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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.
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Luis Martinez / ABC News:
Trump says ‘Iran made a very big mistake’ in shooting down US military 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
Discussion: Slate, The Guardian and Arc Digital
Wall Street Journal:   Trump Wanted a More Docile Iran but Got the Opposite
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 …
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 …
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
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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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
South Carolina Will Host 21 Presidential Candidates, and C-Span Can't Do Live Coverage
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Politico
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.”
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 …
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 …
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KQED:   DOJ Lawyer: Sanitary Conditions for Detained Migrant Children Doesn't Necessarily Mean Providing ‘Toothbrush and Soap’
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Biden defiant as Democrats unleash barrage of criticism  —  A defiant Joe Biden on Wednesday refused to apologize for citing two Southern segregationist senators as people he “got things done” with in the U.S. Senate, emphasizing his record on civil rights at a pair of fundraising stops …
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Biden appears to be softening his stance on the death penalty
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 …
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Close Pelosi ally Rep. Jan Schakowsky backs impeachment inquiry
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.”
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump is bumping into a very low 2020 ceiling  —  45 is struggling to crack the mid-40s in polls.  And it appears the only way he'll overcome it is to pull the Democrats down with him — as he did in 2016.  —  President Trump launched his reelection campaign this week at an inauspicious time.
Discussion: The Guardian
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 …
Alex Leary / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Launches New Effort to Lure Hispanic Voters  —  Boosting support from Latinos is a key element of the president's re-election strategy—particularly in Florida  —  ORLANDO—President Trump beat expectations with Hispanic voters in 2016 and now his re-election campaign is launching …
Discussion: The Root and Newser
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:
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 …
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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The Guardian:
Guardian told it was target of Saudi hacking unit after Khashoggi killing
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 …
Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
Concentration camp ABCs for AOC  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, educate yourself.  The socialist Democratic darling who wantonly tosses out phrases like “concentration camp,” “fascist” and even insultingly appropriates the Holocaust-specific cry “never again” to slam US policy on immigration …
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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.
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.
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.
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
 
 
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Taylor & Francis:
The “Arbiters of What Our Voters See”: Facebook and Google's Struggle with Policy, Process …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Texas congressman endorses Kamala Harris
The Texas Tribune:
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Tony Doris / Palm Beach Post:
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Media Matters for America:
Tucker Carlson: “If white supremacy were a huge problem in America, how did Cory Booker become a senator?”
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Tom Llamas / ABC News:
Biden sidesteps questions about his son's foreign business dealings but promises ethics pledge
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Sarah Jones / The Cut:
Patrick Shanahan Would Have Fit Right In at the Trump White House
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren has lots of ideas. Bad ideas.
Kaitlyn Tiffany / Vox:
Gender stereotypes have been banned from British ads. What does that mean?
Discussion: Reason
Reuters:
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
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Feds arrest Syrian refugee accused of plotting terrorist attack on Pittsburgh church