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8:10 PM ET, June 23, 2019

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Axios:
Exclusive: Massive leak of Trump transition vetting documents shows “red flags” for top officials  —  Nearly 100 internal Trump transition vetting documents leaked to “Axios on HBO” identify a host of “red flags” about officials who went on to get some of the most powerful jobs in the U.S. government.
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:   Behind the scenes: How Trump's team staffed the U.S. government
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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Martin Matishak / Politico:
Trump warns Iran of 'obliteration like you've never seen before'  —  President Donald Trump warned the United States may launch a devastating military attack on Iran unless it comes to the negotiating table and drops its bid to develop nuclear weapons.  —  “I'm not looking for war …
Discussion: Axios
New York Times:
Pompeo, a Steadfast Hawk, Coaxes a Hesitant Trump on Iran
Discussion: Politico and Wall Street Journal
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”
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Trump says he ‘may’ bring up election interference with Putin
Discussion: Breitbart
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
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
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Democrats' Grand Plan to Contain Iran? Just Beat Trump
Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
Booker maintains Biden showed ‘lack of understanding’ in segregationist remarks
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Beast
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.
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 …
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 …
Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
Agriculture Department buries studies showing dangers of climate change  —  The Trump administration has refused to publicize dozens of government-funded studies that carry warnings about the effects of climate change, defying a longstanding practice of touting such findings by the Agriculture Department's acclaimed in-house scientists.
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
New York Landlords in a Financial Bind From New Rent Law  —  Curb on market-rate conversions pressures the value of rent-stabilized apartment  —  Property investors have spent billions of dollars on apartment buildings for what has been one of the most reliably profitable bets in New York City real estate …
Discussion: Splinter
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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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Former congressman Joe Sestak enters 2020 White House race
Hayley Miller / HuffPost:
Joe Sestak Becomes Latest Democrat To Announce 2020 Presidential Run
Discussion: Inquirer.com and Splinter
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
Dozens of documents indicate Ilhan Omar lived with Ahmed Hirsi while claiming to be married to Ahmed Elmi  —  MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Dozens of official documents suggest that Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., was living with her current husband, Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi, throughout her entire legal marriage …
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Star Tribune:
New documents revisit questions about Rep. Ilhan Omar's marriage history
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
America's Finest Economists Have Been Needlessly Undermining Growth, Study Confirms  —  For much of the past decade, America's foremost economic thinkers have been struggling to resolve two “mysteries”:  —  1. Why was the prime-age labor-force participation rate (i.e. …
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 …
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.
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: Vox
Serena Marshall / ABC News:
Doctor compares conditions at immigrant holding centers to ‘torture facilities’  —  From sleeping on concrete floors with the lights on 24 hours a day to no access to soap or basic hygiene, migrant children in at least two U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities face conditions …
Discussion: Houston Chronicle
 
 
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Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Kushner conference was supposed to bring Israelis and Palestinians together.  Neither side is likely to show up.
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Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
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BostonGlobe.com:
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Associated Press:
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New York Times:
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USA Today:
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NPR:
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Considers Requiring 5G Equipment for Domestic Use Be Made Outside China
Discussion: Engadget and Bloomberg
PBS NewsHour:
ICE raids delayed ahead of Pence's ‘Latinos for Trump’ rollout in Miami
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
White House to assert ‘immunity’ claims over ex-McGahn aide
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
Charles Reich, R.I.P.
Discussion: Instapundit
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
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Discussion: twitchy.com
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
Officials accuse DHS chief Kevin McAleenan of leaking ICE raids plan to sabotage operation