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9:01 AM ET, June 17, 2019


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Elena Schneider / Politico:
Pete Buttigieg raised staggering $7 million in April alone  —  Pete Buttigieg's campaign jolted its top donors with big news on a conference call last month: The upstart mayor had raised $7 million in the month of April alone, as much as Buttigieg had in his entire eye-catching first quarter in the presidential race.
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 …
Alex Ward / Vox:
Pete Buttigieg calls Israel a “strong ally” and says he'd keep the US embassy in Jerusalem  —  Buttigieg is more pro-Israel than many other 2020 Democratic candidates.  —  President Donald Trump moved America's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem last year, a controversial decision …
Mike Allen / Axios:
“I don't think he cares if it gets better”: Pete Buttigieg talks Trump's border policy  —  Pete Buttigieg told “Axios on HBO” that he believes President Trump doesn't care about addressing the border crisis, saying he “wouldn't put it past him to allow it to become worse in order …
Discussion: Political Wire
Axios:   Exclusive: Mayor Pete won't reverse Trump's Jerusalem move
New York Times:
Trump Campaign to Purge Pollsters After Leak of Dismal Results  —  WASHINGTON — 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 …
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Trumpworld is trying to tell the president his 2020 reelection bid will be a slog  —  Welcome back, Power friends.  Reach out, sign up, and have a wonderful week.  Thanks for waking up with us.  —  Breaking 🚨: “Iran has threatened to increase its uranium stockpile limit set …
Ursula Perano / Axios:   Israel's Netanyahu inaugurates non-existent ‘Trump Heights’ town in the Golan
Aaron David Miller / USA Today:
Why are we headed for a blowup with Iran?  It began when Trump scrapped the nuclear deal  —  At minimum, Iran and America badly need a hotline to deconflict their military forces and avert a serious escalation.  But that has been rejected before.  —  CONNECT
Associated Press:
Iran says it will break uranium stockpile limit in 10 days  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will break the uranium stockpile limit set by Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers in the next 10 days, the spokesman for the country's atomic agency said Monday while also warning that Iran …
Discussion: Tasnim News Agency, Politico and VICE
Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:
Tom Cotton calls for “retaliatory military strike” on Iran over oil tanker attacks
Discussion: Big League Politics
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
House Leadership Is Looking Flakey  —  House Democrats—and just about everyone else—were rightfully disturbed by President Donald Trump's admission earlier this week that he would once again accept “foreign dirt” in the 2020 contest.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters that …
Discussion: Axios
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Push to impeach Trump stalls amid Democrats' deference to — and fear of — Pelosi
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Pelosi flexes muscle over party in impeachment debate, but ‘dam’ could collapse
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
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 …
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
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Christie, Lewandowski and Manafort eyed as Dems' new star witnesses  —  Democrats investigating Donald Trump for obstruction of justice are eyeing a new strategy to break the president's all-out oversight blockade: calling witnesses who never worked in the White House.
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: Althouse, Political Wire and Axios
William Langewiesche / The Atlantic:
What Really Happened to Malaysia's Missing Airplane  —  1. The Disappearance  —  At 12:42 a.m. on the quiet, moonlit night of March 8, 2014, a Boeing 777-200ER operated by Malaysia Airlines took off from Kuala Lumpur and turned toward Beijing, climbing to its assigned cruising altitude of 35,000 feet.
New York Times:
Hong Kong Protesters Return to the Streets, Rejecting Leader's Apology  —  HONG KONG — Protesters poured into the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday with renewed determination and a lengthening list of demands, rejecting the government's retreat on a contentious extradition bill and extending …
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
Audrey McNamara / The Daily Beast:
Texas Pastor Who Backed Anti-Abortion Bill Arrested for Child Sexual Abuse  —  A former Texas pastor who supported legislation that would have criminalized abortions in the state has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse.  Stephen Bratton is accused of having “sexual intercourse multiple times …
Associated Press:   Ex-pastor in Texas accused of sexually abusing teen relative
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.
Discussion: Newser
Jamie Ehrlich / CNN:   Jon Stewart takes aim at McConnell in continued fight for 9/11 victim compensation fund
Joe Cunningham / RedState:
It Is Really, Really Stupid To Assume Trump Will Lose In 2020  —  Sometime over the weekend, ABC News received leaked internal polling from the Trump camp, showing abysmal performance against top Democrats in the 2020 field, and in the double digits.  This followed a New York Times report …
Discussion: Fox News
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Washington Post:
'There's no accountability': Trump, White House aides signal a willingness to act with impunity in drive for reelection
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
GOP mutters, gently, as Trump sidesteps Senate for top aides
Judith Mischke / Politico:
Austria's Strache turns down European Parliament seat
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Liberals Want Trump Impeached, but Centrist Freshmen May Have the Final Say
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
California's Newsom takes aim: GOP destined for ‘waste bin of history’
Anita Kumar / Politico:
There are 15 outside investigations into Trump — and he relishes it
Discussion: Political Wire
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
A New Migrant Surge at the Border, This One From Central Africa
Wall Street Journal:
Iran's Elite Defense Force Finds New Funding Sources as Tension Rises With U.S.
 Earlier Items: 
Norman Pearlstine / Los Angeles Times:
Lesson from a pre-Roe vs. Wade experience: Men cannot be silent on abortion rights
Discussion: CNN
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]
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Saudi Arabia May Execute Teenager for His Protests — Including When He Was 10
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Joe Biden and the ‘electability’ delusion — and why the media keep making the same mistake
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Democrats' 2020 Achilles heel: The Senate
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
This Isn't Going According to Plan for Kirsten Gillibrand