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10:15 PM ET, June 13, 2019


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David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
California Democratic 2020 presidential primary is a wide-open race, poll finds … With the Democratic presidential field now largely set, the race in the nation's largest state is wide open, with at least five candidates in serious contention and no clear favorite.
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
DNC names 20 candidates who will appear on stage for first Democratic debate  —  The Democratic National Committee set two ways for the candidates to qualify — fundraising and polling.  —  The Democratic National Committee on Thursday named the 20 presidential candidates who qualified …
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
DNC invites 20 candidates to first debate
Discussion: ABC News, Yahoo News and NPR
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Democrats delete from presidential debate stage a Montana governor, a Massachusetts congressman and a Florida mayor
Discussion: Political Wire and Politico
Washington Post:
Federal watchdog agency recommends removal of Kellyanne Conway from federal office for violating the Hatch Act  —  The Office of Special Counsel on Thursday recommended the removal of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway from federal office for violating the Hatch Act …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Sarah Sanders is leaving the White House  —  White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is leaving her post at the end of the month, President Trump announced on Twitter Thursday. … Why it matters: Sanders has long been one of President Trump's fiercest and most loyal defenders …
Sarah Sanders leaving White House post after fraught tenure  —  Washington (CNN)White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will leave her position at the end of the month, capping a tumultuous tenure as the President's chief spokeswoman in which she largely redefined the role.
Steven Overly / Politico:
Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with Trump as tariffs loom
Discussion: One America News Network and Axios
Washington Post:
Oil tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman, U.S. Navy says  —  ISTANBUL — Two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman came under suspected attack early Thursday amid soaring tensions between the United States and Iran in the region.  —  One ship was adrift and on fire in the strategic waterway …
US releases video it claims shows Iran removing unexploded mine from Gulf tanker
Discussion: News Breaking
Gwynedd Stuart / Los Angeles Magazine:
Louise Linton, aka Mrs. Steven Mnuchin, Is Sorry  —  America's most controversial cabinet wife sounds off on the perils of D.C., her feelings about the Trumps, and her starring role as a sociopathic bisexual serial killer  —  Swaddled in a white terry cloth robe and perched on a director's chair …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:   Louise Linton Resurfaces in New Interview: ‘It Sucks to Be Hated’
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Measles Outbreak: N.Y. Eliminates Religious Exemptions for Vaccinations  —  New York, where measles has spread in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities, joins California and a handful of other states in revoking religious exemptions.  —  ALBANY — Lawmakers in New York, the epicenter …
Discussion: Splinter
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
New York Ends Religious Exemptions For Required Vaccines
Discussion: WNEP-TV, Refinery29, Vox and Observer
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Trump sees no national interest beyond his own  —  It was shocking enough to hear President Trump declare publicly that he is open for business with foreign adversaries who have dirt to offer on his political opponents.  But in doing so, he has also revealed a disturbing truth about himself.
Discussion: The Atlantic, Politico and CBS News
Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed News:
The Wife Of A Republican Congressman Accused Of Misusing Campaign Funds Just Flipped And Pleaded Guilty  —  The wife of California Rep. Duncan Hunter changed her plea from not guilty to guilty in a San Diego court Thursday, admitting that she and her husband misused more than $200,000 worth of campaign funds for personal gain.
Discussion: Splinter
Matthew Choi / Politico:
‘Let me make something 100% clear’: FEC chair lays down the law on foreign help  —  The head of the Federal Election Commission released a statement on Thursday evening reiterating, emphatically, that foreign assistance is illegal in U.S. elections.  —  “Let me make something 100% clear …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Republican blocks bill requiring campaigns to alert FBI to foreign assistance
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump reveals historic redesign of Air Force One  —  Less than a year after announcing a $3.9 billion makeover for America's most famous aircraft, President Donald Trump shared never-before-seen images of Air Force One's prospective redesign on Wednesday during an exclusive interview with ABC News.
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
EXCLUSIVE: Harris says she'd prosecute Trump. He says 'I'd make the same statement'
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Oberlin College hit with maximum PUNITIVE DAMAGES (capped at $22 million by law) in Gibson's Bakery case  —  Added to $11 million compensatory damages, brings total to $33 million  —  The jury just rendered its verdict on punitive damages in the Gibson's Bakery v. Oberlin College case.
