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10:00 PM ET, June 16, 2019


 Top Items: 
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
Mike Allen / Axios:
Pete Buttigieg says it's “almost certain” we've had gay presidents  —  Pete Buttigieg told “Axios on HBO” that “we've probably had excellent presidents who were gay — we just didn't know which ones.”  —  Why it matters: Buttigieg, who is rising in polls and would be the first openly gay nominee …
Discussion: New York Post and Mediaite
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.”
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
Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:
Tom Cotton calls for “retaliatory military strike” on Iran over oil tanker attacks
Discussion: Big League Politics
Washington Post:
Pompeo says there is more evidence that Iran attacked tankers
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.
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
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:   Jon Stewart blasts Mitch McConnell over 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund
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
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.
New York Times:
Trump Wants to Neutralize Democrats on Health Care.  Republicans Say Let It Go.  —  WASHINGTON — As President Trump prepares to kick off his bid for a second term this week, he is anxiously searching for a way to counter Democrats on health care, one of their central issues …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
This Isn't Going According to Plan for Kirsten Gillibrand  —  DES MOINES—Isaac Rosenberg is stumped.  What is it about Kirsten Gillibrand that makes people love to hate her, the rush of coverage eager to point out how her presidential campaign has underperformed?
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
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Saudi Arabia May Execute Teenager for His Protests — Including When He Was 10  —  In 2011, as Arab Spring protests swept across the Middle East, demonstrations also kicked off in Saudi Arabia's oil-rich Eastern Province.  Members of the kingdom's repressed Shiite minority took to the streets …
Discussion: New York Times
Wall Street Journal:
Iran's Elite Defense Force Finds New Funding Sources as Tension Rises With U.S.  —  Infrastructure projects and smuggling help Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps skirt sanctions  —  TEHRAN, Iran—The country's top paramilitary force is maintaining support for armed groups in the Middle East …
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.
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
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Norman Pearlstine / Los Angeles Times:
Lesson from a pre-Roe vs. Wade experience: Men cannot be silent on abortion rights
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If you want to help Sudan, amplify the voices of those suffering its horrors
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Embarrassing Liberals [With Reminiscence by John]
Salena Zito / New York Post:
Why many Dems in the South back the new anti-abortion laws
Discussion: RedState
Hailey Waller / Bloomberg:
Trump Has Gone Too Far on Immigration, Voters Say in Fox Poll
Discussion: Political Wire
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
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
4 years in, Trump fondly recalls Trump Tower campaign launch
Michael Sainato / The Guardian:
Bosses pocket Trump tax windfall as workers see job promises vanish
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Chief justice tries to assure the Supreme Court is apolitical, but term's biggest cases present partisan challenges
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
'Who's Taking Care of the Kids?' Is Finally a Question for Dads on the Trail, Too
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
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Wall Street Donors Are Swooning for Mayor Pete. (They Like Biden and Harris, Too.)
Discussion: Axios