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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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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: Political Wire
Politico:   Mueller's team may think it is done. Democrats have other ideas.
HuffPost:   Democratic Leaders Ignore Simmering Support For Impeachment
Axios:
Robert Mueller agrees to publicly testify to Congress
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Mueller agrees to testify before 2 House committees in July
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Vox, Politico and Washington Post
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Lynn Vavreck / New York Times:   It's Not So Much the Debate. It's the Days After the Debate.
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Team Trump plans debate night offensive
Discussion: USA Today
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
Democratic debates could be dull: A crowd in search of a breakthrough
Annie Karni / New York Times:
What Will Democrats Look for in Debates? Someone They Can Imagine Onstage With Trump
Discussion: Washington Post
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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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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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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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: CBS News and Eduwonk
CNN:   Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren clash escalates in contest for progressive champion
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 …
Discussion: Politico
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.
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Paul Wiseman / Associated Press:
Possible outcome of Trump-Xi meeting: A truce in trade war
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.
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
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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 …
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Duncan Hunter Used Campaign Money for Multiple Affairs, Prosecutors Say  —  LOS ANGELES — Just a few months after taking his seat in Congress in 2009, Duncan Hunter began an affair with a lobbyist and used campaign money to pay for dates, prosecutors said in a new court filing.
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Prosecutors: Rep. Duncan Hunter used campaign funds to pursue affairs
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
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 …
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.
 
 
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Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
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The Onion:
‘I Just Want A Substantive, Issues-Oriented Democratic Debate,’ …