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11:25 AM 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.
Discussion: New York Post and UPI
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Pence: ‘All options remain on the table’ after nixed Iran strike  —  Vice President Pence joined National Security Adviser John Bolton in warning Iran not to interpret American military restraint as a sign of weakness and doubled down on the U.S.' willingness to take necessary action.
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart, Task & Purpose and CNN
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
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: Mother Jones
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  —  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
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
Trump Has Unexpectedly Postponed The Nationwide ICE Raids Targeting Immigrant Families
Erica Y King / ABC News:
President Trump to hold off on deportation raids for two weeks
Discussion: Politico
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
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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.
Houston Chronicle:   Trump administration still separating hundreds of migrant children at the border through often …
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: New York Times
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VICE:
Joe Biden Just Gave a Shoutout to a (Reformed) Segregationist
Discussion: Breitbart and twitchy.com
Hanna Trudo / The Daily Beast:
In South Carolina, Voters Blame Media for Amplifying Biden's Missteps
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:
Steve Bannon: ‘We went back and forth’ on the themes of Johnson's big speech  —  In a London hotel, the far-right activist told how he had exchanged texts with the former foreign secretary on his big resignation speech  —  On 16 July last year, days after his resignation as foreign secretary …
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Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:
Video reveals Steve Bannon links to Boris Johnson
Discussion: ITV, Financial Times and Politico
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.
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Trump says he ‘may’ bring up election interference with Putin  —  President Donald Trump said he “may” bring up election interference with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G-20 summit in Japan later this week.  —  “I may,” Trump said during an interview with NBC's “Meet The Press” that aired Sunday.
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Week
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Christian Vasquez / Politico:
‘The only one that matters is me’: Trump backs Bolton amid Iran tensions
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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,” …
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Reuters:
Exclusive: White House's Kushner unveils economic portion of Middle East peace plan
Discussion: Bloomberg
Claire Withycombe / oregoncapitalinsider.com:
‘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
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Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Militia threatens shutdown of Oregon legislature following GOP walkout
 
 
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Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Marianne Williamson, Longtime Wacko, Is Now a Dangerous Wacko
Medium:
Top Takes: Suspected Russian Intelligence Operation
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
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Andrew Blake / Washington Times:
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Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Clarence Thomas's Astonishing Opinion on a Racist Mississippi Prosecutor
CNN:
Democrats cut deal to hear from White House counsel office insider, source says