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Ben Dooley / New York Times:
‘Flying Object’ Struck Tanker in Gulf of Oman, Operator Says, Not a Mine  —  TOKYO — One of the tankers that were attacked in the Gulf of Oman was struck by a flying object, the ship's Japanese operator said on Friday, disputing at least part of the account of United States officials who had blamed Iran for the attack.
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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: Chicago Boyz and USNI News
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 …
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
Japanese Tanker Owner Says U.S. Is Wrong About Gulf Attack  —  Yutaka Katada, the owner of one of the stricken fuel tankers crippled in explosions in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, says the U.S. is wrong about the way the attack was carried out.  Speaking at a press conference in Tokyo on Friday …
Chris Riotta / The Independent:
Trump administration providing ‘false’ information about Gulf of Oman attack, says Japanese tanker owner
CBS News:
Tanker owner seems to dispute U.S. account of Gulf of Oman attack
Thomas Shattuck / Foreign Policy Research Institute:   Home / Geopoliticus / Roundtable: U.S. Accuses Iran of Committing Tanker Attacks
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.
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Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
NBC announces lineup of Democrats for each of the two nights for first 2020 debate  —  To decide the match-ups, candidates' names were drawn manually at NBC News' headquarters in New York.  —  NBC News on Friday announced the lineups of Democratic presidential candidates who are appearing …
New York Times:
The Democratic Debate Lineups Are Set.  Here's What to Expect.  —  The first night will be Elizabeth Warren's to lose, while the second will be a four-way showdown between the rest of the top-tier candidates.  —  WASHINGTON — Two nights, four hours, so, so many candidates …
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
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
4 early takeaways from the Democratic debate lineups
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
President Trump's internal polling data from March showed him far behind Joe Biden in key battleground states  —  Data from President Donald Trump's first internal reelection campaign poll conducted in March, obtained exclusively by ABC News, showed him losing a matchup by wide margins …
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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
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Sarah Sanders was the disdainful Queen of Gaslighting  —  When Sarah Sanders said Thursday that she hopes to be remembered for her transparency and honesty, the first impulse was to laugh.  —  But lying to citizens while being paid by them really isn't all that funny.
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Bloomberg:
Ivanka Trump Made $4 Million From President's D.C. Hotel  — Husband Jared Kushner had at least $27 million in debt  — Former adviser Cohn paid for Mulvaney's golf tournament fees  —  Ivanka Trump made $4 million from her investment in her father's Washington hotel last year …
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ABC News:   Ivanka Trump took in nearly $4M from DC hotel last year
Maureen Groppe / Indianapolis Star:
Exclusive: Indiana Republican Susan Brooks will not seek re-election to Congress  —  WASHINGTON — Indiana Rep. Susan Brooks, one of only 13 Republican women in the House as well as the head of GOP recruitment for 2020, found someone she could not convince to run: herself.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Elizabeth Warren's lucky debate draw
Justin Fishel / ABC News:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump disputes account of White House counsel's testimony to Mueller
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
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
ABC Stations Helped Trump Build a Campaign Email List on His Birthday  —  Some of the network's largest affiliates promoted on their websites a ‘birthday card’ for President Trump that is really just a list-building campaign.  It's since been removed.  —  On Friday morning …
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
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.
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 …
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Illiberal Right Throws a Tantrum  —  By the tail end of the Obama administration, the culture war seemed lost.  The religious right sued for détente, having been swept up in one of the most rapid cultural shifts in generations.  Gone were the decades of being able to count …
New York Times:
The Youngest Known Child Separated From His Family by the Trump Administration  —  Caitlin Dickerson is a Peabody award-winning national immigration reporter, who profiles the lives of immigrants, including those without legal status.  Last year, Caitlin reported that the Trump administration …
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
Trump still owes D.C. $7 million in inauguration costs as he plans July Fourth gala  —  President Trump's speech at the Lincoln Memorial on the Fourth of July is expected to drive up security costs for an annual event that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the nation's capital.
Reveal:
Inside hate groups on Facebook, police officers trade racist memes, conspiracy theories and Islamophobia  —  Hundreds of active-duty and retired law enforcement officers from across the United States are members of Confederate, anti-Islam, misogynistic or anti-government militia groups on Facebook, a Reveal investigation has found.
Discussion: Boing Boing, The Verge and Gizmodo
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 …
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
Fake science led a mom to feed bleach to her autistic sons — and police did nothing to stop her  —  A Kansas mother has posted videos about giving chlorine dioxide, which amounts to industrial bleach, to her sons.  Authorities declined to intervene.  —  Laurel Austin documented her son Jeremy's …
Discussion: The Stranger and Gizmodo
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 …
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?
Hub:
Vali Nasr to step down as dean of Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies … Hub staff report  —  Vali Nasr, a highly respected foreign policy expert, scholar, and adviser who has led Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies for the past seven years …
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson's Curious Turn From Koch Brothers Evangelist to Their Harshest Critic at Fox News  —  Last week, Fox News star Tucker Carlson accused Republicans of rejecting economic patriotism out of fear they “might make the Koch brothers angry.”  While he now castigates those lawmakers …
 
 
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Mike Ford / RedState:
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 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
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Lara Bazelon / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Steve Bullock / YouTube:
Really?  —  If we don't take back the places we lost in 2016, Trump will win.
Discussion: Politico
Serena O'Sullivan / Arizona Republic:
Body of 7-year-old girl from India found in Arizona desert, officials say
Jack Holmes / Esquire:
An Expert on Concentration Camps Says That's Exactly What the U.S. Is Running at the Border
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
John Solomon / The Hill:
Delirious Democrats are now accusing Team Obama of treason
Discussion: twitchy.com
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Discussion: Jezebel and Fox News
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Federal employees turn their backs on Agriculture secretary after relocation plans announced