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2:55 PM ET, June 20, 2019

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Luis Martinez / ABC News:
Trump says Iranian shootdown of US military drone may have been a ‘mistake’  —  President Donald Trump said Thursday that the Iranian shootdown of an American drone may have not have been intentional, but a “mistake” by someone “stupid.”  —  Trump spoke following a meeting …
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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.
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.
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Bolton Keeps Trying to Goad Iran Into War
Discussion: Slate and The Guardian
Trita Parsi / The Nation:
America's Confrontation With Iran Goes Deeper Than Trump
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Wanted a More Docile Iran but Got the Opposite
Kathy Gilsinan / The Atlantic:
Trump Might Not Want War, but the Military Is Steering His Iran Policy
Discussion: Politico, IJR and The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Bulletpoint: How To Tell When Biden Has Committed A Real Gaffe  —  It's usually been smart to be skeptical when someone alleges that a new campaign trail incident or another daily controversy will cause voters to turn away from Joe Biden.  While he has seen his numbers decline …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump is bumping into a very low 2020 ceiling
Brandon Morse / RedState:
Rush Limbaugh Has a Nasty Reality Check for Joe Biden
Discussion: Breitbart, Daily Wire and twitchy.com
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: Rays to explore playing in Montreal  —  The Tampa Bay Rays received permission from Major League Baseball's executive council to explore a plan in which they would play early-season home games in the Tampa Bay area and the remainder of the year in Montreal, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.
Discussion: CBS Boston and Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senate rebukes Trump with vote to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE  —  The Senate voted to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, rebuking President Donald Trump's foreign policy in the aftermath of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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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 …
Axios:   Senate votes to block Saudi arm sales despite Trump veto threat
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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Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Had a Secret Nonaggression Agreement. Is It Falling Apart?
Discussion: CNN, Politico and FiveThirtyEight
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
The Democratic Civil War Is Here
Discussion: Politico, Slate and VICE
Hillary Borrud / Oregonian:
Oregon Senate Republicans leave the state to avoid climate bill vote  —  Oregon Republican senators have left the Capitol and scattered in various directions outside the state in order to avoid being rounded up by troopers for a high-profile climate bill vote scheduled today.
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Hillary Borrud / Oregonian:
Oregon Republican senator threatens state troopers, warns them to ‘come heavily armed’  —  Tensions were already smoldering in the Oregon Senate Wednesday, when Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, poured gasoline on the situation, suggesting he would shoot and potentially kill any state trooper sent …
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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The Daily Beast:   Lawsuit: NRA's Unpaid Bills Could Shutter NRATV
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 …
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
Discussion: Politico
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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: Washington Post and Daily Kos
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Representative Sean Casten:   Casten Supports Opening Impeachment Inquiry into the President of the United States
Washington Post:
The Washington Post announces plans to expand its investigative journalism  —  Ten staff positions to be added across newsroom teams  —  The Washington Post announced today a major expansion of its investigative journalism, building on the sharp increase in staff it has dedicated to accountability work over the past several years.
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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Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
A gay first lady?  Yes, we've already had one, and here are her love letters.  —  In the summer of 1910, Evangeline Simpson Whipple told the caretaker of her home not to move anything in her absence.  The wealthy widow was going on a trip, but would be back soon, she said.  —  She never returned.
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
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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Richard Manning / Fox News:
Why Trump's trade triumphs could be the path victory in 2020  —  President Donald Trump's re-election kick-off event featuring overflow crowds gathered in Orlando, Florida could not be more different from his 2015 Trump Tower announcement of his intention to run for president.
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 …
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.”
 
 
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Biggest Obstacle to Trump's Victory in 2020
Discussion: American Thinker
Erin Donaghue / CBS News:
More than 70 Philadelphia police officers on desk duty over racist, violent Facebook posts
Discussion: CBS Philly
theepochtimes.com:
Our Response to NBC News' Inappropriate Questions
Discussion: twitchy.com
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Iran is putting Trump the ‘madman’ to the test
Discussion: Breitbart
Windsor Mann / The Week:
A party of victims  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), the white supremacist …
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Trump on Iran drone attack: “I have a feeling it was a mistake”
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Ivanka Trump Violated Hatch Act With MAGA Tweets, Watchdog Group Says
Discussion: CREW, The Guardian and Washington Times
Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
Joe Biden's claim that ‘almost half’ of Americans live in poverty
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Alex Leary / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Launches New Effort to Lure Hispanic Voters
Discussion: PJ Media Home, The Root and Newser
Joel Kotkin / Quillette:
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Texas congressman endorses Kamala Harris
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Washington Post:
With Maduro entrenched in Venezuela, Trump loses patience and interest in issue, officials say
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
Back home in South Bend, Buttigieg faces ‘his nightmare’
Discussion: Shakesville