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2:25 PM ET, June 23, 2019

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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Blowhard on the Brink  —  WASHINGTON — As shocking as it is to write this sentence, it must be said: Donald Trump did something right.  —  He finally noticed the abyss once he was right on top of it, calling off a retaliatory strike on Iran after belatedly learning, he said, that 150 people could die.
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Wall Street Journal:
Trump Bucked National-Security Aides on Proposed Iran Attack
Discussion: Econlib
New York Times:
Pompeo, a Steadfast Hawk, Coaxes a Hesitant Trump on Iran
Discussion: Politico
Dan De Luce / NBC News:
Obama, others warned Trump that pulling out of Iran nuke deal could lead to war
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Pence: ‘All options remain on the table’ after nixed Iran strike
Discussion: Vox, Politico, NPR and Breitbart
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Former congressman Joe Sestak enters 2020 White House race  —  Former congressman Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) announced Sunday that he is running for president, joining 23 earlier entrants in the presidential race.  —  Sestak made the announcement in a video posted to his campaign website.
Discussion: Axios and Outside the Beltway
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Hayley Miller / HuffPost:
Joe Sestak Becomes Latest Democrat To Announce 2020 Presidential Run  —  The former Pennsylvania congressman and U.S. Navy veteran joins the crowded Democratic race.  —  Former Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania announced he's running for president, joining an already crowded field of Democrats aiming to unseat President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Inquirer.com and Splinter
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Biden's Media Strategy: Duck The Press Unless You're Under Duress  —  'It's not a tenable strategy,' David Axelrod laments.  —  The first time former Vice President Joe Biden spoke to national media reporters in nearly a week of campaigning was to address a mini political crisis of his own making.
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
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Maeve Reston / CNN:   ‘Barack picked him for a reason’: South Carolina voters stand by Joe Biden after comments about segregationist senators
New York Times:   ‘The Black Vote Is Not Monolithic’: 2020 Democrats Find Split Preferences in South Carolina
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Sen. Booker says he was ‘disappointed’ by Biden's response on segregationists
Discussion: IJR, Breitbart and CNN
VICE:
Joe Biden Just Gave a Shoutout to a (Reformed) Segregationist
Discussion: Breitbart and twitchy.com
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
Officials accuse DHS chief Kevin McAleenan of leaking ICE raids plan to sabotage operation  —  This week's big leak about a major Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation was orchestrated by acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan in an effort to sabotage the raids …
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Jake Tapper / CNN:
Nancy Pelosi called Trump Friday night asking him to call off ICE raids
Ken White / The Atlantic:
Why a Government Lawyer Argued Against Giving Immigrant Kids Toothbrushes  —  Arguments before the United States Court of Appeals are usually dry, esoteric, and nerdy.  What would it take to make one go viral?  This week, in a clip that launched a million angry Facebook posts, we found out.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trump Shrugs Off Killing of Khashoggi by Saudi Agents, Saying Saudi Arabia Is an Important Trading Partner  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Sunday shrugged off the brutal dismembering of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, just days after a United Nations report described …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Wall Street Journal:   In Khashoggi Murder Trial, Absence of Crown Prince Mohammad's Aide Stands Out
Chuck Todd / NBC News:
President Trump's full, unedited interview with Meet the Press  —  CHUCK TODD:  —  Mr. President, welcome back to Meet the Press.  —  PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP:  —  Thank you.  —  CHUCK TODD:  —  Let me start right in, what happened last night?  —  PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP:
Salt Lake Tribune:
Tribune Editorial: Yes, we do have concentration camps  —  By The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board  —  Yes, we do have concentration camps.  —  They are not work camps.  They are not death camps.  At least, not on purpose.  Our government is not building massive gas chambers and industrial crematoria.
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 …
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Houston Chronicle:   Trump administration still separating hundreds of migrant children at the border through often …
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
'That's Hell': Democrats' Debate Prep Gets Real  —  Often in the early evening over the last few weeks, Joe Biden's team has told reporters that the front-runner doesn't have a public campaign schedule for the next day, but that he instead “will meet with advisers.”
Discussion: Washington Post
Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:
Video reveals Steve Bannon links to Boris Johnson  —  Far-right activist claimed he helped with Boris Johnson's resignation speech as foreign secretary  —  Play Video  —  New evidence suggesting close links between Boris Johnson and Donald Trump's controversial former campaign manager Steve Bannon …
Discussion: Financial Times, ITV and Politico
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Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:   Steve Bannon: ‘We went back and forth’ on the themes of Johnson's big speech
Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
Charles Reich, R.I.P.  —  Remember Charles Reich?  Probably not.  But you probably do know the phrase “the greening of America.”  It is Reich's coinage, the title his fruity 1970 bestseller that began life as a 39,000-word essay in The New Yorker.  —  I hadn't thought about Reich for years.
Discussion: Instapundit
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 …
PBS NewsHour:
ICE raids delayed ahead of Pence's ‘Latinos for Trump’ rollout in Miami  —  Days before the launch of his ‘Trump for Latinos’ campaign in Miami, President Donald Trump postponed immigration raids today planned to begin Sunday on migrant communities across the country.
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
Supreme Court set to decide major census, electoral maps cases  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court, approaching the end of its current term, is due to issue rulings in the coming days in major cases including the Trump administration's bid to add a contentious citizenship question …
Lulu Garcia-Navarro / NPR:
‘It Hurt.  And It Was Against My Will’: Trump Accuser Stands By Her Story  —  The advice columnist who says President Trump sexually assaulted her in a department store dressing room in the mid-1990s says she is “very glad” she published her accusation, even as the president denied her story …
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
White House to assert ‘immunity’ claims over ex-McGahn aide
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Trump says he ‘may’ bring up election interference with Putin
Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Marianne Williamson, Longtime Wacko, Is Now a Dangerous Wacko
Medium:
Top Takes: Suspected Russian Intelligence Operation
 Earlier Items: 
CBS News:
Kamala Harris describes tension in the Democratic Party over impeachment
Discussion: Politico
Michael Sasso / Bloomberg:
Republicans Block Ex-Cons From Voting in Biggest Swing State
Claire Withycombe / oregoncapitalinsider.com:
‘Credible threat’ forces Senate to cancel Saturday session
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