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12:00 AM ET, June 17, 2019


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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
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 …
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: Fox News 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.”
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:
Tom Cotton calls for “retaliatory military strike” on Iran over oil tanker attacks  —  Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, one of the most hawkish members of Congress, urged the Trump administration to order a military strike against Iran over recent attacks against oil tankers in the Middle East …
Discussion: Big League Politics
Julio Rosas / Washington Examiner:
Max Boot: ‘Reality’ is pushing for impeachment, not the media
Discussion: Townhall
Ursula Perano / Axios:
U.S. doubles down as more nations point fingers at Iran for oil tanker attacks
Discussion: Breitbart and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Pompeo says there is more evidence that Iran attacked tankers
New York Times:
The Youngest Child Separated From His Family at the Border Was 4 Months Old  —  Baby Constantin spent five months of his first year in a foster home.  His family got a painful look at America's experiment with family separation as an immigration policy.  —  By Caitlin DickersonPhotographs by Todd Heisler
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.
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Jon Stewart blasts Mitch McConnell over 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund  —  Comedian Jon Stewart told “Fox News Sunday” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has since 2010 been “the white whale” when it comes to passing the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
Jamie Ehrlich / CNN:
Jon Stewart takes aim at McConnell in continued fight for 9/11 victim compensation fund
Discussion: WSVN-TV
John Parkinson / ABC News:
EXCLUSIVE: Top 5 takeaways of President Trump's interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos  —  ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos embedded with President Donald Trump for a wide-ranging exclusive interview over the course of two days this week, generating a bevy of newsy headlines …
Discussion: Axios, Political Wire and Mediaite
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
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 …
Emily Rauhala / Washington Post:
As price of insulin soars, Americans caravan to Canada for lifesaving medicine  —  As their minivan rolled north, they felt their nerves kick in — but they kept on driving.  —  At the wheel: Lija Greenseid, a rule-abiding Minnesota mom steering her Mazda5 on a cross-border drug run.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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?
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.
Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Lyrics Site Accuses Google of Lifting Its Content  —  Genius says it can prove lyrics from its site are appearing in Google search information panels—by examining the apostrophes  —  Genius Media Group Inc. depends on Google's search engine to send music lovers to its website stocked …
Norman Pearlstine / Los Angeles Times:
Lesson from a pre-Roe vs. Wade experience: Men cannot be silent on abortion rights  —  I was behind the wheel, Charlene beside me, in her powder-blue MG convertible, making our way from the Philadelphia suburbs, through Pottsville and up Route 61 to Ashland, a small, quiet village in the heart of Pennsylvania's fading anthracite region.
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.
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Lili Loofbourow / Slate:
The Genius of Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Associated Press:
Hong Kong police begin to clear streets of protesters
Ron Fournier / Washington Post:
Will impeachment backfire on Democrats? Not if they do it right.
Discussion: New York Post
Wall Street Journal:
Iran's Elite Defense Force Finds New Funding Sources as Tension Rises With U.S.
Nesrine Malik / The Guardian:
If you want to help Sudan, amplify the voices of those suffering its horrors
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Embarrassing Liberals [With Reminiscence by John]
Will Bunch /
4 years since Trump came down that escalator and the cycle of empty outrage has become unbearable
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Hailey Waller / Bloomberg:
Trump Has Gone Too Far on Immigration, Voters Say in Fox Poll
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The One Percent Got $21 Trillion Richer Since 1989. The Bottom 50 Got Poorer.
Discussion: Jacobin and Common Dreams
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Support for beginning impeachment hearings grows among Democrats in new NBC News/WSJ poll
Andrew Ferguson / The Atlantic:
Tyranny of the 70-Somethings
Discussion: New York Post