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3:25 PM ET, June 21, 2019


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E. Jean Carroll / The Cut:
Hideous Men Donald Trump assaulted me in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room 23 years ago.  But he's not alone on the list of awful men in my life.  —  My first rich boy pulled down my underpants.  My last rich boy pulled down my tights.  My first rich boy — I had fixed my eyes on his face long enough …
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
E. Jean Carroll: “Trump attacked me in the dressing room of Bergdorf Goodman.”  —  The cover story New York published today details an encounter the writer E. Jean Carroll had over two decades ago with Donald J. Trump, in which the then-real-estate mogul allegedly assaulted her in a dressing room …
New York Times:
Trump Approves Strikes on Iran, but Then Abruptly Pulls Back  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing an American surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching them on Thursday night after a day of escalating tensions.
Trump warned Iran via Oman that U.S. attack imminent, called for talks: Iranian officials  —  DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian officials told Reuters on Friday that Tehran had received a message from U.S. President Donald Trump through Oman overnight warning that a U.S. attack on Iran was imminent.
New York Times:
Trump Stopped Strike on Iran Because It Was ‘Not Proportionate’  —  President Trump said Friday morning that the United States military had been “cocked and loaded” for a strike against Iran on Thursday night, but that he called it off with 10 minutes to spare when a general told him that 150 people would likely die in the attack.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
For Trump, ‘Judgment Time Is Coming’ on How to Respond to Iran  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's tenure as commander in chief came to a dramatic turning point on Thursday night as he found himself torn between his own competing advisers and his own competing instincts …
David Montanaro / Fox News:
Chris Wallace on Trump's Iran strike reversal: There are ‘costs to inaction,’ just like Obama's Syria red line
Discussion: Politico
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Warmongers in Washington badly want a war with Iran. Trump is rightfully skeptical
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
ICE raids targeting migrant families slated to start Sunday in major U.S. cities  —  President Trump has directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to conduct a mass roundup of migrant families that have received deportation orders, an operation that is likely to begin …
Donald Trump's Interview With TIME on 2020: Read the Transcript  —  President Donald Trump sat down for an interview with TIME in the Oval Office on June 17 for a story on his re-election campaign.  —  During the 57-minute conversation, he discussed his Democratic rivals …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Trump threatened Time journalist with prison over Kim Jong Un letter
Discussion: The Root and Hullabaloo
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Trump threatens reporter with prison time during interview
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Biden called Booker to quell tensions.  Things only got worse  —  After Sen. Cory Booker appeared on CNN on Wednesday night sounding off on Joe Biden's recent comments surrounding segregationists, the New Jersey Democrat got a phone call — it was the former vice president.
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Biden Has Not Changed. The Politics, Culture and Mood of His Party Have.
Discussion: Washington Post
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
John Lewis backs Biden, says segregationist comments were not offensive
Discussion: Breitbart
Andrea Pitzer / NYR Daily:
‘Some Suburb of Hell’: America's New Concentration Camp System  —  On Monday, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez referred to US border detention facilities as “concentration camps,” spurring a backlash in which critics accused her of demeaning the memory of those who died in the Holocaust.
Discussion: CNN
Associated Press:
Lawyers claim infants, children are in dangerous situation at border detention site
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Andrew Weissmann, a Top Mueller Prosecutor, Has a Book Deal  —  Andrew Weissmann, one of the top prosecutors for Robert S. Mueller III on the Russia investigation, is writing a book that will explore his work on the special counsel's inquiry, according to a publishing executive with knowledge of the deal.
David Gutman / The Seattle Times:
Rep. Adam Smith is second Washington member of Congress to call for impeachment inquiry  —  A second member of Washington's congressional delegation is calling for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.  —  Rep Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, said Friday that the events of the past several weeks …
Discussion: Politico and Observer
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell / U.S. Representative …:
Mucarsel-Powell Statement Regarding Opening an Impeachment Inquiry  —  f t # e  —  WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), member of the Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding the House opening an impeachment inquiry:  —  “I did not run for office to impeach the President.
