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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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Associated Press:
Hong Kong leader delays unpopular bill; activists want more  —  HONG KONG (AP) — Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam sought to quell public anger Saturday by shelving an unpopular extradition bill that has highlighted apprehension about relations with mainland China, but opponents of the measure said it was not enough.
Discussion: The Week
Mike Ford / RedState:
Hong Kong Protests: China's Kobayashi Maru
Discussion: BBC
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.
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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.
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 …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump campaign zeroes in on a new threat: Elizabeth Warren  —  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.  —  With the Massachusetts senator rising in polls and driving a populist message …
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Zogby Analytics:   The Zogby Poll®: Biden has big leads in key battleground states; Sanders in distant second …
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.
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Justice backs Mnuchin's refusal to turn over Trump's taxes  —  The Justice Department issued a legal opinion Friday finding that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was right to withhold President Donald Trump's tax returns from a House committee that subpoenaed them.
Discussion: Press Herald
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Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Justice Department backs Treasury on blocking Trump tax returns
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
DOJ defends Mnuchin's refusal to hand over Trump's tax returns
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
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.
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.
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NBC News:
Ivanka Trump made almost $4 million from Trump Washington hotel last year  —  The president's daughter is working as an unpaid adviser in the White House, but continuing to make millions from the family business.  —  Ivanka Trump pulled in almost $4 million in revenue last year from her stake …
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ABC News:   Ivanka Trump took in nearly $4M from DC hotel last year
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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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:
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 …
 
 
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Bloomberg:
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Serena O'Sullivan / Arizona Republic:
Body of 7-year-old girl from India found in Arizona desert, officials say