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7:05 PM ET, June 22, 2016


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Full transcript: Donald Trump NYC speech on stakes of the election  —  Remarks as prepared for delivery.  —  Today I'd like to share my thoughts about the stakes in this election.  —  Story Continued Below  —  People have asked me why I am running for President.
New York Times:
Donald Trump's Speech: What You Missed and Our Fact Checks  —  Donald J. Trump has had a rough week, overseeing a shake-up of his campaign staff and reporting a dismal fund-raising total.  The presumptive Republican presidential nominee looked to get things back on track on Wednesday …
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
7 Of The Biggest Fibs In Trump's Speech Attacking ‘World-Class Liar’ Clinton  —  Donald Trump laid out his line of attack against Hillary Clinton in a Wednesday speech, criticizing her failure to keep America “safe” as secretary of state and charging that she profited off global trade deals that hurt American workers.
Discussion: Washington Post and Balloon Juice
John Lewis leads sit-in on House floor over guns  —  Washington (CNN)Georgia Rep. John Lewis is leading a sit-in on the House floor Wednesday to push Republicans to address gun violence in the legislative chamber.  —  Lewis wrote a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan demanding that he keep …
Ben Weyl / Politico:
Democrats stage sit-in on House floor to force gun vote  —  Dozens of House Democrats staged a “sit-in” on the House floor Wednesday in protest of GOP leadership's refusal to allow a vote on a gun control measure following the Orlando massacre.  —  Led by Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) …
Paulina Firozi / The Hill:
C-SPAN circumvents House blackout on sit-in coverage
Ken Nicholson / WRCB-TV:
“Make America White Again” campaign sign causing controversy in Polk Co.  —  A campaign sign in Polk County is stirring up a lot of controversy.  —  The sign, located off Highway 411 near Benton, says “Make America White Again” and was put there by Rick Tyler, an independent candidate …
Washington Post:
Marco Rubio will seek Senate re-election, reversing pledge not to run  —  Sen. Marco Rubio will announce Wednesday he will seek re-election to the Senate, reversing a pledge he made a year ago to either assume the presidency or return to private life in Florida, instantly transforming …
Associated Press:
Emails: Key security features disabled on Clinton's server  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — State Department staffers wrestled for weeks in December 2010 over a serious technical problem with then-Secretary Hillary Clinton's home email server, causing them to temporarily disable security features …
Discussion: Political Wire
Fox News:
Clinton IT specialist invokes 5th more than 125 times in deposition  —  Hillary Clinton IT specialist Bryan Pagliano invoked the Fifth more than 125 times during a 90-minute, closed-door deposition Wednesday with the conservative watchdog Judicial Watch, a source with the group told Fox News.
Discussion: and RedState
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
RNC member accuses party leaders of undermining Trump  —  An influential Republican National Committee official is rebuking his own party, accusing it of empowering anti-Donald Trump figures to play key roles at this summer's convention — and, potentially, to dislodge Trump.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:   Trump's secret plan to quash a ‘Dump Trump’ convention plot
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump's stumbles fuel convention delegate revolt
Nick Gass / Politico:
Brent Scowcroft endorses Hillary Clinton  —  Brent Scowcroft, national security adviser under Republican presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president on Wednesday.  —  “Secretary Clinton shares my belief that America must remain the world's indispensable leader …
Discussion: AOL
Orlando Sentinel:
Tim Tebow visits former teammate wounded during Pulse shooting  —  Tim Tebow visited former high school teammate Rodney Sumter, who was working as a bartender at Pulse nightclub and was wounded during a mass shooting at the venue.  Sumter has been recovering at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Partisanship and Political Animosity in 2016  —  Highly negative views of the opposing party - and its members  —  The 2016 campaign is unfolding against a backdrop of intense partisan division and animosity.  Partisans' views of the opposing party are now more negative than at any point in nearly a quarter of a century.
