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7:20 AM ET, June 15, 2019

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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.
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Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
NBC announces lineup of Democrats for each of the two nights for first 2020 debate
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Many Similarities between Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
4 early takeaways from the Democratic debate lineups
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 …
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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: Balloon Juice, LobeLog and Chicago Boyz
Thomas Shattuck / Foreign Policy Research Institute:   Home / Geopoliticus / Roundtable: U.S. Accuses Iran of Committing Tanker Attacks
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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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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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ABC News:   Ivanka Trump took in nearly $4M from DC hotel last year
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Annie Karni / New York Times:
White House Considers Restoring the Daily Briefing for the Next Press Secretary  —  WASHINGTON — Sarah Huckabee Sanders's announcement that she would step down as White House press secretary has set off the latest round of musical chairs in the West Wing and an internal debate over whether …
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Roger Kimball / Spectator USA:
Godspeed, Sarah Sanders
Discussion: CNN, NB Blog and IJR
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.
 
 
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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
John Solomon / The Hill:
Delirious Democrats are now accusing Team Obama of treason
Discussion: twitchy.com