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11:55 PM ET, June 19, 2019

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New York Times:
Biden and Democratic Rivals Exchange Attacks Over His Remarks on Segregationists  —  Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday lashed out at his Democratic rivals who had assailed his fond recollections of working relationships with segregationists in the Senate, refusing to apologize and defending his record on civil rights.
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Biden comments trigger renewed scrutiny of his record on race
Discussion: Breitbart and Axios
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:   Joe Biden's nostalgia is increasingly an issue for his 2020 campaign
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  —  Four federal agencies just opened a major money laundering investigation into hundreds of millions of dollars worth of transactions between the most important bank lender to the President and his family.
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  —  The 448-page Mueller report has been public for two months, so it might seem strange that the Justice Department's original instructions to special counsel Robert Mueller, outlining what he was assigned to investigate, are still a secret.
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
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 …
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HuffPost:
18 Years Later, The House Finally Repeals The President's 9/11 War Authority  —  But how hard are Democrats willing to fight to actually prevent war?  —  WASHINGTON ― House Democrats passed a nearly $1 trillion appropriations bill on Wednesday, complete with funding for the military, health programs and the Energy Department.
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
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.
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CNN:
CUOMO PRIME TIME  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.
Discussion: Townhall
Andi Zeisler / NBC News:
AOC was right to compare Trump's border internment camps to concentration camps
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 …
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Believes He Has the Authority to Replace Powell at Fed  — President is not planning to demote Fed chairman, for now  — Powell says he will serve his full term despite criticism  —  President Donald Trump has told confidants as recently as Wednesday that he believes …
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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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Associated Press:
Iran says Revolutionary Guard shoots down US drone  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard said Thursday it shot down a U.S. drone amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over its collapsing nuclear deal.  The U.S. military declined to immediately comment.
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 …
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 …
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: Politico, CNN and Axios
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.”
Brittany Crocker / USA Today:
Cracker Barrel turns away Grayson Fritts, detective who called for LGBTQ executions in Tennessee  —  CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A Cracker Barrel in Cleveland, Tennessee, refused to host Knox County Sheriff's Office Detective Grayson Fritts and his church group, citing the restaurant chain's zero-tolerance policy …
Discussion: The Tennessean
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: Reason and Political Wire
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 …
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 …
Helen Christophi / courthousenews.com:
Feds Tell 9th Circuit: Detained Kids ‘Safe and Sanitary’ Without Soap  —  SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The Trump administration argued in front of a Ninth Circuit panel Tuesday that the government is not required to give soap or toothbrushes to children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border …
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.
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 …
Discussion: CNN and The Root
Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. tells India it is mulling caps on H-1B visas to deter data rules - sources  —  NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The United States has told India it is considering caps on H-1B work visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally, three sources with knowledge …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Catherine Boudreau / Politico:
Sonny Perdue reverses Jobs Corps closures amid backlash from Congress  —  The Trump administration, under heavy pressure from Congress, will withdraw plans to end a U.S. Forest Service program that trains underprivileged youth, spokespersons for the Agriculture and Labor departments told POLITICO.
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Rising Temperatures Ravage the Himalayas, Rapidly Shrinking Its Glaciers  —  Climate change is “eating” the glaciers of the Himalayas, posing a grave threat to hundreds of millions of people who live downstream, a study based on 40 years of satellite data has shown.
Discussion: UPI, Mashable and Newser
 
 
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Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
Back home in South Bend, Buttigieg faces ‘his nightmare’
Kaitlyn Tiffany / Vox:
Gender stereotypes have been banned from British ads. What does that mean?
Discussion: Reason
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's plan for the Dem debates: Make it about him
Bassamalahmed / Syrians for Truth and Justice:
New Notifications Declare Dead Hundreds in Syrian Security Services' Detention Facilities
Faris Bseiso / CNN:
Ilhan Omar introduces bill to end school lunch debt shaming
Discussion: Splinter and UPI
Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
Trump Hotel Prices Skyrocket Around 4th of July
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Schumer Requests Investigation Into Mnuchin's Handling of the Harriet Tubman $20 Bill
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
Sabrina Rodriguez / Politico:
Mexico becomes first country to pass USMCA
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
 Earlier Items: 
David French / National Review:
Two Painful Truths of America's Religious Culture War
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
The Shadow Cabinet: How a Group of Powerful Business Leaders Drove Trump's Agenda
Discussion: Washington Post
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Trump administration threatens furloughs, layoffs if Congress doesn't let it kill personnel agency
Discussion: Mother Jones and Axios
John Solomon / The Hill:
FBI, warned early and often that Manafort file might be fake, used it anyway
Discussion: Fox News and The Gateway Pundit