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12:35 PM ET, June 27, 2019


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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.) …
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.’
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.
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.
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 …
David Catanese / US News:   Seth Moulton Missed The First Debate. He Doesn't Think It Matters.
The First Debate Showed How Far to the Left Democrats Have Moved
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Wire
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Elizabeth Warren Takes a Huge Risk by Calling to End Private Health Insurance
Discussion: Washington Post
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Booker and Castro Thrive, Warren Coasts, and Beto Crashes
Discussion: Washington Post and Althouse
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Elizabeth Warren leaves no doubt: She's ‘with Bernie’ on kicking 180 million people off of private insurance
Discussion: National Review and The Atlantic
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
First Debate Proved The Democratic Party Has Gone ¡Loco!
Discussion: TheBlaze
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:   Bill de Blasio Tries to Rock the Democratic Boat
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Most of the 2020 Democratic candidates are already doomed
Discussion: Washington Post
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Democrats team up on Beto
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and Breitbart
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:
Maryclaire Dale / Associated Press:   Latest sex accusation against Trump lands with a thud
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, Vox and Political Wire
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Supreme Court blocks 2020 census citizenship question  —  Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court has blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 census for the time being.  —  The bitter controversy centers around whether the Trump administration can ask all recipients …
Discussion: United We Dream
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Supreme Court blocks Trump administration on census citizenship question  —  Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the Supreme Court's liberal bloc on Thursday to reject the Trump administration's justification for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, sending the matter …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court says federal courts don't have a role in deciding partisan gerrymandering claims  —  The Supreme Court's conservatives decided Thursday that federal courts do not have a role to play in deciding whether partisan gerrymandering goes too far.  —  The 5 to 4 decision was written …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Justices: Federal courts can't police partisan gerrymandering  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday dashed efforts to crack down on partisan gerrymandering, ruling in two cases that attempts to gain political advantage through the redistricting process are so pervasive that allowing judges to police …
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:   Supreme Court allows severe partisan gerrymandering to continue
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 …
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.
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
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 on June 26, 2019.  —  The U.S. and China have tentatively agreed to another truce in their trade war in order …
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
US economy grew at solid 3.1% rate in first quarter
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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, TheBlaze and Slate
Jed Handelsman Shugerman / New York Times:
How Mueller Can ‘Fix His Mistakes’  —  In his July testimony, he can help Congress and the Federal Election Commission clarify our vague campaign-finance law.  —  Mr. Shugerman is a law professor at Fordham.  —  When Robert Mueller testifies on July 17, members of Congress should not expect new revelations.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Trump's hawks ramp up campaign to shred last part of Iran nuclear deal  —  For President Donald Trump, it's déjà vu all over again on Iran.  —  Iran's expected breach on Thursday of the uranium stockpile limits set by the 2015 nuclear deal is reviving a fierce debate within …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Jacob Wohl Says He'll Enlist if Trump Attacks Iran  —  “If we go to war with Iran, I will enlist within 10 days,” Jacob Wohl said.  —  Energetic but ineffectual young conservative operative Jacob Wohl is all-in on the prospect of war with Iran.  Wohl is so into the idea …
Discussion: Splinter
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Democrats need a better answer to the Mitch McConnell question  —  The debate Democrats need to have: How do you win back the Senate?  —  The question that mattered most at the Democrats' first presidential primary debate was the question that none of the assembled candidates had a good answer for …
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
Trump says what happens in Putin meeting is ‘none of your business’  —  Ahead of a planned meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Japan, President Donald Trump on Wednesday said what he talks about with the Russian president is “none of your business.”
Discussion: Mediaite
Matt Bruenig / People's Policy Project:
Low Income People Have More Student Debt Than Realized  —  Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders both unveiled student debt forgiveness plans recently.  This has prompted a good deal of think tank and media coverage trying to estimate the precise distributional impact of those plans.
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