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1:05 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
Zachary Halaschak / Washington Examiner:
Launching reelection bid, Trump declares: ‘Republican enthusiasm is at an all time high’
Discussion: IJR, Political Wire and Mediaite
Orlando Sentinel:
Trump supporters line up 42 hours early for Orlando campaign rally at Amway Center
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Trump to officially kick off his reelection bid Tuesday night in Orlando
Discussion: The Atlantic
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 …
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Pentagon sending 1,000 more troops as tensions with Iran grow
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.
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Trump's chances in 2020 aren't nearly as bad as people think
Discussion: Spectator USA
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
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
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: Washington Post
David A. Hopkins / Honest Graft:
Once Again, the Debates Are Going to Cause the DNC Plenty of Grief
Discussion: Bloomberg
USA Today:
FBI examining 2010 domestic fight involving acting defense secretary Shanahan; accounts differ on aggressor  —  Before he worked at the Pentagon, Patrick Shanahan spent over 30 years at Boeing.  Now, he's the new acting secretary of defense.  —  CONNECT  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI …
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Shanahan's confirmation hearing for defense secretary delayed amid FBI investigation
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Billionaire GOP donor and Trump supporter says he rejected Joe Biden's request for fundraising help in 2020  —  KEY POINTS  — Democratic front runner Joe Biden on Monday appealed to a billionaire Republican donor for fundraising help in his presidential campaign.
Washington Post:
Biden suggests he has raised nearly $20 million for his White House bid
Discussion: Political Wire
Exclusive: Pompeo blocks inclusion of Saudis on U.S. child soldiers list - sources  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a U.S. list of countries that recruit child soldiers, dismissing his experts' findings that a Saudi-led coalition …
White House Explored Legality of Demoting Fed Chairman Powell  — White House counsel came to closely held conclusion on Powell  — Fed spokeswoman says chairman can only be removed ‘for cause’  —  The White House explored the legality of demoting Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell in February …
Discussion: Axios and The Guardian
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: IJR, Off the Kuff and Breitbart
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Trump plans to turn the Fourth of July into a political rally in honor of himself
Discussion: and Bloomberg
Ronna McDaniel / Orlando Sentinel:
RNC chairwoman: Trump is delivering for all Americans | Commentary
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
A Top Immigration Official Appears To Be Warning Asylum Officers About Border Screenings
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Is the Religious Right Privileged?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Quartz
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
Administration's Poverty Line Proposal Would Cut Health, Food Assistance for Millions Over Time
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Shareblue Media
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
 Earlier Items: 
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Trump family affair to highlight campaign launch
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
US-Iran coverage is still not skeptical enough
Graham Smith / NPR:
NPR Identifies 4th Attacker In Civil Rights-Era Cold Case
Amy for America:
Amy's First 100 Days  —  Senator Amy Klobuchar Releases Plan …
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Times
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Four Years Ago Trump Was Seen as a Sideshow. Now He Is the Show.