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1:25 PM ET, June 21, 2019


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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.
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.
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.
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The commander in chief is AWOL
Discussion: Reason
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The U.S. Has Lots of Options With Iran
Discussion: CNN, Wired and The Week
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Warmongers in Washington badly want a war with Iran. Trump is rightfully skeptical
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 …
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 …
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
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Fighting About Calling Them ‘Concentration Camps’ Is Besides The Point
Discussion: Bloomberg, Townhall and Common Dreams
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.
Discussion: Axios, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
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.
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:   John Lewis backs Biden, says segregationist comments were not offensive
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 …
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 …
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:   Trump threatens reporter with prison time during interview
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
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.
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Elizabeth Warren Wants to Ban Private Prisons: They Have ‘No Place in America’
Discussion: Politico
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 and Political Wire
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.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
'It's a ways away': Huckabee says Sarah Sanders in no rush to run for Arkansas governor
Discussion: IJR
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
After Crying ‘Fake News’ For Years, Sanders Is Getting A Party — Thrown By Reporters
Discussion: Splinter
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Hacked documents reveal sensitive details of expanding border surveillance  —  Far more information was taken in the hack of a Customs and Border Protection contractor than U.S. officials have acknowledged.  —  The recent cyberattack on a U.S. Customs and Border Protection subcontractor …
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: Shakesville
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
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
Emily Flitter / New York Times:
Being Transgender at Goldman Sachs  —  How Maeve DuVally, an employee in the bank's buttoned-up communications department, became herself at work.  —  Goldman Sachs's trading floors are vast rooms crammed with rows of tightly packed workstations, four monitors for every trader.
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 …
Trump isn't matching Obama deportation numbers  —  Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported more immigrants this fiscal year than any full fiscal year of Donald Trump's presidency, but it has yet to reach Barack Obama's early deportation levels, according to new internal Department of Homeland Security figures obtained by Axios.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
What if Trump won't accept 2020 defeat?  —  In 2016, Donald Trump waffled over whether he would accept the election results if he lost.  —  Since then, Trump has repeatedly joked about staying in office beyond the two terms the Constitution allows.  Jerry Falwell Jr., Trump's …
Discussion: Contemptor
Mark Field suspended as minister after grabbing activist  —  Mark Field has been suspended as a Foreign Office minister after grabbing a female Greenpeace activist at a black-tie City dinner.  —  The MP has apologised for confronting Janet Barker and marching her away as protesters interrupted a speech by Chancellor Philip Hammond.
Discussion: New York Post, ITV and Politico
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court orders new trial in murder case that raised questions 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 …
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Tillis Democratic challenger leads in North Carolina poll
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Joe Biden's Endless Search for the Middle on Race
Discussion: VICE and Hot Air
Washington Post:
Joe Biden's letters to segregationist Sen. James O. Eastland
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Los Angeles and San Francisco, ‘Polar Opposites’ on Criminal Justice
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
 Earlier Items: 
Kayla Tausche / CNBC:
West Virginia is still waiting on a game-changing $84 billion investment from China that was promised in 2017
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Trump Administration to Migrant Kids: No Soap for You!
John McCormick / Wall Street Journal:
Americans Aren't Sure U.S. System Can Fix Long-Term Problems, Poll Finds
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Marco Rubio's humiliating transformation into a Trump fan-boy is complete
Chris Lehman / Oregonian:
Oregon governor sends police to find missing Republicans, bring them to Capitol