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David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Four months later, Donald Trump says he gave $1 million to veterans group  —  Almost four months after saying he would give $1 million of his own money to veterans' causes, Republican candidate Donald Trump moved to fulfill that pledge on Monday evening — promising the entire sum to a single charity.
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Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Trump's Campaign Manager Drops Hint About VP  —  Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has long said he would likely pick a “political person” with government experience as his running mate.  —  But appearing Tuesday on “CBS This Morning,” Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski got a little bit more specific.
Discussion: Independent Journal … and TPNN
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Clinton has a new weapon against Trump: Elizabeth Warren  —  COMMERCE, Calif. — Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has a new partner in her battle against Donald Trump: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who gave a speech Tuesday mirroring Clinton's own talking points accusing Trump of profiting from the housing crash of 2008.
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Forbes:
This Silicon Valley Billionaire Has Been Secretly Funding Hulk Hogan's Lawsuits Against Gawker  —  One of Silicon Valley's best-known investors has been footing a former wrestler's legal bills in lawsuits against a shared enemy.  —  Peter Thiel, a PayPal cofounder and one of the earliest backers …
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:   Peter Thiel Is Said to Bankroll Hulk Hogan's Suit Against Gawker
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Gawker Founder Suspects a Common Financer Behind Lawsuits
Ashley Feinberg / Gawker:
Is Donald Trump's Hair a $60,000 Weave?  A Gawker Investigation  —  Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has generated an unceasing torrent of press attention that some estimate to be worth roughly $2 billion.  Yet the central mystery at the very core of his persona …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems discuss dropping Wasserman Schultz  —  Democrats on Capitol Hill are discussing whether Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz should step down as Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman before the party's national convention in July.  —  Democrats backing likely presidential nominee Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Reid: ‘Lay off’ Sanders criticism
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Clare Malone / FiveThirtyEight:
Pay Attention To Libertarian Gary Johnson; He's Pulling 10 Percent vs. Trump And Clinton  —  Gary Johnson might be on the verge of becoming a household name.  —  At the moment, he's probably most often confused with that plumber who fixed your running toilet last month or your spouse's weird friend …
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David French / National Review:
Mitt Romney, Run for President  —  You're the only man who can save us from future calamity.  —  Let's be clear about our nation's plight: At this moment, American voters face a choice between two historically corrupt, dishonest, and incompetent politicians.
Michael Brendan Dougherty / The Week:
Why ‘Crooked Hillary’ is likely to stick  —  Our free email newsletters … Donald Trump has a knack for nicknames.  Low-energy Jeb caught something of Jeb's entitled aura.  “Little Marco” got at something truly juvenile and naive about Marco Rubio.  And “Lyin' Ted” was an effective way of branding Ted Cruz's dishonesty.
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Jim Malewitz / The Texas Tribune:
In High-Profile Case, Texas Defends Its Voter ID Law … Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.  —  NEW ORLEANS — A top lawyer for Texas fiercely defended the state's strictest-in-the-nation voter identification law on Tuesday in a high-profile case that could ultimately determine …
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Bloomberg:
Ryan Said to Tell Confidants He's Ready to End Trump Standoff  —  House speaker could end weeks-long split with nominee  —  Move would follow series of policy meetings with Trump aides  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan has begun telling confidants that he wants to end his standoff with Donald Trump …
Discussion: The Hill
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Brian McBride / ABC News:
Paul Ryan to Endorse Trump, According to Trump Senior Level Campaign Sources
Discussion: The Week
Cindy Boren / Washington Post:
Baylor refuses to respond to reports of President Kenneth Starr's firing  —  Baylor declined to respond to reports Tuesday that President and Chancellor Kenneth Starr, best known for his investigation of the Clinton administration, has been fired by the Board of Regents in the wake …
Denise de la Cruz / OC Weekly:
Univision's María Elena Salinas Gets Booed at Cal State Fullerton Grad Speech  —  Racial tension was in the air yesterday at Cal State Fullerton's commencement ceremonies, specifically where keynote speaker and renowned Univision broadcast journalist María Elena Salinas addressed graduating Titans, including myself.
Literary Hub:
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE  —  Because, as writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power;  —  Because we believe that any democracy worthy of the name rests on pluralism, welcomes principled disagreement, and achieves consensus through reasoned debate;
Richard Fry / Pew Research Center's Social …:
For First Time in Modern Era, Living With Parents Edges Out Other Living Arrangements for 18- to 34-Year-Olds  —  Young Adults' Living Arrangements  —  For the first time since 1880, Americans ages 18 to 34 are more likely to be living with their parent(s) than in a household shared with a spouse or partner.
Associated Press:
Conservative Michigan Lawmaker's Wife Reveals Teen Abortion  —  The wife of a conservative Michigan lawmaker says in a Facebook posting that she had an abortion while in high school and went public with it after someone approached her husband vowing to disclose the information.
