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2:55 PM ET, June 26, 2019


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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 …
Washington Post:
Trump lashes out at Mueller, accusing him of a crime ahead of planned congressional testimony  —  President Trump lashed out Wednesday at former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, accusing him without evidence of committing a crime by deleting text messages exchanged by two former FBI officials …
John W. Schoen / CNBC:
Trump — without evidence — accuses Mueller of ‘illegally’ deleting FBI text messages  —  KEY POINTS  — Trump claims special counsel Robert Mueller illegally “teminated” texts between former FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.  — Trump's accusation against Mueller follows news …
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:   Brian Kilmeade: I Don't Think Robert Mueller Knows the Details of the Mueller Report
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Mueller's testimony could expose one of Trump's biggest crimes
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Mueller's team may think it is done. Democrats have other ideas.
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Mueller to testify to Congress in open session about his investigation
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.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Trump raises eye-popping $36 million in the week before the first 2020 Democratic debates  —  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 …
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Why 2020 Democrats should ignore Twitter at the first debate
Discussion: Politico, Vox and Washington Post
NBC News:
What to watch for at tonight's first Democratic presidential debate
Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders is running on a plan to bail out rich kids
Discussion: USA Today and New York Times
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 …
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.
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: Fox News, Splinter and Mediaite
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.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
House panel votes to subpoena Kellyanne Conway over Hatch Act testimony
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
House Oversight panel authorizes subpoena for Kellyanne Conway
Discussion: Townhall and Washington Post
Heather Caygle / Politico:
McConnell jams Pelosi on border spending package  —  Senate Republicans are looking to jam House Democrats on a much-needed cash infusion for the southern border, arguing the Senate's bill is the only thing that can become law and win President Donald Trump's signature.
Washington Free Beacon:   Media, Dems Shift From ‘Manufactured Crisis’ to ‘Crisis’ at Border
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Martha McSally moves to head off GOP primary challenge
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Political Wire
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
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.
Discussion: Washington Post, Quartz and CNN
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
John Koblin / New York Times:
What Happened at the Democratic Debate?  Jimmy Fallon Will Let You Know  —  On Wednesday and Thursday nights, as the first two Democratic debates wind down around 11 p.m. Eastern, viewers seeking postgame reaction can watch supersize panels on cable news or scroll through Twitter.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Discussion: Splinter
Stewart Bell /
Canada adds neo-Nazi groups Blood & Honour, Combat 18 to list of terror organizations  —  The government has, for the first time, placed right-wing extremist groups on its list of outlawed terrorist organizations, adding the names of Blood & Honour and Combat 18.
Haley Ott / CBS News:
She helped her 15 year old get an abortion.  Now she's facing charges in Northern Ireland  —  London — A woman is facing criminal charges in Northern Ireland for getting her 15-year-old daughter abortion pills to end an unwanted pregnancy in 2013.  The woman's lawyer says the police …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Joe Biden Won't Say If He Backs the Trade Deal He Helped Sell  —  Toward the end of his vice presidency, Joe Biden was a prime player in the administration's bid to win support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the failed trade deal that was supposed to be the crowning achievement of Barack Obama's presidency-long “pivot to Asia.”
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 …
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.
Discussion: Bloomberg, UPI and Politico
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Howard Dean says Democrats will lose if they have ‘two old white guys’ on 2020 presidential ticket  —  Former Vermont governor Howard Dean said Wednesday that Democrats won't win the White House if they nominate two older white men to be president and vice president in 2020 …
Discussion: YouTube, Political Wire and Denver Post
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Liz Mair / New York Times:
Who Is the Republican Heir to Trump?
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: TheBlaze and Above the Law
Michael Weiss / The Atlantic:
The Making of a Russian Spy
Washington Post:
Top EPA official resigns amid scrutiny over possible ethics violations
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Trump says war with Iran would not involve ground troops or last long
Discussion: The Mahablog and Informed Comment
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Black Market T-Mobile Location Data Tied to Spot of a Triple Murder
David Harsanyi / New York Post:
It's our elites who are driving America's divisions
 Earlier Items: 
Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
How many migrants show up for immigration court hearings?
Discussion: The Progressive Pulse
Ruth Eglash / Washington Post:
Netanyahu reportedly trying to undo Israel's election redo
House Judiciary Dems / Medium:
Andy Slavitt / USA Today:
Democrats can beat Trump on health care if they focus on high costs and economic security
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Washington owes Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch an apology
Jack Stubbs / Reuters:
Break-ins and evictions  —  For security staff at Hewlett …
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
New York Times' Trump Tax Team Imploded When Star Reporter David Barstow Went Rogue