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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.
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Joshua Jamerson / Wall Street Journal:
Top South Carolina Democrat Weighs Endorsing in 2020 Primary  —  James Clyburn still plays the role of presidential kingmaker back home, though he sometimes feels unappreciated on Capitol Hill  —  CHARLESTON, S.C.—For all the debate in Washington about Rep. James Clyburn's place in the Democratic Party …
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:   Biden appears to be softening his stance on the death penalty
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Biden's good old days less good for his campaign
Discussion: Politico and Daily Wire
Luis Martinez / ABC News:
Iran says it's ‘completely ready for war’ after US military confirms it shot down 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 Thursday, U.S. Central Command confirmed in a statement.
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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.
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.
Discussion: Power Line
Fox News:
US Navy drone shot down by Iranian missile over Strait of Hormuz in ‘unprovoked attack,’ central command says  —  A U.S. Navy high-altitude drone was shot down Thursday by an Iranian surface-to-air missile over the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions in the region after last week's attacks …
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Bolton Keeps Trying to Goad Iran Into War
Discussion: Slate, Washington Post and The Guardian
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.”
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
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 …
Discussion: Althouse
Nikki Schwab / New York Post:
Pelosi blows off AOC ‘concentration camp’ remarks  —  WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi brushed off comments made by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez equating border facilities for migrants to “concentration camps” by saying she wasn't “up-to-date” on what the New York freshman said.
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CNN:
CUOMO PRIME TIME  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.
Discussion: Townhall
Slate:
The AOC-Liz Cheney “Concentration Camp” Fight Might Just Be a Distraction
Discussion: Townhall, Power Line and Mediaite
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.
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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.
HuffPost:
18 Years Later, The House Finally Repeals The President's 9/11 War Authority  —  But how hard are Democrats willing to fight to actually prevent war?  —  WASHINGTON ― House Democrats passed a nearly $1 trillion appropriations bill on Wednesday, complete with funding for the military, health programs and the Energy Department.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Splinter, The Sun, Axios and New York Post
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's plan for the Dem debates: Make it about him
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Feds arrest Syrian refugee accused of plotting terrorist attack on Pittsburgh church  —  The Department of Justice announced the arrest of a Syrian refugee on Wednesday in connection with an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack on a Christian church in Pittsburgh.
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Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun-Times:
Illinois Democrats Reps. Sean Casten, Jan Schakowsky call for Trump impeachment inquiry  —  Freshman Casten, who flipped a suburban Chicago district in 2018, is among the 44 House Democrats facing the toughest GOP challenges in 2020, and only the third in this group to back an impeachment inquiry.
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.
Tom Llamas / ABC News:
Biden sidesteps questions about his son's foreign business dealings but promises ethics pledge  —  Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden declined to answer questions on the campaign trail this week about his son's overseas business dealings in countries where the then-vice president …
Discussion: Political Wire
Helen Christophi / courthousenews.com:
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 …
Brittany Crocker / USA Today:
Cracker Barrel turns away Grayson Fritts, detective who called for LGBTQ executions in Tennessee  —  CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A Cracker Barrel in Cleveland, Tennessee, refused to host Knox County Sheriff's Office Detective Grayson Fritts and his church group, citing the restaurant chain's zero-tolerance policy …
Discussion: The Tennessean
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Now, word of a mysterious third ‘scope memo’ for Robert Mueller  —  The 448-page Mueller report has been public for two months, so it might seem strange that the Justice Department's original instructions to special counsel Robert Mueller, outlining what he was assigned to investigate, are still a secret.
Discussion: Power Line and The Gateway Pundit
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
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.
Washington Post:
Former Trump business partner Felix Sater set to testify Friday before House Intelligence Committee  —  Felix Sater, a Russian-born real estate developer, is set to testify Friday before the House Intelligence Committee about his experience working on a proposed Trump tower project in Moscow during …
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Axios
 
 
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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?”
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
UK will be ‘diminished’ after Brexit, Rutte warns Tory leadership hopefuls
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren has lots of ideas. Bad ideas.
Popular Information:
Infowars host, still verified on Twitter, calls for lynching of Obama
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
Back home in South Bend, Buttigieg faces ‘his nightmare’
Kaitlyn Tiffany / Vox:
Gender stereotypes have been banned from British ads. What does that mean?
Discussion: Reason
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
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Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Rising Temperatures Ravage the Himalayas, Rapidly Shrinking Its Glaciers
Discussion: The Sun, UPI and Newser
Catherine Boudreau / Politico:
Sonny Perdue reverses Jobs Corps closures amid backlash from Congress
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Why Elizabeth Warren doesn't scare many moderate Democrats
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Steel industry begins to idle plants, shows signs of weakness — despite Trump's support
Discussion: Reason
Katherine Krueger / Splinter:
Meghan McCain Snaps and Calls Joy Behar a ‘Bitch’ on the Air