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11:35 PM ET, June 18, 2019

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Washington Post:
As Trump's defense pick withdraws, he addresses violent domestic incidents  —  In the months that he has served as President Trump's acting secretary of defense, Patrick Shanahan has worked to keep domestic violence incidents within his family private.  His wife was arrested after punching him in the face …
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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 …
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Trump's empty Cabinet  —  A little more than a year ago, moments after he fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by tweet, President Donald Trump looked ahead optimistically to reshaping his Cabinet.  —  Standing on the White House driveway, the president told reporters …
Discussion: Axios and One America News Network
New York Times:
The Evangelical, the ‘Pool Boy,’ the Comedian and Michael Cohen  —  Jerry Falwell Jr. defied expectations when he supported Donald J. Trump in 2016.  Now details are emerging about behind-the-scenes maneuvering before the endorsement.  —  MIAMI BEACH — Senator Ted Cruz was running neck …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Biden Tells Elite Donors He Doesn't Want to ‘Demonize’ the Rich  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden told affluent donors Tuesday that he wanted their support and — perhaps unlike some other Democratic presidential candidates — wouldn't be making them political targets because of their wealth.
Discussion: Breitbart
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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Plans to Live-Tweet Democratic Debate
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Ocasio-Cortez Calls Migrant Detention Centers ‘Concentration Camps,’ Eliciting Backlash  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the liberal freshman Democrat from New York who has made fighting for immigrants' rights a signature issue, on Tuesday described …
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Jackson Richman / JNS.org:
Jewish groups slam Ocasio-Cortez for comparing US border control to ‘concentration camps’
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.
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Grant Stern / Washington Press:
The Orlando Sentinel just issued an unprecedented 2020 endorsement ahead of Trump's kickoff rally
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
President Trump unveils 2020 slogan to replace 2016 rallying cry during campaign rally  —  President Trump revealed the 2020 re-election campaign slogan to replace his Make America Great Again mantra from 2016.  —  “Make America Great Again” was the best political slogan in history …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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New York Times:
Trump, at Rally in Orlando, Kicks Off His 2020 Re-election Bid
Discussion: Breitbart and Roll Call
CNN:
Alex Jones hit with sanctions by judge in Sandy Hook lawsuit as case gets a proposed trial date  —  New York (CNN Business)A Connecticut judge on Tuesday sanctioned right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for suggesting that a lawyer for the Sandy Hook families, who are suing the InfoWars founder …
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Pat Eaton-Robb / Associated Press:
Newtown parents score a win in growing fight against hoaxers
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
A Foreigner Paid $200,000 for Tickets to Trump's Inaugural.  Now He Says He Was Duped.  —  WASHINGTON — A Ukrainian-Russian developer who wanted access to President Trump's inauguration filed a lawsuit on Tuesday saying he was bilked out of the $200,000 he paid for what he thought would be V.I.P. tickets to the event.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Splinter
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Biden/Sanders, Warren/O'Rourke to be center stage at first debate  —  The candidates with the highest polling averages will stand side-by-side at the NBC-sponsored face-off on June 26 and 27.  —  When the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates take the debate stage in downtown Miami next week …
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Robin Muccari / NBC News:
The stage is set for the first Democratic debate. Here's a primer on Night 1 and 2.
Discussion: New York Times
Vera Bergengruen / TIME:
Watchdogs Sue Trump Administration Over Missing Notes From Putin Meeting  —  A new lawsuit filed on Tuesday alleges that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo broke the law by allowing President Donald Trump to seize the notes from a key meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and failing …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Washington Press
New York Times:
Tiffany Cabán for Queens District Attorney  —  In next Tuesday's Democratic primary, an ambitious young public defender offers overdue change.  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.  It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.
