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12:10 PM ET, June 18, 2019


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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.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Inside Donald Trump's Florida obsession
Orlando Sentinel:
Trump supporters line up 42 hours early for Orlando campaign rally at Amway Center
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 …
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 …
Devan Cole / CNN:
Trump issues vague threat to begin deporting ‘millions’ of undocumented immigrants next week
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  —  The regime's leaders are the only ones who should be made to answer for Iran's campaign of terror.  —  As President Donald Trump mulls a comprehensive response to what he says was an Iranian attack on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf last week …
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Pentagon sending 1,000 more troops as tensions with Iran grow
Walter Russell Mead / Wall Street Journal:
The Case for Restraint in the Gulf
Discussion: Just Security
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.
Associated Press:   Manafort dodges Rikers Island, will stay in federal custody in New York
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: Talking Points Memo
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Stop with the puff pieces about Steve Bannon
Discussion: Vox, Splinter and Yahoo News
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.
Alex Conant / FIREHOUSE Strategies:
NEW SURVEY: Battleground States Up for Grabs
Discussion: Washington Times and Axios
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Trump's chances in 2020 aren't nearly as bad as people think
Discussion: Spectator USA
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.
Discussion: Navigator
David A. Hopkins / Honest Graft:
Once Again, the Debates Are Going to Cause the DNC Plenty of Grief
Discussion: Bloomberg
Wall Street Journal:   Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Jockey for Position With Liberal Voters
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.
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
McConnell's blockade of House legislation is about to face its toughest test  —  McConnell has been the immovable object: He's frustrated House Democrats by systematically blocking Senate votes so far on the lengthening list of bills they have passed, from gun control to additional protections …
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 …
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.
Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
Racist Comments Cost Conservative Parkland Student a Place at Harvard  —  MIAMI — Of the many student activists who emerged from the tragic shooting last year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Kyle Kashuv stood out as a conservative defender of the Second Amendment …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
This is Trump's worst poll number — and what it means  —  There is one poll question I keep coming back to when I think about President Trump's 2020 reelection campaign.  It's the one in which pollsters ask whether people would “definitely not” vote for him.  —  This is an especially bad number for Trump.
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 …
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Trump to officially kick off his reelection bid Tuesday night in Orlando  —  President Trump will kick off his reelection campaign Tuesday in Orlando where he will be greeted by a tailgate party as well as protesters and the orange “Baby Trump” balloon loved by his critics.
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:   Facing negative polls and internal tensions, Trump plans to launch reelection bid with Orlando rally
Wall Street Journal:
How 7.4 Tons of Venezuela's Gold Landed in Africa—and Vanished  —  Secret deliveries to a refinery in Uganda expose a global underground economy many suspect is helping Nicolás Maduro cling to power  —  ENTEBBE, Uganda—The government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is selling off his country's gold reserves.
NBC News:
Mueller's report may be completed, but his work isn't done.  And that's what we told Congress.  —  It seems like every day brings new allegations about the Trump administration's conduct.  The volume of them can be overwhelming, but we can't allow ourselves to lose focus.
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
US-Iran coverage is still not skeptical enough  —  With every day that passes, the drumbeat of war echoes a little more loudly through our media.  Yesterday, officials in Iran said that the country will soon have produced and stockpiled more low-enriched uranium—of the type used in power plants …
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.
Graham Smith / NPR:
NPR Identifies 4th Attacker In Civil Rights-Era Cold Case  —  An NPR investigation has uncovered new evidence in a prominent unsolved murder case from the civil rights era, including the identity of an attacker who admitted his involvement but was never charged.
Amy Spiro / Jerusalem Post:
John Cusack slammed for antisemitic retweet  —  After initial defense, actor deletes image and apologizes.  —  Actor John Cusack was widely criticized on Monday after tweeting an antisemitic image.  —  The actor - best known for Say Anything..., Being John Malkovich and High Fidelity …
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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
Administration's Poverty Line Proposal Would Cut Health, Food Assistance for Millions Over Time
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Heather Caygle / Politico:
‘The biggest nightmare Perez ever possibly imagined’
Neal K. Katyal / New York Times:
Trump's Abuse of Executive Privilege Is More Than a Present Danger
Tom Perriello / The Hill:
Don't worry about China when breaking up Facebook
Discussion: The Federalist
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Trump family affair to highlight campaign launch
Washington Post:
Biden suggests he has raised nearly $20 million for his White House bid
Discussion: Political Wire
Amy for America:
Amy's First 100 Days  —  Senator Amy Klobuchar Releases Plan …
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Times
J.J. Green / WTOP:
City of Secrets: Estimated 10,000 people in DC are spies
 Earlier Items: 
United States Department of State:
Department Press Briefing - June 17, 2019
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Four Years Ago Trump Was Seen as a Sideshow. Now He Is the Show.
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Clarence Thomas calls for abandoning ‘demonstrably erroneous’ precedent, touching off Roe v. Wade speculation
Paige Williams / New Yorker:
Is Sarah Huckabee Sanders the Future of the Republican Party?