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1:30 PM ET, June 11, 2019


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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 …
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: Breitbart, NB Blog and
New York Times:
Trump Needs a Target to Stay Interested in His Campaign.  For Now, It's Biden.  —  WASHINGTON — Late at night, using his old personal cellphone number, President Trump has been calling former advisers who have not heard from him in years, eager to discuss his standing in the polls …
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Biden Stays On His ‘Republicans Are Redeemable’ Thread — And People Are Pissed  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden is hellbent on insisting that he can and will extract cooperation and bipartisanship from his Republican peers — and less rosy-eyed observers are getting angry.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Daily Kos
Read: Joe Biden's remarks as prepared for delivery in Iowa
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.
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.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Pelosi-Nadler clash over impeachment intensifies  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, two longtime allies, are clashing over whether to begin an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump — a sign of how toxic the split over Trump has become for House Democrats.
Discussion: BuzzFeed News, Breitbart and Axios
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Pelosi: House Democrats “not even close” to supporting impeachment
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Discussion: PJ Media Home and Splinter
Washington Post:
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg reached out to Speaker Pelosi.  She hasn't called him back.  —  Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg contacted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in recent weeks to discuss how his company handles viral misinformation, but she has not called …
Pia Deshpande / Politico:
Pelosi on Trump: ‘My stock goes up every time he attacks me’
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mashable
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 …
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?
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
McConnell softens his tariff criticisms: ‘You have to give the president credit — it worked’  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell eased up on his criticism of President Donald Trump's threat to impose steep tariffs on imported goods from Mexico, saying Tuesday the president deserved applause …
Discussion: Axios, Shareblue Media and Townhall
Haley Byrd / CNN:
Justin Amash leaves the conservative Freedom Caucus  —  (CNN)Rep. Justin Amash on Monday stepped down from the conservative House Freedom Caucus less than a month after becoming the first Republican member of Congress to say President Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses.
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Democrats Are Blowing Their Chance to Investigate Trump  —  John Dean's testimony was terrible television and worse politics.  Democrats need to do better.  —  Democrats on and off Capitol Hill have been complaining about how the House is handling its investigations into President Donald Trump's various misdeeds.
Discussion: Breitbart, The Hill and Axios
Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:   Rep. Zoe Lofgren has been through two impeachments. She doesn't want a third
Aaron Bastani / New York Times:
We Need Fully Automated Luxury Communism  —  Asteroid mining.  Gene editing.  Synthetic meat.  We could provide for the needs of everyone, in style.  It just takes some imagination.  —  Mr. Bastani is the author of the forthcoming “Fully Automated Luxury Communism: A Manifesto.”  — June 11, 2019
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Christina Prignano /
Biden leading Warren among Democratic voters in Mass., poll finds  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden is leading the 2020 primary field among likely Democratic voters in Massachusetts, a new Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll has found.  —  Biden had 22 percent support in the survey …
Poll: Abortion funding reversal helps Biden with primary voters
Discussion: National Review
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
In 1991, Joe Biden Was Skeptical Clarence Thomas Would Be Extreme On Abortion  —  Abortion rights advocates warned senators that putting Thomas on the Supreme Court would be a disaster for women's rights.  Biden was less convinced.  —  Even before Anita Hill went public …
Marcus Harrison Green / The Seattle Times:
Seattle yoga teacher's ‘Undoing Whiteness’ class: Founded on deep purpose, it's triggered outrage  —  Laura Humpf braced herself for fresh salvos of death threats, rage-soaked slurs and indictments of “reverse racism” from media provocateurs.  —  The Seattle yoga instructor had endured it before …
Donald Shaw / Sludge:
As He Blocks Election Security Bills, McConnell Takes Checks from Voting Machine Lobbyists  —  The bills McConnell is blocking would subject the voting machine vendors to new cybersecurity regulations and could reduce their overall sales to states.  —  EDITED BY
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Buttigieg puts focus on foreign policy as he hammers Trump  —  Facing questions on the trail about whether his campaign has put forward enough big ideas, Pete Buttigieg plans to make one area his own: foreign policy.  —  The South Bend, Ind., mayor will give a major address on his national security …
New York Times to Cease Political Cartoons After anti-Semitic Depiction of Netanyahu  —  ‘Maybe we should start worrying,’ one cartoonist says  —  The New York Times announced on Monday that it will cease publishing political cartoons, weeks after the newspaper came under fire for publishing …
Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
Why does the U.S. need trolls to make its Iran case?  —  This weekend, a new wrinkle was added to the ongoing saga about the information war over Iran policy: the stunning revelation that an online persona that was cited by the Trump administration to justify leaving the Iran nuclear deal is likely not a real person, after all.
