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12:20 PM 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.
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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.
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Trump's Slouching Toward War With Iran Is a Disgrace
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Trump's explanation for calling off Iran strike is reasonable, but why did he order one in the first place?
Washington Post:
War-weary Republicans and Democrats express relief after Trump calls off strike on Iran
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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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
Washington Post:
Trump ordered up mass arrests for reelection purposes.  Now he's getting them.  —  Earlier this week, President Trump made a dramatic claim, saying that “next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States.”
Discussion: Fox News, ThinkProgress and UPI
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Bobby Allyn / NPR:
‘We Have No Choice’: Acting ICE Director Defends Planned Immigration Raids
Discussion: Bloomberg and ImmigrationProf Blog
Paloma Esquivel / Los Angeles Times:
Immigrant advocates prepare for ICE sweeps: 'The effect is terror.  We're getting call after call after call'
Discussion: TheBlaze and KTLA
Quinn Owen / ABC News:
Trump administration plans unprecedented roundup of 2K family members in deportation raids
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?
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Pete Buttigieg Leaves Campaign Trail After Fatal Police Shooting.  Reality Rears Its Head.  —  SOUTH BEND, Ind. — While his 2020 rivals mingled with large friendly crowds at a Democratic fish fry in South Carolina Friday night, Mayor Pete Buttigieg found himself somewhere very different …
Discussion: TheBlaze
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Greg Swiercz South Bend / South Bend Tribune:
Marchers confront Pete Buttigieg, police chief with frustrations after South Bend shooting
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
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” …
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
Tami Abdollah / Associated Press:
Iranian hackers wage cyber campaign amid tensions with US  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran has increased its offensive cyberattacks against the U.S. government and critical infrastructure as tensions have grown between the two nations, cybersecurity firms say.  —  In recent weeks …
Discussion: Splinter
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Yahoo News:
Pentagon secretly struck back against Iranian cyberspies targeting U.S. ships
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.
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and Breitbart
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.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
This horrific rape accusation against Donald Trump deserves to be considered carefully and seriously  —  Advice columnist E. Jean Carroll is coming out with a new book, and in a bombshell excerpt appearing in New York magazine, she tells a horrific story that President Trump raped her in a department store in 1995 or 1996.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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New York Times:
A Profound Democratic Shift in New York: ‘We Seized the Moment’  —  With Democrats in firm control in Albany, lawmakers carried out a progressive agenda that had long been thwarted.  —  ALBANY — When Democrats won control of New York's government last year, riding a national wave of liberal energy …
Politico:
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 …
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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
Discussion: Breitbart
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
The Trump campaign has a terrible 2020 strategy  —  President Trump's campaign told Time magazine this week that its strategy for reelection relies on stoking turnout among his base.  If that's true, the president is much likelier to lose than many Republicans think.
United States Department of State:
2018 Report on International Religious Freedom  —  The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom - the International Religious Freedom Report - describes the status of religious freedom in every country.  The report covers government policies violating religious belief …
Discussion: CNN and Breitbart
 
 
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Reuters:
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How on God's green earth did Clarence Thomas just write an opinion on race and jury trials …
Bloomberg:
Pence to Delay China Human-Rights Speech Ahead of Trump-Xi Talks
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
The Unimaginable Reality of American Concentration Camps
Sopan Deb / New York Times:
Stephen Curry Finally Gets Some Rest (but Only From Basketball)
Jacqueline Feldscher / Politico:
Trump taps Army Secretary Mark Esper to lead Pentagon
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Washington Post:
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Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
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Discussion: The Wrap and Shareblue Media
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CBS News:
Trump campaign manager speaks to “The Takeout”
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
David Gutman / The Seattle Times:
Rep. Adam Smith is second Washington member of Congress to call for impeachment inquiry
Discussion: Daily Kos, Politico and Observer