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11:10 AM ET, June 25, 2019

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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  —  New York (CNN)The New York Post's former top editor, a supporter of President Trump and an old lieutenant of Rupert Murdoch who returned to the conservative tabloid as an adviser in early 2019 …
Lara Takenaga / New York Times:
Our Top Editor Revisits How We Handled E. Jean Carroll's Allegations Against Trump  —  Dean Baquet, our executive editor, says “we were overly cautious” in our handling of a prominent writer's allegations against the president.  —  After an article last week reported the advice columnist E …
John Gage / Washington Examiner:
Anderson Cooper cuts to commercial after Trump accuser E. Jean Carroll calls rape ‘sexy’
Discussion: Mediaite
Gabriel Snyder / Columbia Journalism Review:   Times Public Editor: Ignoring a scoop that's not your own
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:   Stephen Colbert Sounds Off on E. Jean Carroll's Trump Rape Allegation: ‘Specific, Credible and Terrible’
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Palestinians throw cold water on Jared Kushner's Middle East plans
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.
Politico:   Democratic campaign officials warn against focusing on impeaching Trump
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.
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Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Mike Pompeo's dilemma: Stick with Trump or bet on his own future  —  Mike Pompeo is the GOP's best shot at keeping a must-win Senate seat in Republican hands.  But he's also the most stable national security voice in an administration that's constantly on the verge of cracking up …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What Iran's president says about Trump's White House
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Emergency Aid for Migrants Badly Divides Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — Congress is trying to rush $4.5 billion in emergency humanitarian aid to the southwestern border while placing new restrictions on President Trump's immigration crackdown, spurred on by disturbing images of suffering migrant families …
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Washington Post:
America should be horrified by this  —  CHILDREN WEARING clothes …
Noa Landau / Haaretz:
Contradicting Trump, Top Putin Adviser Says U.S. Drone Downed in Iranian Airspace  —  At first-ever trilateral meeting in Jerusalem, National Security Adviser Bolton says U.S. ready for Iran to engage in ‘real negotiations’  —  Russia has military intelligence that shows that a U.S. drone …
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Tom Embury-Dennis / The Independent:   Russia contradicts Trump administration by saying downed US drone was in Iranian air space
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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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David French / National Review:
America's Most Educated, Engaged Citizens Are Making Politics Worse
Discussion: The Week
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
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Discussion: Political Wire
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Muses Privately About Ending Postwar Japan Defense Pact  — President wants compensation for Okinawa Marine base move  — U.S. military in Japan calls itself ‘cornerstone of peace’  —  President Donald Trump has recently mused to confidants about withdrawing …
Discussion: Slate, UPI, Japan Times, The Week and CNBC
The Hill:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump: I do not need congressional approval to strike Iran  —  President Trump told Hill.TV in an exclusive interview Monday that he does not need congressional approval to strike Iran.  —  When asked if he believes he has the authority to initiate military action against Iran without …
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Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
AG Bill Barr killed 7 Robert Mueller investigations — 10 days after he submitted his report  —  Attorney General Bill Barr killed seven different investigations started by special counsel Robert Mueller just ten days after he submitted his report.
BBC:
The Arab world in seven charts: Are Arabs turning their backs on religion?  —  Arabs are increasingly saying they are no longer religious, according to the largest and most in-depth survey undertaken of the Middle East and North Africa.  —  The finding is one of a number on how Arabs feel …
Michael J. Stern / USA Today:
The Trump Justice Department has turned ‘religious liberty’ into a license to discriminate  —  Trump's DOJ is destroying civil rights for gay, Mexican, Muslim and transgender people in the name of religious freedom for conservative Christians.  —  CONNECT  —  Last year, the Department …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Judge releases court details that show speed, scope of Mueller investigation following CNN request  —  Schiff: Hope to reach Mueller subpoena decision this week  —  Washington (CNN)At the request of CNN, a federal judge in Washington on Monday released about 230 pages of data from the court showing …
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
ICE Agents Are Losing Patience with Trump's Chaotic Immigration Policy  —  Last Monday, when President Trump tweeted that his Administration would stage nationwide immigration raids the following week, with the goal of deporting “millions of illegal aliens,” agents at Immigration and Customs Enforcement were suddenly forced to scramble.
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Douglas MacMillan / Washington Post:
Data brokers are selling your secrets.  How states are trying to stop them.  —  Vermont's new data broker registry highlights the difficulties of regulating dozens of secretive firms buying and selling personal data  —  Until recently, Randy Koloski had never heard of Amerilist, a small business 25 miles north of Manhattan.
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 …
Joshua Jamerson / Wall Street Journal:
Debates Put Democratic National Committee Back in Spotlight  —  After taking heat in 2016, the DNC is again a foil for some presidential candidates  —  WASHINGTON—The Democratic National Committee, having served as a punching bag for disaffected liberals in 2016, is preparing to step back into the ring.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Self-Inflicted Medical Misery  —  Red America's homemade rural health crisis.  —  Over the weekend The Washington Post published a heart-rending description of a pop-up medical clinic in Cleveland, Tenn. — a temporary installation providing free care for two days on a first-come-first-served basis.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Americans in the age of Trump: Less tolerant  —  In a disturbing new poll, the Public Religion Research Institute finds that “while at least two thirds of Americans oppose allowing small business owners to refuse products or services to minority groups based on their religious beliefs …
 
 
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MSNBC:
GOP Rep. on conditions in camp: ‘Any child is free to leave at anytime’
Discussion: Splinter
Emma Meshell / Campus Reform:
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Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
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Michael Kruse / Politico:
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Jessica Kwong / Newsweek:
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Bloomberg:
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The Hill:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump declines to say he has confidence in FBI director
Discussion: CNN and Axios
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
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Discussion: The Week
Ellen Knickmeyer / Associated Press:
Blurred lines: Trump's UN choice and her coal magnate spouse
Discussion: Washington Post
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
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