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5:10 PM ET, June 27, 2019


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Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Donald Trump Is Promising to Fight the Census Case.  That Might Actually Work.  —  Despite a favorable ruling for opponents of the census citizenship question on Thursday, the Supreme Court did not definitively decide to exclude the citizenship question from the 2020 census.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Bars Challenges to Partisan Gerrymandering  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against the challengers opposed to partisan gerrymandering, the practice in which the party that controls the state legislature draws voting maps to help elect its candidates.
Sam Baker / Axios:
Supreme Court: Partisan gerrymandering “beyond the reach” of federal courts  —  In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court said that cases about partisan gerrymandering are “beyond the reach of the federal courts” — a blow to voting-rights activists and Democrats.  —  Why it matters …
Discussion: Politico and Vox
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:   John Roberts Rejects the Census Citizenship Question Because Trump Officials Lied About It
Noah Feldman / Bloomberg:   Roberts Won't Let Trump Get Away With a Lie in Census Case
Associated Press:   Justices: Partisan gerrymandering none of our business
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump asks lawyers if census can be delayed, calls Supreme Court decision ‘totally ridiculous’
Discussion: New Republic and Political Wire
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court Rules Partisan Gerrymandering Is Beyond The Reach Of Federal Courts
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court says federal courts don't have a role in deciding partisan gerrymandering claims
Washington Post:
Twitter adds labels for tweets that break its rules — a move with potentially stark implications for Trump's account  —  The social media site will also down-rank such tweets via its algorithms to reduce circulation  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter has long said it is unlikely to take down politicians …
Defining public interest on Twitter  —  Our highest priority is to protect the health of the public conversation on Twitter, and an important part of that is ensuring our rules and how we enforce them are easy to understand.  In the past, we've allowed certain Tweets that violated our rules …
The Daily Beast:
‘He Is Not Going To Like This’: Twitter Will Downgrade Trump Tweets That Break Site's Rules
Discussion: Shareblue Media, Observer and Vox
Washington Post:
Who talked most during the first night of the Democratic debate  —  Ten Democratic primary candidates faced off tonight in the first night of the first 2020 presidential debate.  The Washington Post tracked the amount of time each candidate spoke.  —  Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) …
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
The winner of the first Democratic debate: Donald Trump  —  Analysis: The Republican commander in chief emerged from the scrap largely unscathed, while several of his would-be rivals took aim at each other instead.  —  MIAMI — President Donald Trump was the big winner of the first 2020 Democratic debate.
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Mocks Beto and Booker's ‘Humorous’ Spanish Skills at Democratic Debate
David Catanese / US News:
Seth Moulton Missed The First Debate. He Doesn't Think It Matters.
TIME:   The First Debate Showed How Far to the Left Democrats Have Moved
Washington Post:
Tillerson told House panel that Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner left him in the dark on conversations with foreign nations  —  Former secretary of state Rex Tillerson met privately with members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee last month to discuss the Trump administration's foreign policy, including issues related to Russia.
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Tillerson: Jared Kushner left him in the dark on conversations with foreign nations  —  In newly disclosed testimony, former secretary of state Rex Tillerson said President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner operated independently with world leaders without coordination with the State Department …
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
‘It makes me angry’: Tillerson vents frustrations with Kushner  —  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was having dinner at a local restaurant when the owner came over to tell him that Mexico's foreign secretary happened to be eating at the same place.  Would he like to say hello?
Discussion: Axios
The Daily Beast:
‘Angry’ Rex Tillerson Says Jared Kushner Hijacked U.S. Foreign Policy
Discussion: Mediaite
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
Trump says what happens in Putin meeting is ‘none of your business’
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:
New York Times:
Why E. Jean Carroll, ‘the Anti-Victim,’ Spoke Up About Trump  —  The writer's friends and confidantes talk publicly for the first time about her sexual assault allegation against the president.  —  E. Jean Carroll tore through the doors of the Fifth Avenue entrance of Bergdorf Goodman, her heart racing.
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Two Women Go Public to Say E. Jean Carroll Told Them About Alleged Trump Assault at the Time
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
In Defeat, Pelosi Agrees to Pass Senate Border Bill Without House Conditions  —  WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed on Thursday to clear the Senate's version of emergency humanitarian aid package for strapped federal agencies dealing with a migrant crisis, jettisoning the House's strict controls …
Erik Wasson / Bloomberg:
Pelosi Yields to Pressure, Will Allow Vote on Senate Border Bill
Discussion: The Week
NBC News:
Trolls target online polls following first Democratic presidential debate  —  Users from pro-Trump communities on 4chan and Reddit implored fellow members to vote for lower-polling candidates, specifically Tulsi Gabbard and Bill de Blasio.  —  Users from pro-Trump communities on 4chan …
Franco Ordoñez / NPR:
Trump Wants To Withdraw Deportation Protections For Families Of Active Troops  —  The Trump administration wants to scale back a program that protects undocumented family members of active-duty troops from being deported, according to attorneys familiar with those plans.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Slate and TheBlaze
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Heading to G-20, Trump Once Again Assails America's Friends  —  OSAKA, Japan — President Trump, arriving in Japan on Thursday, opened his latest foreign trip much as he did his last one, lashing out at America's allies, including his hosts, just before sitting down with them to talk through differences …
Saleha Mohsin / Bloomberg:
White House Considers Capital Gains Tax Break That Would Benefit Wealthy  — Trump team considering bypassing Congress to adopt change  — Trump would likely face legal challenge by acting on his own  —  The White House is developing a plan to cut taxes by indexing capital gains to inflation …
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
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Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
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