Ali Vitali / NBC News:
Clyburn explains why Harris and Booker haven't caught on in S. Carolina  —  The third-ranking House Democrat talked to NBC News ahead of his famous ‘Fish Fry’ gathering Friday night, featuring more than 20 presidential contenders.  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn expressed …
Discussion: Politico
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
NYT reporter flagged Jared Kushner meetings with Russians to FBI  —  A New York Times reporter fed information about Jared Kushner meeting with Russians to the FBI, newly released emails show.  —  Journalist Michael Schmidt sent an email on March 24, 2017, to FBI Assistant Director …
Dems see Hope Hicks testimony as huge gift in legal battle with Trump  —  In an exclusive interview, Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler also said Democrats would soon sue former White House Counsel Don McGahn.  —  House Democrats are planning to file a lawsuit within days to force former White …
Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutors Intensify Scrutiny of Trump Fundraiser Elliott Broidy  —  Federal probe examines foreigners who attended inauguration at invitation of top Trump fundraiser  —  Federal prosecutors have stepped up a criminal investigation into possible efforts by longtime Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The commander in chief is AWOL  —  The Post reports: … This is disconcerting at the very least, raising questions about whether Trump is confused, paralyzed, uncertain or all of the above.  —  To make matters even more confused, he tweeted: “We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night …
Discussion: Reason
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The U.S. Has Lots of Options With Iran
Discussion: CNN, Wired and The Week
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Police called to loud altercation at Boris Johnson's home  —  Neighbour records shouting and banging at flat potential PM shares with Carrie Symonds  —  Police were called to the home of Boris Johnson and his partner, Carrie Symonds, in the early hours of Friday morning after neighbours heard …
Discussion: and Political Wire
Olivia Gazis / CBS News:
Justice Dept review of intel in Russia probe fuels fears of politicization  —  A mix of concern, confusion and defiance has spread through elements of the intelligence community as a murky picture emerges of Attorney General William Barr's review of its investigative and analytical work …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Shakesville
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court tosses murder conviction in case that raised question of racial bias  —  The Supreme Court on Friday threw out the most recent conviction of a Mississippi man who has been tried an extraordinary six times for a quadruple murder in 1996, finding that a zealous prosecutor once again …
Discussion: Fox News, NPR and Newser
Washington Post:
Murder in the Atlas Mountains  —  In a crime apparently intended to impress the Islamic State, two Scandinavian women were brutally slain in Morocco.  The killings were seized on by the far right to attack Islam.  —  MARRAKESH, Morocco — Their screams must have carried for miles in the thin air …
Elizabeth Warren / Medium:
Ending Private Prisons and Exploitation for Profit  —  Last month Caliburn International — a for-profit company whose subsidiary operates Homestead, the largest detention center for unaccompanied migrant children — hired John Kelly, Trump's former chief of staff.
Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Fairfax ‘thinking very seriously’ about run for governor, says scandal has raised his public profile  —  Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax said Thursday that he is “very hopeful about the future” and “thinking very seriously” about a gubernatorial run in 2021.  —  Fairfax, who faces sexual assault allegations …
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
On 4-3 vote, Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds state's lame-duck laws limiting power of Democratic governor  —  MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld lame-duck laws Friday that limit the power of the state's new Democratic governor, handing Republicans a victory in one of several legal fights over the laws.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Political Wire
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Trump to Officially Nominate Esper as Next Defense Secretary  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to nominate Mark T. Esper, the secretary of the Army and former West Point classmate of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to be the next defense secretary, administration officials said on Friday.
Discussion: Politico and Outside the Beltway
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Sarah Cammarata / Politico:
Trump campaign manager predicts swing-state wins, ‘electoral landslide’ in 2020
Discussion: CBS News
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump's reelection campaign is on a crusade against leaks
White House official once appeared on podcast whose host touted race pseudoscience and interviewed white nationalists
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Tillis Democratic challenger leads in North Carolina poll
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Hacked documents reveal sensitive details of expanding border surveillance
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
What if Trump won't accept 2020 defeat?
Discussion: and Contemptor
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Los Angeles and San Francisco, ‘Polar Opposites’ on Criminal Justice
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Emily Flitter / New York Times:
Being Transgender at Goldman Sachs
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
House Intel to subpoena Felix Sater after he fails to appear for testimony
Discussion: Axios
Simon Kuper / Financial Times:
How Oxford university shaped Brexit — and Britain's next prime minister
Discussion: Bloomberg
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Jim Acosta Describes Why He Battles Trump
Mona Charen / National Review:
Elizabeth Warren's Terrible Plans
Tyler Bridges /
Support for Trump in Louisiana plunges, poll says; here's how this could help Gov. John Bel Edwards