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12:15 PM ET, June 8, 2019


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Washington Post:
White House blocked intelligence agency's written testimony saying climate change could be ‘possibly catastrophic’  —  Officials sought to excise the State Department's comments on climate science on the grounds that it did not mesh with the administration's stance.
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:   White House Tried to Stop Climate Science Testimony, Documents Show
United States Department of State:
U.S.-Mexico Joint Declaration  —  The United States and Mexico met this week to address the shared challenges of irregular migration, to include the entry of migrants into the United States in violation of U.S. law.  Given the dramatic increase in migrants moving from Central America through Mexico …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
U.S.-Mexico Deal Leads Trump to Cancel Tariffs  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump called off his plan to impose tariffs on all Mexican goods on Friday night and announced on Twitter that the United States had reached an agreement with Mexico to reduce the flow of migrants to the southwestern border.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Justin T. Gellerson for The New York Times  —  Over years of reporting on internet culture, I've heard countless versions of Mr. Cain's story: an aimless young man — usually white, frequently interested in video games — visits YouTube looking for direction or distraction and is seduced by a community of far-right creators.
Amy Zegart / The Atlantic:
Decades of Being Wrong About China Should Teach Us Something  —  Thirty years ago this week, I watched the news from Beijing and started shredding my bedding.  It was the night before my college graduation, I had been studying Chinese politics, and news had broken that college students …
Neil Irwin / New York Times:   Trump Is More Vulnerable to Democratic Attacks on Trade Than You Might Think
Kate Conger / New York Times:
China Summons Tech Giants to Warn Against Cooperating With Trump Ban
Discussion: CNN and The Week, more at Techmeme »
New York Times:
YouTube Is a Very Bad Judge and Jury  —  Nobody knows how to run YouTube.  Especially not YouTube.  —  Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.  Ms. Jeong is a member of the editorial board.  —  Charlie Warzel: It's been a rough week for YouTube, even by tech backlash standards.
The Post Millennial:
Vox journalists ruin people's lives then demand higher wages  —  Earlier this week, Vox's Carlos Maza succeeded in getting independent journalists and content creators demonetized across the YouTube platform in what has become known as the Vox Adpocalypse.  These users, including Steven Crowder …
Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr / Washington Post:
I gave the University of Alabama $26.5 million.  They gave it back when I spoke out about abortion.  —  Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. is an alternative and real estate investor and lawyer who resides in Miami.  —  I am proud to have been born and raised in Alabama.
Discussion: WPMT FOX43 and CBS News
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
U.S. Ambassador Says Israel Has Right to Annex Parts of West Bank  —  JERUSALEM — Israel has a right to annex at least some, but “unlikely all,” of the West Bank, the United States ambassador, David M. Friedman, said in an interview, opening the door to American acceptance of what would be an enormously provocative act.
Discussion: The Week
Quinta Jurecic / New York Times:
4 Disturbing Details You May Have Missed in the Mueller Report  —  Some troubling-to-outright-damning episodes have been lost in the noise around its release.  —  Ms. Jurecic is the managing editor of Lawfare.  —  After two years of silence, the special counsel Robert Mueller recently …
Discussion: Slate
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
Eric and Donald Trump, Jr. Still Have Not Paid Irish Bar Tab  —  When Donald Trump's sons Eric and Donald, Jr. went on their Irish pub crawl last week and offered free rounds for the house, they failed to pay the tab, according to at least one pub owner.  Caroline Kennedy …
Discussion: Political Wire
Trump's $3.6 Million Ireland Detour Brings Taxpayer-Funded Golf Tab To $105.8 million  —  His for-profit golf course there posted promotional videos of him teeing off and his helicopter's arrival — but deleted them after HuffPost began making inquiries.  —  President Donald Trump wrapped …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Liberals Begin Lining Up Young Judges for a Post-Trump Surge  —  WASHINGTON — When President Trump took office, more than 100 vacancies for him to fill existed on the federal bench, an inaugural gift from Senate Republicans who persistently thwarted the Obama administration's best efforts …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
VERDICT: Jury awards Gibson's Bakery $11 million against Oberlin College  —  Punitive damage phase to start next Tuesday, which could increase the damages to $33 million.  —  The Jury in the Gibson's Bakery v. Oberlin College case has reached a verdict.  —  According to our reporter in the Courtroom, the jury awarded $11 million.
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: Support For Impeachment Hearings Grows, But Americans Split On Way Forward  —  There is a growing desire for impeachment proceedings to begin against President Trump, but Americans are still split overall on what to do after the release of the Mueller report, an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll finds.
