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9:00 AM ET, June 15, 2019

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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump campaign zeroes in on a new threat: Elizabeth Warren  —  The president's team is about to go after a candidate he had left for dead.  —  President Donald Trump's reelection machine is setting its sights on a new target, one it had left for dead just a few months ago: Elizabeth Warren.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Daily Dot
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Zogby Analytics:
The Zogby Poll®: Biden has big leads in key battleground states; Sanders in distant second, while Warren makes gains in OH, WI, SC, and AZ … Zogby Analytics® conducted online surveys of likely Democratic primary voters in seven battleground states - Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Many Similarities between Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton
Discussion: alicublog, Boston Herald and NBC News
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Here's Who Will and Won't Get to Face Joe Biden in the First 2020 Democratic Debate
Discussion: Politico, Wonkette, Breitbart and Althouse
Cristina Maza / Newsweek:
Germany joins chorus casting doubt on Trump administration claim that Iran was behind attack on oil tankers  —  Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Friday cast doubt on evidence that the U.S. government claims is proof that Iran was behind an attack this week on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
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Trita Parsi / NBC News:
Trump blames Iran for the tanker attacks.  But let's be skeptical of his administration's pro-war bluster.  —  The speed in which the U.S. government officially blamed Iran should give us pause, given our own history in the region.  —  The Trump administration was quick to point fingers …
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
The Pirates of Tehran  —  If Iran won't change its behavior, we should sink its navy.  —  On April 14, 1988, the U.S.S. Samuel B. Roberts, a frigate, hit an Iranian naval mine while sailing in the Persian Gulf.  The explosion injured 10 of her crew and nearly sank the ship.
Discussion: Balloon Juice, LobeLog and Chicago Boyz
New York Times:
Hong Kong's Leader Is Set to Delay Extradition Bill Indefinitely  —  HONG KONG — On the defensive after days of huge street protests, Hong Kong's chief executive is preparing to indefinitely suspend her push to adopt a contentious extradition bill after consulting with her superiors in mainland China …
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Mike Ford / RedState:
Hong Kong Protests: China's Kobayashi Maru
Discussion: BBC
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
As Trump Accuses Iran, He Has One Problem: His Own Credibility  —  WASHINGTON — To President Trump, the question of culpability in the explosions that crippled two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman is no question at all.  “It's probably got essentially Iran written all over it,” he declared on Friday.
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Yale psychiatrist Bandy Lee: Trump's mental health is now a “national and global emergency”  —  Dr. Bandy Lee convened experts to study the Mueller report.  They conclude that Trump “can no longer see reality”  —  Robert Mueller's report is 448 pages long and took almost two years to complete.
HuffPost:
Sara Gideon, Maine's Democratic House Speaker, To Run Against Senator Susan Collins  —  The GOP senator faces intense backlash from state Democrats and abortion rights activists over her vote for Brett Kavanaugh.  —  Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, a Democrat, is expected to formally announce …
Discussion: Press Herald
Julia Arciga / The Daily Beast:
Alex Jones Offers $1M Reward After Alleged ‘Malware’ Attack That He Says Planted Child Porn on His Servers  —  The conspiracy theorist appeared to suggest someone tied to the Sandy Hook families framed him.  “I am so sick of their filth and living off the dead kids of Sandy Hook,” he said.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Justice Department backs Treasury on blocking Trump tax returns  —  The Department of Justice is backing the Department of Treasury's decision to not release President Trump's tax returns to Congress.  —  Why it matters: The DOJ is asserting the request for Trump's tax returns serves no …
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Alex Pappas / Fox News:
DOJ defends Mnuchin's refusal to hand over Trump's tax returns
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Appeals Court Rebukes Brett Kavanaugh, Grants Abortion Access to Undocumented Minors  —  Justice Brett Kavanaugh's old court rebuked his anti-abortion jurisprudence on Friday, compelling the Trump administration to allow undocumented minors in federal custody to terminate their pregnancies.
