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12:05 PM ET, June 19, 2017


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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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Why The Georgia Special Election Matters
Discussion: The Week
New York Times:
Kushner Is Said to Be Reconsidering His Legal Team
Discussion: Politicus USA and Political Wire
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:   Democrats sweat the details in Georgia special election
Live Updates: One Person Has Died After A Terror Attack On Worshippers Near A London Mosque  —  A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after driving a white van into a group of people outside Finsbury Park Mosque.  A witness told BuzzFeed News the man shouted that he wanted to “kill all Muslims”.
LATEST: Incident in Finsbury Park
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.
Discussion: Politico, Axios, Daily Kos and The Week
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court rules the government can't refuse to register trademarks considered offensive
Discussion: Washington Post
Craig Gilbert / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
At heart of landmark Supreme Court case: a gerrymandered map that has helped lock in huge …
Discussion: USA Today
Syria conflict: Russia issues warning after US coalition downs jet  —  Russia has warned the US-led coalition fighting in Syria that it will view its aircraft as targets, after a Syrian military plane was shot down.  —  The coalition said it had shot down the Syrian Su-22 after it bombed US-backed fighters in Raqqa province on Sunday.
Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Russia threatens U.S. after Syrian jet shot down
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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Dylan Scott / Vox:   The health care industry doesn't love Obamacare enough to save it
Christy Ford Chapin / New York Times:   How Did Health Care Get to Be Such a Mess?
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  —  Megyn Kelly on the set of her NBC News prime-time magazine “Sunday Night.”  (Brian Doben / NBC)  —  Megyn Kelly presented a highly critical 19-minute piece on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on her NBC newsmagazine …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
198 million Americans hit by “largest ever” voter records leak  —  Personal data on 198 million voters, including analytics data that suggests who a person is likely to vote for and why, was stored on an unsecured Amazon server.  —  A huge trove of voter data, including personal information …
Joe Uchill / The Hill:
Data on 198M voters exposed by RNC contractor
Discussion: 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.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Apple, Amazon CEOs to White House as Kushner initiative gets underway
Discussion: Politico
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.
Discussion: Politico, Axios, Daily Kos and The Week
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.
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 …
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Root
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: Shakesville, Daily Kos and The Guardian
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
Discussion: Instapundit
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Sam Stein leaving HuffPost for The Daily Beast  —  Sam Stein, HuffPost's senior politics editor and one of the longest-serving journalists at the website, is leaving for a new job at The Daily Beast in the midst of a shakeup in HuffPost's Washington bureau.  —  HuffPost staffers were informed …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
A pro-Trump group is using Obama's voice out of context in radio ad for Georgia's special election
Matt Vespa /
CBS News: Was The Steve Scalise Shooting ‘To Some Degree Self-Inflicted’?
Discussion: Heat Street and
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Conway repeats lawyer's claim: Trump didn't admit to being under investigation
Warner Todd Huston / Breitbart:
Outdoor Clothing Giant Patagonia Pledging to Lead Resistance to Trump
Washington Times:
Much fast growth right around the corner
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Kate Allen / Financial Times:
Shrinking cities: population decline in the world's rust-belt areas
Discussion: Axios
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
At height of Russia tensions, Trump campaign chairman Manafort met with business associate from Ukraine
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
The State Department just broke a promise to minority and female recruits
Ema O'Connor / BuzzFeed:
The Man Who Secretly Taped Planned Parenthood Could Be Going To Prison — Alongside His Criminal Lawyers
Discussion: Raw Story