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11:30 PM ET, June 12, 2019

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Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
'I think I'd take it': In exclusive interview, Trump says he would listen if foreigners offered dirt on opponents  —  President Donald Trump to if foreign governments offered damaging information against his 2020 rivals during the upcoming presidential race, he said, despite the deluge …
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Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Former White House aide Hicks agrees to testify to House panel investigating Trump  —  Hope Hicks is scheduled to answer questions from the House Judiciary Committee behind closed doors next week.  — Josh Dawsey, Rosalind S. Helderman -  · - 52 minutes ago -  ·  —  The Fix
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Hope Hicks's testimony will be a crack in Trump's wall  —  In a stunning departure from the code of silence that has kept all percipient witnesses to President Trump's conduct detailed in Volume II of the Robert S. Mueller III report, the president's former close aide Hope Hicks has agreed …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Rick Santorum: Trump Was Just Using ‘Filler Words’ When He Said He'd Accept Foreign Help  —  “He has, sort of—as we all do, filler words that don't mean what they say, like, ‘I think,’” Santorum attempted to explain.  —  Rick Santorum, one of CNN's resident Trump defenders …
ABC News:   ABC News travels with President Donald Trump from Iowa to the White House
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Hope Hicks has agreed to testify before House committee on Mueller probe
Discussion: The Root, The Week and UPI
Nikki Schwab / New York Post:
House panel unanimously passes 9/11 victims fund bill after Jon Stewart shaming
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Nancy Cook / Politico:   Trump brings Stephanopoulos to Iowa, into White House as 2020 launch nears
Washington Post:
As Democrats deepen probes, Trump accuses them of being ‘totally out of control’
George T. Conway III / Washington Post:
Trump just invited Congress to begin impeachment proceedings  —  The idea that only the president can investigate the president is an argument for autocrats, not Americans.  — George T. Conway III, Neal Katyal -  ·  —  Her story isn't about euthanasia.  It's about failing mental-health systems.
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Howard Schultz Announces Campaign Staff Cuts, Summer Hiatus  —  The Starbucks billionaire won't make a decision on running for president until after Labor Day — and he's still eyeing Joe Biden as his biggest competition.  —  Starbucks billionaire Howard Schultz told campaign staff …
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:   Ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sticks with strategist Steve Schmidt despite taking summer off from politics
Axios:
Howard Schultz says he will not campaign this summer, citing health problems
Tarpley Hitt / The Daily Beast:
Jessica Biel Comes Out as Anti-Vaxx Activist, Joins Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Lobby Against CA Vaccination Bill  —  “I would say that she was for safe vaccines and for medical freedom,” Kennedy told The Daily Beast.  “My body, my choice.”  —  Tuesday, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. …
Discussion: Variety and Just Jared
Steven Graboski / Polls:
Biden, Warren, Sanders Lead 2020 Field  —  Immigration joins healthcare and environment as top issues for Nevada Dems  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Former Vice President Joe Biden is the front-runner among likely Democratic caucusgoers in Nevada while Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren takes second place …
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Tara Golshan / Vox:
Bernie Sanders's definition of democratic socialism, explained
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Why Elizabeth Warren is surging
Discussion: New York Times, Fox News and Roll Call
Jeff McDonald / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Margaret Hunter to plead out in case against congressman husband  —  Details of deal not clear, Rep. Duncan Hunter's attorney declined to discuss whether she might be cooperating with the prosecution  —  Margaret Hunter, the wife of longtime East County Congressman Duncan Hunter who was co-indicted …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Political Wire
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Seeks to Question C.I.A. Officers in Russia Inquiry Review  —  WASHINGTON — Justice Department officials intend to interview senior C.I.A. officers as they review the Russia investigation, according to people briefed on the matter, indicating they are focused partly …
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
This Picture Featuring 15 Tech Men And 2 Women Looked Doctored.  The Women Were Photoshopped In.  —  Last week, men's lifestyle magazine GQ published this photo of Silicon Valley executives including LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and Dropbox CEO Drew Houston from their pilgrimage to a small village …
Discussion: The Daily Dot
Ryan Saavedra / Daily Wire:
Democrat Cummings Brings Wife's Clients Before His Committee, Including AARP  —  Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is facing accusations that he is using his position in Congress to financially benefit his wife, whose charity may have gained …
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Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
House Democrats Hold Trump Officials in Contempt for Withholding Census Documents
Discussion: USA Today
BostonGlobe.com:
Total of 5 people, including alleged gunman, arrested in David Ortiz shooting  —  BREAKING: At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, director of the Dominican National Police, and Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez, said the authorities had arrested …
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Josh Hawley rattles Republicans as he derails GOP judge  —  Sen. Josh Hawley makes no apologies for bringing down a Republican judicial nominee — even if his tactics irritate some of his own GOP colleagues.  —  Michael Bogren's withdrawal Tuesday from consideration to serve on a federal district court …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jared Holt / Columbia Journalism Review:
Right-wing publications launder an anti-journalist smear campaign  —  Last month, a number of media outlets ran stories touting claims from a study posted on Twitter that alleged nefarious connections between antifascist activists and national-level reporters who cover the far-right.
