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1:15 PM ET, June 20, 2019

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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.
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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.
Wall Street Journal:   Trump Wanted a More Docile Iran but Got the Opposite
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Bolton Keeps Trying to Goad Iran Into War
Discussion: Slate and The Guardian
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 …
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 …
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Marie Solis / VICE:
Bernie Sanders Says He'd Consider Decriminalizing Sex Work  —  He's the second frontrunner in 24 hours, after Elizabeth Warren.  —  Less than 24 hours after Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren said she would be “open” to decriminalizing sex work, the Bernie Sanders campaign told VICE …
Discussion: The Intercept
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Had a Secret Nonaggression Agreement. Is It Falling Apart?
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
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
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
McConnell against pay raise for senators, but Hoyer says House still moving forward — for now
Discussion: Fox News and Roll Call
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.
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Brandon Morse / RedState:
Rush Limbaugh Has a Nasty Reality Check for Joe Biden
Discussion: twitchy.com, Daily Wire and USA Today
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Senate Blocks Trump Administration's Arms Sales to Gulf Nations in Bipartisan Rebuke  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate voted to block the sale of billions of dollars of munitions to Saudi Arabia on Thursday, in a sharp and bipartisan rebuke of the Trump administration's attempt to circumvent Congress …
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Axios:
Senate votes to block Saudi arm sales despite Trump veto threat
Discussion: Politico
The Hill:
Trump faces skepticism about Iran war authority from both parties
Discussion: IJR
New York Times:
Joe 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 condemned his fond recollections of working relationships with segregationists in the Senate, declining 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
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.”
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Ivanka Trump Violated Hatch Act With MAGA Tweets, Watchdog Group Says  —  A complaint alleges President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser repeatedly violated the law that bans government employees from political campaigning.  —  A watchdog group has called on the U.S. Office of Special Counsel …
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Aaron Rodriguez / CREW:
Ivanka Trump Violated the Hatch Act Days After OSC Recommended Conway's Firing
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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: Axios and The Daily Beast
Frank E. Lockwood / Arkansas Online:
Paternity suit in state lists Joe Biden's son, 49  —  An Arkansas woman is suing the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, alleging that he is the father of her baby.  —  Thus far, she's been unable to serve him with the papers, her attorney said.  —  Lunden Alexis Roberts filed a petition …
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Tom Llamas / ABC News:
Biden sidesteps questions about his son's foreign business dealings but promises ethics pledge
Discussion: Breitbart
Kim Chandler / Associated Press:
Alabama's Roy Moore Set to Announce Another Senate Run Over President Trump's Objection  —  (MONTGOMERY, Ala.) — Alabama Republican Roy Moore will announce Thursday whether he will make another run for U.S. Senate after failing to win the seat two years ago amid sexual misconduct accusations.
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 …
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’
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.”
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
Erik Wasson / Bloomberg:
McConnell Opposes Bipartisan Push for Lawmaker Pay Increase  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a interview he doesn't support a bipartisan House effort to increase pay for members of Congress for the first time in a decade, likely scuttling the effort.
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 …
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
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.
 
 
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Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Cory Booker's 2020 plan: Clemency for thousands of nonviolent drug offenders
Discussion: Vox, Axios and Mother Jones
Wes Rapaport / KXAN-TV:
New Texas law will allow handgun owners to carry weapons in church
Alex Leary / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Launches New Effort to Lure Hispanic Voters
Discussion: PJ Media Home, The Root and Newser
Steven Overly / Politico:
Apple CEO leans on Trump ties as China tariffs threaten iPhone
Joel Kotkin / Quillette:
What Do the Oligarchs Have in Mind for Us?
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Texas congressman endorses Kamala Harris
 Earlier Items: 
The Texas Tribune:
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Washington Post:
A path has been laid out for holding Khashoggi's murderers accountable
Jon Brown / Washington Examiner:
Koch brothers 'don't care about Republican voters,' Tucker Carlson says
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun-Times:
Illinois Democrats Reps. Sean Casten, Jan Schakowsky call for Trump impeachment inquiry
Discussion: Daily Kos and Political Wire
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Infowars host, still verified on Twitter, calls for lynching of Obama
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Believes He Has the Authority to Replace Powell at Fed
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
State Department official didn't disclose ties to the boyfriend of Russian agent Maria Butina
Discussion: Defense One and The Week