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10:15 PM ET, June 19, 2019

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New York Times:
In Citing Relationship With Segregationists, Joe Biden Makes Himself a Target  —  For an increasingly diverse and liberal Democratic Party, it seemed strikingly off-key when Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Tuesday night warmly recalled his working relationship in the 1970s with two virulent segregationists …
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Maggie Severns / Politico:
Biden refuses to apologize for remarks about segregationists
Discussion: NPR, Breitbart and BBC
Washington Post:
Biden faces backlash over comments about the ‘civility’ of his past work with racist senators
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:   Joe Biden's nostalgia is increasingly an issue for his 2020 campaign
Politico:
'It's a farce': Dems livid as Hope Hicks dodges questions  —  The president's former longtime confidante met with lawmakers behind closed doors to discuss the president's alleged efforts to thwart Mueller's Russia probe.  —  House Democrats erupted Wednesday at what they said was the White …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Now, word of a mysterious third ‘scope memo’ for Robert Mueller
Discussion: Power Line and The Gateway Pundit
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Former Mueller counsel Michael Dreeben leaving top DOJ post
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
A.G. Sulzberger / Wall Street Journal:
Accusing the New York Times of ‘Treason,’ Trump Crosses a Line  —  The Founders considered it the gravest of crimes.  Tossing the charge around is irresponsible and wrong.  —  First it was the “the failing New York Times.”  Then “fake news.”  Then “enemy of the people.”
New York Times:
Deutsche Bank Faces Criminal Investigation for Potential Money-Laundering Lapses  —  Federal authorities are investigating whether Deutsche Bank complied with laws meant to stop money laundering and other crimes, the latest government examination of potential misconduct at one of the world's largest …
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Grant Stern / Washington Press:
Four law enforcement agencies just opened a money laundering investigation of Trump's financiers
New York Times:
Iran Has Ties to Al Qaeda, Trump Officials Tell Skeptical Congress  —  WASHINGTON — Administration officials are briefing Congress on what they say are ties between Iran and Al Qaeda, prompting skeptical reactions and concern on Capitol Hill that the White House could invoke the war authorization passed …
Discussion: Observer, Daily Kos and Jewish Journal
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Tara Golshan / Vox:
House Democrats vote to repeal 9/11-era law used to authorize perpetual war
Discussion: Axios, Politico and Hullabaloo
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Spoiler Alert: They Want a War
Discussion: Daily Kos
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Feds arrest Syrian refugee accused of plotting terrorist attack on Pittsburgh church  —  The Department of Justice announced the arrest of a Syrian refugee on Wednesday in connection with an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack on a Christian church in Pittsburgh.
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
State Department official didn't disclose ties to the boyfriend of Russian agent Maria Butina  —  The State Department official in charge of U.S. arms control negotiations with Moscow and her husband had a years-long friendship with GOP operative Paul Erickson, the former boyfriend …
Washington Post:
Former Trump business partner Felix Sater set to testify Friday before House Intelligence Committee  —  Felix Sater, a Russian-born real estate developer, is set to testify Friday before the House Intelligence Committee about his experience working on a proposed Trump tower project in Moscow during …
Discussion: CNN and Political Wire
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Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Felix Sater set to testify before House Intel panel on Friday
Discussion: Axios
CNN:
CUOMO PRIME TIME  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  [21:00:00] JOHN BERMAN, CNN CO-ANCHOR, NEW DAY: All right, friends.  Thank you very much for watching with - this with us and helping us understand it.  —  The news continues.
Discussion: Townhall
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Nikki Schwab / New York Post:
Pelosi blows off AOC ‘concentration camp’ remarks  —  WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi brushed off comments made by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez equating border facilities for migrants to “concentration camps” by saying she wasn't “up-to-date” on what the New York freshman said.
