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11:05 AM ET, June 19, 2019

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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 …
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Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Biden cites his relationships with segregationist senators as examples of ‘civility’  —  Joe Biden wistfully recalled on Tuesday an era in which he was able to get along with segregationist senators even though they “didn't agree on much of anything.”  —  Dismissing criticism …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Biden touts work with segregationist lawmakers in bygone era of Senate ‘civility’
Discussion: Townhall, VICE and Political Wire
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Biden Tells Elite Donors He Doesn't Want to ‘Demonize’ the Rich
Discussion: Shakesville and Breitbart
New York Times:
What We Learned From Trump's Orlando Rally  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — President Trump kicked off his 2020 re-election campaign on Tuesday night in Orlando.  Here are eight takeaways.  —  1. It was just a rally.  —  Despite weeks of hype from the president and his campaign …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Althouse
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Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact-check: Trump's Orlando rally featured more than 15 false claims over 76 minutes  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump kicked off his formal reelection campaign Tuesday night with a rally in Orlando.  His 76-minute speech featured more than 15 false statements, many of them ones that he's repeated frequently in the past.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: twitchy.com
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 …
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.
Discussion: bellingcat
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Tom Cotton wants to bomb Iran, and he has Trump's ear  —  Tom Cotton is the most outspoken champion for bombing Iran in a Senate filled with Republican hawks.  And he's got President Donald Trump's ear on it, too.  —  The Arkansas Republican has spoken to several high-ranking U.S. officials …
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The Daily Beast:
Tucker Carlson Is Privately Advising Trump on Iran
Discussion: LobeLog and Mediaite
Bruce Kesler / Maggie's Farm:
Photos From My Son At Trump 2020 Kickoff Campaign Rally In Orlando  —  My son is in Orlando on business and went to the capacity filled (20,000+, with attendees waiting in rain before)) stadium for President Trump's 2020 campaign kickoff rally.  —  Pregame at Powerline.  For live coverage from sarcastic local reporter.
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:   Why Trump chose Orlando for his re-election launch
Nic Robertson / CNN:
Khashoggi murder: Independent investigation blames Saudi Arabia for ‘extrajudicial killing’ of journalist  —  (CNN)Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of a “deliberate, premeditated execution,” a United Nations special rapporteur has concluded in the first independent investigation into his death.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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Judith Mischke / Politico:
‘Credible evidence’ Saudi crown prince liable for Khashoggi murder: UN expert
Discussion: Breitbart
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
'She's extremely serious': Sarah Sanders eyes run for Arkansas governor  —  Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the outgoing White House press secretary, is seriously considering running for governor of Arkansas, according to three people who have spoken to her in recent days.
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:   “They Could Put Anyone in There”: Why White House Reporters Won't Cry Over Sarah Sanders
Washington Post:
Trump EPA finalizes rollback of key Obama climate rule that targeted coal plants  —  The Trump administration finalized its biggest climate policy rollback Wednesday, requiring the U.S. power sector to cut its 2030 carbon emissions 35 percent over 2005 levels — less than half of what experts calculate …
Ari Fleischer / USA Today:
Here are the tough debate questions 2020 Democratic candidates should have to answer  —  Presidential debate moderators should be as tough on Democrats as they've been on Republicans.  Put them on the spot about culture and economics.  —  CONNECT  —  The upcoming Democratic presidential debates …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Leftists Have Turned Obama Into Mitt Romney
Discussion: Daily Kos
Farah Stockman / New York Times:
People Are Taking Emotional Support Animals Everywhere.  States Are Cracking Down.  —  More Americans are saying they need a variety of animals — dogs, ducks, even insects — for their mental health.  But critics say many are really just pets that do not merit special status.
James Rogers / Fox News:
GOP Sen. Josh Hawley takes aim at Big Tech's legal protection with new bill  —  Sen. Josh Hawley has announced legislation that would remove tech titans' protection from liability for third-party content on their platforms.  —  The Missouri senator's bill specifically targets Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
GOP senators caught off guard by Shanahan withdrawal  —  Republican senators quickly backed Patrick Shanahan's decision to withdraw his nomination to be the permanent Defense secretary in the wake of multiple reports describing past domestic violence incidents involving his family, with some voicing surprise at the allegations.
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Trump's empty Cabinet
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Fight over flight to Cochran funeral breaks out in Senate Appropriations Committee  —  What started as a routine request — arranging for a government flight to take senators to the funeral of the late Sen. Thad Cochran — has become a controversy over Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Five NY1 Anchorwomen Sue Cable Channel for Age and Gender Discrimination  —  Five anchorwomen at NY1, one of the country's most prominent local news channels, sued the network on Wednesday over age and gender discrimination, alleging a systematic effort by managers to force them off the air in favor of younger, less experienced hosts.
Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
Long-Awaited Trump Inauguration Audit Skimps on Details, References Mystery Lawsuit  —  In the face of mounting investigations and reports of malfeasance on the part of President Trump's inaugural committee, officials tied to the organization have long relied on claims that a full “clean” audit was conducted on its finances.
Charlie Mahtesian / Politico:
Warren emerges as potential compromise nominee  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — There was a time not so long ago when leading Democrats warned that Elizabeth Warren's “fantasy-based blue-state populism” risked leading the party to ruin.  —  But in a revealing tell of how far her campaign has come since …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Overruling his experts, Pompeo keeps Saudis off U.S. child soldiers list  —  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 …
New York Times:
Here's What They Said.  —  We tracked down the 2020 Democrats and asked them the same set of questions.  Here's one:  —  CLOSED CAPTIONS  —  THE QUESTIONS  —  In an ideal world, would anyone own handguns?  —  Would your focus be improving the Affordable Care Act or replacing it with single payer?
Discussion: Mediaite
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: Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
What Americans really think about foreign interference in U.S. elections  —  There's an erosion of trust in the democratic process, our survey found.  —  Last week, an ABC News interview with President Trump unleashed fresh debate about foreign interference in U.S. elections when Trump …
Discussion: Morning Consult
 
 
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Peter Wehner / New York Times:
Trump Is Betting That Anger Can Still Be Power
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Greg B. Smith / The City:
New NYCHA Boss to Reap Record $400K Payday
Discussion: New York Post
Matthew Continetti / New York Times:
The Wave That Could Carry Trump to Re-election
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
Trump raises record $24.8 million in one day as he launches reelection bid
Discussion: PJ Media Home
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Poll: Democratic support for impeachment grows
Discussion: Political Wire
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India Bullies Twitter Into Banning Accounts of American, British Students Thousands of Miles Away
Alia Wong / The Atlantic:
The Surreal End of an American College
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We ought to be concerned about preserving the political order of the Supreme Court
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Washington Post:
Trump plans Air Force One flyover of Mall for July Fourth celebration
Discussion: Fox News and Boing Boing
New York Times:
Tiffany Cabán for Queens District Attorney
Discussion: Simple Justice