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8:45 PM ET, June 22, 2019


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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.
Kayla Epstein / Washington Post:
Trump says he will hold off on planned ICE raids for now  —  After the defending his plan to deport undocumented immigrants on Saturday, President Trump hours later tweeted that he “delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trump Says He'll Delay Deportation Operation Aimed at Undocumented Families  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Saturday delayed plans for nationwide raids to deport undocumented families but threatened to unleash Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in two weeks if Democrats do not submit …
Discussion: CNN and Newser
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Nancy Pelosi called Trump Friday night asking him to call off ICE raids  —  Trump tweets he is delaying ICE immigration raids  —  Washington (CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called President Donald Trump Friday night and asked him to call off the Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation raids scheduled …
Discussion: RedState, Mother Jones, NPR and Mediaite
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
Trump Has Unexpectedly Postponed The Nationwide ICE Raids Targeting Immigrant Families  —  President Donald Trump suddenly canceled on Saturday a planned US Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation targeting undocumented immigrant families from across the country that was set to begin in the pre-dawn hours on Sunday.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Erica Y King / ABC News:   President Trump to hold off on deportation raids for two weeks
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
‘We Have No Choice’: Acting ICE Director Defends Planned Immigration Raids
Discussion: Bloomberg and ImmigrationProf Blog
Washington Post:
Trump ordered up mass arrests for reelection purposes. Now he's getting them.
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children  —  Hundreds of immigrant children who have been separated from their parents or family members are being held in dirty, neglectful, and dangerous conditions at Border Patrol facilities in Texas.
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.
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Militia threatens shutdown of Oregon legislature following GOP walkout  —  “Possible militia threats” from right-wing protestors shut down the Oregon Capitol on Saturday as Republican legislators continue to protest a vote on a climate change bill, reports AP.
Claire Withycombe /
‘Credible threat’ forces Senate to cancel Saturday session
Aaron Mesh / Willamette Week:
“The State Police Superintendent just informed the Senate President of a credible threat …
Discussion: Newser and Washington Post
Associated Press:   Militia threat shuts down Oregon Statehouse amid walkout
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
With Trump's approval, Pentagon launched cyber strikes against Iran  —  President Trump approved an offensive cyber strike that disabled Iranian computer systems used to control rocket and missile launches, even as he backed away from a conventional military attack in response to its shoot …
Yahoo News:
Pentagon secretly struck back against Iranian cyberspies targeting U.S. ships
Tami Abdollah / Associated Press:
Iranian hackers wage cyber campaign amid tensions with US
Discussion: Splinter
New York Times:
White House Unveils Economic Portion of Middle East Peace Plan  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said on Saturday that it hoped to raise more than $50 billion to improve the lot of the Palestinians and their Arab neighbors, releasing an economic plan titled, “Peace to Prosperity,” …
Discussion: Financial Times, Bloomberg and The Week
Reuters:   Exclusive: White House's Kushner unveils economic portion of Middle East peace plan
ABC News:
White House unveils $50 billion Palestinian economic plan
Discussion: Axios and One America News Network
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Clarence Thomas's Astonishing Opinion on a Racist Mississippi Prosecutor  —  A Mississippi prosecutor went on a racist crusade to have a black man executed.  Clarence Thomas thinks that was just fine.  —  That's the message of an astonishing decision today from the Supreme Court.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Facing Intensifying Confrontation With Iran, Trump Has Few Appealing Options  —  President Trump's last-minute decision to pull back from a retaliatory strike on Iran underscored the absence of appealing options available to him as Tehran races toward its next big challenge to the United States …
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Trump's Slouching Toward War With Iran Is a Disgrace
Democrats cut deal to hear from White House counsel office insider, source says  —  Burnett: Hope Hicks is as inner circle as it gets  —  (CNN)The House Judiciary Committee appears to have reached a deal with former White House aide Annie Donaldson that would allow her to not appear …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Slot
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 …
Christian Vasquez / Politico:
‘The only one that matters is me’: Trump backs Bolton amid Iran tensions  —  President Donald Trump on Saturday praised national security adviser John Bolton after the U.S. this week backed away from a potentially deadly confrontation with Iran.  —  “Yeah, I do,” Trump said when asked …
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: Vox, LGBTQ Nation and TheBlaze
Greg Swiercz South Bend / South Bend Tribune:
Marchers confront Pete Buttigieg, police chief with frustrations after South Bend shooting
Discussion: Mother Jones and Politico
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.
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Michael Sasso / Bloomberg:
Republicans Block Ex-Cons From Voting in Biggest Swing State
Wall Street Journal:
In Khashoggi Murder Trial, Absence of Crown Prince Mohammad's Aide Stands Out
Discussion: FDD
Andrew Blake / Washington Times:
Veterans groups will offer USS John McCain T-shirts at DC 4th of July celebration attended by Trump
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Yelling “Fire” in a Crowded River: The Cuyahoga Story at 50
Hanna Trudo / The Daily Beast:
In South Carolina, Voters Blame Media for Amplifying Biden's Missteps
Discussion: Washington Post
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Democrats try for a ratings blockbuster during two nights of presidential campaign debates
 Earlier Items: 
The Daily Beast:
Hannity and Manafort's Gushing Text Messages Revealed: ‘We Are All on the Same Team’
New York Times:
A Profound Democratic Shift in New York: ‘We Seized the Moment’
United States Department of State:
2018 Report on International Religious Freedom
Discussion: CNN and Breitbart
Russell Gold / Wall Street Journal:
Building the Wind Turbines Was Easy. The Hard Part Was Plugging Them In
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Washington Post:
Goodbye, Chrome: Google's web browser has become spy software