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10:30 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.
Associated Press:
Buttigieg returns to South Bend after man killed by police  —  SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a man has died after a shooting involving a police officer in South Bend, the Indiana city where Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is mayor.
Discussion: CNN and Washington Times
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
Discussion: Political Wire
Axios:   Exclusive: Mayor Pete won't reverse Trump's Jerusalem move
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 …
New York Times:
Trump Campaign to Purge Pollsters After Leak of Dismal Results
Ursula Perano / Axios:   Israel's Netanyahu inaugurates non-existent ‘Trump Heights’ town in the Golan
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
GOP mutters, gently, as Trump sidesteps Senate for top aides  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's latest anointment of an acting head of a major federal agency has prompted muttering, but no more than that, from Republican senators whose job description includes confirming top administration aides.
White House, congressional leaders will try again to reach spending deal
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
House Leadership Is Looking Flakey
Discussion: Axios
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
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Dems probing Trump have a new tactic to break his blockade  —  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.
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.
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
Trump's reelection support is 50-50 in Texas, Biden and O'Rourke lead the Democrats, UT/TT Poll says  —  Texas voters are split when asked about reelecting the president, and Joe Biden and Beto O'Rourke are their favorites for the Democratic nomination to challenge him, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Discussion: Political Wire
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Will Donald Trump and Steve Bannon reunite for 2020?  —  The Best People: Trump's Cabinet and the Siege on Washington by Alexander Nazaryan.  Copyright © 2019.  Available from Hachette Books, an imprint of Hachette Book Group Inc.  —  WASHINGTON — He has been training populists in Italy and fomenting revolution in Belgium.
Anita Kumar / Politico:
There are 15 outside investigations into Trump — and he relishes it
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Push to impeach Trump stalls amid Democrats' deference to — and fear of — Pelosi  —  Prominent liberals in the House, impatient with Speaker Nancy Pelosi's opposition to impeaching President Trump, seemed on the brink of a major breakthrough one night last month.
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 …
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
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
'I'm going down the escalator': Inside the Trump Tower spectacle that launched a presidency  —  The famous escalator ride almost wasn't.  —  When President Trump announced his seemingly quixotic presidential bid on June 16, 2015 — four years ago Sunday — he descended a golden escalator …
Andrew R. Arthur /
Cartel Members Claim Asylum After Fleeing Gun Battle  —  From the ridiculous to the more ridiculous  —  Last week I discussed a Washington Post article focused on Rodrigo Carrillo, a struggling coffee farmer from Huehuetenango, Guatemala.  Carrillo, facing an unprofitable crop …
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
California's Newsom takes aim: GOP destined for ‘waste bin of history’  —  SACRAMENTO — Don't look now, but Gavin Newsom is making some noise.  —  He's coming out swinging at Donald Trump (and Fox News).  Emerging from Jerry Brown's shadow.  Pushing an ambitious state policy agenda backed by a fatter-than-ever budget.
Discussion: Political Wire
Joe Cunningham / RedState:
It Is Really, Really Stupid To Assume Trump Will Lose In 2020  —  President Donald Trump points to the crowd as he leaves the stage at the end of a campaign rally Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  —  Sometime over the weekend, ABC News received leaked internal polling …
Discussion: Fox News
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
Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
Jon Stewart continues to push Congress on behalf of 9/11 victims
Discussion: Splinter and The Daily Beast
Vivian Yee / New York Times:
Saudi Youth Sentenced to Prison Instead of Death, Rights Group Says  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — A Saudi teenager who faced possible execution for acts he was accused of committing as a child has been handed a 12-year prison sentence instead, a human rights group that has been monitoring his case said on Sunday.
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Saudi Arabia May Execute Teenager for His Protests — Including When He Was 10
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Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux / FiveThirtyEight:
The Citizenship Question Could Cost California And Texas A Seat In Congress
Discussion: New York Times
Biden's Warren problem
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Trump inherited America's foreign policy riches. He's frittering them away.
Washington Post:
'There's no accountability': Trump, White House aides signal a willingness to act with impunity in drive for reelection
Judith Mischke / Politico:
Austria's Strache turns down European Parliament seat
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
A New Migrant Surge at the Border, This One From Central Africa
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John Parkinson / ABC News:
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Wall Street Journal:
Iran's Elite Defense Force Finds New Funding Sources as Tension Rises With U.S.
Norman Pearlstine / Los Angeles Times:
Lesson from a pre-Roe vs. Wade experience: Men cannot be silent on abortion rights
Discussion: CNN