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5:25 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 …
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:
Trump lashes out at Mueller, accusing him of a crime ahead of planned congressional testimony
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: Daily Kos
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
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.
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 …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:   Trump on what he tells Putin: 'It's none of your business'
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
House panel votes to subpoena Kellyanne Conway over Hatch Act testimony
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 …
Embattled NRA Loses Its Political Power Broker on Eve of 2020  —  With the exit of Chris Cox and the longtime producer of NRATV, the gun lobby is entering the election season without the lobbying or publicity power that catapulted Trump in 2016  —  As the National Rifle Association's chief lobbyist …
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
Senate passes $4.6 billion emergency border bill after rejecting House version
Discussion: New York Times
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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: The Week and STAT
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Financial Times:
Cocaine in Spain puts Bolsonaro under strain  —  Spain's national police arrested a crew member of a Brazilian Air Force aircraft after customs officers discovered cocaine during a stopover in Seville, in an international embarrassment for Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's law-and-order president.
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.
Joe Williams / Fox Business:
Trump: US should sue Google for ‘trying to rig’ the 2020 elections  —  President Trump on Wednesday said the U.S. should sue tech giants like Google and Facebook and lambasted the platforms, including Twitter, for allegedly trying to rig the 2020 elections in favor of Democrats.
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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
Casey Darnell / Yahoo News:
Trump: Senators who opposed me went on to ‘greener pastures’
Mark Bridge / The Times & The Sunday Times:
Holocaust tales used to counter Labour antisemitism claims
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Is Biden getting the Hillary Clinton treatment?
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
Will Wilkinson / Niskanen Center:
The Density Divide: Urbanization, Polarization, and Populist Backlash
 Earlier Items: 
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
David Harsanyi / New York Post:
It's our elites who are driving America's divisions
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