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4:05 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
New York Times:
Biden, in Interview with Sharpton, Tries to Defuse Criticism of Remarks on Segregationists  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Saturday sought to tamp down anger over his praise for the bygone civility of a Senate that included notorious segregationists, stopping just short of an apology …
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Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
Booker maintains Biden showed ‘lack of understanding’ in segregationist remarks
Discussion: Breitbart
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
The Daily Beast:
Biden's Media Strategy: Duck The Press Unless You're Under Duress
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Times
VICE:
Joe Biden Just Gave a Shoutout to a (Reformed) Segregationist
Discussion: Breitbart and twitchy.com
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:
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Anya van Wagtendonk / Vox:
After cancelling a retaliatory strike on Iran, Trump warns: “If they do something else, it'll be double”  —  Trump said he wants a new nuclear deal, and suggested he'd be willing to lift sanctions in exchange.  —  President Donald Trump issued a warning to Iran Sunday …
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Trump says he ‘may’ bring up election interference with Putin
Discussion: Breitbart
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 and Slate
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
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Former congressman Joe Sestak enters 2020 White House race
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.
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.”
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Considers Requiring 5G Equipment for Domestic Use Be Made Outside China  —  Move follows White House executive order banning some foreign made gear and services  —  The Trump administration is considering requiring that next-generation 5G cellular equipment used in the U.S. be designed …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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 …
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 …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
White House to assert ‘immunity’ claims over ex-McGahn aide  —  The White House is expected to move to block former top aide Annie Donaldson from answering the House Judiciary Committee's written questions about her tenure as White House deputy counsel, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Will Bunch / Inquirer.com:
Phase 2 of Trump's American autocracy has arrived, and it's as bad as your worst fears  —  Do you smell something?  That's the stench of freedom dying, and it's coming from America's southern border, where refugee children seeking U.S. asylum as they flee murder, rape and degrading conditions …
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 and ITV
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Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:   Steve Bannon: ‘We went back and forth’ on the themes of Johnson's big speech
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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PBS NewsHour:
ICE raids delayed ahead of Pence's ‘Latinos for Trump’ rollout in Miami
Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
Charles Reich, R.I.P.
Discussion: Instapundit
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
Supreme Court set to decide major census, electoral maps cases
 Earlier Items: 
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
St. Cloud Times:
Our View: Cowards will be our downfall
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Nancy Pelosi called Trump Friday night asking him to call off ICE raids