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2:05 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.
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.
Discussion: Shakesville and Daily Kos
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.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Dems threaten to gum up Senate over ‘secret’ ObamaCare bill  —  Senate Democrats are threatening to grind the Senate to a halt in protest of Republicans crafting their bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare behind closed doors.  —  “If Republicans won't relent and debate their healthcare bill …
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 …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones interview a ratings flop  —  Megyn Kelly's controversial interview with Alex Jones ended up a distant third in the network ratings race during its first half hour on Sunday night.  —  According to early Nielsen data, the first 30 minutes NBC's “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” …
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:   Megyn Kelly just helped some guy get thousands of new followers
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
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
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:   Democrats sweat the details in Georgia special election
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
How a Referendum on Trump Became Most Expensive House Race Ever
Discussion: CNBC and Political Wire
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.
Supreme Court strikes down law banning use of Facebook by registered sex offenders  —  Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court unanimously struck down a North Carolina law that bars the use of commercial social networking sites, including Facebook, by registered sex offenders.
Discussion: TheBlaze and IJR
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court rules the government can't refuse to register trademarks considered offensive
Discussion: Washington Post and Fusion
Craig Gilbert / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
At heart of landmark Supreme Court case: a gerrymandered map that has helped lock in huge …
Discussion: USA Today
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices to Hear Major Challenge to Partisan Gerrymandering
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.
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 …
Discussion: Mashable and The Daily Caller
Joe Uchill / The Hill:
Data on 198M voters exposed by RNC contractor
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 …
Financial Times:   Russia to target US-led coalition jets over Syria as tensions rise
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?
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 …
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
Karen Freifeld / Reuters:
Mueller team lawyer brings witness-flipping expertise to Trump probes
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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.
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 …
Authorities looked into Manafort protégé  —  An associate of an ex-Trump campaign chairman is suspected of connections to Russian intelligence.  —  U.S. and Ukrainian authorities have expressed interest in the activities of a Kiev-based operative with suspected ties …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
At height of Russia tensions, Trump campaign chairman Manafort met with business associate from Ukraine
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Tom DiChristopher / CNBC:
Energy Secretary Rick Perry says CO2 is not the main driver of climate change
Discussion: Washington Post, Gizmodo and The Week
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
A pro-Trump group is using Obama's voice out of context in radio ad for Georgia's special election
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CBS News: Was The Steve Scalise Shooting ‘To Some Degree Self-Inflicted’?
Discussion: Heat Street and
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Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Sam Stein leaving HuffPost for The Daily Beast
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Conway repeats lawyer's claim: Trump didn't admit to being under investigation
Discussion: ABC News
Warner Todd Huston / Breitbart:
Outdoor Clothing Giant Patagonia Pledging to Lead Resistance to Trump
Katherine J Cramer / The Guardian:
The great American fallout: how small towns came to resent cities
Discussion: Instapundit
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump demands face time with favored Cabinet heads
Discussion: Raw Story