Kellie Mejdrich / Roll Call:
‘Sex-starved males’ comment sets off House floor kerfuffle  —  A routine House debate nearly exploded Wednesday when California Democrat Norma J. Torres implied her Republican colleagues were “sex-starved males” for opposing abortion.  —  “Mr. Speaker, it is tiring to hear from so many sex-starved males …
Jay Weaver / Miami Herald:
Trump cheered Patriots to Super Bowl victory with founder of spa where Kraft was busted  —  For the first time, federal prosecutors have disclosed they are developing a potential national security case against Yujing Zhang, the 33-year-old Chinese woman charged with unlawfully entering Mar-a-Lago with a stash of electronic equipment.
Discussion: News Breaking
Dan Merica / CNN:
Pete Buttigieg seizes on top-tier status with 2nd-quarter fundraising blitz  —  Atlanta (CNN)When Pete Buttigieg got into the 2020 presidential race, his campaign was unknown, underfunded and hungry for any level of validation.  —  Months later, his outlook couldn't be more different.
Discussion: Political Wire
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Daily Beast Contributor Wins $4.1 Million From Neo-Nazi for ISIS Smear  —  Dean Obeidallah was falsely accused of being behind a terrorist attack by The Daily Stormer, whose on-the-run founder just lost big in court.  —  After Dean Obeidallah wrote a Daily Beast article condemning President Trump's approach …
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.
USA Today:
Republican attempts to defend Trump and Barr's ‘no obstruction’ decree are pathetic  —  Donald Trump's allies can argue that he didn't obstruct justice, but the facts say otherwise.  Their real rationale: He's the president, end of story.  —  CONNECT  —  Perhaps the most surprising takeaway …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Worries Emails Could Show Zuckerberg Knew of Questionable Privacy Practices  —  Internal exchanges uncovered in response to FTC probe could cast doubt on founder's commitment to user privacy, people familiar with the matter say  —  Facebook Inc. uncovered emails that appear …
Kevin Rector / Baltimore Sun:
Trash bags of ‘Healthy Holly’ books occasionally arrive at Maryland Book Bank; kids don't want them, others do  —  Mayor Catherine Pugh holds a press conference about her “Healthy Holly” books.  —  From time to time over the past few months, employees at the Maryland Book Bank have found …
Discussion: Daily Wire
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Agriculture Secretary Perdue denies meeting Brazilian crook at center of Trump bailout scandal — a press release says otherwise  —  Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue tried to rewrite history Wednesday by denying he ever met with a corrupt Brazilian businessman whose massive meatpacking firm …
Harmeet Dhillon / Fox News:
Champions of free speech have become the censors.  Don't let democracy die in silence  —  In 1947, 10 prominent Hollywood writers, directors, and producers were sentenced to serve one year in jail, fined, and blacklisted from the entertainment industry for refusing to participate in a hearing …
Saagar Enjeti / The Hill:
Michael Flynn hires Sidney Powell as new counsel  —  Former national security advisor Mike Flynn has hired attorney Sidney Powell as his new counsel, Hill.TV has learned.  —  “I'm honored to be representing General Flynn, who i've long considered an American hero.
Elizabeth McLaughlin / ABC News:
Marine Corps F-35 stealth fighter conducts flyover of White House during Polish president's visit  —  A F-35 Marine Corps fighter conducted a flyover of the White House on Wednesday to mark Polish president Andrzej Duda's visit and Poland's agreement to purchase the advanced aircraft from the United States.
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
What It's Like for Journalists Who Cover the Alt-Right  —  Threats and ethical questions are a regular part of the gig.  —  During the annual conservative gathering CPAC this past March, the far-right activist Laura Loomer spotted Daily Beast reporter Will Sommer at a nearby Starbucks and began haranguing him.
Josh Shaffer / Raleigh News & Observer:
‘Cold-hearted madness’: Man pleads guilty to murder of 3 young Muslims in Chapel Hill  —  Craig Hicks pleaded guilty Wednesday to shooting three young Muslims in their Chapel Hill home, ending the 2015 case the district attorney described as “cold-blooded madness” driven by a gun fanatic's hatred of his neighbors' religion.
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.
 
 
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Eric Boehm / Reason:
Senators Rand Paul and Ron Wyden Pitch New Limitations on Presidential Emergency Powers
Discussion: Washington Times
U.S. Department of Justice:
Louisiana Man Charged with Federal Hate Crimes for Setting Fire to Three St. Landry Parish Churches
Discussion: Splinter and The Daily Beast
Farah Stockman / New York Times:
Birthright Trips, a Rite of Passage for Many Jews, Are Now a Target of Protests
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Charlie Cooper / Politico:
This time, Boris Johnson is serious
Ben Cohen / Algemeiner.com:
Furor as Polish Soccer Association Celebrates 4-0 ‘Pogrom’ Victory Over Israel in Euro Qualifier
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Valerie Insinna / Defense News:
The Pentagon is battling the clock to fix serious, unreported F-35 problems
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Ken Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
As Democratic Debates Near, Some Candidates Are Resigned to Missing Out
Discussion: Politico
Daily Mail:
Don Jr. IGNORES his own lawyers who objected to senators' questions in tense three-hour grilling …
Douglas Murray / National Review:
The Reality of Sweden's Migration Problem
Discussion: Quillette and Mother Jones
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
With the help of his boyfriend, a German reporter asked Iran's foreign minister why the country …
Discussion: Fox News and Jewish Journal
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
‘The migration problem is a coffee problem’
Discussion: Front Page Magazine and Breitbart
NBC News:
Reps of 22 foreign governments have spent money at Trump properties
Discussion: Joe.My.God.