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6:40 PM ET, June 18, 2019


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Washington Post:
As Trump's defense pick withdraws, he addresses violent domestic incidents  —  In the months that he has served as President Trump's acting secretary of defense, Patrick Shanahan has worked to keep domestic violence incidents within his family private.  His wife was arrested after punching him in the face …
USA Today:
FBI examining 2010 domestic fight involving acting defense secretary Shanahan; accounts differ on aggressor  —  Before he worked at the Pentagon, Patrick Shanahan spent over 30 years at Boeing.  Now, he's the new acting secretary of defense.  —  CONNECT  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Trump announces acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will step down
Orlando Sentinel:
Our endorsement for president in 2020: Not Donald Trump |  Editorial … Donald Trump is in Orlando to announce the kickoff of his re-election campaign.  —  We're here to announce our endorsement for president in 2020, or, at least, who we're not endorsing: Donald Trump.
Grant Stern / Washington Press:
The Orlando Sentinel just issued an unprecedented 2020 endorsement ahead of Trump's kickoff rally
Discussion: Politico
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Biden/Sanders, Warren/O'Rourke to be center stage at first debate  —  The candidates with the highest polling averages will stand side-by-side at the NBC-sponsored face-off on June 26 and 27.  —  When the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates take the debate stage in downtown Miami next week …
Robin Muccari / NBC News:
The stage is set for the first Democratic debate. Here's a primer on Night 1 and 2.
Discussion: New York Times
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Are Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders the same? The debate, explained.
Discussion: Jacobin and Politico
Osita Nwanevu / New Yorker:
Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Two Paths for the American Left
Discussion: Boing Boing
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Crickets.  They're Gone”: Why the Mercers, Trump's Biggest 2016 Backers, Have Bailed on Him  —  Robert Mercer is disillusioned.  “Bob views all his political spending as a bad investment,” says a source close to Mercer.  “This whole thing did not end up well for them,” says Sam Nunberg.
Discussion: Splinter and Talking Points Memo
Vera Bergengruen / TIME:
Watchdogs Sue Trump Administration Over Missing Notes From Putin Meeting  —  A new lawsuit filed on Tuesday alleges that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo broke the law by allowing President Donald Trump to seize the notes from a key meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and failing …
Tessa Berenson / TIME:
Exclusive: President Trump Calls Alleged Iranian Attack on Oil Tankers ‘Very Minor’  —  Facing twin challenges in the Persian Gulf, President Donald Trump said in an interview with TIME Monday that he might take military action to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon …
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Don't Blame Trump for Iran's Aggression
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
'This Isn't a Game': Four Women Sue Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill for Sexual Harassment  —  The statehouse staffers say they want their alleged harasser to be held accountable after investigations found their claims to be ‘credible’ but went no further.
Exclusive: Pompeo blocks inclusion of Saudis on U.S. child soldiers list - sources  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a U.S. list of countries that recruit child soldiers, dismissing his experts' findings that a Saudi-led coalition …
Pat Eaton-Robb / Associated Press:
Newtown parents score a win in growing fight against hoaxers  —  HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The father of a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book that claimed the shooting never happened — the latest victory for victims' relatives …
Geneva Sands / CNN:
First on CNN: Controversial political appointee expected to be named Customs and Border Protection press secretary  —  Washington (CNN)Katharine Gorka, a political appointee at the Department of Homeland Security who has stirred controversy for her views on terrorism and her role …
White House Explored Legality of Demoting Fed Chairman Powell  — White House counsel came to closely held conclusion on Powell  — Fed spokeswoman says chairman can only be removed ‘for cause’  —  The White House explored the legality of demoting Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell in February …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Plans to Live-Tweet Democratic Debate  —  President Trump's political advisers wanted to keep the president off of Twitter during the Democratic debates next week, arguing that there was an advantage in letting potential challengers attack one another without distraction.  —  Now, there's a new strategy.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Billionaire GOP donor and Trump supporter says he rejected Joe Biden's request for fundraising help in 2020  —  KEY POINTS  — Democratic front runner Joe Biden on Monday appealed to a billionaire Republican donor for fundraising help in his presidential campaign.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Michael Savage Has Doubts About Trump.  His Conservative Radio Audience Does Not.  —  Michael Savage was one of the first radio hosts to endorse Mr. Trump.  Now he thinks the president's fans are too uncritical.  But his listeners aren't so sure.  —  TIBURON, Calif. — In January 2011 …
Discussion: Mediaite
Audrey McNamara / The Daily Beast:
John Cusack Retweets, Deletes Anti-Semitic Meme, Blames Bot  —  Actor John Cusack shared and defended an anti-Semitic meme Monday night on Twitter, before deleting the post and tweeting an explanation that blamed a “bot” for the mistake.  The tweet, which was only up for a short while, quickly drew the ire of many of his followers.
Amy Spiro / Jerusalem Post:
John Cusack slammed for antisemitic retweet
New York Times:
Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook unveiled an ambitious plan on Tuesday to create an alternative financial system that relies on a cryptocurrency that the company has been secretly working on for more than a year.
