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11:05 AM ET, June 12, 2019


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Harris: Justice Dept. ‘Would Have No Choice’ But To Prosecute Trump After Presidency  —  California Sen. Kamala Harris says that if she's elected president, her administration's Department of Justice would likely pursue criminal obstruction of justice charges against a former President Donald Trump.
Stephen Robinson / Wonkette:
Kamala Harris Doesn't Have To Explain Her Kickass Self To Your Dumb Asses
Discussion: National Review and Instapundit
W.J. Hennigan / TIME:
Trump Administration to Hold Migrant Children at Base That Served as WWII Japanese Internment Camp  —  The Trump Administration has opted to use an Army base in Oklahoma to hold growing numbers of immigrant children in its custody after running out of room at government shelters.
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Trump administration to send migrant children to Army base once used as Japanese internment camp
Discussion: Instapundit
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Freedom Caucus Expels Amash for Being Too Pro-Freedom  —  The tea party, like the Roman Empire, disintegrated slowly such that it is impossible to precisely mark the date of its expiration.  But yesterday could be as good a moment as any to connote its demise — or, more precisely …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump looks to squash Amash  —  The president has discussed with aides backing a primary challenge against the lone Republican impeachment supporter.  —  Donald Trump and his top allies are moving to make Justin Amash pay for becoming the sole Republican congressman to call for the president's impeachment.
Star Tribune:
Ilhan Omar's credibility takes another hit  —  Tax return irregularities are just the latest misstep by the first-term congresswoman.  —  By Editorial Board Star Tribune  —  TEXT SIZE  —  U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is back in the news again, and not in a good way.
Washington Post:
Trump asserts executive privilege to shield documents on Census citizenship question  —  President Trump on Wednesday asserted executive privilege to shield documents about the administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, a move meant to try to undercut …
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
Axios:   Trump asserts executive privilege over Census citizenship documents
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:   Trump asserts executive privilege to block access to census documents
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
As Bernie Sanders Leans Into Socialism, His Rivals Laugh  —  WATERLOO, Iowa—Making Elizabeth Warren laugh can be tricky.  Throwing her off her talking points is almost impossible.  Both happened when she heard that her 2020 opponent Bernie Sanders is scheduled to deliver a “major address” …
NBC News:
Reps of 22 foreign governments have spent money at Trump properties  —  The number of foreign governments hints at a significant foreign cash flow to the U.S. president that critics say violates the Constitution.  —  WASHINGTON — Representatives of at least 22 foreign governments appear …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren's plan to pass her plans  —  The 2020 candidate on how she'd get rid of the filibuster, curb political corruption, and persuade Americans that government can work for them.  —  Oligarchic capitalism?  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has a plan for that.  Opioid deaths?
Discussion: Political Wire
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
An Arizona Teacher Helped Migrants.  Jurors Couldn't Decide if It Was a Crime.  —  TUCSON — For 15 years, volunteers have trekked into the Arizona desert to place jugs of water, canned beans and blankets in spots where migrants traverse the most treacherous reaches of the borderlands.
Astrid Galvan / Associated Press:
Jury can't decide on charges against Arizona border activist
Discussion: Reason
USA Today:
Seniors were sold a risk-free retirement with reverse mortgages.  Now they face foreclosure.  —  Urban African American neighborhoods are hardest hit as nearly 100,000 loans have failed.  —  Show caption Hide caption  —  Patricia Blair looks over the items left in the basement as she prepares …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Fear of a blue Texas: New GOP group to spend millions registering Republicans  —  Wealthy Republican donors are preparing a multimillion-dollar effort to register more than 1 million new GOP voters in Texas for 2020 amid anxiety that President Trump could be in more trouble in this reliably red state than some in the party realize.
Discussion: CNN, The Week, Splinter and Political Wire
Maureen Groppe / USA Today:
Exclusive: Rep. Greg Pence amends filing that showed lodging charge at Trump hotel  —  WASHINGTON - Greg Pence, a freshman congressman and brother of Vice President Mike Pence, reported spending more than $7,600 in campaign funds on lodging at the Trump International Hotel in the first few months …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Roll Call
Connor Sheets / ProPublica:
Wasted Funds, Destroyed Property: How Sheriffs Undermined Their Successors After Losing Reelection  —  Alabama sheriffs who lost reelection in 2018 personally pocketed funds and deleted public records, an investigation by and ProPublica found.  Holes were drilled through government-issued smartphones …
Heather Long / Washington Post:
GOP leader concedes tax cuts may not pay for themselves as 2019 deficit grows  —  Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tex.), a lead architect of the GOP tax bill, suggested Tuesday the tax cuts may not fully pay for themselves, contradicting a promise Republicans made repeatedly while pushing the law in late 2017.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Political Wire
Jeff Zeleny / CNN:
Steve King not allowed on Air Force One for Trump's trip to Iowa Tuesday  —  (CNN)Rep. Steve King, the Iowa Republican who was stripped of his congressional committee assignments earlier this year, was not allowed to fly aboard Air Force One on Tuesday as President Donald Trump traveled to Iowa, two GOP officials say.
