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8:10 AM ET, June 18, 2019


 Top Items: 
New York Times:
Paul Manafort Seemed Headed to Rikers.  Then the Justice Department Intervened.  —  The decision came after Attorney General William Barr's top deputy sent a letter to state prosecutors.  Mr. Manafort will now be held in a federal lockup while he faces state charges.
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 …
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 …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump prepares to bypass Congress to take on Iran
Michael Crowley / New York Times:
The Iran Crisis, Explained
Discussion: Townhall, Mediaite and The Atlantic
Vali R. Nasr / New York Times:
Trump Might Not Want War With Iran. Without Diplomacy He Will Get One.
Daniel Tepfer / Connecticut Post:
Lawyers: Alex Jones sent child porn to Sandy Hook families  —  BRIDGEPORT - Conspiracy theorist and InfoWars host Alex Jones sent child pornography to the lawyers for the families of the Sandy Hook tragedy, their lawyers said.  —  The law firm representing the families of the 2012 mass shooting …
Associated Press:   Alex Jones sent Sandy Hook victims files with child sex abuse images, say lawyers
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 …
Sharon Grigsby / Dallas Morning News:
Photographer Tom Fox on encounter with Dallas gunman: 'He's going to look at me around that corner' and shoot  —  Veteran Dallas Morning News photojournalist Tom Fox said he thought he “was gone” when he hid in an alcove from a heavily armed masked man at the downtown federal courts building Monday morning.
Discussion: NPR and New York Post
The Daily Beast:
Dallas Federal Building Shooter Posted Far-Right Memes About Nazis and Confederacy
Discussion: Fox News and Talking Points Memo
David Brooks / New York Times:
Harvard's False Path to Wisdom  —  Sometimes sin is an opportunity for redemption.  —  Over the past year and a half, the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., have handled themselves with a fervor and commitment that has, most of the time, inspired the nation.
David French / National Review:   Harvard Demonstrates Once Again That Post-Christian America Is Post-Forgiveness America
Ben Shapiro / Daily Wire:
Harvard Rescinds Admission To Conservative Kyle Kashuv Over Private Racist Remarks He Wrote At 16 …
New York Times:
Democrat in Competitive California District Joins Call for Impeachment Inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Katie Porter, a law professor who narrowly flipped part of Republicans' Southern California stronghold to the Democrats in last year's midterm elections, said on Monday …
Discussion: The Bulwark, Political Wire and CNN
Sanjana Karanth / HuffPost:
Rep. Katie Porter Of California Joins Democrats Calling For Impeachment Inquiry
Discussion: emptywheel and Talking Points Memo
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
'It doesn't break through': Democrats worry about grip on House as Trump overshadows agenda
Discussion: Splinter
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Inside Donald Trump's Florida obsession  —  To win a second term in the White House, Donald Trump is running for president of Florida.  —  Trump will officially kick off his reelection campaign Tuesday in Orlando, an event that comes 17 months after his first campaign-style rally as president — in nearby Melbourne.
Discussion: 10NEWS, and Factbase
Orlando Sentinel:
Trump supporters line up 42 hours early for Orlando campaign rally at Amway Center
Klobuchar lists actions she would take in first 100 days as president  —  Washington (CNN)Sen. Amy Klobuchar has outlined actions she will take to address climate change and health care atop a long list of wide-ranging priorities for her first 100 days in office if she's elected president in 2020.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Sen. Klobuchar adds a ‘first 100 days’ list to the pile of presidential candidate plans
Discussion: Politico
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Four Years Ago Trump Was Seen as a Sideshow.  Now He Is the Show.  —  WASHINGTON — As he rode down that escalator in June 2015, it felt like a lark, a curiosity, just another staged television spectacle.  At most, many assumed that Donald J. Trump's candidacy would be a sideshow, sure to be entertaining but hardly decisive.
