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11:55 AM ET, June 14, 2019

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Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
See a Design of the Harriet Tubman $20 Bill That Mnuchin Delayed  —  WASHINGTON — Extensive work was well underway on a new $20 bill bearing the image of Harriet Tubman when Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced last month that the design of the note would be delayed for technical reasons …
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Gwynedd Stuart / Los Angeles Magazine:
Louise Linton, aka Mrs. Steven Mnuchin, Is Sorry  —  Swaddled in a white terry cloth robe and perched on a director's chair in the marble-floored powder room of her massive Bel Air mansion (a stone's throw from Salma Hayek's), Louise Linton is being administered to by a makeup artist …
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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CBS News:
Tanker owner seems to dispute U.S. account of Gulf of Oman attack  —  The Japanese owner of the Kokuka Courageous, one of two oil tankers targeted near the Strait of Hormuz, said Friday that sailors on board saw “flying objects” just before it was hit, suggesting the vessel wasn't damaged by mines.
Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
US says Iran took mine off tanker; Iran denies involvement  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. military on Friday released a video it said shows Iran's Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the oil tankers targeted near the Strait of Hormuz …
Chris Riotta / The Independent:   Trump administration providing ‘false’ information about Gulf of Oman attack, says Japanese tanker owner
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Orion Rummler / Axios:
The highlights from Trump's 50-minute birthday “Fox & Friends” call  —  President Trump spent 50 minutes of his 73rd birthday on the phone with the hosts of “Fox & Friends” Thursday — the latest in a series of free-wheeling interviews with one of his favorite TV shows.
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Trump won't promise to endorse Pence for president in 2024  —  President Trump said Friday morning that if Vice President Pence runs for president in 2024, he wouldn't automatically have his endorsement.  —  The president was asked the hypothetical during a wide-ranging interview on “Fox & Friends.”
Associated Press:
Trump doesn't commit to backing Pence for president in 2024
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders Leaving White House at the End of the Month
Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:
Trump campaign says it will handle foreign info on rivals on “case by case basis”  —  President Trump's 2020 reelection campaign will handle damaging information on political opponents provided by foreign governments and entities on a “case by case basis,” according to the campaign's top spokesperson.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Trump camp's latest lies cannot obscure what's now been exposed  —  The large outlines of the Russiagate scandal have long been hiding in plain sight: President Trump and his campaign encouraged, eagerly sought to benefit from and worked to conspire with a foreign power's sweeping effort …
Discussion: HuffPost
Owen Daugherty / The Hill:   Trump campaign says it will handle foreign intel offers on ‘case by case basis’
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.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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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 …
Justin Fishel / ABC News:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump disputes account of White House counsel's testimony to Mueller  —  President Donald Trump is directly disputing the account of a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible obstruction of justice during the course of the Russia probe saying that it …
Phoebe Neidl / Rolling Stone:
Elizabeth Warren's New Plan to Close the Racial Wealth Gap  —  The surging Democrat is proposing a Small Business Equity Fund to help entrepreneurs of color  —  When Sen. Elizabeth Warren came forward in March to propose breaking up tech giants like Facebook and Google, the words …
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Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
Leveling the Playing Field for Entrepreneurs
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jerry Portwood / Rolling Stone:
Elizabeth Warren's Rise Is a Plus for Issue Politics — And a Bad Sign for Billionaires
Discussion: CNBC and The American Spectator
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 …
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Federal employees turn their backs on Agriculture secretary after relocation plans announced  —  Members of the American Federation of Government Employees turned their backs on Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Thursday, apparently over plans to relocate them from Washington to the Kansas City area.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren isn't Hillary Clinton  —  How Warren is using many policies to reinforce one message, and a few other notes from our conversation.  —  My old American Prospect editor Mark Schmitt had a maxim I always liked: “It's not what you say about the issues; it's what the issues say about you.”
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.
Discussion: The Guardian
Anne Flaherty / ABC News:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump says of Fed Reserve chairman 'I've waited long enough'  —  President Donald Trump slammed Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell again this week, insisting that Powell's actions have prevented the economy from soaring even higher and declaring he's out of patience with the man …
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Trump says he won't fire Kellyanne Conway over Hatch Act violations  —  President Trump said Friday that he will not fire White House counselor Kellyanne Conway for repeated violations of the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from engaging in political activity in the course of their work.
