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12:30 AM ET, June 27, 2019


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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: Axios and 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.
Jarrell Dillard / Bloomberg:
Border Official Says Migrant Facilities Are Stocked ‘Like Costco’ With Supplies
Discussion: Townhall
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 …
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Another Impeachment Rant
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:   House Panel Questioned Georgian-American Businessman on Trump's Real-Estate Dealings in Moscow
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
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'
Discussion: Washington Post
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:   House backs ban on White House spending at Trump's properties, sending message to president
Carol Robinson /
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.
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.
Adam Shaw / Fox News:   Senate rejects House border funding bill over ‘poison pill riders,’ setting up critical vote
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Nancy Pelosi rejects bipartisan border bill
Discussion: Daily Wire
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Bill de Blasio calls for 70 percent tax rate on wealthy in Dem debate  —  MIAMI - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to establish himself an unapologetic progressive during the first Democratic debate here on Wednesday, saying wealthy Americans should pay 70 percent of income in taxes.
Discussion: Axios, Washington Post and Breitbart
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 …
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Why only 2 of 10 Democrats raised their hands to say they'd abolish private insurance
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.
Nick Givas / Fox News:
Trump renders verdict on Democratic debate: ‘BORING!’
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
2020 Dems downplay economic gains under Trump, at Miami debate
Discussion: Breitbart
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
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 advertising agency.
Bloomberg:   Embattled NRA Loses Its Political Power Broker on Eve of 2020
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: Fortune and Slate
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, CNBC and Slate
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
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.
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
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
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Is Trump a Rapist?  —  America needs to give these women, and the accusations they've brought forth, the full attention they deserve.  —  I am simply disgusted by what's happening in America.  —  My political differences with this president and his accomplices in Congress …
Ben Fishel / NPR:
Farewell to NPR's Peter Overby  —  Senior Director of Special Projects Beth Donovan and Chief Washington Editor Shirley Henry announced the retirement of long-time NPR correspondent Peter Overby.  Read the full note below.  —  All - With some sadness for the newsroom and much happiness for Peter …
Washington Post:
Transcript: Night one of the first Democratic debate, 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.
Discussion: The Bulwark and Breitbart
Ben Jacobs / Jewish Insider:
Moulton hires Jesse Colvin as deputy national finance director  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Representative Seth Moulton has hired Jesse Colvin, a 2018 congressional candidate, to serve as deputy national finance director for his presidential campaign.  —  Colvin, whose campaign was backed by Moulton …
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.
Jerry Brewer / Washington Post:
Megan Rapinoe isn't here to make you comfortable  —  It's hard to keep count of all the polarizing ways that people describe Megan Rapinoe.  The U.S. women's soccer forward is a star, and she's a pariah.  She's fun-loving, and she's annoying.  She's exuberant, and she's excessive.
Discussion: Axios
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Orion Rummler / Axios:
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Discussion: Breitbart, Washington Post and Jacobin
ABC News:
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Discussion: Politico
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Splinter
Leah Litman / Slate:
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Alexandra S. Levine / Politico:
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Discussion: The Week and TheBlaze
Zach Faria / Washington Free Beacon:
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Discussion: The Hill
Ian Kullgren / Politico:
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Chris Lu / USA Today:
Obama didn't want a ‘what now’ moment if he won. Trump didn't plan and now we have chaos.
Ellen Cushing / The Atlantic:
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