HuffPost:   White Supremacist Steve King Invited To Attend Trump Speech In Iowa
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Fire and farmers: Trump and Biden duel in Iowa over ways to tackle China threat  —  Salutations, Power Peeps.  Insert pithy greeting here.  Reach out, sign up and forward to your friends.  Thanks for waking up with us.  —  Outside the Beltway  —  BATTLE OF IOWA …
Los Angeles Times:
Trump's big, early lead in Facebook ads deeply worries Democratic strategists … Almost every time voters who lean toward President Trump visit Facebook, they get deluged with invitations to his rallies or pleas to support his immigration policies: That's no surprise — the platform was central to his victorious 2016 campaign.
Hayes Brown / BuzzFeed News:
The Creator Of HBO's “Chernobyl” Would Love If You Stopped Taking Nuclear Disaster Selfies  —  If you're like a lot of people out there, you've been watching HBO's miniseries Chernobyl with a blend of fascination and horror.  —  (Not this author, though — studying nuclear war in college was more than enough radioactivity.
Trump's Net Worth Rises to $3 Billion Despite Business Setbacks  — Wealth boosted by surging value of stake in two Vornado towers  — Golf courses and resort properties declined by $125 million  —  President Donald Trump's net worth rose to $3 billion, a 5% gain over the past year …
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
‘The migration problem is a coffee problem’  —  In western Guatemala, cultivating coffee was once a way out of poverty.  As prices fall, growers are abandoning their farms for the United States.  —  HOJA BLANCA, Guatemala — From his wooden hut in the foothills of the Sierra Madre …
Discussion: Breitbart
Chelsia Rose Marcius / The Daily Beast:
Ariana Grande Donates Proceeds From Atlanta Concert to Planned Parenthood  —  Pop superstar Ariana Grande has donated the proceeds from her sold-out Atlanta concert to Planned Parenthood, TMZ reports.  The singer gave $300,000 to the nonprofit from her June 8 show in Georgia …
Discussion: and Just Jared
Dave Price / WHOTV:
Biden Explains Flip on Abortion, Deals with Heckler at Ottumwa Rally  —  OTTUMWA, Iowa — Former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate from Delaware, told Channel 13 that restrictions to abortions occurring at states across the country compelled him to change …
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Trump and Pelosi can still work together, but an infrastructure deal is likely not happening, White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says  —  KEY POINTS  — White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will have to work together …
It Started With a Lie: Bruce Ohr's Linchpin Role in Russiagate  —  Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr was perfectly positioned to advance the Russia collusion narrative.  He had a rare set of relationships — ties to opposition researchers and the FBI — and would use his links …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Hours before a trial was set to start, Wisconsin Supreme Court reinstates most GOP lame-duck laws  —  Here is what you need to know about the on-going Wisconsin Lame-Duck Lawsuit  —  MADISON - The state Supreme Court late Tuesday reinstated most of the lame-duck laws Republican lawmakers approved …
Associated Press:
Joe Morrissey wins Virginia Senate primary 4 years after scandal  —  A former Virginia lawmaker who used to spend his days at the state Capitol and his nights in jail after being accused of having sex with his teenage secretary has won a contested primary in his bid for a state Senate seat.
The Independent:
Outrage on Capitol Hill over ‘completely unacceptable’ US-funded scheme to shape Iran debate  —  ‘This is something that happens in authoritarian regimes, not democracies’  —  United States officials say they are outraged by a government-funded troll campaign that has targeted American citizens critical …
Robert Moore / Texas Monthly:
In El Paso, Border Patrol Is Detaining Migrants in ‘a Human Dog Pound’  —  Immigration officials have resumed the much-criticized practice of keeping people outdoors for weeks to relieve dangerous overcrowding.  —  After New Mexico State University professor Neal Rosendorf read …
Chad P. Bown / PIIE:
Trump Has Gotten China to Lower Its Tariffs.  Just Toward Everyone Else.  —  China increased its retaliatory tariffs hitting US exports on June 1 in response to President Donald Trump's latest escalation of his trade war.  Yet, this action is only half of the bad news for US exporters.
New York Times:
Landmark Deal Reached on Rent Protections for Tenants in N.Y.  —  Newly empowered Democrats are trying to address concern over housing costs that is helping to drive the debate over inequality.  —  Newly empowered Democratic leaders in Albany announced a landmark agreement on Tuesday …
Discussion: Splinter
Alana Goodman / Washington Examiner:
Biden voted to restore citizenship to Confederate president Jefferson Davis  —  Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden once voted to restore the U.S. citizenship of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.  —  The former vice president, 76, was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Joel Kotkin / City Journal:
California's Progressive Betrayal  —  The Golden State's left-wing policies hurt working-class and middle-class residents.  —  California  —  Economy, finance, and budgets  —  Politics and law  —  The recent California Democratic Party convention in San Francisco exposed the divide between …
Discussion: Daily Wire
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Authorizing the Committee on the Judiciary to initiate or intervene in judicial proceedings …
Discussion: Lawfare and Breitbart
Lee C. Bollinger / The Atlantic:
Free Speech on Campus Is Doing Just Fine, Thank You
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Biden leads Trump by ‘landslide proportions’ in new national poll
Patrick Tucker / Defense One:
EXCLUSIVE: US Intelligence Officials and Satellite Photos Detail Russian Military Buildup on Crimea
Discussion: Politico
Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli / Politico:
Italy takes further steps to clamp down on immigration
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The U.S. still hasn't done nearly enough to stop election interference
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Discussion: Gothamist and Refinery29
Luke Darby / GQ:
The Koch Brothers Want to Prevent Future AOCs
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
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