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CNN PoliticsJul 17, 2019
Trump sees political win in racist jabs that also surprised aides
President Donald Trump's initial racist jab at a foursome of Democratic congresswomen came as a surprise -- and not a pleasant one -- to many of his aides, who began texting about how to defend their boss' tweets minutes after he fired them off.

John Lewis on Trump in emotional speech: 'I know racism when I feel it' (CNN Politics)
White GOP congressman says he isn't offended by racist Trump tweets because 'I'm a person of color' (CNN Politics)

Reuters PoliticsJul 17, 2019
Democratic lawmaker tries to force U.S. House vote on Trump impeachment
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday was again trying to referee an intra-party struggle among her Democratic colleagues over whether to take steps toward impeaching Republican President Donald Trump.

Democrat says House likely to vote on impeachment resolution Wednesday (CNN Politics)

Reuters PoliticsJul 17, 2019
Factbox: Forty Republicans criticize Trump's inflammatory tweets
Forty of the 250 Republicans serving in the U.S. Congress as of Wednesday afternoon have criticized Republican President Donald Trump over his attacks, widely condemned as racist, on four Democratic lawmakers, all minority women.

Reuters PoliticsJul 17, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez, Pelosi to meet and discuss working relationship
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman lawmaker who has clashed with Republican President Donald Trump and her own Democratic leadership, has sought a meeting with U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to discuss their relationship, a Pelosi aide said on Wednesday.

Reuters PoliticsJul 17, 2019
Trump to meet religious persecution victims from 17 countries, including China: White House
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday was set to meet with survivors of religious persecution from 17 countries, including China, Turkey, North Korea, Iran and Myanmar, the White House said.

Drudge ReportJul 17, 2019
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CNN PoliticsJul 17, 2019
Trump to get warm welcome at Greenville rally amid swirling controversy
President Donald Trump's racist tweets aimed at four Democratic congresswomen of color have injected drama and tumult into an already-divided Washington this week. On Wednesday evening, he will leave all that behind for friendlier territory, holding a campaign rally before an arena of supporters in Greenville, North Carolina.

The Daily BeastJul 17, 2019
Tweet Fight Means Trump Knows Now He Has the Power to Tear Us Apart — And He's Itching To Do More Of It
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyWhy is Donald Trump pleased by the controversy over his tweets? Because it's made him realize more than ever before that he has the power to blow the country up over race. 

The New York Times reported Wednesday morning that Donald Trump is thrilled about the controversy stoked by his Sunday morning—and continuing—Twitter barrage aimed at the Squad. There's an ominous lesson in here. The episode seems to have given Trump a new understanding of his power over his supporters and a new sense of destiny. If this doesn't scare you, you'd better wake up.

Trump was always a racist. He ran on stoking racial fear from the beginning, as many have observed. He and his father were racists 40 years ago.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Yahoo PoliticsJul 16, 2019
McConnell says Trump is 'not a racist' and calls for Washington to 'tone down' rhetoric
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he doesn't believe Donald Trump is a racist despite the president's calls for four Democratic lawmakers to "go back" to the "crime infested places from which they came."

CNN PoliticsJul 16, 2019
The Point: Kellyanne Conway just said something that will stun you
Kellyanne Conway prides herself on her combativeness with the press. It's a trait that has long endeared her to President Donald Trump and kept her in his ever-shrinking inner circle of advisers.

The Daily BeastJul 16, 2019
Four Republicans Cut Profiles in Courage and Condemn Trump's Hateful Words
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyPraise is due to the four Republicans who joined Democrats in voting for Monday's House resolution which "strongly condemns President Donald Trump's racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color." 

The impetus for this resolution, of course, was Trump's call for four progressive women of color—the so-called "Squad"—to "go back" to where they "originally came from." 

Conservatives might not agree with The Squad's politics, but everyone should agree that Trump's words crossed a line. 

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Politics - U.S. HouseJul 16, 2019
Donald Trump Wishes He Were Running Against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
His racist tweet is central to his 2020 re-election strategy.

The Daily BeastJul 16, 2019
Democrats Can't Even Condemn Trump Racism Without Infighting
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty/Brendan SmialowskiHitting back at Donald Trump's latest tirade was supposed to be easy for House Democrats: a show of unity in criticizing the president's racists tweets leading to a formal condemnation of his targeting of four Democratic freshman lawmakers.

But as with most attempts to show disapproval with the president, Tuesday's efforts proved to be ham-fisted. House Democrats formally condemned Trump for his social media missive. But the path getting there was complicated by internal disarray, and overshadowed by the absence of an agreed-upon strategy that culminated in a massive blow-up on the House floor, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused of violating House rules in her attempts to peg the president as a racist. 

It was, in the grand scheme of things, a bureaucratic misstep. But for many Democrats it symbolized something far more: yet another illustration of the party's ineptitude and, ultimately, timidity in confronting Trump. 

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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CNN PoliticsJul 16, 2019
Fact check: Trump makes 13 false claims in Cabinet meeting
President Donald Trump uttered a rapid series of false claims, at least 13 in all, during his Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. He made another claim for which there is no public evidence, and he offered positive words about an ally's accusation for which there is no public evidence.

Reuters PoliticsJul 16, 2019
House condemns Trump over 'racist comments' tweeted at congresswomen
The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to condemn President Donald Trump for "racist comments" against four minority Democratic congresswomen, a symbolic vote aimed at shaming Trump and his fellow Republicans who stood by him.
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