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6:45 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 …
Trump's attorney: White House and DOJ are not planning to block any of Mueller's testimony  —  Trump's attorney: No plans to block Mueller's testimony  —  (CNN)The White House and Justice Department are not planning to block any of former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony next month …
John W. Schoen / CNBC:   Trump — without evidence — accuses Mueller of ‘illegally’ deleting FBI text messages
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:   House Panel Questioned Georgian-American Businessman on Trump's Real-Estate Dealings in Moscow
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.
Jerry Portwood / Rolling Stone:
How We Left the Door Open for Trump to Do This to Children  —  Take to the streets to protest the Trumpian crimes of family separation and child abuse being perpetrated againsts asylum seekers, but recognize that it makes perfect sense that this is happening in America
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
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.
Axios:   Senate passes $4.6 billion emergency border bill after rejecting House version
Adam Shaw / Fox News:   Senate rejects House border funding bill over ‘poison pill riders,’ setting up critical vote
Washington Post:
NRA's top lobbyist resigns amid chaos at the gun rights organization  —  The National Rifle Association plunged further into chaos Wednesday as its top lobbyist resigned, its television arm shut down and the organization severed all business ties with its longtime public relations firm.
Discussion: The Trace, The Daily Caller and CNN
Bloomberg:   Embattled NRA Loses Its Political Power Broker on Eve of 2020
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
N.R.A. Shuts Down Production of NRATV
Scott Gleeson / USA Today:
USWNT's Ali Krieger says Donald Trump is angered by women he ‘cannot control or grope’  —  USWNT defender Ali Krieger issued a strong rebuke to President Donald Trump after he tweeted about teammate Megan Rapinoe on Wednesday.  —  “In regards to the 'President's' tweet today …
Washington Post:   House backs ban on White House spending at Trump's properties, sending message to president
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:   Trump on what he tells Putin: 'It's none of your business'
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Slate
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Another Impeachment Rant  —  The fact that House Democrats have finally subpoenaed Special Counsel Robert Mueller's public testimony is important, welcome news  —  The fact that it comes as a relief, even a surprise, reflects the party's broader strategic and moral failure to anathematize the most obscene …
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 …
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Most of the 2020 Democratic candidates are already doomed  —  Political reporters, whose powers of analysis and prediction have been not so reliable in the Trump era, have learned to lean on what editors call the “to be sure” paragraph.  These are like the fine print in a legal contract …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Trump claims Japan 'doesn't have to help' if US is attacked  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump again lamented what he views as an unequal military alliance Wednesday, claiming that if the US is attacked, Japan “doesn't have to help us at all” and “can watch it on the Sony television.”
Discussion: Commentary, Bloomberg and Splinter
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Financial Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Haley Ott / CBS News:
She helped her 15 year old get an abortion. Now she's facing charges in Northern Ireland
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Justice Department lawyer defends herself after viral video on child migrant treatment
Discussion: Above the Law and TheBlaze
Michael Weiss / The Atlantic:
The Hero Who Betrayed His Country
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump lashes out at Mueller, accusing him of a crime ahead of planned congressional testimony
Discussion: CNSNews and Vanity Fair
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
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