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11:25 AM ET, June 20, 2019


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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.
Luis Martinez / ABC News:
Trump says ‘Iran made a very big mistake’ after US military confirms shootdown of American drone  —  In a major provocation, Iran shot down an unarmed and unmanned U.S. RQ-4A Global Hawk drone while it was flying in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, U.S. Central Command confirmed in a statement.
New York Times:
Iran Says It Shot Down a U.S. Drone, Escalating Tensions  —  Iran said Thursday that it had shot down a United States drone, days after American officials blamed Iran for attacks on international shipping, in the latest escalation in tensions that have raised fears of war between the two countries.
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Bolton Keeps Trying to Goad Iran Into War  —  The conventions of mainstream journalism make it difficult to challenge America's self-conception as a peace-loving nation.  But the unlovely truth is this: Throughout its history, America has attacked countries that did not threaten it.
Discussion: Slate, The Guardian and Arc Digital
Brian Bennett / TIME:
‘My Whole Life Is a Bet.’ Inside President Trump's Gamble on an Untested Re-Election Strategy  —  ‘My whole life is a bet,’ the President of the United States says, resting his forearms on the edge of the Resolute desk in the Oval Office.  —  It's a steamy evening in mid-June …
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 …
Discussion: Althouse and Towleroad Gay News
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.
Joshua Jamerson / Wall Street Journal:
Top South Carolina Democrat Weighs Endorsing in 2020 Primary
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:   Biden appears to be softening his stance on the death penalty
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.
Discussion: The Stranger
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.”
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Republicans fear campaign arm is stumbling in fight for the House  —  The House GOP campaign arm is under fire from Republicans who are growing increasingly anxious about the party's plan to win back the chamber in 2020.  —  Republicans still don't have an answer to Democrats' online fundraising behemoth ActBlue.
The Hill:
GOP hopes dim on reclaiming House  —  The 2020 election is more than a year away, but some Republican lawmakers are pessimistic about their chances of winning back the House.  —  President Trump's approval ratings in key swing states are under water.  Infighting on the GOP leadership team …
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Marianne Williamson apologizes, says she misspoke in calling vaccines ‘draconian’  —  Williamson explains her qualifications for President  —  Washington (CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson is apologizing and claiming that she “misspoke” after reportedly referring …
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 …
Helen Christophi /
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 …
KQED:   DOJ Lawyer: Sanitary Conditions for Detained Migrant Children Doesn't Necessarily Mean Providing ‘Toothbrush and Soap’
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Close Pelosi ally Rep. Jan Schakowsky backs impeachment inquiry  —  Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.), a member of the House Democratic leadership, is calling for an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, arguing that doing so will allow lawmakers to obtain more evidence of the president's alleged misconduct.
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun-Times:
Illinois Democrats Reps. Sean Casten, Jan Schakowsky call for Trump impeachment inquiry
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
With Maduro entrenched in Venezuela, Trump loses patience and interest in issue, officials say  —  Last winter, the ouster of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro seemed a sure bet to President Trump, a quick foreign policy win at a time when other initiatives in Asia …
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 …
Discussion: Defense One and The Week
Washington Post:
A path has been laid out for holding Khashoggi's murderers accountable  —  THIRTEEN MINUTES before Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, 2018, the head of a hit team who was dispatched to intercept him asked the team's forensic doctor about dismembering the journalist's body.
Sanjana Karanth / HuffPost:
Syrian Refugee Arrested On Allegations Of Planning Attack On Pittsburgh Church  —  Mustafa Mousab Alowemer was arrested on terrorism charges in relation to a plan to attack a church in Pittsburgh, according to the Justice Department.  —  A Syrian man who is a refugee was arrested Wednesday …
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Michael Bennet pushes sweeping plan to remake political system  —  Sen. Michael Bennet sprang onto the national stage in January, when the usually low-key Colorado Democrat went viral shouting about the 35-day federal government shutdown and Ted Cruz's “crocodile tears.”