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNN:
First on CNN Business: 600 companies including Walmart, Costco and Target warn Trump on tariffs  —  New York (CNN Business)American retailers, manufacturers and tech companies warned President Donald Trump on Thursday that tariffs on China will damage the US economy, lead to job losses and harm millions of consumers.
Discussion: Newser and KTVQ-TV
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Senator says South Dakota lost half a billion dollars from Trump's trade war
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Trump smashed months of FBI work to thwart election interference  —  Nearly two years ago, FBI Director Chris Wray set up an office tasked solely with stopping the type of Russian interference efforts that infected the 2016 campaign.  —  On Wednesday night, President Donald Trump undercut the whole operation in a matter of seconds.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Pramila Jayapal / New York Times:
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: The Story of My Abortion  —  What it taught me about the deeply personal nature of reproductive choice.  —  Ms. Jayapal is a Democratic congresswoman.  —  I call my child a miracle.  Born unexpectedly in India at 26.5 weeks, shortly before I was due to come …
Wall Street Journal:
Elaine Chao Sells Vulcan Stock Holdings  —  Secretary of Transportation earned the shares while serving on board of the paving-materials supplier  —  WASHINGTON—Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has sold her shares in a paving-materials supplier after a Wall Street Journal report …
Center for Public Integrity:
Why the Trump campaign won't pay police bills  —  “Do we love law enforcement or what?”  President Donald Trump asked a cheering crowd during his “Make America Great Again” political rally Oct. 12 in Lebanon, Ohio.  —  “Thank you, law enforcement!” the president later told officers, who he called “heroes.”
Pia Deshpande / Politico:
Anita Hill says she could see herself voting for Biden  —  Anita Hill said in an interview that she could see herself voting for Joe Biden, despite her dissatisfaction with his less-than-full-throated apologies to her.  —  When asked by NBC's Andrea Mitchell whether she would consider voting …
NBC News:
Anita Hill on whether she'd vote for Biden over Trump
Discussion: Vox
The Economist:
Donald Trump's presidency has moved America left  —  The Right Nation was last this enthusiastic about left-wing policies in 1961  —  Americans are more in favour of “big-government” policies today than at any point in the last 68 years.  That is the conclusion of James Stimson …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Hill push to battle foreign election interference is stuck at McConnell roadblock  —  The Senate majority leader has not allowed a vote on any of the bipartisan measures to strengthen election systems and make it harder for hostile powers to manipulate social media.
Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
I Think I Know Why Trump Faved That Tweet About Rihanna  —  At 12:40 a.m. on June 12, in the year of our Lord 2019, President Donald J. Trump “liked” the following tweet, perhaps suggesting that he, too, stans a work/life balance queen. … It's not the first tweet Trump has liked …
Washington Post:
Trump's company sells California mansion to firm linked to Indonesian billionaire, a business partner  —  President Trump's company has quietly sold one of his last remaining properties in California — a 5,400-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion that county records show was purchased …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Fox News
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Michael Avenatti is sued for allegedly siphoning paraplegic's $4 million settlement
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox's Judge Napolitano: Seems Trump ‘Is Prepared to Commit a Felony to Get Re-Elected’
James Orenstein / New York Times:
I'm a Judge. Here's How Surveillance Is Challenging Our Legal System.
Chas Gillespie / McSweeney's:
Every NIMBY's Speech At a Public Hearing
Allum Bokhari / Breitbart:
Exclusive: Facebook's Process to Label You a ‘Hate Agent’ Revealed
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Nunes Says He Has Finally Seen Mueller ‘Scope Memo’
Discussion: RedState
David Axe / The Daily Beast:
America Is Stuck With a $400 Billion Stealth Fighter That Can't Fight
Discussion: Townhall, Defense One and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Bastasch / The Daily Caller:
UN Chief Poses For TIME Cover Off ‘Sinking’ Pacific Island Nation That's Actually Growing In Size
Discussion: TIME
The Daily Beast:
House Dems Do What They Do Best After Trump Invites Foreign Election Interference: Shrug
Discussion: Politico
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Brace for a Voter-Turnout Tsunami
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
Jeff Sommer / New York Times:
Social Security Is Staring at Its First Real Shortfall in Decades. Big Cuts Could Follow.
Discussion: Mother Jones