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5:00 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.
Katie / Media Matters for America:
Major newspapers largely leave new report of sexual assault by Trump off their front pages  —  A new report of sexual assault committed by President Donald Trump has come to light, but several major newspapers didn't find the story important enough to place on their front pages.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
This horrific rape accusation against Donald Trump deserves to be considered carefully and seriously
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Monthly
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
‘I stopped it’: Inside Trump's last-minute reversal on striking Iran
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.
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
Nadler: Hope Hicks testimony is huge gift in legal battle with Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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 …
Hanna Trudo / The Daily Beast:
In South Carolina, Voters Blame Media for Amplifying Biden's Missteps  —  Ardent Biden supporters and undecided voters think the press is hyping the former vice president's comments to create chaos.  —  COLUMBIA, S.C.—Democrats in South Carolina may have over eight months to decide whom …
Discussion: Washington Post
Deluge of Democratic presidential hopefuls descends on South Carolina
Discussion: The Week
Jennifer De Pinto / CBS News:
In South Carolina, Biden is Democrats' top choice
Discussion: Daily Wire
Exclusive: White House's Kushner unveils economic portion of Middle East peace plan  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Saturday outlined a $50 billion Middle East economic plan that would create a global investment fund to lift the Palestinian and neighboring Arab state economies …
ABC News:
White House unveils $50 billion Palestinian economic plan
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.
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
Greg Swiercz South Bend / South Bend Tribune:
Marchers confront Pete Buttigieg, police chief with frustrations after South Bend shooting
Discussion: Mother Jones and Politico
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?
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.
Corey Robin:   How on God's green earth did Clarence Thomas just write an opinion on race and jury trials …
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Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Democrats try for a ratings blockbuster during two nights of presidential campaign debates
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Bulletpoint: Is Electability A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?
The Daily Beast:
Hannity and Manafort's Gushing Text Messages Revealed: ‘We Are All on the Same Team’
Tami Abdollah / Associated Press:
Iranian hackers wage cyber campaign amid tensions with US
Discussion: Splinter
New York Times:
A Profound Democratic Shift in New York: ‘We Seized the Moment’
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United States Department of State:
2018 Report on International Religious Freedom
Discussion: Breitbart and CNN
Russell Gold / Wall Street Journal:
Building the Wind Turbines Was Easy. The Hard Part Was Plugging Them In
Aaron Mesh / Willamette Week:
“The State Police Superintendent just informed the Senate President of a credible threat …
Peter Garretson / Politico:
The first duty of a Space Force is to protect space commerce
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
'I don't know how we're going to survive this.' Some once-loyal farmers begin to doubt Trump.
Discussion: Balloon Juice