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4:25 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 …
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.
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  —  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.
Bill Bostock / Business Insider:
Eric Trump says a staff member spit on him in a Chicago cocktail bar
Discussion: Fox News
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'
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 …
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Senate passes border spending package, setting up fight with House  —  The Senate passed a $4.6 billion emergency spending bill for the southern border, one day after the House approved its own legislation.  —  House and Senate leaders must now decide whether to reconcile their conflicting proposals …
Senate passes $4.6 billion emergency border bill after rejecting House version
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump lashes out at Mueller, accusing him of a crime ahead of planned congressional testimony
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Mueller's team may think it is done. Democrats have other ideas.
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
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
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Why 2020 Democrats should ignore Twitter at the first debate  —  MIAMI, Fla. — No matter if you're Andrew Yang or Joe Biden, the best way to stand out at the first debates tonight and tomorrow night is to ignore the desire to create a viral moment.  —  The state of play: Instead …
Discussion: Politico, Vox and Washington Post
Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders is running on a plan to bail out rich kids
Discussion: USA Today and New York Times
NBC News:
What to watch for at tonight's first Democratic presidential debate
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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: Taylor Marsh
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 …
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 …
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 and New York Times
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.
Discussion: The Mahablog and Informed Comment
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.
Casey Darnell / Yahoo News:
Trump: Senators who opposed me went on to ‘greener pastures’  —  President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was “very happy” that some senators who held up Republicans' attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2017 have “gone to greener pastures.”  —  Trump made the remarks during …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Justice Department lawyer defends herself after viral video on child migrant treatment  —  Exclusive: In a private Facebook post, Justice Department attorney Sarah Fabian says a false impression has been created about her testimony.  —  WASHINGTON — A Justice Department lawyer who argued …
Discussion: Above the Law and TheBlaze
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Zach Faria / Washington Free Beacon:
Roy Moore Trailing in Latest Alabama Senate Poll
Discussion: The Hill
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Beto O'Rourke's 2020 presidential campaign and policies, explained
Paul Heintz / News + Opinion, Seven Days:
Stickin' to His Guns?  The NRA Helped Elect Bernie Sanders to Congress.  Now He's Telling a Different Story.
Mark Bridge / The Times & The Sunday Times:
Holocaust tales used to counter Labour antisemitism claims
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Joe Biden will never give up on the system
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Will Wilkinson / Niskanen Center:
The Density Divide: Urbanization, Polarization, and Populist Backlash
Washington Post:
Top EPA official resigns amid scrutiny over possible ethics violations
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Howard Dean says Democrats will lose if they have ‘two old white guys’ on 2020 presidential ticket
Discussion: YouTube, Denver Post and Political Wire
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
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
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