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4:15 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 …
NBC News:
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan steps down, withdraws from Cabinet consideration  —  Shanahan, Trump said, “has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so that he can devote more time to his family.”  —  Patrick Shanahan, the acting secretary of defense …
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
Discussion: Politico and POLITICUSUSA
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.
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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 …
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
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
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Pentagon sending 1,000 more troops as tensions with Iran grow
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
Geneva Sands / CNN:
First on CNN: Controversial political appointee expected to be named Customs and Border Protection press secretary  —  Washington (CNN)Katharine Gorka, a political appointee at the Department of Homeland Security who has stirred controversy for her views on terrorism and her role …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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 …
Bloomberg:
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Reason
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Splinter
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:   Schumer urges Senate to add election security measures to defense bill
Pat Eaton-Robb / Associated Press:
Newtown parents score a win in growing fight against hoaxers  —  HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The father of a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book that claimed the shooting never happened — the latest victory for victims' relatives …
Emily Singer / Shareblue Media:
GOP senator ‘not sure why we need to’ protect our elections  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) doesn't think it's a big deal that Trump admitted he'd collude with foreign governments in 2020.  —  Trump openly admitted just a few days ago that he'd illegally collude with foreign governments to win reelection in 2020.
Discussion: CNN and Splinter
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.
Discussion: New York Post
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Is the Religious Right Privileged?  —  The history of race and religion under liberalism is a tangle, not just a morality play.  —  Fair warning: This will be an entire column about a single paragraph.  —  The paragraph's author is Adam Serwer, a writer for The Atlantic …
Discussion: alicublog and Washington Monthly
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.
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.
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.
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: Talking Points Memo
Rachel Bachman / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Women's Soccer Games Outearned Men's Games  —  The 2015 World Cup title was a catalyst to boost women's game revenues, which in recent years exceeded the men's  —  PARIS—In the three years after the U.S. women's soccer team won the 2015 World Cup, U.S. women's games generated …
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 …
Discussion: Big League Politics
CNN:
An Alaska teen is accused of killing her friend after a man she met online said he'd pay $9 million for videos of the murder  —  (CNN)Denali Brehmer began planning how to kill her “best friend” after a man she met online said he would pay her several million dollars for evidence of the killing, Alaska authorities say.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Bolton moves to promote loyalists at the National Security Council  —  Staff changes are coming to the National Security Council this summer as national security adviser John Bolton elevates some of the senior officials he brought on and bids farewell to some of the people he inherited from his predecessor.
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 …
 
 
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Conservative Radio Host Has Doubts About Trump. His Audience Doesn't Want to Hear It.
Discussion: Mediaite
Associated Press:
Trump says US will begin deporting millions
Discussion: KTLA
David Harsanyi / New York Post:
Anti-Trump ‘dossier’ was all about foreign interference in a US election
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Ocasio-Cortez presses case that U.S. is running ‘concentration camps’ at border amid Republican outcry
Annabelle Dickson / Politico:
Dominic Raab knocked out of Tory leadership race
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Roy Moore to announce Alabama Senate decision Thursday
 Earlier Items: 
Heather Caygle / Politico:
‘The biggest nightmare Perez ever possibly imagined’
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
This is Trump's worst poll number — and what it means
Discussion: Off the Kuff, IJR and Breitbart
NBC News:
Mueller's report may be completed, but his work isn't done. And that's what we told Congress.
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times
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
Discussion: The Guardian
New York Times:
Paul Manafort Seemed Headed to Rikers. Then the Justice Department Intervened.