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10:45 PM ET, June 20, 2019


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Associated Press:
Lawyers: 250 children held in bad conditions at Texas border  —  EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A traumatic and dangerous situation is unfolding for some 250 infants, children and teens locked up for up to 27 days without adequate food, water and sanitation, according to a legal team that interviewed dozens …
David Morgan / Reuters:
Hicks told House panel Trump is serious about foreign help in elections  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hope Hicks, once a close aide to President Donald Trump, told the House Judiciary Committee that Trump was serious in saying there was nothing wrong in accepting derogatory information …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Hope Hicks refused to answer 155 questions during House testimony  —  Hope Hicks refused to answer 155 questions from House Democrats on Wednesday about her tenure as communications director in the Trump White House, according to a transcript of her closed-door testimony released Thursday.
Discussion: Axios, The Gateway Pundit and Daily Kos
Sarah Cammarata / Politico:
Trump is bringing a Ferris wheel back to the White House  —  President Donald Trump is bringing a Ferris wheel back to the White House.  —  The carnival attraction will be among the featured offerings at the administration's second congressional picnic on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday evening …
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Ivanka Trump Violated Hatch Act With MAGA Tweets, Watchdog Group Says
Burgess Everett / Politico:
‘This place has enough creepy old men’: GOP vows to crush Roy Moore  —  Republicans are promising to do everything they can to obliterate Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate primary.  —  A push is underway to get President Donald Trump involved in derailing Moore.
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Roy Moore will run for the Senate again
Discussion: CNN, NBC News and ThinkProgress
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Roy Moore says he will run for Senate again in 2020
New York Times:
Joe Biden Called Cory Booker.  But Apologize?  It's Not the Biden Way.  —  WASHINGTON — From his treatment of Anita Hill in the 1990s to his unwelcome hugs of women, from his recent flip-flop on abortion funding to his latest remarks about segregationists, Joseph R. Biden Jr. has spent …
Washington Post:
Tensions ripple through Biden campaign as his past working relationship with a segregationist …
Discussion: Breitbart
Addy Baird / BuzzFeed News:
Nancy Pelosi Defended Joe Biden's Comments About Working With Segregationists, Calling …
Discussion: Politico, NPR, The Nation, Fox News and Brookings
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Bulletpoint: How To Tell When Biden Has Committed A Real Gaffe
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Holder chides Biden on segregationist-senator comments: ‘Should have used better examples’
Discussion: Breitbart
Chris Lehman / Oregonian:
Oregon governor sends police to find missing Republicans, bring them to Capitol
Maxwell Strachan / HuffPost:
Some White House Reporters Are Throwing Sarah Huckabee Sanders A Goodbye Party  —  White House correspondents and some Trump staffers plan to send Sanders off with “farewell drinks” next week.  —  Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the reporters who cover the White House haven't always had the smoothest relationship.
David Axe / The Daily Beast:
The U.S. Drone Shot Down by Iran Is a $200 Million Prototype Spy Plane  —  The Navy now possesses as few as three of the high-flying, 737-size BAMS-D drones, which can theoretically watch over the Persian Gulf around the clock.  —  The U.S. military drone Iran shot down over the Persian Gulf …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Washington Post:
Trump invites congressional leaders to White House to discuss Iran after Revolutionary Guard shoots down U.S. drone
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Roger Stone violated gag order with social media posts, prosecutors say  —  Washington (CNN)Federal prosecutors in a new court filing Thursday allege that longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone has violated his gag order in his criminal case with recent social media posts.
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:   Prosecutors rebut Roger Stone: U.S. caught Russian election hackers on its own
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Prosecutors accuse Roger Stone of violating gag order with social media posts
Discussion: Politico
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Laura Ingraham Dismisses Reparations: 'No Do-Overs...We Won, You Lost, That's That'  —  “As Trump always says, 'you don't get do-overs,' she declared. ”  No do-overs, that's it.  Fox News star Laura Ingraham waded into the ongoing debate over reparations for descendants of slaves during …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: Rays to explore playing in Montreal  —  The Tampa Bay Rays received permission from Major League Baseball's executive council to explore a plan in which they would play early-season home games in the Tampa Bay area and the remainder of the year in Montreal, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Appeals court says Trump family planning restrictions can take effect  —  A federal appeals court this morning said the Trump administration's family planning rules can take effect nationwide while several lawsuits play out, delivering a major blow to Planned Parenthood and states challenging the overhaul.
