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9:40 AM ET, June 18, 2019


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Associated Press:   Manafort dodges Rikers Island, will stay in federal custody in New York
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 …
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
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: Roll Call, UPI, Slate and Mediaite
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
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
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
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
Sara Coello / Dallas Morning News:
Gunman shot dead after opening fire on federal courthouse in downtown Dallas
The Daily Beast:
Dallas Federal Building Shooter Posted Far-Right Memes About Nazis and Confederacy
Discussion: Fox News and Talking Points Memo
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
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
Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
Moderate Democrats Would Rather Talk About Health Care Than Impeachment  — House speaker returns to 2018 playbook ahead of 2020 vote  — Vulnerable Democrats seek focus on issues, not Trump probes  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to draw attention away from the politically explosive topic …
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Sanjana Karanth / HuffPost:
Rep. Katie Porter Of California Joins Democrats Calling For Impeachment Inquiry
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
New York Times:
Some Students Get Extra Time for New York's Elite High School Entrance Exam. 42% Are White.
Discussion: Chalkbeat
Lauren Gardner / Politico:
Trump's U.N. nominee was ‘absent’ ambassador
The Most Popular Kids' Video Site in the World Isn't for Kids
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Robocalls are overwhelming hospitals and patients, threatening a new kind of health crisis