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9:55 AM ET, June 18, 2019

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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 …
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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
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.
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Associated Press:   Manafort dodges Rikers Island, will stay in federal custody in New York
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 …
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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 …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump prepares to bypass Congress to take on Iran  —  The Trump administration and its domestic political allies are laying the groundwork for a possible confrontation with Iran without the explicit consent of Congress — a public relations campaign that was already well under …
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 …
Walter Russell Mead / Wall Street Journal:
The Case for Restraint in the Gulf
Discussion: Just Security
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Pentagon sending 1,000 more troops as tensions with Iran grow
Michael Crowley / New York Times:
The Iran Crisis, Explained
Discussion: Townhall, The Daily Caller and Newser
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.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Alex Conant / FIREHOUSE Strategies:
NEW SURVEY: Battleground States Up for Grabs
Discussion: Washington Times and Axios
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Joe Biden is talking *really* big about the 2020 map
Discussion: Progress Pond
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.
Discussion: ABC News, Roll Call, UPI, Slate and Mediaite
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
McConnell's blockade of House legislation is about to face its toughest test  —  This is why McConnell calls himself the ‘Grim Reaper’  —  McConnell has been the immovable object: He's frustrated House Democrats by systematically blocking Senate votes so far on the lengthening list of bills …
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Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
Moderate Democrats Would Rather Talk About Health Care Than Impeachment
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Mitch McConnell's curious definition of ‘full-bore socialism’
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 …
Amy for America:
Senator Amy Klobuchar Releases Plan of More Than 100 Actions for Her First 100 Days as President  —  Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar released a plan outlining the more than 100 concrete steps she will take in her first 100 days as President of the United States to take on the biggest challenges we face at home and abroad.
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Times
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CNN:
Klobuchar lists actions she would take in first 100 days as president
Discussion: Political Wire
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Sen. Klobuchar adds a ‘first 100 days’ list to the pile of presidential candidate plans
Discussion: Politico
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Here's why President Trump has spent more than 100 days in Florida  —  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 …
Discussion: steveschale.com, 10NEWS and Factbase
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Orlando Sentinel:
Trump supporters line up 42 hours early for Orlando campaign rally at Amway Center
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
Driver's Licenses for the Undocumented Are Approved in Win for Progressives  —  The vote in the New York Legislature came after the issue had splintered Democrats, with suburban moderates objecting.  —  ALBANY — The New York State Senate approved a bill on Monday to grant driver's licenses …
Discussion: WKBW-TV, The Daily Caller and Axios
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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.
CNN:
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
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Biden suggests he has raised nearly $20 million for his White House bid  —  Joe Biden told supporters at a Manhattan fundraiser Monday night that his presidential campaign has raised money from 360,000 donors, with an average contribution of $55 — figures that suggest he has amassed nearly $20 million so far.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jessica McBride / Heavy.com:
Brian Clyde: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know  —  Brian Clyde, a 22-year-old Texas man who posted about guns and ammunition on Facebook, was named as the Dallas active shooting suspect who was shot and killed by officers with the Federal Protective Service after he opened fire outside the downtown courthouse.
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.
Discussion: Chalkbeat
 
 
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Graham Smith / NPR:
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J.J. Green / WTOP:
City of Secrets: Estimated 10,000 people in DC are spies
United States Department of State:
Department Press Briefing - June 17, 2019
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Patrick Temple-West / Politico:
Facebook's digital currency could trigger new D.C. battles
Discussion: Politico and Mother Jones
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Clarence Thomas calls for abandoning ‘demonstrably erroneous’ precedent, touching off Roe v. Wade speculation
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
Facing negative polls and internal tensions, Trump plans to launch reelection bid with Orlando rally
Paige Williams / New Yorker:
Is Sarah Huckabee Sanders the Future of the Republican Party?
Fox News:
State Department identifies 23 violations, ‘multiple security incidents’ concerning Clinton emails
Discussion: PJ Media Home
Lauren Gardner / Politico:
Trump's U.N. nominee was ‘absent’ ambassador
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
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