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Shanahan's confirmation hearing for defense secretary delayed amid FBI investigation  —  WASHINGTON—As the United States faces the longest period in its history without a confirmed secretary of defense, and tensions build over American allegations that Iran is responsible for recent attacks …
Murkowski joins McConnell's opposition to election security proposals, setting up clash with House  —  (CNN)Senate GOP resistance is building over Democratic measures to bolster security around US elections, setting the stage for a partisan clash with the House over imposing tougher safeguards ahead of 2020.
Discussion: Splinter
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Bronx Principal to Challenge Eliot Engel, Powerful House Democrat, From the Left  —  WASHINGTON — Jamaal Bowman, a middle school principal from the Bronx, will announce on Tuesday his plans to challenge Representative Eliot L. Engel, the New York Democrat who leads the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee, in the 2020 race.
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Clarence Thomas calls for abandoning ‘demonstrably erroneous’ precedent, touching off Roe v. Wade speculation  —  In a concurring opinion in a Supreme Court case announced Monday, Justice Clarence Thomas issued a lengthy call for his colleagues to overturn “demonstrably erroneous decisions” …
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Supreme Court hands Virginia Democrats a win in gerrymandering case
New York Times:
Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's First Democratically Elected President, Dies  —  KHARTOUM, Sudan — Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, collapsed and died while on trial in a Cairo courtroom on Monday, six years after the military ousted him in tumultuous circumstances that pushed Egypt back to autocratic rule.
Samy Magdy / Associated Press:   Egypt's ousted president Morsi dies in court during trial
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Some Students Get Extra Time for New York's Elite High School Entrance Exam.  42% Are White.  —  Every fall, tens of thousands of New York City students sit for a high-pressure exam that determines their admission into the city's most selective public high schools.
Ivan Nechepurenko / New York Times:
Kremlin Warns of Cyberwar After Report of U.S. Hacking Into Russian Power Grid  —  MOSCOW — The Kremlin warned on Monday that reported American hacking into Russia's electric power grid could escalate into a cyberwar with the United States, but insisted that it was confident in the system's ability to repel electronic attacks.
Discussion: Washington Post, Reason, Mediaite and Slate
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
U.S. to permanently end foreign aid for Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador  —  The State Department announced Monday afternoon that it is cutting off any further aid to Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador until the countries take “concrete actions to reduce the number of illegal migrants coming to the U.S. border.”
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.
Fox News:
State Department identifies 23 violations, ‘multiple security incidents’ concerning Clinton emails  —  The State Department revealed Monday that it has identified “multiple security incidents” involving current or former employees' handling of Hillary Clinton's emails, and that 23 “violations” …
Discussion: PJ Media Home
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Ashley Kirzinger / The Henry J. Kaiser Family …:
KFF Health Tracking Poll - June 2019: Health Care in the Democratic Primary and Medicare-for-all
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
As Trump prepares a roaring campaign kickoff, Bill Weld forges ahead with his low-key challenge
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
Driver's Licenses for the Undocumented Are Approved in Win for Progressives
Discussion: WKBW-TV and Axios
Patrick Temple-West / Politico:
Facebook's digital currency could trigger new D.C. battles
Discussion: Mother Jones
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Mitch McConnell's curious definition of ‘full-bore socialism’
Phillip Lamarr Cunningham / Washington Post:
Twenty-five years ago, O.J. Simpson showed white Americans just how conditional their comfort with black athletes was
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
Facing negative polls and internal tensions, Trump plans to launch reelection bid with Orlando rally
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Joe Biden is talking *really* big about the 2020 map
Discussion: Progress Pond
Paige Williams / New Yorker:
Is Sarah Huckabee Sanders the Future of the Republican Party?
Lauren Gardner / Politico:
Trump's U.N. nominee was ‘absent’ ambassador
The Most Popular Kids' Video Site in the World Isn't for Kids
Tom Dreisbach / NPR:
Tobacco's ‘Special Friend’: What Internal Documents Say About Mitch McConnell
PBS NewsHour:
All of the Mueller report's major findings in less than 30 minutes
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Robocalls are overwhelming hospitals and patients, threatening a new kind of health crisis
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump interview on ABC was a ratings bust