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6:05 AM ET, June 25, 2018


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New York Times:
How an Affair Between a Reporter and a Security Aide Has Rattled Washington Media  —  The pearl bracelet arrived in May 2014, in the spring of Ali Watkins's senior year in college, a graduation gift from a man many years her senior.  It was the sort of bauble that might imply something …
Greg P. /   ‘Pick-and-choose ethics’: NY Times says reporter Ali Watkins had ‘multiple’ relationships with sources she covered
Washington Post:
Let the Trump team eat in peace  —  OVER THE WEEKEND there was a fair bit of argument over the decision by a small restaurant in Lexington, Va., not to serve dinner to President Trump's press secretary.  It wasn't the first time recently that strong political feelings have spilled into what used to be considered the private sphere.
CBS News:
Homeland Security employees warned of increased threats amid immigration uproar
Discussion: ABC News
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Trump Calls for Depriving Immigrants Who Illegally Cross Border of Due Process Rights  —  President Trump asserted on Sunday that immigrants who crossed into the United States illegally should be sent back immediately without due process or an appearance before a judge, an escalation of his attacks on the judicial system.
Beth Reinhard / Washington Post:
Stormy Daniels to meet with prosecutors in Michael Cohen investigation  —  Stormy Daniels is scheduled Monday to be interviewed by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, preparing for a potential grand jury appearance about a $130,000 payment from President Trump's attorney Michael Cohen …
Associated Press:25 minutes ago
Stormy Daniels meeting with prosecutors on Michael Cohen cancelled  —  Interview with adult film actor about Donald Trump's former personal attorney cancelled due to media attention  —  Stormy Daniels was due to meet federal prosecutors in New York on Monday as part of their investigation …
Emily Holden / Politico:
Pruitt faces another probe for employee retaliation allegations  —  The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is reviewing claims that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt retaliated against a handful of employees who pushed back against his spending and management, according to three people familiar with the process.
Discussion: ABC News
New York Times:
New Emails Suggest Scott Pruitt Discussed Hiring a Friend of Lobbyist Landlord
Discussion: CBS Los Angeles and CNN
Washington Post:
Separated immigrant children are all over the U.S. now, far from parents who don't know where they are  —  Their mothers are missing, their fathers far away.  They get pizza, maybe cold cuts.  They are exhausted; they cannot sleep.  There are other children around, but they had never seen …
Discussion: AOL and The Week
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Where Is Barack Obama?  —  Barack Obama was six months into his post-White House life when Donald Trump found a new way to grab his attention.  It was a Tuesday morning deep in the mid-Atlantic summer, and, feeling a world away from the Pennsylvania Avenue grind, the former president was reading the New York Times on his iPad.
Earl Blumenauer:
It's time we abolish ICE  —  We've all experienced a phone app that's not working properly, or a computer program that freezes the machine.  What do you do?  Lesson number one: shut it down.  —  It works for computers.  Maybe that's what we need to do with Immigration and Custom Enforcement …
Bruce Japsen / Forbes:
Poll: 66% Of Voters Oppose Trump DOJ's Move To Gut Patient Protections  —  Contributor I write about healthcare business and policy Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.  —  “> 66% of voters disapprove of the Trump Justice Department's move
Mitt Romney / Salt Lake Tribune:
Where I stand on the Trump agenda  —  I appreciate the argument made by those who believe we should stay silent, but I cannot subscribe to it.  —  One of the questions I am asked frequently on the campaign trail is whether as Senator I will support the Trump agenda.
Sharyl Attkisson / The Hill:
What did Peter Strzok do?  —  As former top FBI official Peter Strzok faces congressional requests to testify, it's worth examining who he is.  —  Strzok is the subject of what I see as one of the most damaging conclusions in the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general report …
Discussion: Instapundit
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
The big picture: 2018's stormiest clouds for the GOP  —  A source close to Republican leadership emails about the biggest political clouds hovering over the rest of the year:  —  “Only thing that matters now is a) how bad they get crushed on ACA premium increases; b) the final Mueller verdict; and c) how crazy Trump gets with the CR.”
