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5:30 PM ET, June 12, 2019

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Washington Post:
House panel votes to hold attorney general, commerce secretary in contempt over census probe, the next step toward a court battle  —  The House Oversight Committee voted on Wednesday to hold Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn …
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Axios:
House Oversight holds Barr, Ross in contempt over Census documents  —  The House Oversight Committee has voted 24-15 to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for refusing to turn over subpoenaed materials related to the Census citizenship question.
USA Today:
Republican attempts to defend Trump and Barr's ‘no obstruction’ decree are pathetic
Discussion: Washington Post and The Guardian
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
House panel votes to hold Barr, Ross in contempt
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
House Democrats Hold Trump Officials in Contempt for Withholding Census Documents
Discussion: USA Today
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: Political Wire and Joe.My.God.
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
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:   Congress raises questions Mueller left unanswered about Trump, Russia
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Schiff threatens to subpoena FBI
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.
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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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Debate deadline: Prominent governor still out on final day to qualify
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
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 …
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.
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 -  · - 22 minutes ago -  ·  —  The Fix
Discussion: CNN, KTVQ-TV and Political Wire
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Nikki Schwab / New York Post:
House panel unanimously passes 9/11 victims fund bill after Jon Stewart shaming
Discussion: Task & Purpose
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
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 …
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San Francisco Chronicle:   The Latest: Judge awards $4.1 million in neo-Nazi case
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
Washington Post:
Trump's latest court filing is an invitation to begin impeachment proceedings  —  George T. Conway III is a lawyer in New York.  Neal Katyal, a law professor at Georgetown University, previously served as the acting solicitor general of the United States.  —  Much ink has been spilled …
Alexander Heffner / USA Today:
Be bold: Democrats must reject failed, boring electability notions to beat Trump in 2020  —  Obama and Trump showed freshness and novelty matter more than centrism or swing state roots.  Boring candidates who play it safe are bad 2020 bets.  —  CONNECT  —  The conventional definition …
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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 …
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.
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: Front Page Magazine and Breitbart
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.
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 Washington Post
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.
Axios:
Howard Schultz says he will not campaign this summer, citing health problems  —  Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who has previously said he is considering running for president as a centrist independent, will not campaign this summer after undergoing three separate back surgeries.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
Matt Dixon / Politico:
‘Erased’: DeSantis hit for omitting LGBTQ from Pulse proclamation  —  TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis faced a torrent of criticism from the LGBTQ community after removing mention of the group from a proclamation commemorating the third anniversary of the shooting at a gay nightclub that left 49 dead.
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
Republicans join Democrats to rebuke Trump's ‘emergency’ $8B arms sale to Saudis, Emiratis  —  Congress is moving ahead with legislation to block $8 billion of arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates after the Trump administration declared an “emergency” to bypass Congress …
 
 
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Discussion: Task & Purpose
Politico:
Hong Kong's student protesters back with a vengeance as all-out chaos erupts on city's streets
Ted Hesson / Politico:
How Kamala Harris would provide citizenship to Dreamers
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The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Political Wire and Shareblue Media
Chad P. Bown / PIIE:
Trump Has Gotten China to Lower Its Tariffs. Just Toward Everyone Else.
Connor Sheets / ProPublica:
Wasted Funds, Destroyed Property: How Sheriffs Undermined Their Successors After Losing Reelection
USA Today:
Seniors were sold a risk-free retirement with reverse mortgages. Now they face foreclosure.
W.J. Hennigan / TIME:
Trump Administration to Hold Migrant Children at Base That Served as WWII Japanese Internment Camp