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Democracy in Crisis (Gary J. Bass/New York Times)

2 hours 44 min ago

Gary J. Bass / New York Times:
Democracy in Crisis  —  ILL WINDS  —  Saving Democracy From Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency By Larry Diamond  —  China today holds as many as a million Uighurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities in “political education” camps.  Across China, Xi Jinping is pioneering …

The Stephanopoulos Interview Is Another Fine Mess for Trump (John Cassidy/New Yorker)

4 hours 34 min ago

John Cassidy / New Yorker:
The Stephanopoulos Interview Is Another Fine Mess for Trump  —  Some weeks the Trump Presidency is a horror show; some weeks it is slapstick.  This week it was both.  In the Middle East, tensions with Iran rose alarmingly, while, on the domestic front, Donald Trump got himself into yet another political mess.

Trump's latest betrayal strengthens the case for impeachment (Michael A. Cohen/BostonGlobe.com)

4 hours 44 min ago

Michael A. Cohen / BostonGlobe.com:
Trump's latest betrayal strengthens the case for impeachment  —  Every time you think that Donald Trump can't paint a more vivid picture of his manifest unfitness to be president of the United States, he decides to break out the easel, palette, and canvas.  —  It's not enough for the president …

How Families Separated at the Border Could Make the Government Pay (Sarah Stillman/New Yorker)

5 hours 4 min ago

Sarah Stillman / New Yorker:
How Families Separated at the Border Could Make the Government Pay  —  Suny Rodríguez, an asylum seeker from Honduras, sued the government over abuses suffered in family detention, launching a new legal movement.  —  If you've ever borrowed a ruffled cocktail dress or a sequinned jumpsuit …

'Enjoy the show!': Trump hypes controversial Stephanopoulos interview (Matthew Choi/Politico)

10 hours 14 min ago

Matthew Choi / Politico:
‘Enjoy the show!’:  Trump hypes controversial Stephanopoulos interview  —  President Donald Trump on Saturday hyped his forthcoming full interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, excerpts of which shook allies and opponents alike this week when the president revealed he would take foreign help …

Judith Miller and William Tobey: To protect against Iranian attacks, US should be ready to escort oil tankers (Fox News)

10 hours 24 min ago

Fox News:
Judith Miller and William Tobey: To protect against Iranian attacks, US should be ready to escort oil tankers  —  In light of the most recent attacks on civilian oil tankers in international waters in the Gulf of Oman, the Trump administration must now be prepared to escort tankers transiting …

Franklin Graham: 'I think God was behind the last election' (Morgan Gstalter/The Hill)

11 hours 39 min ago

Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Franklin Graham: ‘I think God was behind the last election’  —  Evangelist Franklin Graham said in an interview that divine intervention might be the reason President Trump won in 2016.  —  “I think God was behind the last election,” Graham told conservative news site The Western Journal,

Beto O'Rourke says white Americans don't know the full story of slavery, continues to support reparations (Fox News)

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 23:50

Fox News:
Beto O'Rourke says white Americans don't know the full story of slavery, continues to support reparations  —  Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke took an unconventional approach to reaching out to African-American voters Friday, meeting with a small group representing a community …

GOP in disarray as budget impasse threatens shutdown, deep cuts - and default (Washington Post)

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 23:15

Washington Post:
GOP in disarray as budget impasse threatens shutdown, deep cuts — and default  —  Senate Republicans and the Trump administration are struggling to reach an agreement on a path forward on critical budget and spending issues, threatening not only another government shutdown and deep spending cuts …

'Completely Erroneous': New York Times Busted for Fake News Story on Harriet Tubman $20 Bill (Hannah Bleau/Breitbart)

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 22:15

Hannah Bleau / Breitbart:
‘Completely Erroneous’: New York Times Busted for Fake News Story on Harriet Tubman $20 Bill  —  The U.S. Treasury is denying a piece from the New York Times which accused the Trump administration of delaying the release of the $20 Harriet Tubman bill and doing so for political reasons.