Dion Lefler / Wichita Eagle:
Democrats plan to try ranked-choice voting in 2020 primary to select Trump's opponent  —  If you're a Kansas Democrat or become one before the 2020 election, it will be a lot easier for you to help pick the party's presidential candidate.  —  Last week, the state party submitted its plan …
Discussion: Political Wire
Bo Erickson / CBS News:
In the 1990s, Joe Biden said William Barr was “one of the best” attorneys general  —  In 1995, Sen. Joe Biden offered high praise for William Barr, the once and future attorney general who has been roundly criticized by Democrats for his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the 2016 election.
Sam Donaldson / CNN:
What Jim Acosta is doing is exactly right  —  Sam Donaldson served as White House correspondent and as an anchor for ABC News.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.  View more opinion at CNN.  —  (CNN)Reading Jim Acosta's new book “Enemy of the People” …
The Guardian:
Leaked documents reveal Russian effort to exert influence in Africa  —  Exclusive: Kremlin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin leading push to turn continent into strategic hub, documents show  —  Russia is seeking to bolster its presence in at least 13 countries across Africa by building relations with existing rulers …
Iyad el-Baghdadi / New York Times:
The Princes Who Want to Destroy Any Hope for Arab Democracy  —  Why Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are backing military leaders who are killing demonstrators.  —  Mr. el-Baghdadi is the co-host of the podcast “Arab Tyrant Manual.”  —  Since the Arab uprisings of 2011 …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Tariff Fight Reveals Republican Divisions in Up-For-Grabs Arizona  —  CHANDLER, Ariz. — President Trump's rancorous dispute with Mexico over tariffs and the border energized some Republicans and rattled others around the country last week.  —  But in few places were the stakes as high as in Arizona …
Samantha Vinograd / The Daily Beast:
The Trumpification of the World Is Bad News for America  —  From tariffs to the rule of law to LGBTI rights, the United States used to set an example for the world to follow.  What if the world followed our example today?  —  The United States used to pride itself on leading by example.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
McConnell Is Blocking Any Plan to Prevent a Russian Election Attack in 2020  —  The House Judiciary Committee held hearings today on the Mueller report and its devastating findings of the Trump campaign efforts to collude with Russia, and Trump's obstruction of justice thereof.
Discussion: Shakesville
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Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Rep. Steve King makes a mockery of homelessness, veterans issues
Discussion: Roll Call and The Root
Alex Ward / Vox:
Why a new bipartisan effort could damage Trump's plans for closer US-Saudi ties
Discussion: New Republic
Mallory Moench / Albany Times Union:
Albany mosque imam convicted of terrorism in sting deported
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Daily Caller
Jim Newell / Slate:
When Joe Biden Was the Candidate of the Young
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John Nichols / The Nation:
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Pew Research Center:
Americans See Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse as an Ongoing Problem
Discussion: NPR and Joe.My.God.
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Elizabeth Thomas / ABC News:
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signs chemical castration for child sex offenders law
Discussion: New York Times, Axios and UPI
Catherine Lucey / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Returns to Iowa Amid Unrest Over Farm Tariffs
Discussion: Political Wire
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's transgender military ban is losing support even his own party
Discussion: PRRI
Kyle Rempfer / Army Times:
Army announces first woman to lead an infantry division
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, CNN and Fox News
Jeremy Hill / Bloomberg:
Gun Seller That Bet Big on Hillary Clinton Getting Elected Goes Bankrupt
Discussion: The Trace, Splinter and Joe.My.God.
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
Google Just Got Roped Into U.S. Government's Case Against Roger Stone
Warren P. Strobel / Wall Street Journal:
North Korean Leader's Slain Half Brother Was Said to Have Been a CIA Informant