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5:50 PM ET, June 26, 2019


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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Mueller's testimony could expose one of Trump's biggest crimes  —  Now that Robert S. Mueller III has agreed to testify before Congress, some commentators are rushing to declare that “expectations” could be dashed.  And some Democrats are also downplaying expectations …
Washington Post:
Trump lashes out at Mueller, accusing him of a crime ahead of planned congressional testimony
John W. Schoen / CNBC:   Trump — without evidence — accuses Mueller of ‘illegally’ deleting FBI text messages
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Another Impeachment Rant
Discussion: Splinter
Washington Post:
The father and daughter who drowned at the border dove into the river in desperation  —  Valeria was a cheery child.  Not even 2 years old, she loved to dance, play with her stuffed animals and brush her family members' hair.  Her father, Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, was stalwart.
New York Times:
Photo of Drowned Migrants Captures Pathos of Those Who Risk It All
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
Investigators Revealed Disgusting Conditions For Migrant Children And Families Locked In Border Camps  —  When Department of Homeland Security inspectors visited several border facilities in the Rio Grande Valley earlier this month, they found adults and minors with no access to showers …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
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 …
Bloomberg:   Embattled NRA Loses Its Political Power Broker on Eve of 2020
Washington Post:
NRA's top lobbyist resigns amid chaos at the gun rights organization
Discussion: The Trace, The Daily Caller and CNN
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
House panel votes to authorize subpoena for White House's Conway after she fails to show for hearing  —  A House committee voted Wednesday to authorize a subpoena for White House counselor Kellyanne Conway after she failed to show for a hearing on a government watchdog's findings that she broke the law dozens of times.
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:   Trump on what he tells Putin: 'It's none of your business'
New York Times:
Reddit Restricts Pro-Trump Forum Because of Threats  —  The subreddit The_Donald was “quarantined” for threats of violence toward police officers and politicians in Oregon.  —  Reddit limited access to a forum popular with supporters of President Trump on Wednesday, saying that its users …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Reddit ‘Quarantines’ Pro-Trump Subreddit Over Anti-Police Threats  —  Users allegedly threatened law enforcement ordered to find Republican senators in Oregon who went on the lam to duck voting for climate-change bill.  —  Reddit quarantined the “The_Donald” subreddit on Wednesday …
Anna Kaplan / The Daily Beast:
Eric Trump Says He Was Spit on by Restaurant Employee in Chicago  —  “It was purely a disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems,” he said.  —  President Donald Trump's son Eric says he was spit on by an employee at the Aviary, a cocktail bar in Chicago, on Tuesday night.
Discussion: The Root, Fox News, Splinter and Mediaite
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Secret Service Take Chicago Restaurant Employee into Custody After She Spits on Eric Trump
Sahil Chinoy / New York Times:
What Happened to America's Political Center of Gravity?  —  The Republican Party leans much farther right than most traditional conservative parties in Western Europe and Canada, according to an analysis of their election manifestos.  It is more extreme than Britain's Independence Party …
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Senate passes border spending package, setting up fight with House  —  Both the Senate and House have now passed legislation delivering billions of dollars to address the growing humanitarian crisis at the southern border.  But lawmakers have no agreement on how to reconcile those bills before a recess set to start on Friday.
Senate passes $4.6 billion emergency border bill after rejecting House version
Discussion: New York Times
John Solomon / The Hill:
‘Unmasker in Chief’ Samantha Power spewed anti-Trump bias in government emails  —  Former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power may share an unflattering stage with a text-loving FBI agent and his Donald Trump-hating paramour from the bureau.  —  Fired agent Peter Strzok and ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page …
Discussion: Sean Hannity
Antonia Noori Farzan / Washington Post:
New White House press secretary yanked Arizona reporters' access after critical coverage  —  On April 5, 2016, Hank Stephenson checked his email and saw that he had a new message from Stephanie Grisham.  “Attached please find the form that you requested for the cursory background check we have discussed …
Politico:   POLITICO Playbook PM: What the Mueller hearing means for Democrats
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Google Workers Petition SF Pride to Exclude Company From Parade  —  Almost 100 Google employees are urging the organizer of this weekend's San Francisco Pride parade to kick the company out of the celebration, escalating pressure on the internet giant to overhaul its handling of hate speech online.
Bridget Read / Vogue:
36 Hours With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  —  Here's what it's like to be Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the most famous regular person on Capitol Hill.  —  Everyone is talking about her, whether she knows it or not.  First, there are the two Wall Street guys in button-downs having coffee in Union Station.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Trump raises eye-popping $36 million since launching reelection campaign a week ago  —  KEY POINTS  — President Donald Trump raised a mammoth $36 million since officially announcing his 2020 reelection campaign last week.  — Trump raised $6 million alone at a fundraiser he attended …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Taylor Marsh
Ellen Cushing / The Atlantic:
Wayfair Should Have Seen This Coming  —  Last week, as Americans reacted to news reports that children being held at the border were being denied food, water, and hygiene supplies, employees at a normally under-the-radar, Boston-based e-commerce company were having their own reckoning.
