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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: ABC News and Mediaite
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
On ‘Made in America week,’ White House defends imported Trump products
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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
Joe Biden / Washington Post:
Americans decided health care is for all.  The GOP wants to roll that back.  —  Their plan would once again make it a privilege for the wealthy.  —  As vice president, I met with Americans all across our country.  What they told me over and over is that the Affordable Care Act gave them peace of mind …
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller, AOL, Politico and Axios
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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” …
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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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.
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:
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
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What campaign wouldn't seek motherlode of Clinton emails?  —  The public learned on March 10, 2015 that Hillary Clinton had more than 60,000 emails on her private email system, and that she had turned over “about half” of them to the State Department and destroyed the rest, which she said were …
Discussion: Althouse
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Miles Parks / NPR:   Timeline Of Trump And Russia In Mid-2016: A Series Of Coincidences Or Something More?
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 …
Discussion: Business Insider and Daily Kos
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 …
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 …
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:
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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 …
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.
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
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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Garry Kasparov / New York Daily News:
Donald's Pravda: Trump and his apologists spookily echo Vladimir Putin
Reuters:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Daily Caller
Hot Air:
Army Trains Female Soldiers To Shower With “Women With Male Genitalia”
Discussion: Daily Wire
Markseibel / BuzzFeed:
These Are The Trump White House's Talking Points For Why The Iran Deal Is Staying In Place
Mairav Zonszein / New York Times:
Israel's War Against George Soros
Mike Gonzalez / Wall Street Journal:
La Raza Finally Loses ‘the Race’
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
NY attorney general threatens suit over ObamaCare repeal
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
Trump officials open border to 15,000 more foreign workers
Discussion: The Atlantic
Eric Geller / Politico:
Colorado to require advanced post-election audits
Discussion: Raw Story
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
With New D.C. Policy Group, Dems Continue to Rehabilitate and Unify With Bush-Era Neocons
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