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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 …
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 …
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Why Trump Isn't Likely to Win a Second Term
Discussion: Roll Call
John Harwood / CNBC:   Wall Street expects a Trump win in 2020, but a new poll points to a different outcome
New York Times:
Trump Needs a Target to Stay Interested in His Campaign. For Now, It's Biden.
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
Read: Joe Biden's remarks as prepared for delivery in Iowa  —  By CNN  —  It's great to be in Iowa.  —  I'm sorry I couldn't attend the Hall of Fame events over the weekend — but it was my daughter's birthday and my granddaughter's graduation from High School.
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 …
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Biden Stays On His ‘Republicans Are Redeemable’ Thread — And People Are Pissed
Discussion: HuffPost and Mother Jones
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.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trash-talking Trump aims to weaponize impeachment
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:   Rep. Zoe Lofgren has been through two impeachments. She doesn't want a third
Harry Litman / Washington Post:
Can Democrats break the Republican hammerlock on impeachment?
Discussion: Fox News
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.
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 …
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 …
Samantha Cole / VICE:   This Deepfake of Mark Zuckerberg Tests Facebook's Fake Video Policies
Pia Deshpande / Politico:   Pelosi on Trump: ‘My stock goes up every time he attacks me’
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.
Micaiah Bilger /
Pinterest Caught Listing Top Pro-Life Website as Porn to Censor Its Content
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?
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 …
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.
Peter Suderman / Reason:
Justin Amash Isn't Just Rebelling Against Trump. He's Fighting the Two-Party System.
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 …
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 Politico
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: Queerty, The Daily Caller and Mashable
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.”
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
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 …
Discussion: Axios and Breitbart
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 …
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
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Politico
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 …
Jon Lee Anderson / New Yorker:
Mexico, Cuba, and Trump's Increasing Preference for Punishment Over Diplomacy  —  In his approach to the carrot-versus-stick equation that is central to statecraft, Donald Trump always opts for the stick.  Apparently unaware of, or unconcerned with, the advantages offered by the canny use …
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
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” …
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 …
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 …
Timothy Williams / New York Times:
With Most States Under One Party's Control, America Grows More Divided  —  When J.B. Pritzker took over as the governor of Illinois this year, Democratic lawmakers, who had spent four years at an impasse with his Republican predecessor, vowed that their party's new grip on the State Capitol would bring immediate change.
Discussion: National Review and The Stranger
Brad Slager / RedState:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is Already Demanding Higher Pay, and Says She Will Become Corrupt if Not Rewarded  —  To say you deserve more pay to keep from becoming corrupted is a politically shallow shakedown.  —  To call Freshman Congress member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “brazen” is to traffic in redundancy.
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Pam Fessler / NPR:
Trump Wants To Limit Aid For Low-Income Americans. A Look At His Proposals
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The House begins to tell the story of Trump's criminality
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Hill
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Trump Transforms Washington's Corruption Supernova Into a Black Hole
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
The irresistible authenticity of Gayle King
Adam Behsudi / Politico:
Grassley forging ahead with bill to rein in Trump's tariff powers
Discussion: National Review
Housing crisis demands zoning fix
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Democrats Are Blowing Their Chance to Investigate Trump
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 Earlier Items: 
Samantha Vinograd / The Daily Beast:
The Trumpification of the World Is Bad News for America
Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
Why does the U.S. need trolls to make its Iran case?
Iyad el-Baghdadi / New York Times:
The Princes Who Want to Destroy Any Hope for Arab Democracy
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
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Tariff Fight Reveals Republican Divisions in Up-For-Grabs Arizona
Bo Erickson / CBS News:
In the 1990s, Joe Biden said William Barr was “one of the best” attorneys general