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9:10 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.”
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 …
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.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Sarah Sanders: Farewell happy hour not the ‘appropriate venue’ to discuss honesty
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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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 …
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Children Remain in Dangerous Conditions on the Texas Border
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Migrant children are suffering at the border. But reporters are kept away from the story.
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.
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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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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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 …
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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Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Judge Allows Lawsuit by Democrats Against Trump to Proceed
Discussion: Washington Press and POLITICUSUSA
Andrew M Harris / Bloomberg:
Democrats Get Go-Ahead to Probe President's Finances in Lawsuit
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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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
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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
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.
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Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Resigns Amid Sexting Scandal
Discussion: Inquirer.com and Political Wire
HuffPost:
Democratic Leaders Ignore Simmering Support For Impeachment  —  Rank-and-file House Democrats are getting impatient with leadership's strategy of doing ordinary oversight of the Trump administration.  —  WASHINGTON ― Impeachment pressure is mounting, both among voters and within the House Democratic Caucus.
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Mueller could face 2 subpoenas to testify before Congress
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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: The Week, CNN and Shareblue Media
Janelle Nanos / BostonGlobe.com:
Wayfair employees plan walkout to oppose furniture sales to migrant detention facilities  —  Employees of the Boston-based online housewares giant Wayfair announced Tuesday that they would stage a walkout at the company's Back Bay offices Wednesday to protest the company's decision to sell furniture …
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 …
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.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Debates Mark the Starting Line for the Media's Race Through 2020  —  MIAMI — For all of the cable news chatter, Twitter skirmishes and presidentially bestowed nicknames, this week's prime-time Democratic debates mark the entry point for millions of Americans who are just now tuning into a contest …
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.
CBO Publications:
The 2019 Long-Term Budget Outlook  —  Each year, the Congressional Budget Office publishes a report presenting its budget projections for the next 30 years.  Those extended baseline projections generally reflect current law.  This report is the latest in the series.  —  Debt in CBO's Extended Baseline Projections.
Discussion: Axios, CNN, Political Wire, Reason and TheBlaze
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.
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 …
 
 
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Economic Innovation Group:
The Flipped Counties of 2016 Still Lagging Behind
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Axios
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
NBC News:
Biden preps at ‘debate camp’ ahead of Thursday's faceoff
Discussion: Reason, Breitbart and Bangor Daily News
Washington Post:
U.S. Air Force veteran accused as mercenary in Libya's civil war is freed
Discussion: CNN and Task & Purpose
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What now, for those who denied a ‘crisis’ at the border?
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Self-Inflicted Medical Misery
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mother Jones
MSNBC:
GOP Rep. on conditions in camp: ‘Any child is free to leave at anytime’
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
Axios:
Media braces for a “Trump slump”