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10:40 PM ET, June 17, 2019

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New York Times:
Paul Manafort Seemed Headed to Rikers.  Then the Justice Department Intervened.  —  The decision came after Attorney General William Barr's top deputy sent a letter to state prosecutors.  Mr. Manafort will now be held in a federal lockup while he faces state charges.
Daniel Tepfer / Connecticut Post:
Lawyers: Alex Jones sent child porn to Sandy Hook families  —  BRIDGEPORT - Conspiracy theorist and InfoWars host Alex Jones sent child pornography to the lawyers for the families of the Sandy Hook tragedy, their lawyers said.  —  The law firm representing the families of the 2012 mass shooting …
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Associated Press:
Alex Jones sent Sandy Hook victims files with child sex abuse images, say lawyers  —  Far-right conspiracy theorist denied the allegations and accused one of the lawyers of framing him  —  Lawyers for relatives of some victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting allege …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Harvard's False Path to Wisdom  —  Sometimes sin is an opportunity for redemption.  —  Over the past year and a half, the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., have handled themselves with a fervor and commitment that has, most of the time, inspired the nation.
Discussion: Daily Wire
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Ben Shapiro / Daily Wire:
Harvard Rescinds Admission To Conservative Kyle Kashuv Over Private Racist Remarks He Wrote At 16, Despite Apology And Evidence Of Growth.  This Is Disgusting.  —  Our universities may be irrevocably broken.  —  On Monday, Parkland survivor and outspoken conservative Kyle Kashuv announced …
David French / National Review:   Harvard Demonstrates Once Again That Post-Christian America Is Post-Forgiveness America
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Harvard Pulls Pro-Gun Parkland Survivor Kyle Kashuv's Admission Over Racial Slurs
Daniella Greenbaum Davis / Spectator USA:
Harvard is more racist than Kyle Kashuv
Sara Coello / Dallas Morning News:
Gunman shot dead after opening fire on federal courthouse in downtown Dallas  —  This is a breaking news story and it is constantly being updated.  —  A man in a mask, combat gear and glasses who opened fire Monday morning at the Earle Cabell federal courthouse in downtown Dallas was shot …
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The Daily Beast:
Dallas Federal Building Shooter Posted Far-Right Memes About Nazis and Confederacy  —  Brian Clyde, 22, showed off guns and racist imagery on Facebook before attacking a federal building in Texas.  —  A Texas man accused of opening fire outside a Dallas courthouse uploaded right-wing memes to Facebook …
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Supreme Court hands Virginia Democrats a win in gerrymandering case  —  The Supreme Court has ruled against the Virginia House of Delegates in a racial gerrymandering case that represents a victory for Democrats in the state.  —  In the 5-4 ruling, the justices found that the House …
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Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Supreme Court upholds ‘double jeopardy’ standard that could blunt impact of potential Trump pardons
Discussion: CNN
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Clarence Thomas calls for abandoning ‘demonstrably erroneous’ precedent, touching off Roe v. Wade speculation
Shlomo Shamir / Jerusalem Post:
U.N. officials: U.S. planning a ‘tactical assault’ in Iran  —  The military action under consideration would be an aerial bombardment of an Iranian facility linked to its nuclear program, the officials further claimed.  —  Is the US going to attack Iran soon?
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Bryan Bender / Politico:
Pentagon sending 1,000 more troops as tensions with Iran grow
Discussion: Townhall, Politico and New York Post
Foreign Policy:   New Centcom Chief Walks Tightrope on Iran
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
U.S. to permanently end foreign aid for Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador  —  The State Department announced Monday afternoon that it is cutting off any further aid to Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador until the countries take “concrete actions to reduce the number of illegal migrants coming to the U.S. border.”
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump interview on ABC was a ratings bust  —  President Donald Trump's much-teased interview with ABC was not the ratings bonanza the numbers-obsessed president likely would have wanted.  —  The hourlong special with ABC chief anchor George Stephanopoulos came in third in its timeslot Sunday night …
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Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump's interview with George Stephanopoulos, explained
Discussion: Washington Post, Mediaite and Breitbart
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Shanahan's confirmation hearing for defense secretary delayed amid FBI investigation  —  WASHINGTON—As the United States faces the longest period in its history without a confirmed secretary of defense, and tensions build over American allegations that Iran is responsible for recent attacks …
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Joe Biden is talking *really* big about the 2020 map  —  Washington (CNN)Joe Biden isn't the Democratic presidential nominee just yet, but that fact didn't stop him from making a very bold prediction on Monday.  —  “If I'm your nominee, I'm winning Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina …
Discussion: Progress Pond
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Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
At Poverty Forum, Joe Biden Says He Can Win in the South
Discussion: Splinter
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Biden predicts 2020 victory across the South, where Democrats haven't won in decades
Discussion: Breitbart
CNN:
Murkowski joins McConnell's opposition to election security proposals, setting up clash with House  —  (CNN)Senate GOP resistance is building over Democratic measures to bolster security around US elections, setting the stage for a partisan clash with the House over imposing tougher safeguards ahead of 2020.
