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7:55 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.
Ahmed Charai / Politico:
Trump Has a Point on Iran. So Do the Democrats.
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Post
Daniella Silva / NBC News:
Trump says he did not give final approval for Iran strikes, no planes were in the air
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Trump's explanation for calling off Iran strike is reasonable, but why did he order one in the first place?
James Stavridis / Bloomberg:   Trump and U.S. Allies Can Still Make Iran Blink
Washington Post:
War-weary Republicans and Democrats express relief after Trump calls off strike on Iran
Discussion: The Bulwark
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's Iran reversal exposes one of his most dangerous lies
E. Jean Carroll / The Cut:
Donald Trump assaulted me in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room 23 years ago.  But he's not alone on the list of awful men in my life.  —  My first rich boy pulled down my underpants.  My last rich boy pulled down my tights.  My first rich boy — I had fixed my eyes on his face long enough to know …
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
E. Jean Carroll: “Trump attacked me in the dressing room of Bergdorf Goodman.”  —  The cover story New York published today details an encounter the writer E. Jean Carroll had over two decades ago with Donald J. Trump, in which the then-real-estate mogul allegedly assaulted her in a dressing room …
Washington Post:
Magazine columnist accuses Trump of sexual assault more than two decades ago, an allegation he denies
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Vox
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:   This horrific rape accusation against Donald Trump deserves to be considered carefully and seriously
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.
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
ICE raids targeting migrant families slated to start Sunday in major U.S. cities  —  President Trump has directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to conduct a mass roundup of migrant families that have received deportation orders, an operation that is likely to begin …
Quinn Owen / ABC News:
Trump administration plans unprecedented roundup of 2K family members in deportation raids
NBC News:
ICE to launch mass raids targeting undocumented families on Sunday
Discussion: New York Times, KRON and Breitbart
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’  —  Hope Hicks' House committee testimony released  —  (CNN)House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said Friday that he inadvertently referred to former White House aide Hope Hicks as “Ms. Lewandowski” …
Christian Vasquez / Politico:
Trump says impeachment would help him win re-election
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Justin Amash demands congressional approval for any ‘offensive military action’ against Iran  —  Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., joined Democrats on Friday in calling on President Trump to seek Congressional approval for military action against Iran.  —  His comments came after the president called off …
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and Vox
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell / U.S. Representative …:
Mucarsel-Powell Statement Regarding Opening an Impeachment Inquiry
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Gutman / The Seattle Times:
Rep. Adam Smith is second Washington member of Congress to call for impeachment inquiry
Discussion: Politico and Observer
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
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
READ: Court Unseals Manafort Docs, Revealing Texts With Hannity  —  Court documents previously filed under seal with the government's sentencing recommendations for Paul Manafort were made public on Friday.  —  The documents include a months-long text exchange between Manafort and a “Sean” who appears to be Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Deluge of Democratic presidential hopefuls descends on South Carolina  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina is at the epicenter of the Democratic presidential primary contest this weekend as 22 candidates descend on the state's capital to make their pitch for the party's nomination for president of the United States.
Discussion: Political Wire
Yahoo News:
Pentagon secretly struck back against Iranian cyberspies targeting U.S. ships  —  WASHINGTON — On Thursday evening, U.S. Cyber Command launched a retaliatory digital strike against an Iranian spy group that supported last week's limpet mine attacks on commercial ships, according to two former intelligence officials.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
Discussion: Breitbart, Bloomberg and CNSNews
Zoé Samudzi / Jewish Currents:
Policing the Borders of Suffering
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Police called to loud altercation at Boris Johnson's home  —  Neighbour records shouting and banging at flat potential PM shares with Carrie Symonds  —  Police were called to the home of Boris Johnson and his partner, Carrie Symonds, in the early hours of Friday morning after neighbours heard …
Jacqueline Feldscher / Politico:
Trump taps Army Secretary Mark Esper to lead Pentagon  —  President Donald Trump will nominate Army Secretary Mark Esper to be the next secretary of Defense, the White House said Friday night, in the administration's latest attempt to resolve months of uncertainty at the top of the Pentagon.
Discussion:, Axios and Vox
CBS News:
Trump campaign manager speaks to “The Takeout”  —  Brad Parscale, who is managing President Trump's re-election campaign, spoke to CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett for this week's episode of “The Takeout” podcast.  Garrett interviewed Parscale on Tuesday in Florida …
Discussion: Political Wire
Sarah Cammarata / Politico:   Trump campaign manager predicts swing-state wins, ‘electoral landslide’ in 2020
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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Pete Buttigieg Leaves Campaign Trail After Fatal Police Shooting. Reality Rears Its Head.
Discussion: TheBlaze
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)
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
 Earlier Items: 
Henry Farrell / Washington Post:
Trump's Iran strategy is a Twitter thread. It's hard to know where to start
Daniel McGraw / Quillette:
Ideology and Facts Collide at Oberlin College
Washington Post:
Murder in the Atlas Mountains
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Biden Has Not Changed. The Politics, Culture and Mood of His Party Have.