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10:15 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 …
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 …
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Stop with the puff pieces about Steve Bannon
Discussion: Vox, Splinter and Yahoo News
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.
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
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
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 …
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:, 10NEWS and Factbase
Orlando Sentinel:
Trump supporters line up 42 hours early for Orlando campaign rally at Amway Center
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 …
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: ThinkProgress and Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Jockey for Position With Liberal Voters  —  Some on left are torn over which candidate is best equipped to beat Trump—and Biden  —  WINDHAM, N.H.—Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are largely competing for the same pool …
Alex Conant / FIREHOUSE Strategies:
NEW SURVEY: Battleground States Up for Grabs
Discussion: Washington Times and Axios
Ashley Kirzinger / The Henry J. Kaiser Family …:
KFF Health Tracking Poll - June 2019: Health Care in the Democratic Primary and Medicare-for-all  —  , Cailey Muñana, Lunna Lopes, Liz Hamel  —  Key Findings:  — Health care is leading the list of possible topics Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents want to hear …
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
Moderate Democrats Would Rather Talk About Health Care Than Impeachment
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 …
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.
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.
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
New York State Reaches Landmark Deal On Green New Deal-Style Climate Bill  —  If enacted, the bill would make New York the second big state — after California — to go for 100 percent carbon neutrality by midcentury.  —  New York lawmakers reached a deal late Sunday night to pass …
Discussion: Axios, NPR and Common Dreams
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
Driver's Licenses for the Undocumented Are Approved in Win for Progressives
Discussion: WKBW-TV, The Daily Caller and Axios
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.
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.
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Washington Post:
Biden suggests he has raised nearly $20 million for his White House bid
Discussion: Political Wire
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
McConnell's blockade of House legislation is about to face its toughest test
Globe and Mail:
Sorry, banning plastic bags won't save our planet
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Murkowski joins McConnell's opposition to election security proposals, setting up clash with House
Discussion: Splinter
New York Times:
Some Students Get Extra Time for New York's Elite High School Entrance Exam. 42% Are White.
Discussion: Chalkbeat
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Robocalls are overwhelming hospitals and patients, threatening a new kind of health crisis