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Release Detail  —  June 11, 2019 - Top Dems Lead Trump In Head-To-Head Matchups, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Democratic Primary Race Narrows As Biden Goes Flat  —  In a first look at head-to-head 2020 presidential matchups nationwide, several Democratic challengers lead President Donald Trump …
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Why Trump Isn't Likely to Win a Second Term  —  Democrats can lower expectations all they want, but polls show the president facing a decisive defeat.  —  Democrats still have so much post-traumatic stress from the last presidential campaign that they're unable to recognize the obvious …
John Harwood / CNBC:
Wall Street expects a Trump win in 2020, but a new poll points to a different outcome  —  KEY POINTS  — The Quinnipiac Poll showed the top Democratic candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, leading Trump by a double-digit margin in a potential 2020 matchup.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
CNN BREAKING NEWS: ‘Biden to Eviscerate Trump Today in Iowa Speech’  —  CNN's New Day previewed an advance copy of a stump speech that Joe Biden plans to give during a campaign visit today in Iowa later on Tuesday, and according to the on-screen chyron, the former Vice President will “eviscerate” President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Townhall, Breitbart, NB Blog and
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
The Fever Is Not Going To Break  —  Ever since it became clear Joe Biden would seek the Democratic presidential nomination, politically active liberals have been engaged in internal dialogue over why he routinely asserts such a generous view of the very same Republicans who goosed birthers …
Discussion: Vox, Daily Kos and Mother Jones
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Trump told aides to deny internal polling showed him trailing Biden  —  President Trump told aides to deny that his internal polling showed him trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in key states, according to a new report from The New York Times.  —  Later, when the polling …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
More brutal 2020 poll numbers for Trump
First on CNN: Donald Trump Jr. to be interviewed by Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors Wednesday  —  (CNN)Donald Trump Jr. is returning to the Senate Intelligence Committee to be interviewed behind closed doors on Wednesday, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
White House Will Preview Mueller Evidence Before Nadler Review: Admin Officials  —  The chairman hailed his deal with DOJ.  But the situation may be more complicated than it looks.  —  When House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) announced on Monday that he had reached …
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
AP sources: Trump Jr. to speak with Senate panel Wednesday
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Donald Trump Jr. to appear for second Senate Intelligence Committee interview Wednesday
Discussion: Townhall
Bo Erickson / CBS News:
Biden: Trump is an “existential threat” to the U.S.  —  Joe Biden plans to call out President Trump as an “existential threat” to the United States, according to prepared remarks shared with CBS News.  The bashing by the front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination …
For front-runner Biden, bad week or ominous omen?
Discussion: Breitbart and WHOTV
Alex Pappas / Fox News:   Biden rips off Avenatti with 'let's make America America again' slogan
NBC News:
Trump may be having second thoughts about Shanahan as Defense Secretary  —  While in Europe to commemorate D-Day, Trump asked at least 3 people if they had any suggestions for different candidates, said 4 sources.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump appears to be having second thoughts …
Steve Israel / The Atlantic:
What Nancy Pelosi Wants to Do Before Impeachment  —  In the conference room Nancy Pelosi once used as Democratic minority leader, she displayed only one item on the walls.  She positioned it strategically, just behind and above her seat at the head of a long mahogany table that could accommodate about 30 people.
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Stepping up Trump clash, House votes to enforce Barr and McGahn subpoenas
Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:   Rep. Zoe Lofgren has been through two impeachments. She doesn't want a third
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trash-talking Trump aims to weaponize impeachment
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hullabaloo
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Jon Stewart excoriates lawmakers for skipping hearing on 9/11 victims fund  —  Jon Stewart on Tuesday torched lawmakers in emotional testimony for failing to attend a September 11 victim's fund hearing, calling it “shameful” and “a stain on this institution.”
Discussion: Fox News
Jack Holmes / Esquire:
Jon Stewart Just Gave Congress All the Shame It Deserves Over Healthcare for 9/11 First Responders  —  This is a disgrace, on repeat every five years.  —  A lot of the talk about  —  partisan gridlock polarization  —  over the last decade or so has had a bloodless quality.
YouTube:   JON STEWART Goes OFF On Congress During 9/11 Hearing
Allan Smith / NBC News:
NBC announces five moderators for first Democratic debate  —  The presidential primary face off, hosted by NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo, will take place in Miami on June 26-27.  —  NBC announced on Tuesday the five moderators for the first Democratic presidential primary debate, set for later this month.
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump waves text of Mexico deal in front of reporters — but refuses to detail what it says  —  When the art of the deal gets weird.  —  President Donald Trump is going to increasingly odd lengths to sell people on the idea that his immigration agreement with Mexico isn't the nothingburger it appears to be.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
A Post photographer snapped an image of Trump's alleged secret Mexico deal. Here's what it says.
