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Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump the foul-mouthed germophobe fired Chris Christie because New Jersey governor arranged for Obama to call his phone NOT The Donald's on election night  — A new book reveals how Trump fell out with his then transition boss Chris Christie over whose cellphone to use on election night
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Ryan Hutchins / Politico:
Christie on Trump Jr. meeting: 'None of it's positive'  —  GLADSTONE, N.J. — The White House should publicly disclose any and all contacts its staffers have had with foreign governments, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday, adding that the news Donald Trump Jr. had met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer …
Discussion: Axios, ABC News and Mediaite
Z. Byron Wolf / CNN:
Who was the 8th person in Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russians?
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Trump climbs into firetruck at ‘Made in America’ event … President Trump climbed into a firetruck as he toured a showcase displaying American-made products at the White House on Monday.  —  Trump was looking at large U.S.-made products including machinery and vehicles when he made his way into the firetruck.
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Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
On ‘Made in America week,’ White House defends imported Trump products
Discussion: Politico
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Liberals can win again if they stop being so annoying and fix their ‘hamburger problem’  —  I've been haunted by a claim my KCRW colleague Rich Lowry made on our radio show a few weeks ago: Democrats keep coming up short in elections because they won't give any ground on “cultural issues” …
Los Angeles Times:
An overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of USC med school dean  —  In USC's lecture halls, labs and executive offices, Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito was a towering figure.  The dean of the Keck School of Medicine was a renowned eye surgeon whose skill in the operating room …
New York Times:
Outgoing Ethics Chief: U.S. Is ‘Close to a Laughingstock’  —  WASHINGTON — Actions by President Trump and his administration have created a historic ethics crisis, the departing head of the Office of Government Ethics said.  He called for major changes in federal law to expand the power …
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Vice chair of Trump's voter fraud commission wants to change federal law to add new requirements for voting, email shows  —  The day after Donald Trump was elected president, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, now the vice-chair of Donald Trump's commission on voter fraud …
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Allison Kite / Topeka Capital-Journal:   Kris Kobach under investigation by Kansas Supreme Court disciplinary office
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
White House squeezes Jeff Flake  —  The White House has met with at least three actual or prospective primary challengers to Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in recent weeks, a reflection of Donald Trump's strained relations with the senator and the latest sign of the president's willingness …
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Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:   Jeff Flake, up for reelection in 2018, will upset Arizona voters no matter how he votes on healthcare
Monmouth University:
Monmouth University Polling Institute  —  Trump Rating Holds Steady Despite Campaign's 2016 Russia Meeting  —  4-in-10 support impeachment, higher than for Nixon at start of Watergate  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Donald Trump's approval rating has held fairly steady since …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
How the White House and Republicans underestimated Obamacare repeal  —  The longer Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare flounder, the clearer it becomes that President Donald Trump's team and many in Congress dramatically underestimated the challenge of rolling back former President Barack Obama's signature achievement.
Discussion: New York Times
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Joe Biden / Washington Post:
Americans decided health care is for all. The GOP wants to roll that back.
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller, AOL, Politico and Axios
Jim DeRogatis / BuzzFeed:
R. Kelly Is Holding Women Against Their Will In A “Cult,” Parents Told Police  —  As the R&B legend tours the country this summer, parents have told police that R. Kelly is running an abusive “cult” that's tearing families apart.  Three former members of Kelly's inner circle told BuzzFeed News similar stories.
Peter Hessler / New Yorker:
How Trump Is Transforming Rural America  —  In Colorado, the President's tone has started rubbing off on residents.  —  When Karen Kulp was a child, she believed that the United States of America as she knew it was going to end on June 6, 1966.  Her parents were from the South …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jon Ralston / The Nevada Independent:
Note to Heller: Don't take away my health care or you die  —  A note taped to Sen. Dean Heller's Senate office was from someone asserting that he would lose his health care if the key senator voted for the repeal bill and that he would die if that happened and would take Heller with him, a law enforcement source said.