Trump directs agencies to cut advisory boards by 'at least' one-third (The Hill)

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 21:50

The Hill:
Trump directs agencies to cut advisory boards by ‘at least’ one-third  —  President Trump is directing all agencies to cut their advisory boards by “at least” one third.  —  The executive order issued Friday evening directs all federal agencies to “evaluate the need” for each of their current advisory committees.

Trump administration steps up efforts to show Iran carried out tanker attacks (Washington Post)

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 21:40

Washington Post:
Trump administration steps up efforts to show Iran carried out tanker attacks  —  The Trump administration on Friday intensified its effort to demonstrate Iran's culpability in a spate of damaging oil tanker attacks, as dueling accusations from Washington and Tehran heightened concerns about military conflict.

Acosta recalls 'quaint' Romney gaffes, including one that wasn't a 'gaffe' at all (Becket Adams/Washington Examiner)

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 21:20

Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Acosta recalls ‘quaint’ Romney gaffes, including one that wasn't a ‘gaffe’ at all  —  In his new book, CNN's Jim Acosta comes close to recognizing the news industry's mistreatment of perfectly decent presidential candidates like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney prepared the way for a truly anti-media nominee to rise from the muck.

Oberlin Helped Students Defame a Bakery, a Jury Says. The Punishment: $33 Million. (Anemona Hartocollis/New York Times)

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 21:00

Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
Oberlin Helped Students Defame a Bakery, a Jury Says.  The Punishment: $33 Million.  —  Protests over cultural sensitivity have long been a staple at Oberlin College, a liberal arts school tucked into the cornfields of Ohio, where students have spoken out about everything from microaggressions to the cultural appropriation of sushi.

ImpeachTrump Day of Action Events Happening to 'Finally Open an Impeachment Inquiry' on Trump, Rashida Tlaib Says (Jessica Kwong/Newsweek)

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 20:55

Jessica Kwong / Newsweek:
ImpeachTrump Day of Action Events Happening to ‘Finally Open an Impeachment Inquiry’ on Trump, Rashida Tlaib Says  —  More than 100 cities across the United States will hold #ImpeachTrump Day of Action events on Saturday and it is a call to millions of Americans to “finally open an impeachment inquiry” …

The Taliban claimed an attack on U.S. forces. Pompeo blamed Iran. (Siobhán O'Grady/Washington Post)

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 20:40

Siobhán O'Grady / Washington Post:
The Taliban claimed an attack on U.S. forces.  Pompeo blamed Iran.  —  On May 31, a suicide bomber targeted a U.S. convoy in eastern Kabul, killing four Afghan passersby and slightly wounding four U.S. servicemen and at least three civilians.  —  At the time, the Taliban claimed responsibility …

Why people are rallying for impeachment Saturday in Southern California and around the US (Sandra Emerson/Orange County Register)

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 20:15

Sandra Emerson / Orange County Register:
Why people are rallying for impeachment Saturday in Southern California and around the US  —  People who want the president out hope to spark action from Democrats in the House.  —  People hoping for the impeachment of President Donald Trump will take to the streets Saturday, June 15, sending a message to Congress.

'You have to know how to hit a curveball': Trump's Pentagon choice fights to win over doubters (Politico)

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 19:30

Politico:
‘You have to know how to hit a curveball’: Trump's Pentagon choice fights to win over doubters  —  Pat Shanahan's critics call him a weak link on the president's team but the acting defense secretary says he knows how to deal with the unexpected.  —  The knocks on President Donald Trump's defense-secretary …

Why is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocking election security bills? (Katy Tur/MSNBC)

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 18:40

Katy Tur / MSNBC:
Why is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocking election security bills?  —  Multiple election security bills are in limbo because Senator McConnell hasn't allowed them to pass through the Senate.  Morgan Radford discusses McConnell's stance with Politico National Security Correspondent …

Europe Should Join the U.S. in Confronting Iran (Bloomberg)

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 18:20

Bloomberg:
Europe Should Join the U.S. in Confronting Iran  —  The recent attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman have endangered lives, disrupted traffic in some of the world's most important shipping lanes, and forced up global energy prices.  And they aren't the first: Tankers off the port of Fujairah were attacked last month.

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