Trump taunts journalists with supposed one-page Mexico deal
Discussion: The Root
Samantha Cole / VICE:
This Deepfake of Mark Zuckerberg Tests Facebook's Fake Video Policies  —  A fake video of Mark Zuckerberg giving a sinister speech about the power of Facebook has been posted to Instagram.  The company previously said it would not remove this type of video.
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Barr will ask Trump to assert executive privilege over materials on added Census question, if lawmakers don't back off contempt  —  Attorney General William P. Barr will ask President Trump to assert executive privilege over documents from the administration's decision to add a citizenship question …
Dana Bash / CNN:
Exclusive: Trump campaign considering putting resources in Oregon  —  CNN gets rare look into Trump's re-election campaign  —  (CNN)The Trump campaign is considering putting resources into Oregon, CNN has learned, a state where Hillary Clinton beat the President by 11 percentage points in 2016.
Kerry Howley / New York Magazine:
Tulsi Gabbard Had a Very Strange Childhood Which may help explain why she's out of place in today's Democratic Party.  And her long-shot 2020 candidacy.  —  The Poet  —  It was 1970-something, and Sina was not yet teaching at the University of Hawaii — a Samoan poet who had not yet become …
Discussion: Politico
Peter Suderman / Reason:
Justin Amash Isn't Just Rebelling Against Trump.  He's Fighting the Two-Party System.  —  Last night, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) reportedly stepped down from the board of the House Freedom Caucus, which he helped found in 2015.  —  The move follows a series of headline-making tweetstorms …
Haley Byrd / CNN:
Justin Amash leaves the conservative Freedom Caucus
Project Veritas:
Tech Insider Blows Whistle on How Pinterest Listed Top Pro-Life Site as Porn, “Bible Verses” Censored  —  [This post contains video, click to play]  —  Insider: Search Term “Christian” Won't Auto-Complete, Others Can't Trend, No Notifications, or Recommendations
Linda Fairstein / Wall Street Journal:
Netflix's False Story of the Central Park Five  —  Ava DuVernay's miniseries wrongly portrays them as totally innocent—and defames me in the process.  —  At about 9 p.m. April 19, 1989, a large group of young men gathered on the corner of 110th Street and Fifth Avenue for the purpose …
David Uberti / VICE News:
YouTube's Bungled Crackdown On Steven Crowder Only Made Him Stronger  —  A week after Steven Crowder's bullying of a Vox journalist pitted conservative media against Big Tech, it's official: Crowder has won.  —  In an interview Monday night at the Code Conference in Arizona …
Kyle Pope / Columbia Journalism Review:
Meet your new public editors  —  Last week at Columbia, CJR hosted more than three dozen public editors from around the world, gathered together for their annual meeting.  Brazil, India, Australia, Denmark, Estonia, and South Africa were among the nations represented.  And the official delegation from the United States?
Amy Forliti / Associated Press:
Rep. Omar filed joint tax returns before she married husband  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota campaign finance officials said last week that U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar misused campaign funds in violation of state rules.  They also revealed that she had filed joint tax returns with her husband years …
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
3 Republican former EPA chiefs accuse Trump of ‘undermining of science’  —  Three Republican former heads of the Environmental Protection Agency accuse the agency's current leadership of supporting the “undermining of science” and a potentially “catastrophic” approach to climate change.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Jeffrey Cimmino / Washington Free Beacon:
Gillibrand Compares Pro-Life Viewpoint to Racism, ‘Not Acceptable’  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) compared pro-life beliefs to racism and suggested the pro-life viewpoint is “not acceptable” during an interview with the Des Moines Register.  —  Gillibrand's comments came in response …
Discussion: The Federalist and Daily Wire
Jeremy Hodges / Bloomberg:
Global Emissions Rose the Most in 7 Years, BP Review Shows  — More volatile weather lifted both energy use and pollution  — China is adding more renewables than all OECD nations combined  —  Global carbon emissions jumped the most in seven years in 2018 as energy demand surged …
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Hill
Timothy Williams / New York Times:
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
McConnell Is Blocking Any Plan to Prevent a Russian Election Attack in 2020
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Shakesville
Dion Lefler / Wichita Eagle:
Democrats plan to try ranked-choice voting in 2020 primary to select Trump's opponent
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Elena Schneider / Politico:
Buttigieg puts focus on foreign policy as he hammers Trump
Discussion: Axios and Breitbart
The Guardian:
Leaked documents reveal Russian effort to exert influence in Africa
Donald Shaw / Sludge:
As He Blocks Election Security Bills, McConnell Takes Checks from Voting Machine Lobbyists
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Politico