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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.
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.
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 …
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
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: Townhall and Political Wire
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CNN:   Hope Hicks to testify behind closed doors before House Judiciary next Wednesday
Nikki Schwab / New York Post:
House panel unanimously passes 9/11 victims fund bill after Jon Stewart shaming
Discussion: Task & Purpose
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 …
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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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
The Permanent Select Committee …:
Nunes Opening Statement for HPSCI Hearing on Mueller Report  —  f t # e  —  Thank you Mr. Chairman.  —  Here we are, more than two years since Democrats from this committee publicly claimed to have “more than circumstantial” evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians to hack …
Discussion: RedState and Daily Wire
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Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Schiff threatens to subpoena FBI
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:   Congress raises questions Mueller left unanswered about Trump, Russia
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
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.
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
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.
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ABC News:   ABC News travels with President Donald Trump from Iowa to the White House
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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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.
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 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
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
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.
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 …
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: Washington Post and The Guardian
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
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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Ben Cohen / Algemeiner.com:
Furor as Polish Soccer Association Celebrates 4-0 ‘Pogrom’ Victory Over Israel in Euro Qualifier
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
What It's Like for Journalists Who Cover the Alt-Right
Valerie Insinna / Defense News:
The Pentagon is battling the clock to fix serious, unreported F-35 problems
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
Discussion: Axios
Douglas Murray / National Review:
The Reality of Sweden's Migration Problem
Discussion: Quillette and Mother Jones
Meredith Blake / Los Angeles Times:
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The Daily Beast:
Mexican Officials Have a Trick for Navigating Trump: Ignore the Tweets and Go to Jared
Discussion: Political Wire and Shareblue Media
 Earlier Items: 
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.
RealClearInvestigations:
It Started With a Lie: Bruce Ohr's Linchpin Role in Russiagate
W.J. Hennigan / TIME:
Trump Administration to Hold Migrant Children at Base That Served as WWII Japanese Internment Camp