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9:35 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 …
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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 …
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Trump's empty Cabinet
Discussion: Axios
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.
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Grant Stern / Washington Press:
The Orlando Sentinel just issued an unprecedented 2020 endorsement ahead of Trump's kickoff rally
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 …
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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: Politico and Jacobin
Osita Nwanevu / New Yorker:
Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Two Paths for the American Left
Discussion: Boing Boing
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 …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Ocasio-Cortez Calls Migrant Detention Centers ‘Concentration Camps,’ Eliciting Backlash  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the liberal freshman Democrat from New York who has made fighting for immigrants' rights a signature issue, on Tuesday described …
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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.  —  WASHINGTON — A Ukrainian-Russian developer who wanted access to President Trump's inauguration filed a lawsuit on Tuesday saying he was bilked out of the $200,000 he paid for what he thought would be V.I.P. tickets to the event.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Splinter
New York Times:
Tiffany Cabán for Queens District Attorney  —  In next Tuesday's Democratic primary, an ambitious young public defender offers overdue change.  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.  It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.
CNN:
Alex Jones hit with sanctions by judge in Sandy Hook lawsuit as case gets a proposed trial date  —  New York (CNN Business)A Connecticut judge on Tuesday sanctioned right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for suggesting that a lawyer for the Sandy Hook families, who are suing the InfoWars founder …
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Pat Eaton-Robb / Associated Press:
Newtown parents score a win in growing fight against hoaxers
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Washington Press
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 …
Reuters:
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 …
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
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 …
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: CNN and Talking Points Memo
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
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.
Bloomberg:
Trump Asked White House Lawyers for Options on Removing Powell  — White House explored legality of demoting Powell in February  — Fed spokeswoman says chairman can only be removed ‘for cause’  —  President Donald Trump asked White House lawyers earlier this year to explore his options …
Karine Jean-Pierre / Newsweek:
Democrats can both impeach Trump and win 2020 |  Opinion  —  By now, we are well past debating whether Donald Trump deserves to be impeached.  His latest argument that he would again accept help from a foreign government to win in 2020 serves as a coda to the first half of the Mueller report …
Discussion: Big League Politics
Associated Press:
US air quality is slipping after years of improvement  —  After decades of improvement, America's air may not be getting any cleaner.  —  Over the last two years the nation had more polluted air days than just a few years earlier, federal data shows.  While it remains unclear whether …
Discussion: Axios
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
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.
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 …
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
 
 
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Donald Trump Jr / Fox News:
Vote Trump — The stakes in 2020 are even higher than in 2016
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Daily Wire
Mark Niquette / Bloomberg:
Publishers Plead With Trump Not to Impose a China ‘Bible Tax’
Discussion: Axios and TheBlaze
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
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Montanaro / Fox News:
Newt Gingrich: 'It's sort of a miracle Trump is still standing' after overwhelmingly negative press coverage
Discussion: Breitbart and IJR
CNN:
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
BuzzFeed News:
Tony Robbins Punishes Followers By Making Them Drink Unidentified Brown Liquid “Designed To Have A Lasting Effect”
Frank Sharry / USA Today:
Democrats can turn immigration into a total loser for Donald Trump in 2020 — if they dare
Discussion: Daily Kos and Splinter
Laura Donnelly / Telegraph:
Boaty McBoatface makes major climate change discovery on maiden outing