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Axios:
Trump asserts executive privilege over Census citizenship documents  —  On the advice of the Justice Department, President Trump has asserted executive privilege over subpoenaed documents related to the House Oversight Committee's investigation of the Census citizenship question.
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Washington Post:
Trump asserts executive privilege to shield documents on census citizenship question  —  President Trump asserted executive privilege Wednesday to shield documents about the administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, a move meant to try to undercut an expected vote …
New York Times:
Trump Asserts Executive Privilege on Census Documents Ahead of House Committee Contempt Vote  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump invoked executive privilege to block access by Congress to documents about how a citizenship question was added to the 2020 census ahead of a House committee vote …
NPR:
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.
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Elana Schor / Associated Press:   As president, Harris would pursue Trump obstruction case
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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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 …
Hot Air:
Report: Michigan Poll Shows Justin Amash Trailing Primary Challenger By 16
Discussion: RedState, The Federalist and CNN
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.
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.
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Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
Breaking: Michael Flynn Drops His Lawyers In Favor Of Special Counsel Critic
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Political Wire
QU Poll:
Release Detail  —  June 12, 2019 - A Sitting President Should Face Charges, U.S. Voters Say, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; But Voters Still Say Don't Impeach Trump  —  Any sitting president should be subject to criminal charges, 69 percent of American voters …
Discussion: Political Wire, Axios and twitchy.com
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Biden leads Trump by ‘landslide proportions’ in new national poll
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.
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Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Trump administration to send migrant children to Army base once used as Japanese internment camp
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 …
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.
Daily Mail:
Don Jr. IGNORES his own lawyers who objected to senators' questions in tense three-hour grilling about Michael Cohen's testimony - and answers them all so Democrats couldn't say he was slippery  — Donald Trump Jr. gave Senate Intelligence Committee members a three-hour interview on Wednesday …
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Don Jr. ‘not at all’ worried about perjury charges
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Schiff threatens to subpoena FBI  —  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Wednesday threatened to subpoena the FBI for information about the original counterintelligence investigation into Russian interference.  —  Schiff said he has been unable to get briefings …
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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:   Congress raises questions Mueller left unanswered about Trump, Russia
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 …
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” …
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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: Axios and Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
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 AL.com and ProPublica found.  Holes were drilled through government-issued smartphones …
RealClearInvestigations:
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: Althouse and Real Clear Politics
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 …
CNN:
Chief Justice John Roberts is about to show his cards  —  Chief Justice Roberts has a tough dilemma  —  Washington (CNN)With a deadline for nearly 30 cases looming and weighty issues of religion, gerrymandering and the 2020 census pending, Chief Justice John Roberts took his black leather chair …
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
With the help of his boyfriend, a German reporter asked Iran's foreign minister why the country executes people for being gay  —  BERLIN — When Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif faced questions from foreign journalists on Monday in Tehran after a meeting with his German counterpart …
Ted Hesson / Politico:
How Kamala Harris would provide citizenship to Dreamers  —  What would the plan do?  —  Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) released a plan Wednesday that would use executive authority to offer deportation relief to an estimated 6 million undocumented immigrants and a path to citizenship to some Dreamers brought to the U.S. as children.
Discussion: Axios
Meredith Blake / Los Angeles Times:
‘Late Night’ makes late night look bleak for women.  So we asked how bad it really is  —  In the movie “Late Night,” which opened in limited release Friday, Mindy Kaling plays Molly Patel, a woman plucked from obscurity to help revitalize a long-running but creatively stagnant late-night show.
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
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.
Kira Lerner / The Appeal:
How a D.C. Lawmaker is Challenging the Racist Roots of Prison Voting Restrictions  —  Right now, only the whitest states—Maine and Vermont—allow prisoners to vote.  Washington, D.C., could change that.  —  Kareem McCraney has never voted.  The 39-year-old Washington, D.C. …
Discussion: The Marshall Project
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.
Bloomberg:
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Kyle Swenson / Washington Post:
A Democrat read a letter calling Trump supporters ‘racist’ and ‘dumb’ on the House floor.  The GOP wasn't happy.  —  With the political thunderheads darkening more and more over the Capitol as words like “subpoena,” “contempt” and “impeachment” spin through the national conversation with new velocity …
Alison Durkee / Vanity Fair:
Shep Smith Urges Fox News Viewers to Actually Read the Mueller Report  —  “Everyone in America should read” the 400-plus page report, the Fox News anchor said.  “Everyone.”  —  Viewers tuning into Fox News Tuesday expecting the network's more typical pro-Trump reporting may have been surprised to hear a different kind of message.
Discussion: The Hill, VICE News and POLITICUSUSA
Michelle Lou / CNN:
Black drivers in Missouri are 91% more likely to be stopped than white drivers, a report finds  —  (CNN)Black drivers are 91% more likely than whites to be pulled over by police, a report from the Missouri Attorney General has found.  —  The disparity is the highest in the 19 years …
 
 
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