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7:30 AM ET, June 13, 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 …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:   Rick Santorum: Trump Was Just Using ‘Filler Words’ When He Said He'd Accept Foreign Help
ABC News:   ABC News travels with President Donald Trump from Iowa to the White House
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump brings Stephanopoulos to Iowa, into White House as 2020 launch nears
Discussion: KTVQ-TV and Mediaite
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 …
Errin Haines Whack / Associated Press:   House hearing on reparations for slavery set for next week
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Hope Hicks has agreed to testify before House committee on Mueller probe
Discussion: Politico, The Root and The Week
Nikki Schwab / New York Post:
House panel unanimously passes 9/11 victims fund bill after Jon Stewart shaming
Discussion: Task & Purpose
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.
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
How Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren Cracked the Code of the 2020 Race  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Pete Buttigieg ran through his stump speech (six minutes on generational change), tossed bean bags with activists (in front of as many cameras as Iowa voters), took seven questions from reporters …
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:   Elizabeth Warren surges. Why?
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Bernie Sanders's definition of democratic socialism, explained
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Why Elizabeth Warren is surging
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. …
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 …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:   Ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sticks with strategist Steve Schmidt despite taking summer off from politics
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
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 …
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Democratic rep says she's tired of ‘sex-starved males’ talking about abortion rights
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
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 …
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.
Republicans dodge nasty Senate primary in North Carolina  —  Rep. Mark Walker decided against challenging Sen. Thom Tillis after President Donald Trump stayed mum on the race.  —  Rep. Mark Walker has decided not to launch a primary challenge against Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jack Flemming / Los Angeles Times:
Donald Trump's Beverly Hills home quietly sells for $13.5 million  —  President Trump has visited California three times since entering the White House, but he'll have one less place to stay for the next trip.  The Trump Organization has quietly unloaded one of its last two properties in Los Angeles County …
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: Politico
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Kamala Harris Vows Executive Action to Allow Citizenship for Dreamers  — Democratic 2020 candidate unveils four changes to rules  — Immigration is a major issue in primary and general elections  —  Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris unveiled a proposal Wednesday …
Raphael Satter / Associated Press:
Experts: Spy used AI-generated face to connect with targets  —  LONDON (AP) — Katie Jones sure seemed plugged into the Washington's political scene.  The 30-something redhead boasted a job at a top think tank and a who's-who network of pundits and experts, from the centrist Brookings Institution to the right-wing Heritage Foundation.
Jillian Kay Melchior / Wall Street Journal:
Hong Kong Makes Its Stand  —  Open umbrellas drift from walkways to protesters below, who use them as a shield against tear gas.  —  Hong Kong  —  As I walk toward the epicenter of Hong Kong's protests Wednesday, my skin and eyes are a better navigation tool than Google Maps.
Luiza Ch. Savage / Politico:
'There's China and there's everything else:' Trump's trade wars scramble domestic political fights  —  President Donald Trump's multi-front trade war on the global stage has opened two distinct political battles over tariffs in the domestic arena that will shape the future of U.S. trade policy …
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 …
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
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Kevin Rector / Baltimore Sun:
Trash bags of ‘Healthy Holly’ books occasionally arrive at Maryland Book Bank; kids don't want them, others do
Discussion: Daily Wire
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
Ryan Saavedra / Daily Wire:
Democrat Cummings Brings Wife's Clients Before His Committee, Including AARP
Farah Stockman / New York Times:
Birthright Trips, a Rite of Passage for Many Jews, Are Now a Target of Protests
Harmeet Dhillon / Fox News:
Champions of free speech have become the censors. Don't let democracy die in silence
 Earlier Items: 
Charlie Cooper / Politico:
This time, Boris Johnson is serious
Josh Shaffer / Raleigh News & Observer:
‘Cold-hearted madness’: Man pleads guilty to murder of 3 young Muslims in Chapel Hill
USA Today:
Republican attempts to defend Trump and Barr's ‘no obstruction’ decree are pathetic
Discussion: Daily Kos
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
What It's Like for Journalists Who Cover the Alt-Right