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7:30 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.
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
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 …
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
Exclusive: Mayor Pete won't reverse Trump's Jerusalem move  —  Surging 2020 Democrat and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg tells “Axios on HBO” he wouldn't move the U.S. embassy in Israel back from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv if elected president: “I don't know that we'd gain much by moving it to Tel Aviv.”
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 …
Discussion: and UPI
Ursula Perano / Axios:   Israel's Netanyahu inaugurates non-existent ‘Trump Heights’ town in the Golan
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 …
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: Political Wire, Axios and Mediaite
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
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 …
Associated Press:
Hong Kong police begin to clear streets of protesters
Discussion: ABC News
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Pelosi flexes muscle over party in impeachment debate, but ‘dam’ could collapse  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has wielded her power to quash a faction of Democrats rallying for President Trump's impeachment, but frustrated members within the party say the president is one misstep away from …
Ron Fournier / Washington Post:
Will impeachment backfire on Democrats? Not if they do it right.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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
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.
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
Anita Kumar / Politico:
There are 15 outside investigations into Trump — and he relishes it  —  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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump campaign makes a radical break from 2016
Discussion: Althouse
Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:
Tom Cotton calls for “retaliatory military strike” on Iran over oil tanker attacks  —  Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, one of the most hawkish members of Congress, urged the Trump administration to order a military strike against Iran over recent attacks against oil tankers in the Middle East …
Discussion: Big League Politics
Julio Rosas / Washington Examiner:
Max Boot: ‘Reality’ is pushing for impeachment, not the media
Discussion: Townhall
Associated Press:
Ex-pastor in Texas accused of sexually abusing teen relative  —  HOUSTON (AP) — A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Norman Pearlstine / Los Angeles Times:
Lesson from a pre-Roe vs. Wade experience: Men cannot be silent on abortion rights  —  I was behind the wheel, Charlene beside me, in her powder-blue MG convertible, making our way from the Philadelphia suburbs, through Pottsville and up Route 61 to Ashland, a small, quiet village in the heart of Pennsylvania's fading anthracite region.
Discussion: CNN
Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Lyrics Site Accuses Google of Lifting Its Content  —  Genius says it can prove lyrics from its site are appearing in Google search information panels—by examining the apostrophes  —  Genius Media Group Inc. depends on Google's search engine to send music lovers to its website stocked …
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Saudi Arabia May Execute Teenager for His Protests — Including When He Was 10  —  In 2011, as Arab Spring protests swept across the Middle East, demonstrations also kicked off in Saudi Arabia's oil-rich Eastern Province.  Members of the kingdom's repressed Shiite minority took to the streets …
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Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
A New Migrant Surge at the Border, This One From Central Africa
Lili Loofbourow / Slate:
The Genius of Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Wall Street Journal:
Iran's Elite Defense Force Finds New Funding Sources as Tension Rises With U.S.
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]
Will Bunch /
4 years since Trump came down that escalator and the cycle of empty outrage has become unbearable
Discussion: Rolling Stone and ABC News
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Joe Biden and the ‘electability’ delusion — and why the media keep making the same mistake
Hailey Waller / Bloomberg:
Trump Has Gone Too Far on Immigration, Voters Say in Fox Poll
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
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
Zia Weise / Politico:
Far-right AfD fails to win east German mayoral vote
Noa Landau / Haaretz:
U.S. Mideast Envoy Greenblatt: We May Postpone Publication of Peace Plan to November
Associated Press:
4 years in, Trump fondly recalls Trump Tower campaign launch
Michael Sainato / The Guardian:
Bosses pocket Trump tax windfall as workers see job promises vanish
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Chief justice tries to assure the Supreme Court is apolitical, but term's biggest cases present partisan challenges
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The One Percent Got $21 Trillion Richer Since 1989. The Bottom 50 Got Poorer.
Discussion: Jacobin