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10:45 AM ET, June 19, 2019


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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Tucker Carlson Is Privately Advising Trump on Iran
Discussion: LobeLog and Mediaite
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 …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:   Why Trump chose Orlando for his re-election launch
Bruce Kesler / Maggie's Farm:
Photos From My Son At Trump 2020 Kickoff Campaign Rally In Orlando
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.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:   “They Could Put Anyone in There”: Why White House Reporters Won't Cry Over Sarah Sanders
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
Judith Mischke / Politico:
‘Credible evidence’ Saudi crown prince liable for Khashoggi murder: UN expert
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Leftists Have Turned Obama Into Mitt Romney
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
Trump raises record $24.8 million in one day as he launches reelection bid  —  President Trump raised a record $24.8 million in less than 24 hours Tuesday as he officially kicked off his reelection campaign, officials said.  —  The president's one-day total is more than any Democratic …
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
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.
Matthew Continetti / New York Times:
The Wave That Could Carry Trump to Re-election  —  National and state polls don't tell the whole story.  A global anti-elite surge improves the president's chance of victory.  —  Mr. Continetti is editor in chief of The Washington Free Beacon.  —  Political professionals are so focused …
Raul A. Reyes / CNN:
Trump's pathetic tweet on deporting millions of immigrants should fool no one  —  Trump issues mass deportations threat on Twitter  —  Raul A. Reyes is an attorney and member of the USA Today board of contributors.  Follow him on Twitter @RaulAReyes.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
Washington Post:
Pelosi rules out a censure of Trump, saying ‘if the goods are there, you just impeach’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday ruled out a congressional censure of President Trump, a move some lawmakers have suggested as an less divisive alternative to launching impeachment proceedings.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Discussion: Breitbart
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