Steven Ertelt /
Court Rules President Trump Can Defund Planned Parenthood, Will Cut Almost $60 Million in Taxpayer Funding
Jared Keller / Task & Purpose:
This is a real slide from an Air Force brief on the real threat of incels  —  At least one Air Force base is on the lookout for a sinister new threat: angry men who can't get laid.  —  Personnel at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland were recently treated to a threat brief regarding an …
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
Mural of George Washington that ‘traumatizes students’ to be covered up  —  There's plans in the works to cover a mural of George Washington from the halls of George Washington High School in San Francisco due to complaints that it's offensive and demeaning to Native Americans and African Americans.
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
Stunning Twist in Navy SEAL War Crimes Trial: Witness Says He Was the Killer  —  SAN DIEGO — In stunning testimony that may upend the war crimes trial of Navy SEAL Chief Edward Gallagher, a SEAL medic told the court on Thursday that he and not the chief had killed a wounded captive in Iraq.
Discussion: Task & Purpose and TheBlaze
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Napolitano Shocked By Gallagher Trial Bombshell: Once in a Lifetime, Witness on the Stand Says 'He Didn't Do it, I Did'
Discussion: IJR
Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
A gay first lady?  Yes, we've already had one, and here are her love letters.  —  In the summer of 1910, Evangeline Simpson Whipple told the caretaker of her home not to move anything in her absence.  The wealthy widow was going on a trip, but would be back soon, she said.  —  She never returned.
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
'These People Aren't Coming From Norway': Refugees in a Minnesota City Face a Backlash  —  As more Somali refugees arrive in St. Cloud, white anti-immigration activists have pressed an increasingly explicit anti-Muslim agenda.  —  ST. CLOUD, Minn. — John Palmer, a former university professor, has always had a cause.
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
N.R.A. Suspends Second-in-Command, Implicating Him in Coup Attempt  —  The palace intrigue at the National Rifle Association deepened on Thursday as the gun group suspended its second-in-command and top lobbyist, accusing him of complicity in the recent failed coup against its chief executive, Wayne LaPierre.
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Horns are growing on young people's skulls.  Phone use is to blame, research suggests.  —  Mobile technology has transformed the way we live — how we read, work, communicate, shop and date.  —  But we already know this.  —  What we have not yet grasped is the way the tiny machines …
Our Response to NBC News' Inappropriate Questions  —  Last week, we were contacted by two NBC reporters who posed a series of highly inappropriate questions.  —  The NBC reporters questioned the religious beliefs of some of our staff members, sought to discredit their beliefs …
Windsor Mann / The Week:
A party of victims  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), the white supremacist who referred to immigrants as “dirt,” is a victim.  After he defended the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” in an interview with the New York Times earlier this year, the Republican leadership removed him from his committee assignments.
Nicole Goodkind / Newsweek:
Trump Administration Argues Detained Migrant Children Don't Need Toothbrushes, Soap  —  The Trump administration went to court this week to argue that migrant children detained at the United States-Mexico border do not require basic hygiene products like soap and toothbrushes in order to be in held in “safe and sanitary” conditions.
David Ingram / NBC News:
Facebook's new rapid response team has a crucial task: Avoid fueling another genocide  —  The Strategic Response team's job is to find and help put in place concrete changes to Facebook's products that could prevent violence in conflict-torn countries.  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. …
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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Trump Super PAC Illegally Hid Donor's Identity, Watchdog Says
Mark Hemingway / The Federalist:
If Media Don't Want To Be Called Propagandists, They Need To Stop Publishing Chinese and Russian Propaganda
Discussion: Contemptor
Washington Post:
The U.S. should strive for a stable Iran. Instead, it is suffocating it.
Deconstructed / The Intercept:
Iran Crisis: Have We Learned Nothing From the Iraq War?
Washington Post:
When Trump visits his clubs, government agencies and Republicans pay to be where he is
Alexander Panetta / Politico:
Canadians may not like Trump, but they really need his help
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Andrew W. Kahrl / New York Times:
Black People's Land Was Stolen
Jonathan Landay / Reuters:
U.S. human trafficking report drops child separation warning
Discussion: National Review, Foreign Policy and UPI
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Bulletpoint: Only Two Meaningful Shifts Have Happened In The Democratic Primary So Far
Discussion: Boston Globe and Washington Post
Washington Post:
‘I will answer every question’: Onetime Trump business partner Felix Sater is set to tell …
Rupert Murdoch, 88, recovering after pneumonia
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Biggest Obstacle to Trump's Victory in 2020
Discussion: CNN and American Thinker
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump is bumping into a very low 2020 ceiling