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12:50 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.
Discussion: The Atlantic, New York Post and UPI
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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
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Pence: ‘All options remain on the table’ after nixed Iran strike
Discussion: Vox, Politico, NPR and Breitbart
Dan De Luce / NBC News:
Obama, others warned Trump that pulling out of Iran nuke deal could lead to war
Discussion: Mother Jones
New York Times:
Pompeo, a Steadfast Hawk, Coaxes a Hesitant Trump on Iran
Discussion: Politico
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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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trump Says He'll Delay Deportation Operation Aimed at Undocumented Families
Erica Y King / ABC News:
President Trump to hold off on deportation raids for two weeks
Discussion: Politico
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
Trump Has Unexpectedly Postponed The Nationwide ICE Raids Targeting Immigrant Families
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 …
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.
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:
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Sen. Booker says he was ‘disappointed’ by Biden's response on segregationists  —  Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Sunday that he was disappointed in former vice president Joe Biden's response to criticism of his remarks on working with segregationists, days after Biden claimed Booker owed him an apology on the issue.
Discussion: CNN and Breitbart
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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
VICE:
Joe Biden Just Gave a Shoutout to a (Reformed) Segregationist
Discussion: Breitbart and twitchy.com
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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Houston Chronicle:   Trump administration still separating hundreds of migrant children at the border through often …
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.
Discussion: New Yorker
Kaylee McGhee / Washington Examiner:
From Kavanaugh to Carroll, a straight line of incredulity  —  It's the sharp whistle as you walk by, the unwelcome attention from the man standing too close, the hand placed where it shouldn't be.  It's the little things that happen every day that make women feel small and the big, traumatic events that reduce us to nothing at all.
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Lulu Garcia-Navarro / NPR:   ‘It Hurt. And It Was Against My Will’: Trump Accuser Stands By Her Story
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Reuters:
Exclusive: White House's Kushner unveils economic portion of Middle East peace plan  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Saturday outlined a $50 billion Middle East economic plan that would create a global investment fund to lift the Palestinian and neighboring Arab state economies …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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New York Times:
‘The Black Vote Is Not Monolithic’: 2020 Democrats Find Split Preferences in South Carolina
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Trump says he ‘may’ bring up election interference with Putin
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
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
In Khashoggi Murder Trial, Absence of Crown Prince Mohammad's Aide Stands Out
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
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