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8:00 PM ET, June 16, 2019


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NBC News:
Trump campaign cutting ties with pollsters after internal numbers leaked  —  The president's re-election campaign says series of polls showing Joe Biden ahead in key states are “ancient” news.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is cutting ties with some of its own pollsters …
New York Times:
Trump Campaign to Purge Pollsters After Leak of Dismal Results  —  President Trump's campaign has decided to purge some of its pollsters after a leak of dismal internal polls for the president that he denied existed.  —  Just two days before the president is set to kick off his bid for re-election …
Discussion: Splinter
Andy Shain / Post and Courier:
Warren, Buttigieg surge in SC 2020 Democratic presidential poll as Biden still leads  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a commanding 20-point lead in the 2020 South Carolina Democratic presidential primary, but his post-announcement advantage is shrinking — and he has a surprising new set of top challengers.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Democrats want a steady leader, Biden leads Trump by 10 points  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden is still, by far, the leader in the Democratic Party's presidential nomination race.  His lead reflects the mood of the party, as Democratic primary voters want someone who will unite Americans …
CBS News:
CBS News Battleground Tracker poll: Biden leads, with Warren, Harris, Sanders close behind  —  The belief that he could fare best against President Trump is currently propelling Joe Biden in the early Democratic nomination race by two measures — vote preference, and the delegates that would come with them.
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump campaign makes a radical break from 2016
Discussion: Althouse
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Israel's Netanyahu inaugurates non-existent ‘Trump Heights’ town in the Golan  —  Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman hosted a special ceremony Sunday to dedicate a new town in the Golan Heights called “Ramat Trump,” or “Trump Heights” in English.
Golan Heights: Israel unveils ‘Trump Heights’ settlement
Discussion: Vox
Exclusive: Mayor Pete won't reverse Trump's Jerusalem move  —  Surging 2020 Democrat and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg tells “Axios on HBO” he wouldn't move the U.S. embassy in Israel back from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv if elected president: “I don't know that we'd gain much by moving it to Tel Aviv.”
Mike Allen / Axios:
Pete Buttigieg says it's “almost certain” we've had gay presidents
Discussion: Mediaite
Julio Rosas / Washington Examiner:
Max Boot: ‘Reality’ is pushing for impeachment, not the media  —  Washington Post opinion columnist Max Boot said the press are not pushing for impeachment and warned the media against taking at face value what the Trump administration says on anything.  —  CNN “Reliable Sources” …
Discussion: Townhall
Washington Post:
Pompeo says there is more evidence that Iran attacked tankers
Associated Press:
Ex-pastor in Texas accused of sexually abusing teen relative  —  HOUSTON (AP) — A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Political Wire
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Joe Biden and the ‘electability’ delusion — and why the media keep making the same mistake  —  As Iowa journalist Robert Leonard talks to voters around his state, he finds himself baffled at the national portrayal of Joe Biden's dominance in the presidential campaign.
Jamie Ehrlich / CNN:
Jon Stewart takes aim at McConnell in continued fight for 9/11 victim compensation fund  —  9/11 responder: Zero tolerance for members of Congress  —  Washington (CNN)Former late night host and 9/11 first responders advocate Jon Stewart said Sunday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell …
Discussion: WSVN-TV
Nesrine Malik / The Guardian:
If you want to help Sudan, amplify the voices of those suffering its horrors  —  The Sudanese people need to get the message out that the killing and rape have not quashed their revolution  —  It has been two weeks since the Janjaweed, Sudan's infamous militia, embarked on a brutal campaign …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
This Isn't Going According to Plan for Kirsten Gillibrand  —  The senator from New York is a battle-tested campaigner who thrives as the underdog.  But 2020 is proving to be a much tougher challenge than she thought.  —  DES MOINES—Isaac Rosenberg is stumped.
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Democrats' 2020 Achilles heel: The Senate  —  The Democrats' dream team of Senate candidates — popular Governors and 2018 super stars — to challenge beatable Republican incumbents isn't going to happen.  Party strategists hope their plan B might be sufficient to pick up the handful of seats needed for control.
Will Bunch /
4 years since Trump came down that escalator and the cycle of empty outrage has become unbearable  —  It was the most consequential ride in American history since Paul Revere, and as I write this it happened exactly four years ago — June 16, 2015.  But doesn't it feel like it was 14 years ago …
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump cites lessons from Nixon, says he ‘was never going to fire Mueller’  —  President Donald Trump told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos that he did not fire special counsel Robert Mueller because “that didn't work out too well” for former President Richard Nixon.
Hailey Waller / Bloomberg:
Trump Has Gone Too Far on Immigration, Voters Say in Fox Poll  — Majority favor increasing security measures other than wall  — Voters' optimism about U.S. economy has slipped so far in 2019  —  Half of American voters say the Trump administration has gone too far on immigration enforcement …
Discussion: Political Wire
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Support for beginning impeachment hearings grows among Democrats in new NBC News/WSJ poll  —  Americans overall remain divided over beginning impeachment hearings but Democratic support has surged since last month.  —  WASHINGTON — More Democratic voters believe Congress should begin impeachment hearings …
Joshua Jamerson / Wall Street Journal:   Nearly Half of Democrats Back Impeachment Hearings Against Trump
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Embarrassing Liberals [With Reminiscence by John]  —  I missed the notice a few days ago that publisher Houghton-Mifflin is delaying publication of Naomi Wolf's latest book, Outrages, for the simple reason that it has been exposed as an embarrassing piece of crap.
Michael Sainato / The Guardian:
Bosses pocket Trump tax windfall as workers see job promises vanish  —  AT&T, General Motors and Wells Fargo vowed to use tax cuts to create jobs.  In fact, they did the opposite  —  Stephen Smith worked at an AT&T call center in Meriden, Connecticut, for over 20 years …
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Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Saudi Arabia May Execute Teenager for His Protests — Including When He Was 10
Salena Zito / New York Post:
Why many Dems in the South back the new anti-abortion laws
Discussion: RedState
Zia Weise / Politico:
Far-right AfD fails to win east German mayoral vote
Noa Landau / Haaretz:
U.S. Mideast Envoy Greenblatt: We May Postpone Publication of Peace Plan to November
Associated Press:
4 years in, Trump fondly recalls Trump Tower campaign launch
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Chief justice assures the Supreme Court is apolitical, but term's biggest cases present partisan challenges
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Trump says supporters might ‘demand’ that he serve more than two terms as president
Discussion: Progress Pond
 Earlier Items: 
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The One Percent Got $21 Trillion Richer Since 1989. The Bottom 50 Got Poorer.
Discussion: Jacobin and Common Dreams
Louisa Lim / The Guardian:
Hong Kong is not China yet, but that feared day is coming ever nearer
Andrew Ferguson / The Atlantic:
Tyranny of the 70-Somethings
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Dems prepare 9-figure ad onslaught to blunt Trump's head start
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Wall Street Donors Are Swooning for Mayor Pete. (They Like Biden and Harris, Too.)
Discussion: Axios
Sarah Stillman / New Yorker:
How Families Separated at the Border Could Make the Government Pay