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4:40 PM ET, June 25, 2019

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New York Times:
Acting Border Chief Expected to Resign as Migrant Children Are Returned to Texas Facility  —  The Customs and Border Protection agency's acting commissioner, John Sanders, is expected to step down in the coming weeks as the government's primary border enforcement executive …
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Migrant children are suffering at the border.  But reporters are kept away from the story.  —  Overcrowded facilities.  Sick, filthy and hungry children sleeping on concrete floors.  Young children taking care of infants and toddlers in the enforced absence of their parents.
Associated Press:
More than 100 migrant kids moved back to troubled facility
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Lizzie O'Leary / The Atlantic:
‘Children Were Dirty, They Were Scared, and They Were Hungry’
Discussion: Vox, The Week and Mic
Amanda Darrach / Columbia Journalism Review:
It's not a party for Sarah Huckabee Sanders  —  On June 13, when Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that she would step down as White House Press Secretary, Francesca Chambers, White House correspondent for the Daily Mail, and Anita Kumar, White House correspondent for Politico …
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Sarah Sanders: Farewell happy hour not the ‘appropriate venue’ to discuss honesty  —  There were smiles, handshakes, hugs and photos as Sarah Sanders, the outgoing White House press secretary, hung out on Monday night with colleagues and journalists at a happy hour in a D.C. steakhouse.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Trump taps Melania Trump's spokeswoman as next White House press secretary  —  (CNN)Melania Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham will get a major new role as both White House press secretary and communications director, the first lady tweeted Tuesday.  —  “I am pleased to announce @StephGrisham45 …
Shawn McCreesh / New York Times:
Toasting Sarah Huckabee Sanders.  By the Press.  Really.  —  “You'd better not say I was here,” said one White House reporter, who attended the awkward drinks at a nearby steakhouse.  —  WASHINGTON — There's an old maxim about the press, sometimes attributed to H.L. Mencken: “Journalism is to politician as dog is to lamp post.”
Ali Vitali / NBC News:
Elizabeth Warren jumps out to a big lead in MoveOn poll  —  The survey comes a day ahead of the first Democratic debate, hosted by NBC, in Miami on Wednesday and Thursday.  —  MIAMI — Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders top a new straw poll from progressive group MoveOn.org …
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New York Times:   Biggest Change in Race in 6 Months: A Name (Buttigieg) Is Now Known
Project Veritas:
BREAKING: New Google Document Leaked Describing Shapiro, Prager, as ‘nazis using the dogwhistles’  —  (New York) - Project Veritas has obtained a newly leaked document from Google that appears to show a Google employee and member of Google “transparency-and-ethics” group calling conservative …
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Jen Gennai:
This is not how I expected Monday to go!  —  I've spent the last 12 hours travelling back from Dublin to San Francisco, unaware of what was happening on the ground.  When I touched down today, and I turned on my phone, I received the shock of my life.  I had received an enormous collection …
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump tiring of Mulvaney  —  But the president is unlikely to replace his acting chief of staff for the foreseeable future, because finding a fourth chief of staff would be a heavy lift.  —  President Donald Trump's honeymoon period with Mick Mulvaney is coming to an end.
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Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Mike Pompeo's dilemma: Stick with Trump or bet on his own future
John Bresnahan / Politico:
No pay raise for House members after GOP balks
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
ICE Agents Are Losing Patience with Trump's Chaotic Immigration Policy  —  Last Monday, when President Trump tweeted that his Administration would stage nationwide immigration raids the following week, with the goal of deporting “millions of illegal aliens,” agents at Immigration and Customs Enforcement were suddenly forced to scramble.
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Alayna Treene / Axios:   Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner John Sanders resigns
Washington Post:
Top U.S. border official John Sanders to step down, deepening DHS turmoil
CNN:
Acting US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner John Sanders to leave
Discussion: UPI and The Daily Caller
Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
My Plan to Strengthen Our Democracy  —  Elections are the foundation of our democracy, but in the United States — the greatest democracy in the world — our government treats voting like it's one of the least important things we do.  We have around 8,000 election jurisdictions all doing their own thing.
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German Lopez / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren has a new plan to make voting easier
Discussion: Axios, Breitbart and Politico
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:   Elizabeth Warren Wants To Transform American Elections
Washington Post:
Iran calls new U.S. sanctions ‘outrageous and idiotic,’ warns that path to diplomacy is permanently closed  —  DUBAI — Iranian officials slammed the Trump administration Tuesday for new sanctions targeting the country's leadership, saying the measures permanently closed the path to diplomacy …
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Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Trump says attack by Iran on anything American will be met with ‘obliteration’
Discussion: KTLA
Nasser Karimi / Associated Press:
Iran calls new US sanctions ‘outrageous and idiotic’
Washington Post:
Democrats' emoluments lawsuit against President Trump can proceed, federal judge rules  —  Rejecting a request from President Trump, a federal judge in Washington on Tuesday cleared the way for nearly 200 Democrats in Congress to continue their lawsuit against him alleging that his private business violates …
Discussion: Above the Law and Political Wire
Associated Press:
Father-daughter border drowning highlights migrants' perils  —  MEXICO CITY (AP) — The man and his 23-month-old daughter lay face down in shallow water along the bank of the Rio Grande, his black shirt hiked up to his chest with the girl's head tucked inside.
