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1:40 AM ET, June 19, 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 …
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
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 …
New York Times:
2016 All Over Again  —  What many of those in Orlando really wanted to do was relive their historic victory.  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — The crowd in the Amway Center, an arena that seats 20,000, cheered loudly as oversize screens hanging from the ceiling broadcast Fox News projections …
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 …
New York Times:
Trump, at Rally in Orlando, Kicks Off His 2020 Re-election Bid
Discussion: Breitbart and Roll Call
Donald Trump Jr / Fox News:
Vote Trump — The stakes in 2020 are even higher than in 2016
Discussion: Daily Wire and Vanity Fair
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 …
Jackson Richman /
Jewish groups slam Ocasio-Cortez for comparing US border control to ‘concentration camps’
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
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.
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Biden, Recalling Civility in Senate, Invokes Two Segregationist Senators  —  Joseph R. Biden Jr., defending himself on Tuesday night against suggestions that he is too “old fashioned” for today's Democratic Party, invoked two Southern segregationist senators by name as he fondly recalled the …
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
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: Washington Press and POLITICUSUSA
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.
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 …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“They Could Put Anyone in There”: Why White House Reporters Won't Cry Over Sarah Sanders  —  Past the confrontational persona and public obfuscation, she could be friendly and accessible to media people.  But in a completely abnormal administration, she didn't have the kind of power press secretaries used to have.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Pat Eaton-Robb / Associated Press:
Newtown parents score a win in growing fight against hoaxers
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Leftists Have Turned Obama Into Mitt Romney  —  During his presidency, Barack Obama faced two mutually exclusive, wrongheaded accusations.  Conservatives called him a socialist radical, overturning two centuries of liberty to crush the spirits of job creators and deliver free stuff to his supporters.
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
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
BuzzFeed News:
A Former Republican Operative With Ties To White Nationalists Has Been Publishing Opinion Pieces In The Wall Street Journal  —  A former Republican operative notorious for his connections to white nationalists has established himself as an opinion contributor for several national publications …
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
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: Fox News and Axios
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
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Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Gavin Newsom apologizes for California's mistreatment against Native Americans
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
A Muslim Family Sought Help at the Belgian Embassy in Beijing. The Police Dragged Them Out.
Mark Niquette / Bloomberg:
Publishers Plead With Trump Not to Impose a China ‘Bible Tax’
Discussion: TheBlaze and Axios
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Michael Savage Has Doubts About Trump. His Conservative Radio Audience Does Not.
Discussion: Mediaite
Rachel Bachman / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Women's Soccer Games Outearned Men's Games
 Earlier Items: 
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$1 billion for 20,000 Bay Area homes
An Alaska teen is accused of killing her friend after a man she met online said he'd pay $9 million …
David Harsanyi / New York Post:
Anti-Trump ‘dossier’ was all about foreign interference in a US election
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
A Top Immigration Official Appears To Be Warning Asylum Officers About Border Screenings
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CNN
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Is the Religious Right Privileged?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and alicublog
BuzzFeed News:
Tony Robbins Punishes Followers By Making Them Drink Unidentified Brown Liquid “Designed To Have A Lasting Effect”