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Obama-appointed judge strikes down federal fracking rule  —  A federal judge appointed by President Obama struck down the administration's regulation on hydraulic fracturing on federal lands on Tuesday, ruling that the Interior Department does not have congressional authority to regulate fracking.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Rush Limbaugh
Camila Domonoske / NPR:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Obama Administration's Fracking Rules
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Trump's top example of foreign experience: A Scottish golf course losing millions  —  Isaac Lennox, a local Scot, drives off the tee in May.  Trump International Golf Links sits among sand dunes on the Scottish coast north of Aberdeen.  Donald Trump opened the course in 2012, despite the steady complaints of neighbors.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and BuzzFeed
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Disclose Privately Paid Trips and Gifts  —  WASHINGTON — Members of the Supreme Court took scores of trips paid for by private sponsors last year, according to the financial disclosure forms of eight justices released Wednesday.  —  No information was provided concerning Justice Antonin Scalia …
Jonathan Ernst / The Wider Image:
Marble, drape and justice: inside the U.S. Supreme Court
Discussion: The Atlantic
Leslie Patton / Bloomberg:
Burger King Jumps Into Snack-Brand Hybrids With Mac 'n Cheetos  —  Burger chain teams up with Frito-Lay to sell deep-fried snack  —  Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Tacos have helped boost sales  —  Burger King, the restaurant chain backed by 3G Capital and Warren Buffett …
Discussion: Raw Story
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Calls for Lynch to resign over claim that ‘love’ is best response to terror  —  Attorney General Loretta Lynch is getting a tongue-lashing from Republicans for her claim that “love” the best tool to fight terrorism.  —  “Our most effective response to terror and hatred is compassion …
Discussion: RedState and Mediaite
Los Angeles Times:
‘Seismic strain’: Land around the San Andreas fault is rising and sinking, new earthquake research shows  —  A photo shows a valley eroded along the San Andreas fault in the Carrizo Plain.  (USGS)  —  Rong-Gong Lin II  —  For the first time, scientists have produced a computer image showing huge sections …
Salena Zito / The Hill:
Will ‘Pennsyltucky’ dance to Trump's tune?  —  OHIOPYLE, PA.- Judy and her husband Phil, who is in his 29th year of service in the military, along with three other couples who ventured from Pittsburgh to attend an annual craft beer festival held on the fringes of the Pennsylvania state park …
The Local:
Jewish man beaten in Berlin for wearing kippah  —  A young man reported being attacked in the east of the capital in Tuesday evening by a group of three men who spotted his religious skullcap.  —  The attack happened at around 9.30pm in the Alt-Treptow neighbourhood, police report.
Nearly Half of Sanders Supporters Won't Support Clinton  —  The Vermont senator says he'll work to defeat Trump, but has yet to endorse the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.  —  JoshuaGreen  —  In the two weeks since Hillary Clinton wrapped up the Democratic presidential primary …
Anthony Breznican /
INSIDE THE STAR WARS STAND-ALONE ROGUE ONE  —  See also  —  Inside the reshoots of ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’  —  WATCH: ‘Rogue One’ star reveals new ‘Star Wars’ film details  —  It's here!  ‘Rogue One’ teaser trailer has finally arrived  —  Before Luke fired the blast that detonated …
Discussion: Mashable, The Verge, AOL and NOLA River
Professor Investigated for Discussing Conflicting Viewpoints, ‘The Coddling of The American Mind’  —  The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) appears to have investigated two professors for asking students to simply consider all sides of the debate over today's most controversial political and social issues.
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
Sanders: 'It doesn't appear that I'm going to be the nominee'
Discussion: Washington Post and Guardian
Kevin Green / WAVY-TV:
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Obama's generals want more U.S. troops in Iraq
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Discussion: RedState
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Discussion: Gawker
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Post
Nancyl / Washington Monthly:
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Man who claims he had sexual relations with Orlando gunman tells Univision it was “revenge,” not terrorism