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9:50 AM ET, June 22, 2019


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New York Times:
Urged to Launch an Attack, Trump Listened to the Skeptics Who Said It Would Be a Costly Mistake  —  WASHINGTON — He heard from his generals and his diplomats.  Lawmakers weighed in and so did his advisers.  But among the voices ringing in President Trump's head was that of one of his favorite Fox News hosts: Tucker Carlson.
The Daily Beast:
Trump Approved Iran Strikes Knowing Body Count Would Be High  —  Trump said he called off an attack on Iran when a general told him minutes before that 150 people could die.  But Trump was informed of the death toll earlier—and okayed the strike.  —  President Donald Trump approved preparations …
Washington Post:
‘I stopped it’: Inside Trump's last-minute reversal on striking Iran  —  The plans had been drawn, the targets set, and a single word from the commander in chief would have activated the U.S. military to strike a foreign adversary.  But President Trump was having second thoughts.
Discussion: Associated Press
Ahmed Charai / Politico:
Trump Has a Point on Iran. So Do the Democrats.
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Post
Washington Post:
War-weary Republicans and Democrats express relief after Trump calls off strike on Iran
Discussion: Breitbart and Foreign Policy
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Justin Amash demands congressional approval for any ‘offensive military action’ against Iran
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and Vox
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Trump's explanation for calling off Iran strike is reasonable, but why did he order one in the first place?
Daniella Silva / NBC News:
Trump says he did not give final approval for Iran strikes, no planes were in the air
James Stavridis / Bloomberg:   Trump and U.S. Allies Can Still Make Iran Blink
E. Jean Carroll / The Cut:
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 to know …
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 …
Washington Post:
Magazine columnist accuses Trump of sexual assault more than two decades ago, an allegation he denies
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
This horrific rape accusation against Donald Trump deserves to be considered carefully and seriously
Discussion: Daily Kos
Angelina Chapin / HuffPost:
4 Severely Ill Migrant Toddlers Hospitalized After Lawyers Visit Border Patrol Facility  —  The kids were unresponsive, feverish and vomiting, yet receiving no medical care, according to lawyers.  —  Four toddlers were so severely ill and neglected at a U.S. Border Patrol facility in McAllen …
Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:
‘There Is a Stench’: No Soap and Overcrowding in Detention Centers for Migrant Children  —  A chaotic scene of sickness and filth is unfolding in an overcrowded border station in Clint, Tex., where hundreds of young people who have recently crossed the border are being held, according to lawyers who visited the facility this week.
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Quinn Owen / ABC News:
Trump administration plans unprecedented roundup of 2K family members in deportation raids  —  The Trump administration planned to deport more than 2,000 undocumented immigrants in as many as 10 cities, administration officials said this week, in an unprecedented show of force aimed at deterring illegal migration of families.
Paloma Esquivel / Los Angeles Times:
Immigrant advocates prepare for ICE sweeps: 'The effect is terror.  We're getting call after call after call'
Discussion: KTLA
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
‘We Have No Choice’: Acting ICE Director Defends Planned Immigration Raids
Discussion: Bloomberg
NBC News:
ICE to launch mass raids targeting undocumented families on Sunday
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Histrionics, Hysteria and Joe Biden  —  Will the Democratic Party banish its democratic instincts?  —  For several years I had a regular lunch date with an Iranian diplomat — I suspect his real profession was otherwise — who worked out of the Islamic Republic's mission to the United Nations.
Nadler: Hope Hicks testimony is 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 …
Manu Raju / CNN:
‘I just screwed it up’: Nadler says he misspoke in calling Hope Hicks ‘Ms. Lewandowski’
Christian Vasquez / Politico:
Trump says impeachment would help him win re-election
Russell Gold / Wall Street Journal:
Building the Wind Turbines Was Easy.  The Hard Part Was Plugging Them In  —  In the Oklahoma panhandle, one entrepreneur saw a future fueled by cheap and clean energy.  But there was a big snag.  —  Adapted from “SUPERPOWER: One Man's Quest to Transform American Energy” …
Aaron Mesh / Willamette Week:
“The State Police Superintendent just informed the Senate President of a credible threat from militia groups coming to the Capitol tomorrow."  —  Oregon Senate Democrats hastily cancelled a planned Saturday floor session late Friday afternoon, citing reports that right-wing militia members were planning to rally at the Capitol.
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
'I don't know how we're going to survive this.' Some once-loyal farmers begin to doubt Trump.  —  ORIENT, S.D. — The sky had finally cleared after weeks of record-setting rain, and now farmer Ray Martinmaas was facing a time crunch.  —  He was out in his white Ford F-150 Raptor pickup …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Peter Garretson / Politico:
The first duty of a Space Force is to protect space commerce  —  The new space service needs to launch a peacetime offensive to protect and enable a space economy, writes a former leading Air Force space strategist.  —  A critical part of military planning is to study the commander's intent …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Washington Post:
Goodbye, Chrome: Google's web browser has become spy software  —  Our latest privacy experiment found Chrome ushered more than 11,000 tracker cookies into our browser — in a single week.  Here's why Firefox is better.  —  You open your browser to look at the Web.  Do you know who is looking back at you?
Yahoo News:
Pentagon secretly struck back against Iranian cyberspies targeting U.S. ships  —  WASHINGTON — On Thursday evening, U.S. Cyber Command launched a retaliatory digital strike against an Iranian spy group that supported last week's limpet mine attacks on commercial ships, according to two former intelligence officials.
Discussion: Politico and Wall Street Journal
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
The Unimaginable Reality of American Concentration Camps  —  Like many arguments, the fight over the term “concentration camp” is mostly an argument about something entirely different.  It is not about terminology.  Almost refreshingly, it is not an argument about facts.
Zoé Samudzi / Jewish Currents:
Policing the Borders of Suffering
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Sopan Deb / New York Times:
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Jacqueline Feldscher / Politico:
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Discussion:, The Week, Axios and Vox
Washington Post:
Federal agents search Georgetown home of D.C. Council member Jack Evans
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Discussion: The Wrap and Shareblue Media
Henry Farrell / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Breitbart and Mediaite
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