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6:40 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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why the Supreme Court's split decisions may not mean what you think  —  The Supreme Court issued two long-awaited decisions Thursday morning involving how the government counts people and draws legislative districts around them.  And for both major political parties, there was something to cheer and to jeer — loudly.
Discussion: Politico, Vox and Slate
Noah Feldman / Bloomberg:   Roberts Won't Let Trump Get Away With a Lie in Census Case
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump asks lawyers if census can be delayed, calls Supreme Court decision ‘totally ridiculous’
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:   John Roberts Rejects the Census Citizenship Question Because Trump Officials Lied About It
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 …
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Twitter says it will label tweets from Trump and other leaders that break its rules  —  New York (CNN Business)Twitter plans to place a disclaimer on future tweets from world leaders that break its rules but which Twitter decides are in the “public interest,” the company said in a blog post Thursday.
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
Twitter to deemphasize, label politician tweets that break rules
New York Times:
House Passes Senate Border Bill in Striking Defeat for Pelosi  —  WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday passed a Senate humanitarian aid package without any of the House's strict protections for migrant children in overcrowded border shelters after Speaker Nancy Pelosi capitulated to Republicans …
Discussion: Splinter and The Gateway Pundit
Burgess Everett / Politico:
House clears border aid bill after Pelosi bows to McConnell  —  The House cleared a $4.6 billion emergency aid package Thursday to address the humanitarian crisis at the southern border, sending the bill to President Donald Trump for his signature after Speaker Nancy Pelosi bowed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Washington Post:
House passes $4.6 billion border bill as leaders cave to moderate Democrats and GOP
Discussion: Vox and Washington Monthly
Erik Wasson / Bloomberg:
Pelosi Yields to Pressure, Lets House Pass Senate Border Bill
Discussion: The Week
Jack Crowe / National Review:
Pelosi Caves, Will Hold Vote on Senate-Passed Border-Funding Bill
Discussion: RedState, TheBlaze and Daily Wire
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.
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
Washington Post:
Tillerson: Jared Kushner left him in the dark on conversations with foreign nations
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:
Rex Tillerson Says He Was Cut Out of Decisions by Kushner and Bannon
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.) …
David Catanese / US News:
Seth Moulton Missed The First Debate. He Doesn't Think It Matters.
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.
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 …
Jerry Iannelli / Miami New Times:
Bill De Blasio Roasted for Quoting Che Guevara at Miami Campaign Stop … New York politics and Miami politics are not the same.  This may seem like an obvious statement.  But at a rally today for striking workers at the Miami International Airport, New York City mayor and 2020 presidential …
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: Slate, ThinkProgress and TheBlaze
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: Daily Kos, Mediaite and Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
China to Insist U.S. Lift Huawei Ban as Part of Trade Truce  —  Xi to present Trump with terms for settling trade fight, including asking the U.S. to lift all punitive tariffs  —  OSAKA, Japan—Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to present President Trump with a set of terms the U.S …
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NBC News:
Trump hotel in Washington charged Secret Service $200,000 in president's first year
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Shareblue Media
Leigh Cuen / CoinDesk:
Trump Administration in Talks With Crypto Startup on Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plans
Discussion: Mother Jones and New York Times
Financial Times:
Transcript: ‘All this fuss about spies ... it is not worth serious interstate relations’
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Senate's Russia reports to start publishing in July
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Most House impeachment inquiry backers are Pelosi's investigators
 Earlier Items: 
Derek Hunter / Townhall:
It's Not A Bribe When You Use Other People's Money
Laura J. Nelson / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. is hemorrhaging bus riders — worsening traffic and hurting climate goals
Geir Moulson / Associated Press:
Germany's Merkel seen shaking again at Berlin event
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jed Handelsman Shugerman / New York Times:
How Mueller Can ‘Fix His Mistakes’
Discussion: SHUGERBLOG