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12:10 PM ET, June 17, 2019


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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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Associated Press:
High court avoids new case over same-sex wedding case  —  The Supreme Court is throwing out an Oregon court ruling against bakers who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.  —  The justices' action Monday keeps the high-profile case off the court's election-year calendar …
Discussion: Washington Post
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Supreme Court upholds ‘double jeopardy’ standard that could blunt impact of potential Trump pardons
Discussion: CNN
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
Mike Allen / Axios:   “I don't think he cares if it gets better”: Pete Buttigieg talks Trump's border policy
Exclusive: Mayor Pete won't reverse Trump's Jerusalem move
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Post
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.
Heather Cox Richardson / The Guardian:   The historical argument for impeaching Trump
Anita Kumar / Politico:   Inside Trump's plan to battle the 15 investigations facing him
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Dems investigating 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.
Discussion: Fox News
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
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: Politico
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 presidential contest.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told reporters that …
Discussion: Axios
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Pelosi flexes muscle over party in impeachment debate, but ‘dam’ could collapse
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Push to impeach Trump stalls amid Democrats' deference to — and fear of — Pelosi
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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 …
The Guardian:
Where does your plastic go?  Global investigation reveals America's dirty secret  —  Where does your plastic go?  Global investigation reveals America's dirty secret  —  A Guardian report from 11 countries tracks how US waste makes its way across the world - and overwhelms the poorest nations
Discussion: Politico
Matt Ford / New Republic:
“It's High Time This Whole Matter Get Revisited”  —  Robert Mueller made a surprising assertion last month about the limits of his power.  In his report on Russia's interference in the 2016 election and President Trump's potential obstruction of the investigation, the special counsel explained …
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.
Devan Cole / CNN:
Trump chastises Mulvaney for coughing during TV interview  —  Trump kicks Mulvaney out of ABC interview for coughing  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump chastised his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney for coughing during the taping of a TV interview, ordering the aide out of the Oval Office …
Discussion: The Root
John Parkinson / ABC News:
EXCLUSIVE: Top 5 takeaways of President Trump's interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Alan Brinkley, Leading Historian of 20th-Century America, Dies at 70  —  Alan Brinkley, one of the pre-eminent historians of his generation, with a specialty in 20th-century American political history, died on Sunday night at his home in Manhattan.  He was 70.
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Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux / FiveThirtyEight:
The Citizenship Question Could Cost California And Texas A Seat In Congress  —  In a matter of days, the Supreme Court may dramatically change the census.  The court is slated to rule on whether the Trump administration can add a question about citizenship to the 2020 form.
Discussion: New York Times
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Undocumented immigrants fired from Trump golf clubs to crash his 2020 campaign kickoff in Florida  —  Undocumented immigrants canned from President Trump's ritzy golf clubs in New York and New Jersey are crashing his 2020 campaign kickoff in Florida to shed light on what they consider his …
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Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive Poll Reveals Dems' Sexism Problem in 2020
Discussion: Political Wire
Emily Bazelon / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Is Completely Serious
Andrew R. Arthur /
Cartel Members Claim Asylum After Fleeing Gun Battle
White House, congressional leaders will try again to reach spending deal
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Trump inherited America's foreign policy riches. He's frittering them away.
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
'I'm going down the escalator': Inside the Trump Tower spectacle that launched a presidency
Audrey McNamara / The Daily Beast:
Texas Pastor Who Backed Anti-Abortion Bill Arrested for Child Sexual Abuse
Discussion: VICE and Associated Press
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Judith Mischke / Politico:
Austria's Strache turns down European Parliament seat
Joe Cunningham / RedState:
It Is Really, Really Stupid To Assume Trump Will Lose In 2020
Discussion: Fox News
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
California's Newsom takes aim: GOP destined for ‘waste bin of history’
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
The Youngest Child Separated From His Family at the Border Was 4 Months Old
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: The Daily Caller and CNN