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1:45 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 …
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Supreme Court upholds ‘double jeopardy’ standard that could blunt impact of potential Trump pardons  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court upheld Monday the ability of federal and state governments to prosecute defendants twice for the same crime - a form of double jeopardy that could come into play …
Discussion: CNN
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Supreme Court rules in case watched for impact on Trump pardons
Discussion: CNN
Graham Moomaw / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
U.S. Supreme Court dismisses Va. House GOP's appeal in racial gerrymandering case
Discussion: Politico and UPI
Associated Press:
High court avoids new case over same-sex wedding case
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Inside Trump's plan to battle the 15 investigations facing him  —  President Donald Trump is facing a hurdle no other president has — an unprecedented onslaught of investigations into almost every recent organization he has led.  —  In California, investigators are examining …
Alan Fram / Associated Press:   GOP mutters, gently, as Trump sidesteps Senate for top aides
Heather Cox Richardson / The Guardian:   The historical argument for impeaching Trump
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Will Donald Trump and Steve Bannon reunite for 2020?
Discussion: Splinter
White House, congressional leaders will try again to reach spending deal
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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 …
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
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:   Bolton: America Willing to Talk to Iran But Ready to Retaliate
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
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.
Oliver Laughland / The Guardian:
How Trump's census question could transform America's electoral map
Discussion: Shakesville and ThinkProgress
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 …
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
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell to force vote next week on Trump border funding request  —  Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pledging to force a vote on President Trump's $4.5 billion request for emergency border money, regardless of whether or not the GOP can reach a deal with Democrats.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and UPI
David Montanaro / Fox News:
McConnell says he'll bring up ‘freestanding’ bill to address humanitarian crisis at border: 'What's the objection?'
Discussion: IJR and Newser
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.
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
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.
Emily Bazelon / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Is Completely Serious  —  About income inequality.  About corporate power.  About corrupt politics.  And about being America's next president.  —  The first time I met Elizabeth Warren, she had just come home from a walk with her husband and her dog at Fresh Pond …
Discussion: Observer
Evan Siegfried / NBC News:
Trump's biggest risk in 2020 isn't losing young people.  It's losing their grandparents.  —  The president may still win the majority of seniors but, if he does so by a significantly smaller margin, that spells problems in swing states.  —  The Trump era has seen seismic shifts away …
Robby Soave / Reason:
Harvard University Cancels Kyle Kashuv  —  Harvard University has rescinded its offer of admission to Kyle Kashuv, a Parkland survivor and conservative teen activist due to racist comments he made several years ago in group chats with other Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School students.
Discussion: Daily Wire and TheBlaze
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
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 …
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 …
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David Dayen / American Prospect:
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Devan Cole / CNN:
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Discussion: The Root
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Discussion: Political Wire
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Matt Ford / New Republic:
“It's High Time This Whole Matter Get Revisited”
Joe Cunningham / RedState:
It Is Really, Really Stupid To Assume Trump Will Lose In 2020
Discussion: Fox News
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
House Leadership Is Looking Flakey
Discussion: Axios
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
California's Newsom takes aim: GOP destined for ‘waste bin of history’
Discussion: Political Wire
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Trumpworld is trying to tell the president his 2020 reelection bid will be a slog
New York Times:
The Youngest Child Separated From His Family at the Border Was 4 Months Old
Discussion: Daily Kos