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10:55 PM ET, June 15, 2019

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New York Times:
U.S. Escalates Online Attacks on Russia's Power Grid  —  WASHINGTON — The United States is stepping up digital incursions into Russia's electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin and a demonstration of how the Trump administration is using new authorities to deploy cybertools …
Washington Post:
GOP in disarray as budget impasse threatens shutdown, deep cuts — and default  —  Senate Republicans and the Trump administration are struggling to reach an agreement on a path forward on critical budget and spending issues, threatening not only another government shutdown and deep spending cuts …
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Katy Tur / MSNBC:
Why is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocking election security bills?  —  Multiple election security bills are in limbo because Senator McConnell hasn't allowed them to pass through the Senate.  Morgan Radford discusses McConnell's stance with Politico National Security Correspondent …
Hannah Bleau / Breitbart:
‘Completely Erroneous’: New York Times Busted for Fake News Story on Harriet Tubman $20 Bill  —  The U.S. Treasury is denying a piece from the New York Times which accused the Trump administration of delaying the release of the $20 Harriet Tubman bill and doing so for political reasons.
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Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Justice backs Mnuchin's refusal to turn over Trump's taxes
Discussion: Press Herald
Fox News:
Judith Miller and William Tobey: To protect against Iranian attacks, US should be ready to escort oil tankers  —  In light of the most recent attacks on civilian oil tankers in international waters in the Gulf of Oman, the Trump administration must now be prepared to escort tankers transiting …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Bloomberg:
Europe Should Join the U.S. in Confronting Iran
Siobhán O'Grady / Washington Post:
The Taliban claimed an attack on U.S. forces.  Pompeo blamed Iran.  —  On May 31, a suicide bomber targeted a U.S. convoy in eastern Kabul, killing four Afghan passersby and slightly wounding four U.S. servicemen and at least three civilians.  —  At the time, the Taliban claimed responsibility …
The Hill:
Trump directs agencies to cut advisory boards by ‘at least’ one-third  —  President Trump is directing all agencies to cut their advisory boards by “at least” one third.  —  The executive order issued Friday evening directs all federal agencies to “evaluate the need” for each of their current advisory committees.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
Oberlin Helped Students Defame a Bakery, a Jury Says.  The Punishment: $33 Million.  —  Protests over cultural sensitivity have long been a staple at Oberlin College, a liberal arts school tucked into the cornfields of Ohio, where students have spoken out about everything from microaggressions to the cultural appropriation of sushi.
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Franklin Graham: ‘I think God was behind the last election’  —  Evangelist Franklin Graham said in an interview that divine intervention might be the reason President Trump won in 2016.  —  “I think God was behind the last election,” Graham told conservative news site The Western Journal,
Jonathan Greenberg / Washington Post:
Saving face  —  How Donald Trump silenced the people who could expose his business failures  —  How did Donald Trump, a self-serving promoter who lost billions of dollars for his investors, convince the world that he is a financial genius?  It wasn't just by fabricating tales of his success.
Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Sudan Ousted a Brutal Dictator.  His Successor Was His Enforcer.  —  KHARTOUM, Sudan — Once a camel trader who led a militia accused of genocidal violence in Darfur, Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan now sits at the pinnacle of power in Sudan, overlooking the scorched streets from his wood-paneled office high …
Discussion: Fox News
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
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Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Even More Evidence Emerges Linking Deceased Consultant To Trump Census Push
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Politico:
Hong Kong extradition bill complicates an already tense US-China relationship  —  This story is being published as part of a content partnership with the South China Morning Post.  It originally appeared on scmp.com on June 15, 2019.  —  The row between Beijing and Washington over Hong Kong …
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New York Times:
Hong Kong's Leader Is Set to Delay Extradition Bill Indefinitely
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Reuters:
Bowing to pressure, Hong Kong leader suspends extradition bill
Fox News:
Beto O'Rourke says white Americans don't know the full story of slavery, continues to support reparations  —  Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke took an unconventional approach to reaching out to African-American voters Friday, meeting with a small group representing a community …
Discussion: Washington Post
Politico:
‘You have to know how to hit a curveball’: Trump's Pentagon choice fights to win over doubters  —  Pat Shanahan's critics call him a weak link on the president's team but the acting defense secretary says he knows how to deal with the unexpected.  —  The knocks on President Donald Trump's defense-secretary …
Jessica Kwong / Newsweek:
ImpeachTrump Day of Action Events Happening to ‘Finally Open an Impeachment Inquiry’ on Trump, Rashida Tlaib Says  —  More than 100 cities across the United States will hold #ImpeachTrump Day of Action events on Saturday and it is a call to millions of Americans to “finally open an impeachment inquiry” …
 
 
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Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Acosta recalls ‘quaint’ Romney gaffes, including one that wasn't a ‘gaffe’ at all
Discussion: Instapundit and twitchy.com
Sandra Emerson / Orange County Register:
Why people are rallying for impeachment Saturday in Southern California and around the US
Discussion: Breitbart
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
F-bombs and insults: Norman Mailer's epic run for mayor of New York in 1969
Jeremy B. Merrill / Quartz:
Does Google not realize Beto O'Rourke is running for president?
NBC News:
Ivanka Trump made almost $4 million from Trump Washington hotel last year
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Quartz
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
McCabe says it's ‘absolutely’ time to launch impeachment inquiry into Trump
Discussion: Daily Wire and twitchy.com
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Appeals Court Rebukes Brett Kavanaugh, Grants Abortion Access to Undocumented Minors
Discussion: Reuters, Wall Street Journal and CNN
Peter Baker / New York Times:
As Trump Accuses Iran, He Has One Problem: His Own Credibility
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Richard Holbrooke and a Certain Idea of America