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Wall Street Journal:
Trump's 2020 Re-Election Campaign Wants Order and Discipline, Down to Font Sizes  —  Four years after the president flouted electioneering tradition, his re-election team is taking a more conventional approach  —  ARLINGTON, Va.—President Trump's path to a second term starts not in Florida …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Michael Avenatti is sued for allegedly siphoning paraplegic's $4 million settlement  —  (Reuters) - Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who represented porn star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against U.S. President Donald Trump, has been sued by a paraplegic former client who accused him of siphoning away a $4 million settlement he had won.
Discussion: Political Wire and Splinter
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Forget “No Collusion,” Trump Is Now Pro-Collusion  —  There is no such thing as an outrage-free week anymore.  On Wednesday, President Trump offered us a particularly stunning example of this new political reality, telling the ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos that he would welcome foreign interference …
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / New York Times:
U.S. Special Forces Battle Against ISIS Turns to Containment, and Concern  —  DEH BALA, Afghanistan — Two years ago, Pentagon officials said that American forces in the remote reaches of Afghanistan could defeat the Islamic State's offshoot here by the end of 2017.
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox's Judge Napolitano: Seems Trump ‘Is Prepared to Commit a Felony to Get Re-Elected’  —  'There's no wiggle room with respect to dirt,' the judge noted.  —  Reacting to President Trump saying he would accept foreign intel on a political opponent if offered, and that he doesn't feel it's necessary …
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Former Democractic rising star and Afghanistan War veteran speaks out for first time about PTSD treatment  —  “After 11 years of trying to outrun depression and PTSD symptoms, I have finally concluded that it's faster than me.  That I have to stop running, turn around, and confront it,” Jason Kander said.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Liberal Wonks, or at Least Elizabeth Warren, Have a Plan for That  —  The surprising power of evidence-based progressivism.  —  Not long ago, political pundits were writing off Elizabeth Warren's political chances, but recent polling makes her an increasingly plausible contender …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Associated Press:
Emails: Trump official consulting climate change rejecters  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump administration national security official has sought help from advisers to a think tank that disavows climate change to challenge widely accepted scientific findings on global warming, according to his emails.
Angelo Codevilla / American Greatness:
A Conservative Resistance?  —  Leftists in America treat conservative voters, elected officials, and policies as illegitimate.  Should conservative Americans return the favor?  Could they?  —  Few outside the corporate leftist media took seriously Hillary Clinton's accusation …
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Pete Buttigieg wants to lead on foreign policy.  These are his advisers  —  It's Friday.  Hope you're all loving Linsanity 2.0 as much as I am.  Also, the president turns 73 today.  Have a great weekend, a happy Father's Day, and see you on Monday 😎  —  The People
 
 
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The Hill:
Centrist Democrats raise concerns over $15 minimum wage push
Discussion: Splinter
Joe Biden / YouTube:
I Pledge to Protect Our Democracy
Discussion: NBC News
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
Should We Take These Early General Election Polls Seriously? $#!% No!
Discussion: MinnPost and PinkNews
Zia Weise / Politico:
Swiss women go on strike over inequality
Matthew Choi / Politico:
McConnell downplays Trump's foreign election help comments
Heather Mac Donald / Wall Street Journal:
Who ‘Deserves’ to Go to Harvard?
Discussion: Power Line
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Does Amazon Really Pay No Taxes? Here's the Complicated Answer
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Nazis Killed Her Father. Then She Fell in Love With One.
 Earlier Items: 
Doug Palmer / Politico:
Larry Kudlow: U.S. needs to ‘kick butt’ to get trade deal with China
Kevin Burwick / MovieWeb:
Mark Hamill Wants Trump's Hollywood Star Replaced with Carrie Fisher's
Zachary B. Wolf / CNN:
How Jared Kushner is the ultimate test for US ethics laws
Anna Massoglia / OpenSecrets.org:
Trump 2020 campaign ad payments hidden by layers of shell companies
Discussion: Washington Post
Yaroslav Trofimov / Wall Street Journal:
Belarus Comes In From the Cold as It Seeks to Distance Itself From Russia
Michael Kruse / Politico:
The Escalator Ride That Changed America
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Measles Outbreak: N.Y. Eliminates Religious Exemptions for Vaccinations