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7:30 AM ET, June 27, 2019

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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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Mocks Beto and Booker's ‘Humorous’ Spanish Skills at Democratic Debate  —  The progressive congresswoman highlighted Elizabeth Warren and Julian Castro as stand-out candidates during a post-debate appearance on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.’
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
The Landmine that Just Got Laid for Elizabeth Warren  —  On several occasions in Wednesday night's Democratic debate, the NBC moderators invited candidates to take a shot at Senator Elizabeth Warren, and neither of her fellow senators, Amy Klobuchar or Cory Booker, took the bait.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Vox
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren proved she's ready for the big show  —  She commanded on her issue but more importantly showed the political savvy Democrats have wondered about.  —  Elizabeth Warren not only served as the literally and metaphorically central figure of the opening Democratic debate …
Discussion: New York Times
Associated Press:
Takeaways from the Democratic presidential debate  —  MIAMI (AP) — Democrats hoping that Wednesday night's first presidential debate of the 2020 campaign would be clarifying probably came away disappointed.  There were no major stumbles but few standout moments as 10 candidates vied for the nation's attention.
Discussion: WND and ABC7
Nick Givas / Fox News:
Trump renders verdict on Democratic debate: ‘BORING!’  —  President Trump kicked off his tweeting during Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate with a one-word verdict on the night: “BORING!”  —  The commander-in-chief didn't have anything further to add until he later swiped at NBC News …
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Jim Geraghty / National Review:   Booker and Castro Thrive, Warren Coasts, and Beto Crashes
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Why only 2 of 10 Democrats raised their hands to say they'd abolish private insurance
Discussion: Mother Jones, ACA Signups and The Week
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Democrats team up on Beto
Discussion: Breitbart, Politico and Fox News
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
2020 Dems downplay economic gains under Trump, at Miami debate
Discussion: Breitbart
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Jay Inslee says Donald Trump is the biggest national security threat facing the U.S.
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Washington Post:
U.S. asylum officers say Trump's ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy is threatening migrants' lives, ask federal court to end it  —  Asylum officers urged a U.S. appeals court Wednesday to block the Trump administration from forcing migrants to remain in Mexico while they await their immigration court hearings in the United States.
Discussion: The Week, Axios and Daily Kos
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Washington Post:
The father and daughter who drowned at the border dove into the river in desperation
Jarrell Dillard / Bloomberg:
Border Official Says Migrant Facilities Are Stocked ‘Like Costco’ With Supplies
Discussion: Townhall
Daniel Victor / New York Times:
Two Women Who Heard E. Jean Carroll's Account of Being Attacked by Trump Go Public  —  Two women in whom E. Jean Carroll confided about having allegedly been sexually attacked by Donald Trump in the 1990s spoke publicly about it for the first time in an interview excerpted on the New York Times podcast …
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New York Times:
Corroborating E. Jean Carroll … The writer E. Jean Carroll came forward last week with explosive accusations that Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in the 1990s.  Today, the two women who corroborated her account go on the record for the first time with our colleague.  —  On today's episode:
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Is Trump a Rapist?  —  America needs to give these women …
Discussion: IJR and The Hill
Carol Robinson / al.com:
Woman indicted in shooting death of her unborn child; charges against shooter dismissed  —  A woman whose unborn baby was killed in a 2018 Pleasant Grove shooting has now been indicted in the death.  —  Marshae Jones, a 27-year-old Birmingham woman, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury on a manslaughter charge.
CNN:
Impeachment backers say Mueller's testimony could be a game-changer  —  Mueller to testify publicly following a subpoena  —  Washington (CNN)House Democrats advocating for impeachment say special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony next month could be a game-changer to push both public opinion …
Discussion: KTLA, Rolling Stone and IJR
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Mueller's testimony could expose one of Trump's biggest crimes
Sahil Chinoy / New York Times:
What Happened to America's Political Center of Gravity?  —  The Republican Party is farther right than U.K.I.P. and France's National Rally, according to an analysis of their platforms.  —  Editorials  —  Are You Ready for Weapons That Call Their Own Shots?
Discussion: Mother Jones and Opinion Today
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Nancy Pelosi rejects bipartisan border bill  —  House Democrats cannot accept the bipartisan border crisis compromise bill the Senate passed Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, and will demand changes to limit how long children can be held in some facilities.
Discussion: Daily Wire
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Adam Shaw / Fox News:   Senate rejects House border funding bill over ‘poison pill riders,’ setting up critical vote
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 …
Michael Laris / Washington Post:
Long before the Max disasters, Boeing had a history of failing to fix safety problems  —  Years before two Boeing 737 Max jets crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia, U.S. regulators found a pattern of recurring safety problems with the manufacturing giant.  —  During a trip to Japan in 2015 …
Politico:
Trump ready for tariff truce with China  —  This story is being published as part of a content partnership with the South China Morning Post.  It originally appeared on scmp.com on June 26, 2019.  —  The U.S. and China have tentatively agreed to another truce in their trade war in order …
CNN:
Fact-checking the first night of the first Democratic presidential debate  —  (CNN)The first 2020 Democratic presidential debate kicked off in Miami with 10 candidates trying to stand out in a crowded field.  They took on taxes, equal pay, health insurance and immigration reform.  —  Here are the facts.
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Hoping to stand out (and stand tall), three candidates will use risers  —  With 10 candidates on stage Wednesday night, it may be hard for some to rise to the occasion.  —  But luckily, the candidates can use risers.  And three are taking advantage of that.
Discussion: Shakesville, Slate and CNBC
Los Angeles Times:
Claiming to be Cherokee, contractors with white ancestry got $300 million … Two years ago, when the mayor's office in St. Louis announced a $311,000 contract to tear down an old shoe factory, it made a point of identifying the demolition company as minority owned.  —  That was welcome news.
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
Investigators Found Immigrant Kids And Families Locked In Disgusting Conditions 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:
The first Democratic debate night transcript, annotated  —  A slate of 10 Democrats vying to become their party's nominee for president faced one another on Wednesday in Miami, the first of two nights of debate among the 2020 candidates.  Below is a transcript of the two-hour event, which we'll update throughout the night.
Leonid Bershidsky / Bloomberg:
The U.S. Threat to International Democracy  —  It's not just Donald Trump.  It's the finance and technology industries, according to a recent survey.  —  For decades, freedom and democracy have been part of the U.S. brand.  That doesn't appear to hold true any longer, at least not in established democracies.
 
 
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Elizabeth Warren Takes a Huge Risk by Calling to End Private Health Insurance
Discussion: National Review
Graham Vyse / Washington Post:
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Orion Rummler / Axios:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Ben Jacobs / Jewish Insider:
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
House backs ban on White House spending at Trump's properties, sending message to president
John Solomon / The Hill:
‘Unmasker in Chief’ Samantha Power spewed anti-Trump bias in government emails
Discussion: Sean Hannity
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
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Discussion: Townhall
Liz Mair / New York Times:
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Discussion: Washington Monthly