Discussion: Politico
John Schwartz / New York Times:
A Leading Climate Agency May Lose Its Climate Focus  —  The Trump administration appears to be planning to shift the mission of one of the most important federal science agencies that works on climate change — away from climate change.  —  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration …
New York Times:
Why We Are Leaving the G.O.P.  —  When the obituary for the Republican Party is written, the year 1980 will be cited as the beginning of the end.  Reaganism was in full flower, but the big tent was already folding.  Republican leaders endorsed a constitutional ban on abortion at the convention that summer …
Mary Jordan / Washington Post:
The latest sign of political divide: Shaming and shunning public officials  —  Anger and division in American politics are creating a rising phenomenon: the public shaming and shunning of political figures while they are going about their private lives.  —  Few laws expressly prohibit …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
McCaskill stays on the trail despite a broken rib — courtesy of Joe Manchin  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) told constituents over the weekend that she'd suffered a cracked rib after a colleague saved her from choking at a Democratic caucus luncheon — an injury that took that colleague, Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), by surprise.
Discussion: Politico
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
The Nightclub King Whose Properties Were Harvey Weinstein's ‘Hunting Ground’ … For 20 years, movie producer Harvey Weinstein and restaurant magnate Giuseppe Cipriani have been the closest of friends, dining together every Wednesday night at The Sherry-Netherland Hotel near Central Park.
Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Plans New Curbs on Chinese Investment, Tech Exports to China  —  Treasury is crafting rules that would block firms with at least 25% Chinese ownership from buying companies involved in ‘industrially significant technology’  —  WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump, already embroiled …
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Robert Mueller Wants to Talk to Roger Stone's Comedian Frenemy … Bob Mueller has some questions for comedian Randy Credico, according to the comedian himself.  Credico told radio host Jimmy Dore on Sunday evening that the special counsel has reached out to him for a voluntary interview.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Overheard at the DSCC retreat on Martha's Vineyard  —  SEN. MARK WARNER (D-Va.) hosted a dinner Friday night for more than 100 guests at his house on Martha's Vineyard as part of the DSCC'S annual Majority Trust retreat.  OVERHEARD: Warner, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee …
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Rep. Luis Gutierrez moving from Chicago to Puerto Rico next year  —  Jessica Washington Gutierrez (center) was with her mother Soraida when her father, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), announced last year that he would retire from Congress at the end of his current term.
Discussion: Breitbart
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Erdogan's Election Win Gives Him Vastly Expanded Powers in Turkey  —  ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish voters gave President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a decisive victory in national elections on Sunday, lengthening his 15-year grip on power and granting him vastly expanded authority over the legislature and judiciary.
Discussion: BBC
Gabriela Galindo / Politico:
EU still ‘deadlocked’ on migration  —  Most newspapers led with the European Commission's mini summit on migration on Sunday.  France's Libération reckoned the meeting highlighted the “growing fissures” between EU leaders, thus bringing into question the viability of the European project.
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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Robert Mueller Wants to Talk to Roger Stone's Comedian Frenemy   Find
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New York Times:
Why We Are Leaving the G.O.P.   Find
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Counterattack on Voting Rights
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Brent D. Griffiths / Politico:
Melania Trump tells kids to be a ‘positive force’ in each other's lives
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Activists hold hunger strike to protest Trump immigration policy
Discussion: WUSA, POLITICUSUSA and Breitbart
The Daily Beast:
Sunday Shows Feature 12 Headliners, Only One of Whom Is Hispanic
Discussion: Axios
Eileen AJ Connelly / New York Post:
North Korea erasing most anti-US propaganda
April Glaser / Slate:
How Conservative Videos on Facebook Boosted Trump's Message on Immigration
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Is Winning Converts. But Primary Victories Remain Elusive.
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
This Obama-era pilot program kept asylum-seeking migrant families together. Trump canceled it.
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Trump Leaves His Mark on a Presidential Keepsake
Discussion: Althouse