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Bryan Friesen / LASVEGASNOW:
Break in at Sen. Heller's Las Vegas office
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
‘Modern Day Presidential’ really isn't working for Trump  —  (CNN)Just after 10 a.m. ET Monday, Donald Trump typed out his first tweet of the day: “Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended in order to get info on an opponent.  That's politics!”  —  A few things:
New York Times:
Trump Says He Has Signed More Bills Than Any President, Ever.  He Hasn't.  —  WASHINGTON — To hear President Trump tell it, his first six months in the White House should be judged in part by the legislation he has signed into law.  —  At rallies, in speeches and on Twitter …
Discussion: Politicus USA
Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy:
Tillerson to Shutter State Department War Crimes Office  —  Critics charge top U.S. diplomat with giving the green light to perpetrators of mass atrocities.  —  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is downgrading the U.S. campaign against mass atrocities, shuttering the Foggy Bottom office …
Discussion: Just Security
Samuel Oakford / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Air War Has Already Killed More Than 2,000 Civilians … Civilian casualties from the U.S.-led war against the so-called Islamic State are on pace to double under President Donald Trump, according to an Airwars investigation for The Daily Beast.  —  Airwars researchers estimate …
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Trump's D.C. Hotel Sells Clothes Made in China, Vietnam, Peru During ‘Made In America’ Week … President Donald Trump has declared this week Made in America week, a celebration of United States-based manufacturing and domestic economic consumption.  —  At the newest jewel in the Trump business empire …
New York Times:
The Top Jobs in Trump's Administration Are Mostly Vacant: Who's to Blame?  —  President Trump has filled far fewer top jobs in cabinet or cabinet-level agencies than President Barack Obama had at this point in his presidency.  —  The status of top jobs  —  25 weeks into each administration:
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
As White House touts ‘Made in America,’ it seeks to cut office U.S. firms say helps them compete  —  As the White House champions a “hire American” agenda, the administration wants to slash funding for a small government office that many U.S. companies say they rely on to stay ahead of foreign rivals …
Kimberly Miller / WeatherPlus:
Tropical Storm Don forms in the Atlantic  —  The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Don, which formed this afternoon east of the Windward Islands.  —  A tropical storm warning is in effect for Grenada.  A tropical storm watch is in effect for Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia.
Lawrence Ware / New York Times:
Why I'm Leaving the Southern Baptist Convention  —  OKLAHOMA CITY — The first time I was called a nigger to my face was by a fellow camper at a Southern Baptist Convention retreat near Oklahoma City.  I was 13, and it was 1995.  Devastated, I complained to a counselor who suggested I pray for the ability to turn the other cheek.
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Six Months In, Trump Is Historically Unpopular  —  On Thursday, President Trump will officially have been in office for six months, and his term so far has included a few victories (the nomination and confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court), plenty of frustrations …
Jennifer Emily / Dallas Morning News:
Fired cop who killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards indicted for murder  —  The fired Balch Springs cop who shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards was indicted Monday on a murder charge by a Dallas County grand jury.  —  Roy Oliver fired his rifle April 29 into a car of teenagers leaving a party.
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
Markseibel / BuzzFeed:
These Are The Trump White House's Talking Points For Why The Iran Deal Is Staying In Place  —  Even as it is on the verge of certifying Iran's compliance with the nuclear weapons agreement for the second time, the Trump administration issued talking points denouncing the Iranians' …
 
 
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Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Rauner fires staffer with history of homophobic tweets
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CNN:
Russia rejects any US conditions for return of seized compounds
Discussion: Shareblue
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Haiti Official Who Exposed The Clinton Foundation Is Found Dead
Reuters:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress, NPR and The Daily Caller
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Discussion: Daily Wire
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Mike Gonzalez / Wall Street Journal:
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Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
NY attorney general threatens suit over ObamaCare repeal
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
Trump officials open border to 15,000 more foreign workers
Discussion: The Atlantic
Fox News:
‘I need to work’: Texas veteran says he was fired from Home Depot after confronting shoplifters
Discussion: IJR
Alexis Levinson / BuzzFeed:
Top Republicans Aren't Signing Up For Trump's War With The Media
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What campaign wouldn't seek motherlode of Clinton emails?
Discussion: Althouse
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
Don't Compare Trump to Nixon. It's Unfair to Nixon.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Daily Caller