Washington Post:
Joe Biden asked for a pen.  Then he reversed a position he'd held for four decades.  —  Joe Biden was in the car on the way to a Democratic gala in Atlanta on Thursday night when he turned to an aide and asked for a pen.  The former vice president began scrawling his evolving thoughts on the Hyde Amendment …
Claire Goforth / The Daily Dot:
Tech reporter charged with soliciting child sex online  —  Warning: This article contains graphic sexual language.  —  Tech reporter Peter Bright has been arrested for soliciting sex with children online.  He was employed by Ars Technica until recently.  —  A federal complaint alleges …
Ian Miles Cheong / Human Events:   Male Feminist Tech Journalist Charged With Soliciting Child Sex
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Mystery company off the hook from Mueller subpoena and contempt of court charge  —  Mystery company fighting Mueller: New details emerge  —  (CNN)The anonymous foreign-government-owned company that fought a subpoena in the special counsel investigation for months appears to be off the hook …
Grant Stern / Washington Press:   A court just ordered the release of crucial documents in mysterious Mueller case
Eric Dexheimer / Houston Chronicle:
Banned from guns, Texas gave him a license anyway.  Citizens paid the price.  —  If you wanted to invent an avatar to represent the type of person who should not have easy access to firearms, you might come up with someone like Heon “Hank” Yoo.  —  In 2013, after threatening to shoot …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
New Election Security Bills Face a One-Man Roadblock: Mitch McConnell  —  WASHINGTON — A raft of legislation intended to better secure United States election systems after what the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, called a “sweeping and systematic” Russian attack in 2016 is running …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Dion Rabouin / Axios:
Too much money (and too few places to invest it)  —  A truly bizarre trend is having an impact on the economy — wealthy people and corporations have so much money they literally don't know what to do with it.  —  Why it matters: At a time when growing income inequality is fueling voter discontent …
Discussion: VICE
News 12 Brooklyn:
Nearly 800 signatures gathered in effort to block homeless shelters in Park Slope  —  PARK SLOPE -  —  Community members in Park Slope are pushing back against a plan to build two homeless shelters a block away from each other.  —  The proposed shelters, which will consist mainly …
Washington Post:
Vatican cardinal, other priests to return cash gifts from ousted West Virginia bishop Michael Bransfield  —  A cardinal at the Vatican and eight other Catholic clerics pledged on Friday to return money to the diocese of West Virginia after revelations that the bishop there used church funds …
London bus attack: Arrests after gay couple who refused to kiss beaten  —  Two women say they were subjected to a homophobic attack and left covered in blood after refusing to kiss on a bus.  —  Melania Geymonat, 28, said the attack on her and partner Chris happened on the top deck …
Discussion: CNN, Joe.My.God. and Mercury News
Washington Post:
After Virginia Beach, the list of mass shooting victims grows yet again  —  LAQUITA C. BROWN, 39.  Ryan Keith Cox, 50.  Tara Welch Gallagher, 39.  Mary Louise Gayle, 65.  Alexander Mikhail Gusev, 35.  Joshua O. Hardy, 52.  Michelle “Missy” Langer, 60.  Richard H. Nettleton, 65.
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
For China's Leading Investigative Reporter, Enough Is Enough  —  BEIJING — Late at night, a senior police officer guided Liu Wanyong, then a budding investigative journalist, through the inner sanctum of one of the scariest domains in China, the Ministry of Public Security.  —  The rooms were empty.
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Marianne Levine / Politico:
Trump faces rare Republican revolt on judicial pick
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Contemptor
The Charlotte Observer:
After a rough year, NC Republicans want to do a better job reaching minority voters
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Prominent Republicans move swiftly to shore up Trump in Wisconsin
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
DNC Members Push For Climate Change-Centered Presidential Debate
New York Times:
The Roots of Big Tech Run Disturbingly Deep
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
‘Everyone is used to relatives that are doofuses’: Kamala's sister breaks tradition
Discussion: The Root and naked capitalism
 Earlier Items: 
Lawrence Mower / Tampa Bay Times:
Ron DeSantis signs crack down on constitutional amendments, solidifying Republican control in Florida
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Some Maine Republicans Fret New State Ballad Is Too Hard On The Confederacy
Associated Press:
Mitt Romney says he may skip 2020 presidential endorsement
David French / National Review:
‘The Cruelty Is the Point’
Discussion: Trending Home
Associated Press:
Analysis: Trump an impolitic guest on trips abroad
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Dodgeball is a tool of ‘oppression’ used to ‘dehumanize’ others, researchers argue
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and New York Post
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Trump admin tells U.S. embassies they can't fly pride flag on flagpoles