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9:25 AM ET, June 24, 2019


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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.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Behind the scenes: How Trump's team staffed the U.S. government
Discussion: The Week
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Black residents of South Bend unload on Mayor Pete Buttigieg … A town hall featuring Mayor Pete Buttigieg broke into near chaos Sunday afternoon as the Democratic presidential candidate tried to respond to community anger over a white police officer's killing of a black man.
Discussion: Power Line and Mother Jones
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Pete Buttigieg's Crash Course in Crisis  —  NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.—The metaphor was so obvious, even cliché, but it was also inescapable: As Pete Buttigieg was driving here from Columbia for a town hall late Saturday afternoon, huge, dark clouds moved into the sunny sky, and a cold wind started blowing through the heat.
Tim Reid / Reuters:   Democratic Mayor Buttigieg faces growing fallout over police shooting in his city
Associated Press:
Buttigieg criticized at emotional town hall about shooting
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and ABC News
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Sanders to propose canceling entire $1.6 trillion in U.S. student loan debt, escalating Democratic policy battle  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will propose on Monday eliminating all $1.6 trillion of student debt held in the United States, a significant escalation of the policy fight …
Tara Golshan / Vox:   Bernie Sanders's proposal to make college free and cancel all student loan debt, explained
Hayley Miller / HuffPost:
Sunday Morning Talk Shows Largely Ignore Trump Rape Allegation  —  The “big five” — NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and Fox — were all but silent on E. Jean Carroll's horrifying claim.  —  Acclaimed author E. Jean Carroll publicly alleged for the first time Friday that President Donald Trump raped her in a dressing room in the mid-1990s.
Tawnell D. Hobbs / Wall Street Journal:
Don't Want Your School to Be Named for a Confederate General?  Find Someone Else Named Lee  —  Schools honor others with surname to avoid costs of repainting or new signs  —  The North East Independent School District in Texas was facing pressure to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School …
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
The Ivory Tower team of wonks behind Warren's policy agenda  —  Behind Elizabeth Warren's trust-busting, Wall Street-bashing, tax-the-wealthy platform is a brain trust that extends well beyond the Beltway thinkers who often rubber stamp campaign proposals.  —  Instead, the former Harvard professor …
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
“These People Are Ready To Bolt”: Elizabeth Warren Allies Plan To Target Joe Biden Backers
Discussion: Political Wire
Saritha Prabhu / USA Today:   A civil war is coming for the Democratic Party — and it won't be pretty
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
Dozens of documents indicate Ilhan Omar lived with Ahmed Hirsi while claiming to be married to Ahmed Elmi
Discussion: Daily Wire and
Associated Press:
AP-NORC Poll: Democratic voters not fully tuned in to 2020  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two dozen Democratic presidential candidates have crisscrossed the country for six months selling their vision for the United States.  But, on the eve of the first debates in the campaign …
Lyman Stone / The Atlantic:
The Boomers Ruined Everything  —  The Baby Boomers ruined America.  That sounds like a hyperbolic claim, but it's one way to state what I found as I tried to solve a riddle.  American society is going through a strange set of shifts: Even as cultural values are in rapid flux, political institutions seem frozen in time.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
What Happens After Amazon's Domination Is Complete?  Its Bookstore Offers Clues  —  SPERRYVILLE, Va. — “The Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy” is a medical handbook that recommends the right amount of the right drug for treating ailments from bacterial pneumonia to infected wounds.
Project Veritas:
Insider Blows Whistle & Exec Reveals Google Plan to Prevent “Trump situation” in 2020 on Hidden Cam  —  Google Head of Responsible Innovation Says Elizabeth Warren “misguided” on “breaking up Google”  —  Google Exec Says Don't Break Us Up: “smaller companies don't have the resources” to “prevent next Trump situation”
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 …
Andrew Stein / Wall Street Journal:
Trump-Haley in 2020  —  Putting her on the ticket may win over some moderate, suburban women.  —  I'm proud to have founded the Democrats for Trump movement in 2016.  President Trump's pro-growth policies have revived the stagnating U.S. economy, and he deserves a second term.
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump Suffers a Triple Fail on Iran, Mexico and Immigration  —  The president's solo initiatives on Iran, Mexico and immigrants were all abandoned before taking effect.  Twitter bravado is a terrible way to govern.  —  LISTEN TO ARTICLE  —  4:46  —  SHARE THIS ARTICLE  —  Share  —  Tweet
Discussion: CNSNews and RedState
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
O'Rourke releases proposal that aims to improve veterans' lives  —  Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke — who heavily focused on veterans issues during his six years in the House of Representatives — released a proposal Monday morning that outlines how he would improve the lives of veterans if elected president.
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Beto For America
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
California governor: “Xenophobic” GOP will be 3rd party  —  California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) told “Axios on HBO” that it's highly likely Republicans will wind up as a third party nationally in 10 to 15 years because of their “xenophobia” and “hyper-masculinity.”
Discussion: Political Wire
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Joe Biden Says He Can Work With the Senate.  The Last Time He Tried, Mitch McConnell Picked His Pockets Badly.  —  As the year 2012 wound down, Democrats hopefully eyed what looked to be one of the last opportunities for genuine legislative progress in a divided government.
Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
How Hope Hicks's Testimony Again Destroyed The Trump-Russia Collusion Narrative  —  While the press portrayed Hope Hicks's silence as all-inclusive, in reality she testified at length and in detail about all aspects of Trump's presidential campaign.  —  Following the Thursday release …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP to launch new fundraising site as Dems crush the online money game  —  Republicans are set to launch a long-awaited, much-delayed online fundraising platform on Monday, a move aimed at closing Democrats' massive small-donor money advantage ahead of the 2020 election.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Mosaic Magazine:
What Iran Is Really Up To  —  Desperate to preserve the nuclear deal, Iran with the help of its Western friends is creating just enough turmoil to make America, and not it, appear eager for war.  —  In April 2015, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—known more commonly as the Iran nuclear deal …
Cindy Boren / Washington Post:
A White House visit for Raptors is a ‘hard no,’ Danny Green says  —  For the first time in Donald Trump's presidency, the NBA has a champion other than the Golden State Warriors, but don't expect the Toronto Raptors' position on visiting the White House during this administration to be much different from that of the Warriors.
Scott Bland / Politico:
Democratic group's poll shows Trump vulnerable with his base on health care  —  The Democratic research group American Bridge is preparing a $50 million campaign to win over a slice of President Donald Trump's base, and new polling has convinced the organization that Trump is vulnerable on pocketbook issues …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
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Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
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Discussion: Political Wire
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 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Enough With Hamilton, Say Fans of Other Founding Fathers
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Discussion: Washington Post
Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
Agriculture Department buries studies showing dangers of climate change
Discussion: Washington Post and POLITICUSUSA
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
America's Finest Economists Have Been Needlessly Undermining Growth, Study Confirms
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Wall Street Journal:
New York Landlords in a Financial Bind From New Rent Law
Discussion: Splinter
Jesselyn Cook / HuffPost:
Here's What It's Like To See Yourself In A Deepfake Porn Video
Zachary Basu / Axios:
House Oversight to subpoena Kellyanne Conway over Hatch Act violations
New Policy: Do Not Post In Support of Trump or his Administration