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2:10 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
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Sen. Booker says he was ‘disappointed’ by Biden's response on segregationists
Discussion: CNN, IJR and Breitbart
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 …
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Houston Chronicle:   Trump administration still separating hundreds of migrant children at the border through often …
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: ITV, Financial Times 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
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
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 …
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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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 …
 
 
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
White House to assert ‘immunity’ claims over ex-McGahn aide
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
Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Marianne Williamson, Longtime Wacko, Is Now a Dangerous Wacko
Medium:
Top Takes: Suspected Russian Intelligence Operation
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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
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Clarence Thomas's Astonishing Opinion on a Racist Mississippi Prosecutor