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7:05 AM ET, June 23, 2019


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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 …
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 …
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 …
Erica Y King / ABC News:
President Trump to hold off on deportation raids for two weeks
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Bucked National-Security Aides on Proposed Iran Attack  —  'These people want to push us into war... It's disgusting,' president told confidante  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump bucked most of his top national-security advisers by abandoning retaliatory strikes in Iran on Thursday.
Discussion: Econlib
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 …
New York Times:   Pompeo, a Steadfast Hawk, Coaxes a Hesitant Trump on Iran
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump's last-minute pullback on Iran strikes may have made crisis more perilous
Discussion: Washington Post, IJR, NPR and Bloomberg
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.
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.
PBS NewsHour:
A firsthand report of ‘inhumane conditions’ at a migrant children's detention facility  —  Editor's Note: After our broadcast, CPB responded to our request for comment with the following statement: … Transcript Audio  —  The Associated Press details grave conditions inside …
Discussion: Progress Pond
Star Tribune:
New documents revisit questions about Rep. Ilhan Omar's marriage history  —  Although she has legally corrected the discrepancy, she has declined to say anything about how or why it happened.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  New investigative documents released by a state agency have given fresh life …
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,” …
Exclusive: White House's Kushner unveils economic portion of Middle East peace plan
Discussion: Bloomberg
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.
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Amid tough talk, Trump says he could be Iran's ‘best friend’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that military action against Iran was still an option for its downing of an unmanned U.S. military aircraft, but amid heightened tensions he dangled the prospect …
Christian Vasquez / Politico:
‘The only one that matters is me’: Trump backs Bolton amid Iran tensions
Discussion: Fox News
Claire Withycombe /
‘Credible threat’ forces Senate to cancel Saturday session  —  People associated with Oregon militia groups have been active on social media, calling for ‘defense force’ to protect GOP runaways.  —  SALEM — A Saturday session of the Oregon Senate was canceled Friday afternoon …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Militia threatens shutdown of Oregon legislature following GOP walkout
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Associated Press:   Militia threat shuts down Oregon Statehouse amid walkout
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.
St. Cloud Times:
Our View: Cowards will be our downfall  —  St. Cloud, we have a problem.  And it's costing us dearly in respect, dignity and treasure.  —  Our problem is not refugees.  —  It's not even an image problem, although we most certainly have one of those.  If you don't think so, Google …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Andrew Blake / Washington Times:
Veterans groups will offer USS John McCain T-shirts at DC 4th of July celebration attended by Trump  —  'The McCain family has given more to this country than most, and America's birthday seems like a great time to honor that service and sacrifice'  —  Veterans groups announced plans Friday …
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 and Politico
Joe Biden Just Gave a Shoutout to a (Reformed) Segregationist
Discussion: Breitbart and
Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Marianne Williamson, Longtime Wacko, Is Now a Dangerous Wacko  —  For decades, Williamson said that medicines don't cure disease but positive thinking does.  Now she's taking her quackery to a new and dangerous level: the anti-vaxxer conspiracy.  —  To most observers, Marianne Williamson's quirky presidential candidacy is a footnote.
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Michael Sasso / Bloomberg:
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Wall Street Journal:
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The Daily Beast:
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New York Times:
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