Reuters:
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Dems to grill Hope Hicks on alleged Trump obstruction  —  House Democrats intend to question former White House communications director Hope Hicks on Wednesday about five specific incidents that special counsel Robert Mueller detailed as part of his investigation into whether President Donald Trump tried …
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:   “They Could Put Anyone in There”: Why White House Reporters Won't Cry Over Sarah Sanders
Karine Jean-Pierre / Newsweek:
Democrats can both impeach Trump and win 2020 |  Opinion  —  By now, we are well past debating whether Donald Trump deserves to be impeached.  His latest argument that he would again accept help from a foreign government to win in 2020 serves as a coda to the first half of the Mueller report …
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Kathryn Watson / CBS News:
Trump campaign manager says he'd win in an “electoral landslide” as of today  —  President Trump's campaign manager Brad Parscale is predicting Mr. Trump will win even more electoral votes than in 2016 — “an electoral landslide” — dismissing independent polling that shows the president trailing top Democrats.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook unveiled an ambitious plan on Tuesday to create an alternative financial system that relies on a cryptocurrency that the company has been secretly working on for more than a year.
The Keyword:
$1 billion for 20,000 Bay Area homes  —  As we work to build a more helpful Google, we know our responsibility to help starts at home.  For us, that means being a good neighbor in the place where it all began over 20 years ago: the San Francisco Bay Area.  —  Today, Google is one of the Bay Area's largest employers.
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
A Top Immigration Official Appears To Be Warning Asylum Officers About Border Screenings  —  The newly appointed leader of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli, sent an email to staffers Tuesday in which he appeared to push asylum officers to stop allowing …
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Associated Press:
US air quality is slipping after years of improvement  —  After decades of improvement, America's air may not be getting any cleaner.  —  Over the last two years the nation had more polluted air days than just a few years earlier, federal data shows.  While it remains unclear whether …
Discussion: Axios
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Michael Savage Has Doubts About Trump.  His Conservative Radio Audience Does Not.  —  Michael Savage was one of the first radio hosts to endorse Mr. Trump.  Now he thinks the president's fans are too uncritical.  But his listeners aren't so sure.  —  TIBURON, Calif. — In January 2011 …
Discussion: Mediaite
Bloomberg:
Trump Asked White House Lawyers for Options on Removing Powell  — White House explored legality of demoting Powell in February  — Fed spokeswoman says chairman can only be removed ‘for cause’  —  President Donald Trump asked White House lawyers earlier this year to explore his options …
Washington Post:
Trump plans Air Force One flyover of Mall for July Fourth celebration  —  President Trump plans to have U.S. military planes, including one of the jetliners used as Air Force One, fly over the Mall as part of his Fourth of July celebration next month, according to three people briefed on the plans.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Washington Post:
We ought to be concerned about preserving the political order of the Supreme Court  —  Leah Litman is an assistant professor at the University of California at Irvine School of Law.  Joshua Matz is a lawyer at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP and publisher of the Take Care legal blog.
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
A Muslim Family Sought Help at the Belgian Embassy in Beijing.  The Police Dragged Them Out.  —  BEIJING — The last time Abdulhamid Tursun spoke to his wife, she was huddled in a Beijing hotel room with their four children, frightened after being evicted from the Belgian Embassy in the dead of night.
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: Splinter and Talking Points Memo
 
 
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A Former Republican Operative With Ties To White Nationalists Has Been Publishing Opinion Pieces …
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Are Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders the same? The debate, explained.
Discussion: New Yorker, Jacobin and Politico
Mark Niquette / Bloomberg:
Publishers Plead With Trump Not to Impose a China ‘Bible Tax’
Discussion: TheBlaze and Axios
Rachel Bachman / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Women's Soccer Games Outearned Men's Games
CNN:
An Alaska teen is accused of killing her friend after a man she met online said he'd pay $9 million …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
David Harsanyi / New York Post:
Anti-Trump ‘dossier’ was all about foreign interference in a US election
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Bolton moves to promote loyalists at the National Security Council
 Earlier Items: 
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Is the Religious Right Privileged?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and alicublog
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Wall Street Journal:
How 7.4 Tons of Venezuela's Gold Landed in Africa—and Vanished
BuzzFeed News:
Tony Robbins Punishes Followers By Making Them Drink Unidentified Brown Liquid “Designed To Have A Lasting Effect”
New York Times:
Cities Start to Question an American Ideal: A House With a Yard on Every Lot
Discussion: Reason
Laura Donnelly / Telegraph:
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