New York Times:
A Plan to Mine the Minnesota Wilderness Hit a Dead End.  Then Trump Became President.  —  The project's reversal of fortunes has angered environmentalists and focused attention on an unusual connection between a Chilean billionaire and President Trump's family.
Discussion: CNN, Shareblue Media and The Week
Roque Planas / HuffPost:
Elizabeth Warren: Repeal The Law That Criminalizes Migrants  —  The Democratic presidential candidate wants to repeal a decades-old law put forth by a famed segregationist.  —  Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren called Tuesday for repealing the decades-old law criminalizing …
Axios:
Media braces for a “Trump slump”  —  Top news executives tell Axios that a real “Trump slump” is hitting digital, cable and more.  —  Why it matters: The shock factor around President Trump's unplanned announcements, staff departures, taunting tweets and erratic behavior is wearing off …
Oregonian:
Oregon's top Senate Democrat suggests climate bill is dead  —  SALEM — Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney said on Tuesday morning that the climate change bill at the center of Republicans' walkout lacks the votes necessary to pass, because not enough Democrats support it.
Discussion: Vox and Associated Press
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Once the poorest senator, ‘Middle Class Joe’ Biden has reaped millions in income since leaving the vice presidency  —  The Georgian-style home — from the front a brick version of the White House — once belonged to Alexander Haig, the former secretary of state.
Chris Brennan / Inquirer.com:
Pennsylvania GOP chair Val DiGiorgio traded sexually charged messages with a Philly Council candidate.  Then he sent her an explicit photo.  —  Irina Goldstein says she didn't immediately recognize the man who sent her a Facebook friend request in October, after she had commented on a group photo that had included him.
Discussion: Townhall, Politico and New York Times
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What now, for those who denied a ‘crisis’ at the border?  —  Congress is debating emergency humanitarian aid to care for migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border.  The need is obvious.  With virtually no barrier to stop them, thousands of migrants are crossing illegally into the United States every day.
The Onion:
‘I Just Want A Substantive, Issues-Oriented Democratic Debate,’ Lie Thousands Of Americans Hungry For Unhinged Trainwreck  —  WASHINGTON—Claiming to desire a measured, civilized discussion bringing to light the pros and cons of each candidate, thousands of Americans hungry for an unhinged trainwreck lied …
MSNBC:
GOP Rep. on conditions in camp: ‘Any child is free to leave at anytime’  —  Chris Hayes talks to GOP Rep. Michael Burgess about reported deplorable conditions for children in migrant detention camps.
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:
Mitch McConnell Will Be The Boogeyman Of The 2020 Elections  —  Republicans and Democrats alike are trying to turn the senator from Kentucky into American politics' ultimate antagonist.  —  Democrats are preparing to make Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a central villain of their push …
 
 
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New York Times:
‘Lock the S.O.B.s Up’: Joe Biden and the Era of Mass Incarceration
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Our next election is dangerously vulnerable, a top Democrat warns. Does Trump care?
Discussion: Shakesville and The Hill
Simon van Zuylen-Wood / Washington Post:
Is Centrism Doomed?  —  Howard Schultz personifies …
The Hill:
READ: Trump's full exclusive interview with The Hill
Discussion: CNN, RedState and POLITICUSUSA
Reuters:
How judges added to the grim toll of opioids
Richard J Evans / The Guardian:
Norman Stone obituary
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Abortion a Factor in 2020 Vote
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Ben Poston / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County demands journalists' sources while refusing to release records, Times lawyers allege
Urie Dvorozniak / Salon:
Trump supporters are furious that a knitting website took a stand on white supremacy
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Self-Inflicted Medical Misery
Discussion: Mother Jones
Charles Sykes / Politico:
Dear Democrats, Here's How to Guarantee Trump's Reelection
Discussion: Progress Pond and NPR
Noa Landau / Haaretz:
Contradicting Trump, Top Putin Adviser Says U.S. Drone Downed in Iranian Airspace
Bloomberg:
Debt, Conflict and Vacancy Imperil Kushners' Times Square Dream
Washington Post:
As Supreme Court decision nears, lower court orders new look at census citizenship question