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5:10 PM ET, June 19, 2017

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The Hill:
GOP considers cancelling August recess to salvage agenda  —  Alarmed by the stalemate on healthcare reform, lack of progress on tax reform and appropriations bills that are far behind schedule, Republican lawmakers across Congress are increasingly willing to consider cancelling the month-long August recess.
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Worrying numbers on health care plan for ‘swing vote’ senators  —  Public Policy Polling, a Democratic polling firm, conducted polls in three states where a Republican Senator will have a key swing vote on the GOP health care plan: Nevada, West Virginia and Alaska.
Discussion: Political Wire and Fusion
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Democrats to halt Senate business over Obamacare repeal  —  Democrats will grind Senate business to a halt in a protest against Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare.  —  Beginning Monday night, Democrats will start objecting to all unanimous consent requests in the Senate, according to a Democratic aide.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Senate GOP considers deeper Medicaid cuts than House bill  —  A leading option in the Senate's ObamaCare repeal debate is to make even deeper cuts to Medicaid spending than the bill passed by the House, according to lobbyists and aides.  —  The proposal would start out the growth rate …
Haley Byrd / IJR:
House Republicans to Send McConnell a Letter Demanding Conservative Provisions in Senate Health Bill  —  The conservative Republican Study Committee is preparing to send a letter of demands to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this week as he finalizes the upper chamber's version of the bill to replace Obamacare.
Discussion: Mashable and Raw Story
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Spicer searching for candidates to take over White House briefing  —  White House press secretary Sean Spicer is leading a search for his own replacement at the briefing room podium as part of a larger plan to shake up the White House communications operations, according to two people with knowledge of the effort.
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Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Weighs New Role for Press Secretary Sean Spicer  —  President's spokesman may move into more senior position  —  New spokesman may be hired, though discussions aren't final  —  The White House is weighing whether to move Press Secretary Sean Spicer into a more senior role focused …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Spicer: Mueller, Rosenstein “serve at the pleasure of the president”
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump demands face time with favored Cabinet heads
Discussion: Raw Story and twitchy.com
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Congressional shooting clouds final days of Georgia special election  —  THE BIG IDEA:  —  JOHNS CREEK, Ga.—When Republican congressional candidate Karen Handel went table to table greeting patrons at Marlow's Tavern on Friday night, almost everyone asked her about the letters.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Why The Georgia Special Election Matters  —  The “takes” you'll read about the special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District on Tuesday night are probably going to be dumb.  A close outcome in either direction would be consistent with what we know about the political environment.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Week
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
The 15 Best-Educated Districts in the U.S., and Why It Matters in the Georgia Race
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Shawn Musgrave / Politico:   Georgia special election tweets traced to one source
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Democrats sweat the details in Georgia special election
Frank Pallotta / CNNMoney:
Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones interview got lots of attention, but not many viewers  —  Jones vs. Kelly: Battle between new and old media  —  Megyn Kelly's much talked about interview with Alex Jones got plenty of attention for Kelly and NBC, both good and bad, but not many viewers.
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones interview a ratings flop
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:   Megyn Kelly just helped some guy get thousands of new followers
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Megyn Kelly Pantses Alex Jones
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court to hear potentially landmark case on partisan gerrymandering  —  The Supreme Court declared Monday that it will consider whether gerrymandered election maps favoring one political party over another violate the Constitution, a potentially fundamental change in the way American elections are conducted.
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Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
Supreme Court unanimously reaffirms: There is no ‘hate speech’ exception to the First Amendment
Discussion: Power Line and Daily Wire
CNN:
Supreme Court strikes down law banning use of Facebook by registered sex offenders
Discussion: TheBlaze and IJR
Tom Batchelor / The Independent:
Russia to treat US jets in Syria as ‘targets’ after America guns down first regime warplane  —  Communication channel between Washington and Moscow to be suspended immediately  —  Russia has said it will treat US warplanes operating in parts of Syria where its air forces are present as …
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Ellen Mitchell / The Hill:
Pentagon working to re-establish ‘deconfliction’ line with Russia
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Officials: 17-year-old Muslim girl assaulted and killed after leaving Virginia mosque  —  Police found remains Sunday thought to be those of a missing Virginia teenager who they say was assaulted and disappeared overnight after leaving a mosque in the Sterling area, and a 22-year-old man …
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BuzzFeed:
A Muslim Teen Was Kidnapped And Murdered Outside A Virginia Mosque
Washington Post:
Killing of a Muslim teenager in Virginia is being investigated as a road-rage incident, police say
FCPD Media Relations / Fairfax County Police …:
Man Charged with Assaulting and Killing a 17-Year-Old Girl
Karen Freifeld / Reuters:
Mueller team lawyer brings witness-flipping expertise to Trump probes  —  A veteran federal prosecutor recruited onto special counsel Robert Mueller's team is known for a skill that may come in handy in the investigation of potential ties between Russia and U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign team …
Discussion: Politicus USA and The Daily Caller
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
We need a Robert Mueller resignation or a second special counsel
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump defiant as pressure grows
Discussion: Raw Story and The Guardian
John Hudson / BuzzFeed:
The Trump Administration Has A New Plan For Dealing With Russia  —  A classified document by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson lays out a new path for Russia and the US.  But does the president, weighed down by scandal and investigation, support it?  —  As the White House fends off accusations …
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story and The Week
Lynn Thompson / The Seattle Times:
Mother with knife killed by police was pregnant and had mental-health issues, family says  —  Seattle police on Sunday shot and killed a 30-year-old old woman who had called officers to report an attempted burglary and then displayed a knife, SPD said.  Police took three children from the home …
Gizmodo:
GOP Data Firm Accidentally Leaks Personal Details of Nearly 200 Million American Voters  —  Political data gathered on more than 198 million US citizens was exposed this month after a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee stored internal documents on a publicly accessible Amazon server.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
New Study Shows What Really Happened in the 2016 Election  —  The Democracy Fund Voter Study Group has a new survey of the electorate that explodes many of the myths that we believe about American politics.  Lee Drutman has a fascinating report delving into the data.
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Lee Drutman / Democracy Fund Voter Study Group:   Political Divisions in 2016 and Beyond
 
 
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