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5:15 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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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:
Anya van Wagtendonk / Vox:
After cancelling a retaliatory strike on Iran, Trump warns: “If they do something else, it'll be double”
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Trump warns Iran of 'obliteration like you've never seen before'
Discussion: Axios
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
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Bucked National-Security Aides on Proposed Iran Attack
Discussion: Econlib
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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Maeve Reston / CNN:   ‘Barack picked him for a reason’: South Carolina voters stand by Joe Biden after comments about segregationist senators
Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
Booker maintains Biden showed ‘lack of understanding’ in segregationist remarks
Discussion: Breitbart
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
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Former Rep. Joe Sestak becomes 25th Democrat to enter White House race  —  Former Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., became the latest Democrat to challenge President Trump's seat in the Oval Office when he declared on Sunday he's running for president.  —  Sestak, a retired Navy admiral …
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Hayley Miller / HuffPost:
Joe Sestak Becomes Latest Democrat To Announce 2020 Presidential Run
Discussion: Inquirer.com and Splinter
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.
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: Splinter, Slate and Mother Jones
Ravelry:
New Policy: Do Not Post In Support of Trump or his Administration  —  We are banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on Ravelry.  —  This includes support in the form of forum posts, projects, patterns, profiles, and all other content.  Note that your project data will never be deleted.
NPR:
Law Professor Describes Poor Conditions Where Migrant Children Are Held  —  Migrant children face bleak conditions at detention facilities along the border.  Warren Binford, a law professor who visited some of the facilities, speaks to NPR's Lulu Garcia Navarro.  —  LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:
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PBS NewsHour:   A firsthand report of ‘inhumane conditions’ at a migrant children's detention facility
Houston Chronicle:   Trump administration still separating hundreds of migrant children at the border through often …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
House Oversight to subpoena Kellyanne Conway over Hatch Act violations  —  The House Oversight Committee will vote on Wednesday to subpoena White House counselor Kellyanne Conway for testimony connected to her violations of the Hatch Act.  —  Context: The Hatch Act bars federal employees …
Discussion: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
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.
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
‘Urgent needs from head to toe’: This clinic had two days to fix a lifetime of needs  —  CLEVELAND, TENN. — They were told to arrive early if they wanted to see a doctor, so Lisa and Stevie Crider left their apartment in rural Tennessee almost 24 hours before the temporary medical clinic was scheduled to open.
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 …
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.”
Jesselyn Cook / HuffPost:
Here's What It's Like To See Yourself In A Deepfake Porn Video  —  There's almost nothing you can do to get a fake sex tape of yourself taken offline.  —  On a busy workday in March, 28-year-old Kate felt an urgent tap on her shoulder.  Her colleague wanted to show her a video …
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 …
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
 
 
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Kevin Drawbaugh / Reuters:
Trump: naming Sessions U.S. attorney general was ‘biggest mistake’
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Considers Requiring 5G Equipment for Domestic Use Be Made Outside China
Discussion: Bloomberg
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
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Trump says he ‘may’ bring up election interference with Putin
Discussion: Breitbart
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
Supreme Court set to decide major census, electoral maps cases
 Earlier Items: 
Lulu Garcia-Navarro / NPR:
‘It Hurt. And It Was Against My Will’: Trump Accuser Stands By Her Story
Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Marianne Williamson, Longtime Wacko, Is Now a Dangerous Wacko
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