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
What's driving Silicon Valley to become ‘radicalized’  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Like many Silicon Valley start-ups, Larry Gadea's company collects heaps of sensitive data from his customers.  —  Recently, he decided to do something with that data trove that was long considered unthinkable: He is getting rid of it.
Gillian Mohney / ABC News:
CDC Official Says Thousands May Have Arrived in US With Zika  —  Federal health officials today said they believe thousands of people may have contracted the Zika virus before returning to the U.S. and they remain concerned that the virus might commence ongoing transmission in the U.S.
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The Secret History of the Iran-Deal ‘Echo Chamber’  —  A network of advocates, experts and messaging specialists the White House says helped it sell the Iran nuclear deal in 2015 actually began to campaign for such an accord four years earlier, before the real negotiations started.
Discussion: New York Post
Steve Birr / The Daily Caller:
Illegal Immigrants Sue After Landlord Demands Documentation For Housing  —  Four Latino families filed papers to sue their Virginia landlord Monday after he threatened eviction due to illegal family members living on the premises.  —  The civil rights lawsuit filed by families living …
Post and Courier:
Federal authorities to seek death penalty against Dylann Roof  —  This Charleston County Sheriff's Office photo shows Dylann Roof on June 18.  Roof, 21, was arrested in the slayings of nine people at a prayer meeting inside Emanuel AME Church.  —  Nearly a year after gunfire interrupted …
Discussion: KTOO, Hot Air and The Atlantic
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Reeling From 2016 Chaos, G.O.P. Mulls Overhaul of Primaries  —  WASHINGTON — Leaders of the Republican Party have begun internal deliberations over making fundamental changes to the way its presidential nominees are chosen, a recognition that the chaotic process that played out this year …
Kyle Midura / WCAX-TV:
Vermont's most famous former baseball player's pitch for governor  —  Fringe candidates for public office often come out of Left Field.  —  But this year, the best nationally-known name on the lineup of candidates for governor comes out of the bullpen.  —  Former Red Sox and Expos pitcher Bill …
Bloomberg:
Trump Unveils Stable of Republican Donors  —  A group of 20 prominent GOP donors say they will back the presumptive nominees presidential bid.  —  zachmider  —  Donald Trump's road to raising $1 billion for the general election just got a lot smoother.  —  A group of 20 Republican donors …
Discussion: Raw Story
Harry Yorke / Telegraph:
Car is chased by swarm of bees for two days after queen bee gets stuck in boot  —  Play!  —  A grandmother plagued by a huge swarm of bees for more than 24 hours while driving her car home from a nature reserve has spoken about the “incredible” ordeal.  —  Carol Howarth, 65 …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Elizabeth Chuck / NBC News:
VA Secretary Bob McDonald Clarifies Comment Comparing Wait Times to Disneyland  —  VA secretary's comparison of wait times to Disneyland spurs outrage 0:35  —  Veteran Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald on Tuesday took an “opportunity to correct” a comparison he made of the long wait for medical care …
 
 
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Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed:
Sanders Responded To Transgender-Rights Survey — But Clinton Didn't
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
State Department sets new single-day record for Syrian refugee approvals
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Twitter to Ease Character Limit, Making Room for GIFs, Videos and More
Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg:
Trump Would Crush the Winners of the U.S. Economy
Discussion: Hit & Run
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
10 Years After An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore May Actually Be Winning
Discussion: The Week, The Daily Caller and Gizmodo
Cortney O'Brien / Townhall.com:
Valerie Jarrett Cites ‘Ending Two Wars’ as Obama Accomplishments
Discussion: Daily Wire
Chris Spargo For / Daily Mail:
Bill Cosby WILL STAND trial on sex assault charges after judge hears rape accuser's claims actor told …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Blumenthal:
Trump Polls: You Can't Wish Them Away
Discussion: Vox
James Martin / USA Today:
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Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Apple rehires prominent security pro as encryption fight boils
Discussion: 9to5Mac, The Hill and The Verge
Caitlin Yilek / The Hill:
Muslim lawmaker: Muslims for Trump is like chickens for Colonel Sanders
Discussion: Raw Story
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Great White Hope: Trump Unites Generations Of White Nationalists
Discussion: Daily Kos, Shakesville and Sky Dancing
Leah Barkoukis / Townhall.com:
IRS Employee Admits He Would Continue Targeting Conservative Groups: 'That's Just the Way It Is'
Stephen Lemons / Phoenix New Times:
Chris Simcox's Three Daughters Testify Against Him in Child Molestation Trial
Discussion: Raw Story
Dissent:
Karl Polanyi for President
Discussion: Crooked Timber