She was 75.
The Daily Beast:
Team Trump: Saudis See This Attack as Their 9/11  —  “It seems like a trivialization of the tragedy of 9/11, but from a Saudi point of view it is a way of explaining their shock to Americans,” one expert says.  —  A top State Department official told Congress Monday evening that the Saudis view …
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Austin Carson / Washington Post:
After the Saudi oil attack, will the U.S. and Saudis start a war with Iran?  Here are 3 things to know.
Washington Post:
Trump has dug himself into a hole with Iran
Discussion: Axios, Slate, The Drive and Breitbart
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Warren and Trump Speeches Attack Corruption, but Two Different Kinds  —  In New York, Senator Elizabeth Warren described a government compromised by the influence of the wealthy.  President Trump, in New Mexico, denounced a “failed liberal establishment.”  —  Senator Elizabeth Warren stood beneath …
Discussion: The Week
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Bhaskar Sunkara / Jacobin:
The Working Families Party Has Written Itself Out of History  —  Make no mistake: the Working Families Party's opaque presidential endorsement process signaled a rejection of not only Bernie Sanders but the movement emerging around him.  —  The Working Families Party (WFP) …
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
At Her Biggest Rally, Elizabeth Warren Laid Out A Model For Her Own Kind Of Movement  —  When Bernie Sanders came to Washington Square Park in 2016, marijuana smoke filled the air.  The rock band Vampire Weekend took the stage and sang a cappella.  And the actor Tim Robbins recalled coming to this same spot …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
American Migration Patterns Should Terrify the GOP  —  Liberals in America have a density problem.  Across the country, Democrats dominate in cities, racking up excessive margins in urban cores while narrowly losing in suburban districts and sparser states.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Democrats fret presidential field's leftward lurch presents down-ballot dilemma  —  When the top Democratic presidential candidates gathered in Houston last week, they debated a radical health care overhaul and mandatory gun confiscation while striking an uncompromising tone toward President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
A teen allegedly wanted to ‘shoot 400 people for fun.’ Cops found an AK-47 in her bedroom.  —  Alexis Wilson was working an afternoon shift at the local Pizza Inn in McAlester, Okla., on Sunday, when she pulled a co-worker aside to boast about her new gun.  —  The slight 18-year-old …
Discussion: VICE, Raw Story and Law & Crime
Washington Post:
In New Mexico rally, Trump makes a direct appeal to Hispanic voters  —  RIO RANCHO, N.M. — President Trump, whose crackdown on illegal immigration and incendiary rhetoric about Latinos have been hallmarks of his first term, made a direct appeal here Monday night to Hispanic voters to secure him a second term.
Discussion: Breitbart and Slate
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Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Trump pitches to Latino voters at New Mexico rally as he vows to “make it a Republican state.”
Discussion: The Week, CNN, Mediaite and Washington Post
Angie Martoccio / Rolling Stone:
Mitch McConnell: The Man Who Sold America  —  Fittingly enough, it was hot as blazes in Kentucky when Mitch McConnell slunk back home for Congress' annual summer recess.  One week earlier, Robert Mueller had testified that Russia was meddling in the 2020 U.S. elections.
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Air Force crews stayed at Trump's Turnberry resort for days at a time  —  TURNBERRY, Scotland— Air Force officers who have earned medals for their tours of duty can pick up some more brass with a short pit stop in Southwest Scotland.  —  As part of its relationship with the Air Force …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Scaachi Koul / BuzzFeed News:
How Did Lauren Duca's Revolution Backfire?  —  The viral writer wants to galvanize young people with her new book, How to Start a Revolution.  But past controversies — and a new complaint filed by her New York University students — threaten to undermine her message.
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Sean Spicer Has Most Embarrassing ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Debut Ever, Period  —  “It's like you were being attacked by a swarm of wasps,” one judge said after Spicer attempted a salsa dance.  —  Despite its best efforts, America could not shame Sean Spicer out of joining Dancing With the Stars.
Discussion: CNN, BizPac Review, KTLA and New Yorker
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Back First 2020 Challenger to Sitting Democrat  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez plans on Tuesday to announce her endorsement of Marie Newman, a progressive candidate seeking to oust Representative Daniel Lipinski, a conservative-leaning Illinois Democrat …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Abortion Mysticism of Pete Buttigieg  —  How the party of science decided that personhood begins at birth.  —  Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., has made his Christian piety a minor theme of his presidential campaign — quoting Proverbs on the debate stage …
Discussion: The Federalist and Althouse
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Dan Merica / CNN:   Buttigieg releases plan to improve US' response to natural disasters
Matt Stevens / New York Times:
Andrew Yang Knows You May Disagree With Him About Shane Gillis  —  Mr. Gillis was dropped by “Saturday Night Live” after calling Mr. Yang a racial slur, and Mr. Yang, an entrepreneur who is running for president, has urged forgiveness.  —  Shane Gillis, a 31-year-old stand-up comedian …
New York Times:
8 Years of Trump Tax Returns Are Subpoenaed by Manhattan D.A.  —  Investigators demanded the president's personal and corporate tax returns as they examine hush money paid to Stormy Daniels.  —  State prosecutors in Manhattan have subpoenaed President Trump's accounting firm to demand eight years …
John Murawski / RealClearInvestigations:
Woke History Is Making Big Inroads in America's High Schools  —  Like growing numbers of public high school students across the country, many California kids are receiving classroom instruction in how race, class, gender, sexuality and citizenship status are tools of oppression, power and privilege.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Wall Street Journal:
Silicon Valley Donors Continue to Elude Trump  —  Location of president's fundraiser in the Bay Area is being kept under wraps  —  Three years ago, an uproar among company employees forced the chief executive of Intel Corp. at the time to cancel an event for candidate Donald Trump at his Atherton …
 
 
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
A central 2020 question for Democrats: How critical are working-class white voters?
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
House Democrats sidestep border wall fight until November
David Brennan / Newsweek:
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
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Thomas Gibbons-Neff / New York Times:
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Marissa J. Lang / Washington Post:
Women's March cutting ties with three original board members accused of anti-Semitism