Discussion: Splinter
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Mitch McConnell's curious definition of ‘full-bore socialism’  —  In March, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) condemned the House Democrats' voting-rights legislation - the “For the People Act” (H.R. 1) - as a “half-baked socialist proposal.”  That didn't make any sense …
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:   McConnell: I don't know why Jon Stewart is ‘all bent out of shape’ on 9/11 victims fund
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
The House committee quietly racking up oversight wins against Trump  —  House Democrats are largely pursuing flashy, partisan, made-for-TV investigations targeting President Donald Trump, but one panel is taking a different approach — and getting results.  —  The House Foreign Affairs Committee …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Michael Crowley / New York Times:
The Iran Crisis, Explained  —  WASHINGTON — Iran threatened on Monday to accelerate its nuclear program in violation of a 2015 nuclear agreement, moving it closer to the ability to build an atomic weapon — something that President Trump has vowed to prevent.
Discussion: Mediaite, USA Today and Washington Post
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Kathy Gilsinan / The Atlantic:
Iran Has Options and It's Starting to Use Them
New York Times:
Some Students Get Extra Time for New York's Elite High School Entrance Exam.  42% Are White.  —  Every fall, tens of thousands of New York City students sit for a high-pressure exam that determines their admission into the city's most selective public high schools.
Lauren Gardner / Politico:
Trump's U.N. nominee was ‘absent’ ambassador  —  President Donald Trump's nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations — current U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft — was frequently absent from her post in Ottawa, raising questions about her level of engagement with the job, according to officials in the United States and Canada.
Discussion: Political Wire
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
'It doesn't break through': Democrats worry about grip on House as Trump overshadows agenda  —  Democrats are quietly airing concerns that battles with President Trump, including investigations of the president and his administration along with the noisy debate over impeachment …
Discussion: Splinter
Fox News:
State Department identifies 23 violations, ‘multiple security incidents’ concerning Clinton emails  —  The State Department revealed Monday that it has identified “multiple security incidents” involving current or former employees' handling of Hillary Clinton's emails, and that 23 “violations” …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Poll: AOC disliked, distrusted, unwanted in her own NY district  —  She's a star on the national political stage, but Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is viewed skeptically back in her Queens and Bronx 14th Congressional District, according to a new door-to-door survey.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Robocalls are overwhelming hospitals and patients, threatening a new kind of health crisis  —  In the heart of Boston, Tufts Medical Center treats scores of health conditions, administering measles vaccines for children, as well as pioneering next-generation tools that can eradicate the rarest of cancers.
Patrick Temple-West / Politico:
Facebook's digital currency could trigger new D.C. battles  —  Facebook's impending move to offer a digital currency will create a new regulatory minefield for a company whose privacy practices have already provoked attacks from lawmakers in the U.S. and Europe.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Bloomberg:
The Most Popular Kids' Video Site in the World Isn't for Kids  —  There's a safer version of YouTube, but the company knows most children don't watch it  —  In late May, the advocacy group Common Sense Media held a summit on “digital well-being.”  Attendees gathered inside the Computer History Museum …
Daniel Dahm / WKMG:
President Trump supporters line up 40 hours before Orlando rally  —  Trump to announce re-election bid at Amway Center  —  ORLANDO, Fla. - More than 40 hours before President Donald Trump will announce his re-election bid in Orlando, supporters started lining up outside the Amway Center.
 
 
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Democrat in Competitive California District Joins Call for Impeachment Inquiry
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Phillip Lamarr Cunningham / Washington Post:
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Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
Facing negative polls and internal tensions, Trump plans to launch reelection bid with Orlando rally
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Samy Magdy / Associated Press:
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
How dare you ask Mike Pompeo that question?
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Politico
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Undocumented immigrants fired from Trump golf clubs to crash his 2020 campaign kickoff in Florida
Discussion: Daily Kos