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1:10 PM ET, June 25, 2019

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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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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Climate, Guns and Abortion Are Top Debate Topics for Democratic Voters  —  Slavery reparations, Trump's proposed border wall at the bottom of the list  —  The Democratic National Committee's first two debates of the 2020 cycle will be held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami on Wednesday and Thursday.
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:   Elizabeth Warren Wants To Transform American Elections
Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
My Plan to Strengthen Our Democracy
German Lopez / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren has a new plan to make voting easier
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Discussion: Slate and Pacific Standard
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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
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
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
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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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
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Trump says attack by Iran on anything American will be met with ‘obliteration’  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump threatened Iran with “obliteration” on Tuesday, saying that an attack on “anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force.”  —  “In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration.
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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 …
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.
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: Washington Monthly
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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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Sarah Sanders: Farewell happy hour not the ‘appropriate venue’ to discuss honesty
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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
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.
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
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
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 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 …
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 …
Richard J Evans / The Guardian:
Norman Stone obituary  —  Historian and controversial media commentator who taught at Cambridge, Oxford and in Turkey  —  One of the specialities of the historian Norman Stone, who has died aged 78, was character assassination.  As a judge of the Fraenkel prize in contemporary history some years ago …
 
 
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New York Times:
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Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
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Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
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