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
South Carolina Will Host 21 Presidential Candidates, and C-Span Can't Do Live Coverage  —  It takes a lot for C-Span to get mad.  —  But an unusual move by the South Carolina Democratic Party to bar the network from putting on a live broadcast of its annual convention …
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 …
The Texas Tribune:
Texas gained almost nine Hispanic residents for every additional white resident last year  —  New census estimates show Texas' Hispanic population growth continues to surpass white population growth, with Hispanics on pace to soon represent a plurality.
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump: I wasn't going to live-tweet debates, but now I may  —  President Donald Trump said he hadn't thought about live-tweeting the first Democratic debates but now that the media has brought it up, he just might.  —  Several people close to the president told POLITICO and The Wall Street Journal …
Discussion: Fox News, New York Post and Axios
Steven Overly / Politico:
Apple fights to spare iPhone from Trump's tariffs  —  Apple wants U.S. trade officials to exclude the iPhone from President Donald Trump's latest round of proposed tariffs on Chinese-made goods, as the Silicon Valley giant looks to shield its core product from Trump's trade war with Beijing.
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Bernie Sanders Says Elizabeth Warren Catching Up to Him Because People ‘Would Like To See A Woman Elected’  —  Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pegged Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren's rise in the primary polls to, among other things …
Taylor & Francis:
The “Arbiters of What Our Voters See”: Facebook and Google's Struggle with Policy, Process, and Enforcement around Political Advertising  —  Abstract  —  The question of how Facebook and Google make and justify decisions regarding permissible political advertising on their platforms is increasingly important.
Jon Brown / Washington Examiner:
Koch brothers 'don't care about Republican voters,' Tucker Carlson says  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson tore into Charles and David Koch on his show Wednesday night, arguing that the billionaire Republican donors are largely to blame for the resistance President Trump is meeting from his own party.
Joel Kotkin / Quillette:
What Do the Oligarchs Have in Mind for Us?  —  The recent movement to investigate, and even break up, the current tech oligarchy has gained support on both sides of the Atlantic, and even leapt across the gaping divide in American politics.  The immediate concerns relate to such things …
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
Back home in South Bend, Buttigieg faces ‘his nightmare’  —  SOUTH BEND, Ind. — In recent weeks, Pete Buttigieg had emerged as the surprise success of the 2020 presidential campaign.  Polls showed him surging in key states, enchanted Democrats were forking over millions of dollars …
Discussion: Shakesville
Sarah Jones / The Cut:
Patrick Shanahan Would Have Fit Right In at the Trump White House  —  Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is not the first Trump administration official to resign over domestic violence allegations, which he did on Tuesday amid reports from USA Today and the Washington Post …
Discussion: Wonkette and The Slot
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Texas congressman endorses Kamala Harris  —  Rep. Al Green, a Democrat from Houston, is throwing his support behind Kamala Harris for president, bucking two home-state Democrats and a fellow member of the Congressional Black Caucus.  —  Green, an eight-term congressman and one of the most outspoken advocates …
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Alex Leary / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Launches New Effort to Lure Hispanic Voters
Discussion: The Root and Newser
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump is bumping into a very low 2020 ceiling
Discussion: The Guardian
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Cory Booker Proposes Clemency for Thousands of Nonviolent Drug Offenders
Discussion: Axios
Tony Doris / Palm Beach Post:
Why Riviera Beach agreed to pay a $600,000 ransom payment to regain data access... and will it work?
Media Matters for America:
Tucker Carlson: “If white supremacy were a huge problem in America, how did Cory Booker become a senator?”
Tom Llamas / ABC News:
Biden sidesteps questions about his son's foreign business dealings but promises ethics pledge
Discussion: Political Wire
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren has lots of ideas. Bad ideas.
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Brittany Crocker / USA Today:
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Discussion: The Tennessean
Catherine Boudreau / Politico:
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Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and Axios
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Steel industry begins to idle plants, shows signs of weakness — despite Trump's support
Discussion: Reason