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2:45 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  —  HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. government officials say they've moved more than 100 kids back to a remote border facility where lawyers reported detained children were caring for each other and had inadequate food, water, and sanitation.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
CNN:
Acting US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner John Sanders to leave
Discussion: UPI and The Daily Caller
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Melania announces Stephanie Grisham as press secy and comms director
Discussion: Breitbart
Alayna Treene / Axios:   Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner John Sanders resigns
Wall Street Journal:
John Sanders Resigns as Head of Customs and Border Protection
Discussion: Washington Post
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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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.
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 …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Mike Pompeo's dilemma: Stick with Trump or bet on his own future
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Sarah Sanders: Farewell happy hour not the ‘appropriate venue’ to discuss honesty
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:   Melania Trump's senior aide to replace Sarah Sanders
John Bresnahan / Politico:
No pay raise for House members after GOP balks
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
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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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Joe Biden keeps stepping in it - and voters couldn't care less  —  Joe Biden's all-too-friendly touching of women in the MeToo era was supposed to be toxic to his presidential campaign.  Critics thought his flip flop on subsidized abortions would show how deeply out of touch he was with the modern Democratic Party.
New York Times:
Is Cory Booker Too Nice? (And Is That Bad?)
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
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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Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:   Elizabeth Warren Wants To Transform American Elections
German Lopez / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren has a new plan to make voting easier
Discussion: Axios, Politico and Breitbart
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’
Nasser Karimi / Associated Press:
Iran calls new US sanctions ‘outrageous and idiotic’
The Hill:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump vehemently denies E. Jean Carroll allegation, says 'she's not my type'  —  President Trump said Monday that writer E. Jean Carroll was “totally lying” when she recently accused him of raping her during an encounter in a New York department store in the mid-1990s.
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CNN:
Murdoch lieutenant ordered removal of New York Post story on Trump sexual assault allegation, sources say
John Gage / Washington Examiner:
Anderson Cooper cuts to commercial after Trump accuser E. Jean Carroll calls rape ‘sexy’
Discussion: Mediaite and The Post Millennial
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 …
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Prosecutors: Rep. Duncan Hunter used campaign funds to pursue affairs  —  Federal prosecutors have accused Rep. Duncan Hunter of improperly using campaign funds to pursue numerous romantic affairs with congressional aides and lobbyists, according to a new court filing late Monday night.
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Former top Commerce aide says he was directed by Ross to add census citizenship question  —  A House panel is releasing information that it says “points to a partisan and discriminatory effort” behind the Trump administration's move to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 Census …
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:   Commerce Dept. ordered ex-official not to answer House panel questions
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 and The Week
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.
Discussion: Slate and Splinter
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.
Charles Sykes / Politico:
Dear Democrats, Here's How to Guarantee Trump's Reelection  —  As you prepare for your first debates later this week, some unsolicited thoughts on what you could do to blow this election.  With 20 of you clamoring for attention over two nights, the opportunities are abundant for you to kick off …
Discussion: NPR
Bloomberg:
Debt, Conflict and Vacancy Imperil Kushners' Times Square Dream  —  Jared Kushner's family averted disaster last year when a Canadian asset manager swooped in to buy their skyscraper in midtown Manhattan, which had been hemorrhaging millions of dollars.  Now they're facing a similar crisis a few blocks away.
Urie Dvorozniak / Salon:
Trump supporters are furious that a knitting website took a stand on white supremacy  —  The knitting forum that boasts over 8 million users says hate won't be tolerated on its site anymore  —  When you think of the knitting community, you might envision an elderly woman …
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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The Hill:
READ: Trump's full exclusive interview with The Hill
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Francois Murphy / Reuters:
Austrian Court Clears Way for U.S. Extradition of Ukrainian Tycoon Firtash
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
Chris Brennan / Inquirer.com:
Pennsylvania GOP chair Val DiGiorgio traded sexually charged messages with a Philly Council candidate.
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Poston / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County demands journalists' sources while refusing to release records, Times lawyers allege
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Self-Inflicted Medical Misery
Discussion: Mother Jones
Noa Landau / Haaretz:
Contradicting Trump, Top Putin Adviser Says U.S. Drone Downed in Iranian Airspace
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
ICE Agents Are Losing Patience with Trump's Chaotic Immigration Policy
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
AG Bill Barr killed 7 Robert Mueller investigations — 10 days after he submitted his report