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12:30 AM ET, June 21, 2019


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New York Times:
After Iran's Drone Attack, Trump Says This Country ‘Will Not Stand for It’  —  WASHINGTON — Iran's takedown of an American surveillance drone high over the Strait of Hormuz touched off a day of escalating tensions on Thursday as President Trump convened his top national security officials …
Washington Post:
Trump invites congressional leaders to White House to discuss Iran after Revolutionary Guard shoots down U.S. drone
David Axe / The Daily Beast:
The U.S. Drone Shot Down by Iran Is a $200 Million Prototype Spy Plane
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
U.S. Expected to Strike Back for Iran's Downing of Drone
Washington Post:
The U.S. should strive for a stable Iran. Instead, it is suffocating it.
Associated Press:
Lawyers: 250 children held in bad conditions at Texas border  —  EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A traumatic and dangerous situation is unfolding for some 250 infants, children and teens locked up for up to 27 days without adequate food, water and sanitation, according to a legal team that interviewed dozens …
David Morgan / Reuters:
Hicks told House panel Trump is serious about foreign help in elections  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hope Hicks, once a close aide to President Donald Trump, told the House Judiciary Committee that Trump was serious in saying there was nothing wrong in accepting derogatory information …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Hope Hicks refused to answer 155 questions during House testimony  —  Hope Hicks refused to answer 155 questions from House Democrats on Wednesday about her tenure as communications director in the Trump White House, according to a transcript of her closed-door testimony released Thursday.
Discussion: Axios, The Gateway Pundit and Daily Kos
Democrats amplify calls to subpoena Mueller
Discussion: Reuters
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Ivanka Trump Violated Hatch Act With MAGA Tweets, Watchdog Group Says
Maxwell Strachan / HuffPost:
Some White House Reporters Are Throwing Sarah Huckabee Sanders A Goodbye Party  —  White House correspondents and some Trump staffers plan to send Sanders off with “farewell drinks” next week.  —  Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the reporters who cover the White House haven't always had the smoothest relationship.
Fin Gomez / CBS News:
Sarah Sanders' allies commissioned poll for potential run for Arkansas governor
Discussion: Political Wire
Chris Lehman / Oregonian:
Oregon governor sends police to find missing Republicans, bring them to Capitol
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Laura Ingraham Dismisses Reparations: 'No Do-Overs...We Won, You Lost, That's That'  —  “As Trump always says, 'you don't get do-overs,' she declared. ”  No do-overs, that's it.  Fox News star Laura Ingraham waded into the ongoing debate over reparations for descendants of slaves during …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
‘This place has enough creepy old men’: GOP vows to crush Roy Moore  —  Republicans are promising to do everything they can to obliterate Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate primary.  —  A push is underway to get President Donald Trump involved in derailing Moore.
New York Times:
Joe Biden Called Cory Booker.  But Apologize?  It's Not the Biden Way.  —  WASHINGTON — From his treatment of Anita Hill in the 1990s to his unwelcome hugs of women, from his recent flip-flop on abortion funding to his latest remarks about segregationists, Joseph R. Biden Jr. has spent …
Washington Post:
Tensions ripple through Biden campaign as his past working relationship with a segregationist …
Discussion: Breitbart
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
Stunning Twist in Navy SEAL War Crimes Trial: Witness Says He Was the Killer  —  SAN DIEGO — In stunning testimony that may upend the war crimes trial of Navy SEAL Chief Edward Gallagher, a SEAL medic told the court on Thursday that he and not the chief had killed a wounded captive in Iraq.
Discussion: Task & Purpose and TheBlaze
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Napolitano Shocked By Gallagher Trial Bombshell: Once in a Lifetime, Witness on the Stand Says 'He Didn't Do it, I Did'
Discussion: IJR
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Appeals court says Trump family planning restrictions can take effect  —  A federal appeals court this morning said the Trump administration's family planning rules can take effect nationwide while several lawsuits play out, delivering a major blow to Planned Parenthood and states challenging the overhaul.