Elizabeth Warren / New York Times:
Does anyone deserve to have a billion dollars?  —  THE CONTEXT  —  Most Democrats see economic inequality as a problem, but they don't always agree about how extreme wealth should be treated.  This question sharpened that debate: candidates like Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar …
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Bryan Bender / Politico:
Senators get classified briefing on UFO sightings  —  Three more U.S. senators received a classified Pentagon briefing on Wednesday about a series of reported encounters by the Navy with unidentified aircraft, according to congressional and government officials — part of a growing number …
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Trump Tells His Team to Tone Down the Tough Talk on Iran  —  For months, the Trump administration has been talking in increasingly alarming terms about the Iranian threat.  Now, the president wants his people to cool down the hot rhetoric.  —  President Trump has privately pushed …
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Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Biden Tops Electability Ratings  —  Most Dems interested in first debates, but not excited  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Former Vice President Joe Biden maintains his front-runner status among Democratic voters nationwide, but Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is now virtually tied with Vermont …
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Senate Confirms Judge Who Attacked Roe v. Wade, Called Being Transgender ‘A Delusion’  —  Susan Collins was the only Republican who voted against making Matthew Kacsmaryk a lifetime federal judge.  —  WASHINGTON ― The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Matthew Kacsmaryk …
Discussion: Wonkette and Shareblue Media
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Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:   Senate confirms Trump judicial nominee who called homosexuality ‘disordered’
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook moderators break their NDAs to expose desperate working conditions  —  At Facebook's worst-performing content moderation site in North America, one contractor has died, and others say they fear for their lives  —  Content warning: This story contains descriptions of violent acts …
Washington Post:
Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement  —  A wealthy Manhattan couple has emerged as significant financiers of the anti-vaccine movement, contributing more than $3 million in recent years to groups that stoke fears about immunizations online and at live events …
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Steel industry begins to idle plants, shows signs of weakness — despite Trump's support  —  U.S. Steel announced it will temporarily halt production at two domestic plants despite the boost from the Trump administration's tariffs, as a steel industry singled out for federal support shows signs of weakening.
Discussion: Political Wire and Reason
Katherine Krueger / Splinter:
Meghan McCain Snaps and Calls Joy Behar a ‘Bitch’ on the Air  —  Things are tense on Splinter's fave gab-fest, The View.  After reports of behind-the-scenes bickering, the drama played out in front of the camera on Wednesday morning, as Meghan McCain finally snapped and called Joy Behar, her frequent nemesis and co-host, a “bitch.”
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Why Elizabeth Warren doesn't scare many moderate Democrats  —  CHARLESTON, S.C.  —  Many moderate Democratic leaders have reached a surprising conclusion about Elizabeth Warren: They'd actually feel comfortable if she won the party's presidential nomination.
Lyz Lenz / Columbia Journalism Review:
The normalization of Bryan Goldberg  —  Bryan Goldberg wants to save your internet.  Since the creation of his Bustle Digital Group, Goldberg made a name for himself as a digital slumlord—snatching up gutted media properties, bidding low and running them on cheap labor.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Ex-Hassan aide sentenced to 4 years for doxing senators  —  A former aide to Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday for hacking Senate computers and releasing personal information online about five Republican senators out of anger spurred by their roles …
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Four to Face Murder Charges in Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17  —  MOSCOW — International prosecutors on Wednesday said that four men, including three with close ties to the Russian military and intelligence, would face murder charges in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine five years ago, killing 298 people.
Victoria Guida / Politico:
Fed keeps rates steady as Powell brushes off Trump threats  —  The Federal Reserve on Wednesday held interest rates steady but opened the door to a possible cut this year amid fears of a slowing economy, in a move unlikely to calm President Donald Trump days after he suggested he might try to demote Fed Chairman Jerome Powell.
John Solomon / The Hill:
FBI, warned early and often that Manafort file might be fake, used it anyway  —  When the final chapter of the Russia collusion caper is written, it is likely two seminal documents the FBI used to justify investigating Donald Trump's 2016 campaign will turn out to be bunk.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate to vote Thursday to block Trump's Saudi arms deal  —  The Senate will vote Thursday to block President Trump's controversial arms sales to Saudi Arabia, paving the way for a showdown with the White House.  —  Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the Senate will hold three votes …
Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:
Federal judge says census citizenship question merits more consideration in light of new evidence  —  A federal district judge in Maryland on Wednesday ruled that new evidence in the case of a census citizenship question merits more consideration, opening the possibility that the question …
 
 
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Brittany Crocker / USA Today:
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Discussion: The Tennessean
Catherine Boudreau / Politico:
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Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
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Fox News:
House reauthorizes Hyde Amendment, despite protests from 2020 Dems
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Schumer Requests Investigation Into Mnuchin's Handling of the Harriet Tubman $20 Bill
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
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David French / National Review:
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Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
The Shadow Cabinet: How a Group of Powerful Business Leaders Drove Trump's Agenda
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Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Trump administration threatens furloughs, layoffs if Congress doesn't let it kill personnel agency
Discussion: Mother Jones and Axios
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Sarah Sanders is ‘extremely serious’ about a run for Arkansas governor