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8:40 AM ET, June 26, 2019

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Danny Hakim / New York Times:
N.R.A. Shuts Down Production of NRATV  —  The National Rifle Association has shut down production at NRATV.  —  The N.R.A. on Tuesday also severed all business with its estranged advertising firm, Ackerman McQueen, which operates NRATV, the N.R.A.'s live broadcasting media arm …
CNN:
Mueller to testify publicly on July 17 following a subpoena  —  (CNN)Robert Mueller will testify before Congress on July 17 after House Democrats issued a subpoena for his appearance, a move that paves the way for a reluctant special counsel to answer questions publicly for the first time …
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Mueller's team may think it is done.  Democrats have other ideas.  —  Robert Mueller's former prosecutors are trying to move on.  Congressional Democrats want to pull them back in.  —  It's the latest twist for the special counsel's attorneys who spent nearly two years working …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Robert Mueller to Testify Before House Committees  —  WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has agreed to testify before Congress on July 17, two House committees announced Tuesday night after issuing subpoenas to compel his appearance.  —  The subpoenas from the House Judiciary …
Discussion: Slate
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Mueller to testify to Congress in open session about his investigation
Discussion: The Week, CNN and Political Wire
HuffPost:   Democratic Leaders Ignore Simmering Support For Impeachment
Axios:
Robert Mueller agrees to publicly testify to Congress
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.
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CNN:
A shocking image of a drowned man and his daughter underscores the crisis at the US-Mexico border  —  (CNN)The photo is haunting, a vivid reminder of the danger many face when they try to cross into the United States.  It shows the human toll of a crisis at the border that's often debated …
New York Times:   Photo of Drowned Migrants Captures Pathos of Those Who Risk It All
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 …
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
‘I believe the president’: GOP stands by Trump on sexual assault allegation  —  Republicans believe Donald Trump.  They're not so sure about the woman.  —  The president's GOP allies in Congress are moving swiftly to dismiss new allegations of rape against him, arguing journalist E. Jean Carroll …
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CNN:
Two Republican senators say rape allegation against Trump should be investigated while many in GOP stay mum  —  Writer accuses Trump of '90s sexual assault  —  (CNN)Two Republican senators said Tuesday the rape allegation made against President Donald Trump by writer E. Jean Carroll …
The Daily Beast:
A House Dem Calls for Investigating Trump Sexual Assault Allegations as Her Colleagues Shrug
Discussion: Vox and Mother Jones
Lili Loofbourow / Slate:
The Devastating Oddness of E. Jean Carroll's Trump Accusation
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Why 2020 Democrats should ignore Twitter at the first debate  —  MIAMI, Fla. — No matter if you're Andrew Yang or Joe Biden, the best way to stand out at the first debates tonight and tomorrow night is to ignore the desire to create a viral moment.  —  The state of play: Instead …
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Lynn Vavreck / New York Times:   It's Not So Much the Debate. It's the Days After the Debate.
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
Democratic debates could be dull: A crowd in search of a breakthrough
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Team Trump plans debate night offensive
Discussion: USA Today and YouTube
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.”
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Antonia Noori Farzan / Washington Post:
New White House press secretary yanked Arizona reporters' access after critical coverage
Discussion: Fox News
Amanda Darrach / Columbia Journalism Review:
It's not a party for Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Discussion: Splinter
New York Times:
Mark Morgan to Lead Customs and Border Protection in Latest Homeland Security Shake-Up  —  WASHINGTON — Chaos intensified on Tuesday inside the agency responsible for securing the nation's borders as a top official was replaced by an immigration hard-liner and former Fox News contributor …
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New York Times:
Acting Border Chief Expected to Resign as Migrant Children Are Returned to Texas Facility
Caroline Linton / CBS News:
Public defender with backing from top progressive Democrats declares victory in Queens DA race  —  Public defender and criminal justice reformer Tiffany Cabán declared victory late Tuesday in the Queens county district attorney Democratic primary.  The race has drawn national attention as a test for progressive Democrats.