The Keyword:
$1 billion for 20,000 Bay Area homes  —  As we work to build a more helpful Google, we know our responsibility to help starts at home.  For us, that means being a good neighbor in the place where it all began over 20 years ago: the San Francisco Bay Area.  —  Today, Google is one of the Bay Area's largest employers.
New York Times:
Cities Start to Question an American Ideal: A House With a Yard on Every Lot  —  Townhomes, duplexes and apartments are effectively banned in many neighborhoods.  Now some communities regret it.  —  Single-family zoning is practically gospel in America, embraced by homeowners and local governments …
Discussion: Reason
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
A Top Immigration Official Appears To Be Warning Asylum Officers About Border Screenings  —  The newly appointed leader of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli, sent an email to staffers Tuesday in which he appeared to push asylum officers to stop allowing …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
The Evangelical, the ‘Pool Boy,’ the Comedian and Michael Cohen  —  Jerry Falwell Jr. defied expectations when he supported Donald J. Trump in 2016.  Now details are emerging about behind-the-scenes maneuvering before the endorsement.  —  MIAMI BEACH — Senator Ted Cruz was running neck …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Dems to grill Hope Hicks on alleged Trump obstruction  —  House Democrats intend to question former White House communications director Hope Hicks on Wednesday about five specific incidents that special counsel Robert Mueller detailed as part of his investigation into whether President Donald Trump tried …
Discussion: Axios
Kathryn Watson / CBS News:
Trump campaign manager says he'd win in an “electoral landslide” as of today  —  President Trump's campaign manager Brad Parscale is predicting Mr. Trump will win even more electoral votes than in 2016 — “an electoral landslide” — dismissing independent polling that shows the president trailing top Democrats.
Discussion: Political Wire
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Is the Religious Right Privileged?  —  The history of race and religion under liberalism is a tangle, not just a morality play.  —  Fair warning: This will be an entire column about a single paragraph.  —  The paragraph's author is Adam Serwer, a writer for The Atlantic …
Discussion: alicublog and Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
Trump vows mass immigration arrests, removals of ‘millions of illegal aliens’ starting next week  —  President Trump said in a tweet Monday night that U.S. immigration agents are planning to make mass arrests starting “next week,” an apparent reference to a plan in preparation for months …
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Democratic Voters Don't Actually Understand ‘Medicare For All,’ New Report Says  —  They have some pretty important misconceptions, though the political implications aren't clear.  —  A new poll about “Medicare for All” should make you think twice before trusting polls on Medicare for All.
BuzzFeed News:
Tony Robbins Punishes Followers By Making Them Drink Unidentified Brown Liquid “Designed To Have A Lasting Effect”  —  At high-pressure seminars, the self-help superstar punishes people who don't measure up by feeding them a “gross shot” of unidentified brown liquid.  His lawyers denied the mixture contains laxatives.
Laura Donnelly / Telegraph:
Boaty McBoatface makes major climate change discovery on maiden outing  —  Boaty McBoatface's maiden outing has made a major discovery about how climate change is causing rising sea levels.  Scientists say that data collected from the yellow submarines's first expedition will help them build …
Frank Sharry / USA Today:
Democrats can turn immigration into a total loser for Donald Trump in 2020 — if they dare  —  Trump obsesses about immigration so voters will blame ‘the other’ while he enriches his friends.  This is racism in the service of plutocracy.  —  CONNECT  —  When President Donald Trump kicks off …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Splinter
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Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
A Foreigner Paid $200,000 for Tickets to Trump's Inaugural. Now He Says He Was Duped.
Donald Trump Jr / Fox News:
Vote Trump — The stakes in 2020 are even higher than in 2016
Discussion: Daily Wire and Vanity Fair
Associated Press:
McConnell on reparations for slavery: Not a ‘good idea’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Mark Niquette / Bloomberg:
Publishers Plead With Trump Not to Impose a China ‘Bible Tax’
Discussion: Axios and TheBlaze
Annie Waldman / ProPublica:
How Teach for America Evolved Into an Arm of the Charter School Movement
Discussion: Eduwonk and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Karine Jean-Pierre / Newsweek:
Democrats can both impeach Trump and win 2020 | Opinion
Discussion: Big League Politics
Rachel Bachman / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Women's Soccer Games Outearned Men's Games
Emily Singer / Shareblue Media:
GOP senator ‘not sure why we need to’ protect our elections
 Earlier Items: 
An Alaska teen is accused of killing her friend after a man she met online said he'd pay $9 million …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
David Harsanyi / New York Post:
Anti-Trump ‘dossier’ was all about foreign interference in a US election
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Bolton moves to promote loyalists at the National Security Council
Annabelle Dickson / Politico:
Dominic Raab knocked out of Tory leadership race
Heather Caygle / Politico:
‘The biggest nightmare Perez ever possibly imagined’
Wall Street Journal:
How 7.4 Tons of Venezuela's Gold Landed in Africa—and Vanished
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
McConnell's blockade of House legislation is about to face its toughest test
Discussion: Daily Kos