Discussion: CNN, Wall Street Journal and The Hill
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ACLU:
Court Rules in Favor of Jane Doe, Other Young Immigrant Women in ACLU Abortion Case
Bloomberg:
BuzzFeed Staff Plan to Walk Out in Push to Get Union Recognized  — Employees agreed to unionize in February after job cuts  — Vox Media staff walkout earlier this month led to labor deal  —  BuzzFeed News employees are planning to stage a walkout Monday, according to people familiar …
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Top Trump Census Official Communicated With GOP Operative About Citizenship Question  —  On May 30, the plaintiffs challenging the Trump administration's census citizenship question dropped a bombshell: A central portion of the Justice Department's rationale for the question was apparently written …
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah Rep. Chris Stewart says it would be ‘foolish’ for a candidate not to look at foreign intel against an opponent  —  Washington  • Rep. Chris Stewart, a Utah Republican who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, said Friday that it would be “foolish” not to take information …
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Richard Holbrooke and a Certain Idea of America  —  This is an Age of Pessimism.  But America can still remake, redeem and rescue.  —  On July 6, 1939, a couple of months before the outbreak of World War II, a young Polish Jewish immigrant named Abraham Dan Golbraich went before a judge and changed his name to Dan A. Holbrooke.
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Ex-CIA Director Leon Panetta: Trump's Foreign Dirt Comments Are ‘Violation of the Oath of Office’  —  On CNN's OutFront with Erin Burnett, former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called out President Donald Trump's recent comments about accepting campaign assistance from foreign governments as …
Sheelah Kolhatkar / New Yorker:
Can Elizabeth Warren Win It All?  —  The senator from Massachusetts made her name attacking Wall Street.  Now she's bringing her plans to fight outsized wealth to the 2020 Presidential race.  —  On September 20, 2016, John Stumpf, the C.E.O. of Wells Fargo, appeared before the Senate Banking Committee …
Newsweek:
We know the real Donald Trump.  America needs four more years |  Opinion  —  No President in history has taken a bigger financial hit by occupying the Oval Office than Donald J. Trump.  —  The cost to him personally, and to his company in general, is astonishing and amounts to hundreds of millions …
Discussion: twitchy.com
Nikita Stewart / New York Times:
New York City Allocates $250,000 for Abortions, Challenging Conservative States  —  The money will go to a nonprofit fund that pays clinics for abortions performed on women who cannot pay, a third of whom live outside New York.  —  New York City will spend $250,000 to help poor women …
The White House:
Executive Order on Evaluating and Improving the Utility of Federal Advisory Committees  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), it is hereby ordered as follows:
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
Washington Post:
Inside the NRA's finances: Deepening debt, increased spending on legal fees — and cuts to gun training  —  The National Rifle Association spent growing sums on overhead in 2018 even as it cut money for core activities such as gun training and political efforts, ending the year deeper in debt, new financial documents show.
KCRW 89.9FM:
Early days in Iowa  —  Listen 50 min MORE  —  Joe Biden went back to Iowa for the first time in weeks and got into a very public fight with President Trump.  Biden leads the polls there, but is his lead secure?  And what's behind Elizabeth Warren's surge in the polls nationally and in Iowa?
 
 
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The Guardian:
UK rights advocate co-owns firm whose spyware is ‘used to target dissidents’
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León Krauze / Washington Post:
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Discussion: The Intercept
Julia Musto / Fox News:
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Discussion: Breitbart
Susan Davis / NPR:
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Bloomberg:
Trump Delayed Pence's Tiananmen Square Speech in Hopes of Landing Xi Meeting
ABC News:
Ivanka Trump took in nearly $4M from DC hotel last year
Hub:
Vali Nasr to step down as dean of Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies
 Earlier Items: 
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson's Curious Turn From Koch Brothers Evangelist to Their Harshest Critic at Fox News
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
Fake science led a mom to feed bleach to her autistic sons — and police did nothing to stop her
Discussion: The Stranger and Gizmodo
Lara Bazelon / San Francisco Chronicle:
Open Forum: Exaggerating California crime to protect their livelihoods
Serena O'Sullivan / Arizona Republic:
Body of 7-year-old girl from India found in Arizona desert, officials say