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11:25 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.
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 and Foreign Policy
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Justin Amash demands congressional approval for any ‘offensive military action’ against Iran
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
Ahmed Charai / Politico:
Trump Has a Point on Iran. So Do the Democrats.
James Stavridis / Bloomberg:   Trump and U.S. Allies Can Still Make Iran Blink
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
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
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
Washington Post:
Trump ordered up mass arrests for reelection purposes. Now he's getting them.
Discussion: TheBlaze, New York Post and Mediaite
Quinn Owen / ABC News:
Trump administration plans unprecedented roundup of 2K family members in deportation raids
Discussion: KTLA, NBC News and The Daily Caller
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
ICE raids targeting migrant families slated to start Sunday in major U.S. cities
Washington Post:
Magazine columnist accuses Trump of sexual assault more than two decades ago, an allegation he denies  —  E. Jean Carroll, a New York-based writer and longtime women's advice columnist, accused President Trump of sexually assaulting her more than two decades ago in a dressing room …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
This horrific rape accusation against Donald Trump deserves to be considered carefully and seriously
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
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” …
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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
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
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
The Trump campaign has a terrible 2020 strategy
Peter Garretson / Politico:
The first duty of a Space Force is to protect space commerce
Deluge of Democratic presidential hopefuls descends on South Carolina
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
Corey Robin:
How on God's green earth did Clarence Thomas just write an opinion on race and jury trials …
Pence to Delay China Human-Rights Speech Ahead of Trump-Xi Talks
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:, The Week, Axios and Vox
 Earlier Items: 
Yahoo News:
Pentagon secretly struck back against Iranian cyberspies targeting U.S. ships
Washington Post:
Federal agents search Georgetown home of D.C. Council member Jack Evans
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Trump To Profit Bigly From His D.C. Hotel During July 4th Bash Starring Him
Discussion: The Wrap and Shareblue Media
Henry Farrell / Washington Post:
Trump's Iran strategy is a Twitter thread. It's hard to know where to start
Discussion: Breitbart
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