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12:45 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.
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Bolton Keeps Trying to Goad Iran Into War
Discussion: Slate and The Guardian
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 …
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
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
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
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
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’
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 …
Discussion: Page Six and twitchy.com
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Tom Llamas / ABC News:
Biden sidesteps questions about his son's foreign business dealings but promises ethics pledge
Discussion: Breitbart
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
Wes Rapaport / KXAN-TV:
New Texas law will allow handgun owners to carry weapons in church  —  AUSTIN (Nexstar) — It may soon be easier to legally carry handguns into places of worship in Texas.  —  A new state law borne out of the deadly attack in a Texas church strikes down a provision in current law …
Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
Joe Biden's claim that ‘almost half’ of Americans live in poverty  —  “We have . . . almost half the people in the United States living in poverty.”  — Former vice president Joe Biden, in remarks at the Poor People's Campaign presidential forum, June 17, 2019  —  What does it mean to be poor?
 
 
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Aaron Rodriguez / CREW:
Ivanka Trump Violated the Hatch Act Days After OSC Recommended Conway's Firing
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Steven Overly / Politico:
Apple CEO leans on Trump ties as China tariffs threaten iPhone
Taylor & Francis:
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Texas congressman endorses Kamala Harris
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Jon Brown / Washington Examiner:
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Biden appears to be softening his stance on the death penalty
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.
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Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Shakesville
Brittany Crocker / USA Today:
Cracker Barrel turns away Grayson Fritts, detective who called for LGBTQ executions in Tennessee
Discussion: The Tennessean