Liz Mair / New York Times:
Who Is the Republican Heir to Trump?  —  Some ambitious politicians are setting themselves up to run in the 2024 election — or perhaps earlier.  —  Ms. Mair is a Republican campaign strategist.  —  For the kickoff of his 2020 re-election campaign in Florida last week …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jon Kamp / Wall Street Journal:
Overdose Deaths Likely to Fall for First Time Since 1990  —  Health officials and scientists warn U.S. is far from defeating drug epidemic  —  For the first time in decades, drug-overdose deaths in the U.S. are on the precipice of declining.  —  Authorities are still counting fatalities around …
Discussion: STAT and The Week
Chris Lu / USA Today:
Obama didn't want a ‘what now’ moment if he won.  Trump didn't plan and now we have chaos.  —  Trump used novices to vet unqualified nominees and has never assembled a functional team.  His transition was a mess and so is his administration.  —  CONNECT  —  In April 2008 …
Discussion: The Root
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
Attorney General William Barr wows Justice Dept crowd with bagpipe playing  —  Attorney General William Barr took a break from his day job to showcase one of his hidden talents during an event with U.S. attorneys.  Seated on stage Wednesday during the Justice Department event …
Discussion: Townhall
Raphael Ahren / The Times of Israel:
Bahrain FM to Times of Israel: Israel is here to stay, and we want peace with it  —  Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa says Manama conference could be ‘gamechanger’ like Israel-Egypt Camp David Accords; urges Israeli leaders to ‘talk to us’ about Arab Peace Initiative
Tim Alberta / Politico:
‘Complete This Sentence: Donald Trump Wins Reelection If ... ’  —  Never has there been a presidential race as sprawling and wide-open as the 2020 Democratic primary.  It would be a landscape entirely without a map, except that a small handful of battle-hardened veterans have navigated similar terrain before.
Li Zhou / Vox:
There will be more women on the debate stage this week than ever in US history  —  It's the first time more than one woman candidate will be on the presidential debate stage.  —  This week's Democratic debates are set to be historic: It's the first time ever that more than one woman candidate …
Discussion: The Guardian
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Steve Bullock, Locked Out of the Debate, Sees a Path Forward in the 2020 Race  —  NASHUA, N.H. — Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana spent last weekend apart from the rest of the Democratic presidential field, which gathered in South Carolina.  While the top 20 candidates are in Miami …
Zach Faria / Washington Free Beacon:
Roy Moore Trailing in Latest Alabama Senate Poll  —  65 percent of GOP primary voters disapprove of Moore  —  A recent poll of Republican voters in the U.S. Senate race in Alabama released Wednesday shows former candidate Roy Moore trailing in the GOP primary with an underwater favorability rating.
Discussion: The Hill
Michael Weiss / The Atlantic:
The Hero Who Betrayed His Country  —  TALLINN, Estonia—Deniss Metsavas was visiting his relatives in Russia in the summer of 2007 when the incident occurred.  —  While out with his cousin at a nightclub in Smolensk, Metsavas struck up a conversation with an attractive woman he hadn't met before.
Washington Post:
Trump says war with Iran would not involve ground troops or last long  —  President Trump said Wednesday that a war with Iran would not “last very long” or involve ground troops, as he seemingly dismissed warnings that limited U.S. military action could spiral into a larger conflict.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Is Biden getting the Hillary Clinton treatment?  —  A leading national newspaper treats the eventual Democratic presidential nominee far more harshly than it does other Democrats and dwells ad nauseam on issues far less serious than those adversely affecting the Republican.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Activists get permit to fly ‘Baby Trump’ blimp over July 4 ‘Salute to Trump’ celebration  —  The “Baby Trump” blimp that has followed President Trump around the world will fly just blocks from the White House in Washington, D.C., hours before his Fourth of July address.
Ian Kullgren / Politico:
Former Trump FEMA chief repaid taxpayers only 2 percent of $151k spent on personal travel  —  Former FEMA Administrator Brock Long returned to the government only a tiny fraction of the costs he incurred for unauthorized use of vehicles while in office, according to previously undisclosed documents provided to POLITICO.
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Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Trump claims Japan 'doesn't have to help' if US is attacked
Discussion: Commentary, Bloomberg and Splinter
Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
Sanders gets testy when asked about exiting primary
Discussion: Axios and Vox
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
Trump Was Accused Of Assault Again. Half Of America Had No Idea.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Beto O'Rourke's 2020 presidential campaign and policies, explained
Financial Times:
Cocaine in Spain puts Bolsonaro under strain
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Joe Biden will never give up on the system
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Haley Ott / CBS News:
She helped her 15 year old get an abortion. Now she's facing charges in Northern Ireland
 Earlier Items: 
Will Wilkinson / Niskanen Center:
The Density Divide: Urbanization, Polarization, and Populist Backlash
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Justice Department lawyer defends herself after viral video on child migrant treatment
Discussion: Above the Law and TheBlaze
Washington Post:
Top EPA official resigns amid scrutiny over possible ethics violations
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Black Market T-Mobile Location Data Tied to Spot of a Triple Murder
John Koblin / New York Times:
What Happened at the Democratic Debate? Jimmy Fallon Will Let You Know
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Joe Biden Won't Say If He Backs the Trade Deal He Helped Sell
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Washington owes Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch an apology