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10:20 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:
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.
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, Washington Post and The Guardian
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 …
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: CNN and Althouse
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  —  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
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.
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
Washington Post:
Biden faces backlash over comments about the ‘civility’ of his past work with racist senators  —  Joe Biden faced a growing backlash Wednesday from prominent Democrats, and a bit of second guessing within his own campaign, over comments in which he proudly described his history of working hand-in-hand in the Senate with avowed racists.
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Biden's good old days less good for his campaign
Discussion: Politico and Daily Wire
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.
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: The Week
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
Popular Information:
Infowars host, still verified on Twitter, calls for lynching of Obama  —  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has said that he's focused on improving “the collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation” on Twitter. … It's a sentiment echoed by other social media companies.
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.”
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 …
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 …
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Texas congressman endorses Kamala Harris
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
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.
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Kaitlyn Tiffany / Vox:
Gender stereotypes have been banned from British ads. What does that mean?
Discussion: Reason
Exclusive: U.S. tells India it is mulling caps on H-1B visas to deter data rules - sources
Brittany Crocker / USA Today:
Cracker Barrel turns away Grayson Fritts, detective who called for LGBTQ executions in Tennessee
Discussion: The Tennessean
Catherine Boudreau / Politico:
Sonny Perdue reverses Jobs Corps closures amid backlash from Congress
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and Axios
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Now, word of a mysterious third ‘scope memo’ for Robert Mueller
Discussion: Power Line and The Gateway Pundit
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Steel industry begins to idle plants, shows signs of weakness — despite Trump's support
Discussion: Reason
Washington Post:
Former Trump business partner Felix Sater set to testify Friday before House Intelligence Committee