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7:10 PM ET, June 25, 2019

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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 …
Discussion: Splinter
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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.”
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.
New York Times:
Trump Names Stephanie Grisham, Aide to First Lady, as White House Press Secretary  —  WASHINGTON — Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump's loyal and sometimes combative communications director, will replace Sarah Huckabee Sanders as White House press secretary, the first lady announced on Tuesday.
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 …
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
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Mike Pompeo's dilemma: Stick with Trump or bet on his own future
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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Lizzie O'Leary / The Atlantic:
‘Children Were Dirty, They Were Scared, and They Were Hungry’
Discussion: New York Times, Mic and The Week
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Melania announces Stephanie Grisham as press secy and comms director
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
Discussion: Human Events and Splinter
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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Web / Millsaps College:   Latest Millsaps/Chism Strategies Survey Examines Democratic Presidential Candidates
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Democratic bigwigs fear debates will devolve into horror show
Discussion: CBS News
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 …
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 …
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Andrew M Harris / Bloomberg:
Democrats Get Go-Ahead to Probe President's Finances in Lawsuit
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Washington Post:
Rep. Duncan Hunter used campaign money to fund extramarital affairs, prosecutors allege
Discussion: New York Times and Vanity Fair
Bloomberg:
Trump's Protocol Chief Is Quitting Just Before the G-20 Summit  — Sean Lawler faces a probe into claims of verbal altercations  — Protocol official assists president on overseas trips  —  The Trump administration official in charge of diplomatic protocol plans to resign …
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 …
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 …
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, The Week and Shareblue Media
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Trump says attack by Iran on anything American will be met with ‘obliteration’  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump threatened Iran with “obliteration” on Tuesday, saying that an attack on “anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force.”  —  “In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration.
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Washington Post:
Iran calls new U.S. sanctions ‘outrageous and idiotic,’ warns that path to diplomacy is permanently closed
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.
John Nolte / Breitbart:
Trump Accuser E. Jean Carroll Is Another Fake News Disaster  —  The slow-motion trainwreck that has come to define Trump-accuser E. Jean Carroll's publicity blitz has been painful to watch, one more example of our corrupt media — as a means to smear Trump — psychologically abusing someone who is obviously unwell and unreliable.
New York Times:
‘Lock the S.O.B.s Up’: Joe Biden and the Era of Mass Incarceration  —  He now plays down his role overhauling crime laws with segregationist senators in the '80s and '90s.  That portrayal today is at odds with his actions and rhetoric back then.  —  WASHINGTON — In September 1994 …
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
The Census Case Is Shaping Up to Be the Biggest Travesty Since Bush v. Gore  —  The government's conduct in the pending Supreme Court case about adding a citizenship question to the census has gone from indefensible to outrageous.  In the case, which is likely to be decided this week …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
Christina Sturdivant Sani / Washington Post:
These researchers study terrorists.  Sometimes, they also stumble across scoops.  —  He typed the names of his targets on a spreadsheet: “sheila jackson ... Chris hayes ... ilhan omar.”  He searched online for the best ways to kill black people and for the addresses of a couple of U.S. Supreme Court justices.
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.
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: Axios, Vox, Associated Press and NPR
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.
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
‘Looking for fireworks’: How 2016 — and Trump — ushered in the era of the megadebate  —  Carly Fiorina's breakout moment during the 2016 presidential race came just before the first commercial break of the second Republican primary debate, at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif.
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.
 
 
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Former Arkansas State Senator Jeremy Hutchinson Pleads Guilty to Bribery and Tax Fraud Charges …
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
Jeremy Hunt: EU playing hardball because it wants UK in customs union
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Bernie Sanders is using his massive email list to warn immigrants about ICE raids
Simon van Zuylen-Wood / Washington Post:
Is Centrism Doomed?  —  Howard Schultz personifies …
Washington Post:
U.S. Air Force veteran accused as mercenary in Libya's civil war is freed
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The Hill:
READ: Trump's full exclusive interview with The Hill
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 Earlier Items: 
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What now, for those who denied a ‘crisis’ at the border?
Ben Poston / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County demands journalists' sources while refusing to release records, Times lawyers allege
Eli Broad / New York Times:
Please, Please Raise My Taxes
Discussion: National Review
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Self-Inflicted Medical Misery
Discussion: Mother Jones
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:
Mitch McConnell Will Be The Boogeyman Of The 2020 Elections
Charles Sykes / Politico:
Dear Democrats, Here's How to Guarantee Trump's Reelection
Discussion: Washington Monthly and NPR
Bloomberg:
Debt, Conflict and Vacancy Imperil Kushners' Times Square Dream
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
ICE Agents Are Losing Patience with Trump's Chaotic Immigration Policy