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5:25 PM ET, June 20, 2016


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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Donald Trump Parts Ways With Corey Lewandowski, His Campaign Manager  —  Donald J. Trump is parting ways with his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, a move that comes as the presumptive Republican nominee faces challenges as it moves toward the general election.
Olivia Nuzzi / GQ:
The Mystifying Triumph of Hope Hicks, Donald Trump's Right-Hand Woman  —  One day you're just a smiley PR lackey; the next, you're a major operative in the nuttiest campaign in decades.  Such is the strange year in the life of Hope Hicks, the 27-year-old accidental press secretary for Donald Trump.
Trump Holding Meeting With Advisers to Reassess Strategy  —  After a rough campaign stretch, the presumptive Republican nominee is gathering his top lieutenants and members of his family to plot a path forward.  —  kevcirilli  —  michaelcbender  —  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump …
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
After Months of Loyalty, Trump Finally Decided to Fire His Campaign Manager After a Bad Answer at a Meeting  —  “What's your plan here?” the candidate asked Corey Lewandowski.  —  At around 9:30 Monday morning, Donald Trump and his adult children gathered for a regular strategy meeting at Trump Tower.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Real News Is Trump is Broke  —  As you can see, the news of the day is Donald Trump's firing of war-time campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.  Lewandowski never actually functioned as a campaign manager - more like what the modern campaign calls a body man or traveling press secretary.
Discussion: Forbes
Kevin Cirilli / Bloomberg:
Trump Removes Corey Lewandowski as Campaign Manager
Corey Lewandowski out as Trump campaign manager
FBI provides investigative update on Orlando nightclub massacre  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation has provided the following update regarding the shooting in Orlando.  The text below, which includes a partial transcript of comments made by shooter Omar Mateen, are as provided by the FBI.
Fox News:
FBI, DOJ release new, full transcript of Orlando shooter's 911 call  —  Under pressure from Republican leaders, the Justice Department on Monday afternoon reversed itself and released a full, unredacted transcript of the Orlando terrorist's 911 call on the night of the massacre …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Republicans rip Orlando 911 transcript redactions
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Speaker Ryan Calls on Administration to Release Complete Orlando 911 Transcript
Discussion: Politico
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
In Searing Dissent, Sotomayor Calls Out Police Practices That Target Minorities  —  Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a searing — and at times, wrenching — dissent in a Supreme Court illegal-stop-and-search case in which she accused the conservative majority of giving …
Discussion: Vox and Raw Story
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
End of conservative Supreme Court: Clarence Thomas may be next to leave  —  Justice Clarence Thomas, a reliable conservative vote on the Supreme Court, is mulling retirement after the presidential election, according to court watchers.  —  Thomas, appointed by former President George H.W. Bush …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court refuses to hear challenge to Connecticut's ban on ‘assault weapons’  —  The Supreme Court declined Monday to review bans on a lengthy list of firearms that Connecticut classified as “assault weapons,” the latest example of the court's reluctance to be drawn into an emotional national debate on gun control.
Discussion: Politico and RedState
Audrey Taylor / ABC News:
SCOTUS Won't Hear Challenge to Conn. Assault Weapon Ban
Discussion: Politico
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
Supreme Court rejects challenge to state assault weapon bans
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:   The Justices Are About To Hand Down The Most Important Abortion Case In A Quarter Century
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Moody's Analysis: Trump's Policy Plans Would Trigger A ‘Lengthy Recession’  —  Donald Trump's proposed plans to cut taxes, engage in trade wars, and deport millions of undocumented immigrants would hurt the U.S. economy and send the country into a recession, according to new report by Moody's Analytics.
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Analysis: Trump's plans would cause ‘lengthy recession,’ cost jobs
Discussion: Hot Air
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Economy Would Be ‘Diminished’ Under Trump's Economic Plan, New Analysis Says
Discussion: Politicus USA
Associated Press:
Authorities: Man at Vegas rally said he wanted to kill Trump  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal officer says a man arrested at a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas told authorities he tried to grab an officer's gun so he could kill the candidate.  —  A complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court …
NBC News:
United States of Trump  —  An inside look at the voters who took over the Republican Party  —  A year after Donald Trump launched his presidential bid, and against all expectations, the business mogul is the presumptive GOP nominee.  Who supported him?  How did he take over a Republican …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ben White / Politico:
Wall Street donors seek to block Warren VP pick  —  NEW YORK — Big Wall Street donors have a message for Hillary Clinton: Keep Elizabeth Warren off the ticket or risk losing millions of dollars in contributions.  —  In a dozen interviews, major Democratic donors in the financial services industry …
Mohammed A. Malik / Washington Post:
I reported Omar Mateen to the FBI.  Trump is wrong that Muslims don't do our part.  —  We love America, too, and we're horrified by what our neighbor did.  —  Donald Trump believes American Muslims are hiding something.  —  “They know what's going on.  They know that [Omar Mateen] was bad,” he said after the Orlando massacre.
Discussion: Business Insider and The Week
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
The Unabomber Claims Letters Written In His Name Are A Hoax  —  Ted Kaczynski, the notorious American domestic terrorist known as the Unabomber, wrote in a letter received by BuzzFeed News on Monday that “some creep” is impersonating him in letters to journalists.
Teresa Boeckel / York Daily Record:
Pastor harassed over sign supporting Muslims  —  A Dallastown pastor said his church has received hangup phone calls after a Spring Grove Area school board member took issue with the church's sign wishing a blessed Ramadan to its Muslim neighbors and posted a photo of the sign on social media.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tony Romm / Politico:
Apple's Cook to host Paul Ryan fundraiser amid Trump woes  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook will host a fundraiser with House Speaker Paul Ryan next week as the iPhone maker tries to strengthen its relationships with key Republicans — despite its decision to pull support for the GOP convention because of its distaste for Donald Trump.
Discussion: Business Insider and The Verge
Kyle Olson / The American Mirror:
Activists plan 'world's largest fart-in' during Hillary's DNC speech  —  Far-left activists aren't going away quietly — or with a pleasant aroma.  —  Cheri Honkala, head of Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, is organizing the world's largest ‘fart-in’ to be held on July 28 …
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Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:
Biden Warns Trump's Foreign Policy Will Lead To ‘A Return Of Anti-Americanism’
New York Post:
4 NYPD officials busted in de Blasio fundraising probe
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
‘God will finish the job’: Texas pastor prays for injured Orlando survivors to die
Discussion: Friendly Atheist and Mediaite
The Hill:
Media winners, losers of the 2016 primaries
Discussion: Hot Air
Nick Gass / Politico:
National poll: Clinton leads Trump by 7
Discussion: The Week
Chicago Tribune:
City records 300th homicide with 13 over Father's Day weekend
Discussion: The Atlantic and WGN-TV
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Florida congressional candidate announces AR-15 giveaway following Orlando massacre
Discussion: Greg Evers, Towleroad and The Week
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Donald Trump's June Stumbles Mirror Those of Mitt Romney
Discussion: Mediaite
Paula Hancocks / CNN:
ISIS threat to U.S. air bases, South Korea intelligence agency warns
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Laying the odds on the veepstakes
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