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9:50 AM ET, June 19, 2017


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Daily Mail:
Finsbury Park worshippers pinned ‘attacker’ to the ground  —  The van attack yards from Finsbury Park Mosque follows warnings of an unprecedented anti-Muslim backlash after recent terrorist atrocities.  —  Police in London recorded a spike in the number of Islamophobic incidents in the wake …
Finsbury Park: ‘Several hurt’ as vehicle hits pedestrians  —  A vehicle has struck pedestrians “leaving a number of casualties” in north London, police said.  —  One person was arrested following the incident near Finsbury Park Mosque on Seven Sisters Road.
The Guardian:
Finsbury Park terror attack: Theresa May arrives at the scene - latest updates
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
New York Times:
Kushner Is Said to Be Reconsidering His Legal Team  —  Representatives of Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, have quietly contacted high-powered criminal lawyers about potentially representing him in the wide-ranging investigation into Russia's influence on the 2016 election …
Discussion: Political Wire
Carol E. Lee / Wall Street Journal:
Jared Kushner to Travel to Middle East in Effort to Advance U.S. Peace Efforts  —  President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser, Jared Kushner, plans to travel to the Middle East this week to try to advance U.S. efforts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, a White House official said Sunday.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Jared Kushner to visit Middle East in pursuit of peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians
Discussion: CNN and The Week
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
We need a Robert Mueller resignation or a second special counsel  —  The only way to avoid a tainted investigation or a political explosion is another counsel to investigate possible obstruction of justice.  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller has a problem: He has a disqualifying conflict of interest regarding a large part of his work.
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Megyn Kelly Pantses Alex Jones  —  The censorious powers of the heckler's veto have evolved now to the point that people are willing to call for the banning and shunning of works of journalism not yet published.  Former Fox News Channel and current NBC News anchor Megyn Kelly got the treatment …
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Megyn Kelly and NBC News take the gloves off in Alex Jones interview — and now he's mad
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian
NBC4 Washington:
Teen Missing in Fairfax County Believed Dead; Suspect Charged: Police
Discussion: Raw Story
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Russia threatens U.S. after Syrian jet shot down  —  Russia's defense ministry said Monday that it will treat U.S.-led coalition planes west of the Euphrates in Syria as targets after the U.S. downed a Syrian jet over the weekend, bringing an end to the agreement between the U.S. and Moscow, reports FT.
Washington Post:
Afghan war faces flurry of setbacks as new U.S. military policy nears
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / Washington Post:
U.S. aircraft shoots down a Syrian government jet over northern Syria, Pentagon says
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.
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Democrats sweat the details in Georgia special election  —  SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — Democrats are closer than they ever could have imagined to winning a House seat in the Republican suburbs of Atlanta, and dealing a resounding blow to Donald Trump.  —  But they're also gripped by anxiety about what happens if they fall short Tuesday.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and The Week
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
Georgia Sixth: Ossoff, Handel condemn TV ad that ties Democrats to Scalise shooting
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump demands face time with favored Cabinet heads  —  CIA Director Mike Pompeo carves out three hours almost every weekday to drive from Langley, Va., to the White House with his team to give President Donald Trump his national security briefing in person.  —  The CIA director's treks …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
The State Department just broke a promise to minority and female recruits  —  Dozens of young minority and female State Department recruits received startling and unwelcome news last week: They would not be able to soon join the Foreign Service despite having been promised that opportunity.
Katherine J Cramer / The Guardian:
The great American fallout: how small towns came to resent cities  —  But Democrat or Republican, they usually tell Katherine Cramer - who has spent a decade visiting residents of small-town Wisconsin - the same thing: it's the cities that get all the breaks, and then have the gall to look down on them, too
‘Full Measure’: Quitting Congress  —  WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Just a couple of months ago, we profiled Congressman Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee which was poised to dig deep on wide-ranging investigations into government mischief, waste, fraud and abuse.
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.
Joe Uchill / The Hill:
Data on 198M voters exposed by RNC contractor  —  A data analytics contractor employed by the Republican National Committee (RNC) left databases containing information on nearly 200 million potential voters exposed to the internet without security, allowing anyone who knew where to look to download it without a password.
Dylan Scott / Vox:
The health care industry doesn't love Obamacare enough to save it  —  “It's not all-out warfare.”  —  The health care industry killed Hillarycare in the 1990s and cut deals to shape Obamacare more to its liking in 2009.  But now, as Republicans push a sweeping and widely reviled health bill through Congress …
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Kate Allen / Financial Times:
Shrinking cities: population decline in the world's rust-belt areas
Discussion: Axios
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
New Study Shows What Really Happened in the 2016 Election
Kathy Melley / Community Catalyst Action Fund:
New Ad Campaign Shows Devastating Impact of GOP Health Care Repeal Bill on American Families
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
Patagonia's CEO Is Ready To Lead The Corporate Resistance To Donald Trump
Discussion: Breitbart, Infowars and Raw Story
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
Some gun owners are disturbed by the Philando Castile verdict. The NRA is silent.
Discussion: Slate and Daily Wire
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Conway: Congress should be thinking about ‘solutions’ instead of midterms
Discussion: RedState
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
At height of Russia tensions, Trump campaign chairman Manafort met with business associate from Ukraine
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Fox's Bolling talks of a future Senate run
Discussion: Mediaite
Wall Street Journal:
Israel Gives Secret Aid to Syrian Rebels
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Two years ago, they couldn't look away. Now some Trump supporters are tuning out.
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
One Ohio Town's Immigration Clash, Down in the Actual Muck
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
McConnell wants to force health care vote by July 4th
Discussion: Associated Press
NBC News:
NBC News Exclusive: Memo Shows Watergate Prosecutors Had Evidence Nixon White House Plotted Violence
Discussion: Political Wire
Ema O'Connor / BuzzFeed:
The Man Who Secretly Taped Planned Parenthood Could Be Going To Prison — Alongside His Criminal Lawyers
Discussion: Raw Story