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2:20 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
George Conway / Washington Post:
The latest charge against Trump is as credible as Juanita Broaddrick's against Clinton  —  George T. Conway III is a lawyer in New York.  —  “Thank you very much for coming.  These four very courageous women have asked to be here and it was our honor to help them.
Discussion: Bloomberg, NPR, fox8.com and Balloon Juice
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Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
Trump Will Brush Off E. Jean Carroll's Assault Allegation — but Women Will Remember
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
This horrific rape accusation against Donald Trump deserves to be considered carefully and seriously
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Monthly
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
‘We Have No Choice’: Acting ICE Director Defends Planned Immigration Raids  —  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is expected to begin arresting and deporting thousands of migrant families in 10 cities across the country as early as Sunday, according to sources familiar with the planned raids.
Discussion: Bloomberg and ImmigrationProf Blog
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Washington Post:
Trump ordered up mass arrests for reelection purposes. Now he's getting them.
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
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?
Seth Harp / The Intercept:
I'm a Journalist but I Didn't Fully Realize the Terrible Power of U.S. Border Officials Until They Violated My Rights and Privacy  —  I should have kept my mouth shut about the guacamole; that made things worse for me.  Otherwise, what I'm about to describe could happen to any American who travels internationally.
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: LGBTQ Nation and 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: Mother Jones and Political Wire
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 and Washington Post
Julie Turkewitz / New York Times:
Who Gets to Own the West?  —  A new group of billionaires is shaking up the landscape.  —  IDAHO CITY, Idaho — The Wilks brothers grew up in a goat shed, never finished high school and built a billion-dollar fracking business from scratch.  —  So when the brothers, Dan and Farris …
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
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” …
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 …
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
Jennifer De Pinto / CBS News:
In South Carolina, Biden is Democrats' top choice  —  Joe Biden is the top choice for his party's nomination among South Carolina Democrats, according to the latest CBS News Battleground Tracker.  But Democratic voters in the Palmetto are considering other candidates too.
Discussion: Daily Wire and FiveThirtyEight
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Reuters:
Deluge of Democratic presidential hopefuls descends on South Carolina
Discussion: The Week
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’
 
 
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The Daily Beast:
Hannity and Manafort's Gushing Text Messages Revealed: ‘We Are All on the Same Team’
Discussion: Politico
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
The Trump campaign has a terrible 2020 strategy
United States Department of State:
2018 Report on International Religious Freedom
Discussion: CNN and Breitbart
Peter Garretson / Politico:
The first duty of a Space Force is to protect space commerce
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Trump's Slouching Toward War With Iran Is a Disgrace
Discussion: Informed Comment and Lawfare
 Earlier Items: 
Corey Robin:
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
Discussion: Military.com, The Week, Axios and Vox