Steven Ertelt /
Court Rules President Trump Can Defund Planned Parenthood, Will Cut Almost $60 Million in Taxpayer Funding
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Roger Stone violated gag order with social media posts, prosecutors say  —  Washington (CNN)Federal prosecutors in a new court filing Thursday allege that longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone has violated his gag order in his criminal case with recent social media posts.
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Prosecutors rebut Roger Stone: U.S. caught Russian election hackers on its own
Discussion: Axios
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.
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 …
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.
Nicole Goodkind / Newsweek:
Trump Administration Argues Detained Migrant Children Don't Need Toothbrushes, Soap  —  The Trump administration went to court this week to argue that migrant children detained at the United States-Mexico border do not require basic hygiene products like soap and toothbrushes in order to be in held in “safe and sanitary” conditions.
Daily Mail:
Forget the polls, rampaging Trump's going to win easily in 2020 unless Democrat ostriches drag their heads out of the sand and wake up to reality  —  The polls don't look good for Donald Trump.  —  I mean, by any normal yardstick, the President is heading for a defeat in the 2020 election.
Discussion: Daily Wire and Washington Times
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.
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
Mural of George Washington that ‘traumatizes students’ to be covered up  —  There's plans in the works to cover a mural of George Washington from the halls of George Washington High School in San Francisco due to complaints that it's offensive and demeaning to Native Americans and African Americans.
Our Response to NBC News' Inappropriate Questions  —  Last week, we were contacted by two NBC reporters who posed a series of highly inappropriate questions.  —  The NBC reporters questioned the religious beliefs of some of our staff members, sought to discredit their beliefs …
Sarah Cammarata / Politico:
Trump is bringing a Ferris wheel back to the White House  —  President Donald Trump is bringing a Ferris wheel back to the White House.  —  The carnival attraction will be among the featured offerings at the administration's second congressional picnic on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday evening …
Windsor Mann / The Week:
A party of victims  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), the white supremacist who referred to immigrants as “dirt,” is a victim.  After he defended the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” in an interview with the New York Times earlier this year, the Republican leadership removed him from his committee assignments.
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Marco Rubio's humiliating transformation into a Trump fan-boy is complete  —  I should be inured to it by now, but it still hurt — it was still soul-crushing — to see Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) beaming in the audience as President Trump kicked off his reelection campaign with an Orlando rally on Tuesday.
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Trump's Way To Victory  —  Ignore the battlefield prep from the mainstream media - Donald Trump is the odds-on favorite for reelection against whichever weirdo, loser or mutation the Democrats finally pick as their nominee.  The leaked polls purportedly showing Trump deep underwater to Floppy Joe …
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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Trump Super PAC Illegally Hid Donor's Identity, Watchdog Says
Mark Hemingway / The Federalist:
If Media Don't Want To Be Called Propagandists, They Need To Stop Publishing Chinese and Russian Propaganda
Discussion: Contemptor
David Ingram / NBC News:
Facebook's new rapid response team has a crucial task: Avoid fueling another genocide
Deconstructed / The Intercept:
Iran Crisis: Have We Learned Nothing From the Iraq War?
Washington Post:
When Trump visits his clubs, government agencies and Republicans pay to be where he is
Alexander Panetta / Politico:
Canadians may not like Trump, but they really need his help
Andrew W. Kahrl / New York Times:
Black People's Land Was Stolen
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Jonathan Landay / Reuters:
U.S. human trafficking report drops child separation warning
Discussion: National Review, Foreign Policy and UPI
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Bulletpoint: Only Two Meaningful Shifts Have Happened In The Democratic Primary So Far
Discussion: Boston Globe and Washington Post
Washington Post:
‘I will answer every question’: Onetime Trump business partner Felix Sater is set to tell …
Rupert Murdoch, 88, recovering after pneumonia
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Biggest Obstacle to Trump's Victory in 2020
Discussion: CNN
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Horns are growing on young people's skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests.
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
'These People Aren't Coming From Norway': Refugees in a Minnesota City Face a Backlash