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3:25 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.
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 …
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.
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:   John Roberts Rejects the Census Citizenship Question Because Trump Officials Lied About It
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump asks lawyers if census can be delayed, calls Supreme Court decision ‘totally ridiculous’
Discussion: Political Wire
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court says federal courts don't have a role in deciding partisan gerrymandering claims
Discussion: Mother Jones
Noah Feldman / Bloomberg:   Roberts Won't Let Trump Get Away With a Lie in Census Case
Steven Shepard / Politico:   Justices: Federal courts can't police partisan gerrymandering
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court Rules Partisan Gerrymandering Is Beyond The Reach Of Federal Courts
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Supreme Court blocks 2020 census citizenship question
Discussion: Curbed DC, KTLA and United We Dream
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.) …
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
The Land Mine 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 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.
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Mocks Beto and Booker's ‘Humorous’ Spanish Skills at Democratic Debate
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Elizabeth Warren Takes a Huge Risk by Calling to End Private Health Insurance
The First Debate Showed How Far to the Left Democrats Have Moved
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Wire
David Catanese / US News:
Seth Moulton Missed The First Debate. He Doesn't Think It Matters.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren proved she's ready for the big show
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Julián Castro had a very good night at the first Democratic debate
Discussion: Washington Post, Politico and VICE
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Beto Bust  —  Column: And a Booker bounce?
Discussion: ABC News
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and New York Post
The Daily Beast:
‘Angry’ Rex Tillerson Says Jared Kushner Hijacked U.S. Foreign Policy  —  The former secretary of state accused the president's son-in-law of setting up his own private State Department, according to a congressional transcript seen by The Daily Beast.  —  Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson claims …
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
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
Trump says what happens in Putin meeting is ‘none of your business’
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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and TheBlaze
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:
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:   Alabama Woman Who Lost Pregnancy in Shooting Is Charged in Fetus's Death
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
2020 Democratic hopefuls take detour from debates to join protests outside child migrant center  —  Numerous 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls in Florida this week for the first set of debates took a detour to stop at the nation's largest child migrant detention center …
Discussion: Breitbart and Sean Hannity
Simon Romero / New York Times:
'Don't Talk to Her': We Toured the Troubled Border Station Housing Migrant Children  —  CLINT, Tex. — Children as young as 3 pressed their faces against the windows of one crowded cell holding nearly 20 migrant girls, some sprawled on the floor.  Boys gazed through the fencing of a containment zone exposed to the 101-degree heat.
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
Migrant Children Are Spending Months ‘Crammed’ in a Temporary Florida Shelter
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Most House impeachment inquiry backers are Pelosi's investigators
Derek Hunter / Townhall:
It's Not A Bribe When You Use Other People's Money
Anna Sanders / New York Daily News:
Queens Democratic machine scrambles for a recount after public defender Tiffany Cabán …
Discussion: The Root
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
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Fact-checking the first Democratic debate
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
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How Mueller Can ‘Fix His Mistakes’
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Elizabeth Warren Lays Out a Theory of Change at First Democratic Debate
Discussion: Reason