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Ross Barkan / The Nation:   Tiffany Cabán Just Made History
Holly Ellyatt / CNBC:
Mnuchin: ‘We were about 90% of the way’ on China trade deal and there's a ‘path to complete this’  —  KEY POINTS  — “We were about 90% of the way there (with a deal) and I think there's a path to complete this,” he told CNBC's Hadley Gamble in Manama, Bahrain on Wednesday.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Politico and UPI
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Paul Wiseman / Associated Press:
Possible outcome of Trump-Xi meeting: A truce in trade war
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Secret Service Take Chicago Restaurant Employee into Custody After She Spits on Eric Trump  —  U.S. Secret Service took an employee of a Chicago restaurant into custody Tuesday evening after she spit on President Donald Trump's son Eric Trump, the president's son told Breitbart News.
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
New York Times' Trump Tax Team Imploded When Star Reporter David Barstow Went Rogue  —  David Barstow tried to ghostwrite a book with a top-secret source on the Pulitzer-winning story.  —  On April 15, the New York Times staff gathered in the newsroom, looking up at Executive Editor Dean Baquet …
Web / Millsaps College:
Latest Millsaps/Chism Strategies Survey Examines Democratic Presidential Candidates  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a commanding lead among Mississippi Democratic voters as the first televised presidential primary debates are scheduled for the evenings of June 26-27.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
Sanders had a good brand. But he knew he needed a refresh.
Discussion: CNN, CBS News and Eduwonk
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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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Smoking Gun Against Google?
Discussion: The Sun and Medium
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 …
Andy Slavitt / USA Today:
Democrats can beat Trump on health care if they focus on high costs and economic security  —  Don't just debate how to expand insurance.  Health should anchor an economic message of security, financial mobility, racial equality and rural revival.  —  CONNECT
Dirk VanderHart / OPB:
Oregon Senate President: Cap-And-Trade Bill Won't Pass  —  UPDATE (2:20 p.m. PT) — Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, says Oregon's sweeping plan for addressing climate change this legislative session does not have the votes to pass.  —  But it's not clear whether that will be enough to bring Senate Republicans back to work.
Jack Stubbs / Reuters:
Break-ins and evictions  —  For security staff at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the Ericsson situation was just one dark cloud in a gathering storm, according to internal documents and 10 people with knowledge of the matter.  —  For years, the company's predecessor, technology giant Hewlett Packard, didn't even know it had been hacked.
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
NSA Improperly Collected U.S. Phone Records a Second Time  —  The National Security Agency collected records about U.S. calls and text messages that it wasn't authorized to obtain last year, in a second such incident, renewing privacy concerns surrounding the agency's maligned phone-surveillance program …
 
 
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House Judiciary Dems / Medium:
IN A VICTORY FOR THE CONSTITUTION, JUDGE REJECTS DELAY & ORDERS DISCOVERY IN BLUMENTHAL V. TRUMP …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Joe Biden Won't Back the Trade Deal He Helped Sell
Wall Street Journal:
Huawei Telecom Gear Much More Vulnerable to Hackers Than Rivals' Equipment, Report Says
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Washington owes Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch an apology
Tim Alberta / Politico:
‘Complete This Sentence: Donald Trump Wins Reelection If ... ’
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
As you watch the Democratic debates, remember that how politicians speak is as important as what they say
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Tulsi Gabbard Insists She Was Never Vetted for a Trump Cabinet Post
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Kushner tries to sell Mideast plan to skeptical audience
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Another Own-Goal by the Left
Discussion: The Hill
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Electability of Democratic Nominee Outranks Issue Stances
Janelle Nanos / BostonGlobe.com:
Wayfair employees plan walkout to oppose furniture sales to migrant detention facilities
The Onion:
‘I Just Want A Substantive, Issues-Oriented Democratic Debate,’ …