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6:00 PM ET, June 23, 2016

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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Corey Lewandowski to join CNN  —  Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is joining CNN as a political commentator, according to a source familiar with the arrangement.  —  It's a salaried position and will make Lewandowski exclusive to CNN, effective immediately.
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Matthew J. Belvedere / CNBC:
Trump forgives $50 million in loans to his campaign: Trump finance chief  —  Steve Mnuchin, Trump national finance chair, discusses Donald Trump's fundraising strategy, including online donations.  —  Donald Trump has forgiven $50 million in loans he made to his campaign …
CNN:
Trump reportedly raised at least $11 million since Tuesday  —  Washington (CNN)Donald Trump and his joint fundraising committee have raised at least $11 million since Tuesday morning, Republicans said Wednesday, a tremendously quick haul that comes amid concerns about his fundraising ability.
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
In move to reassure donors, Trump converts $50 million of campaign loans into donations
Discussion: Political Wire and The Baffler
Ginger Gibson / Reuters:
Trump will not ask donors to repay nearly $50 million in campaign loans
Discussion: New York Times
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court deadlocks, thwarting Obama's immigration actions  —  The Supreme Court has thwarted President Barack Obama's drive to expand his executive actions on immigration by making as many as five million immigrants currently in the U.S. illegally eligible for quasi-legal status and work permits.
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court won't revive Obama plan to shield illegal immigrants from deportation
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court upholds University of Texas affirmative action admissions
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Program at University of Texas
Nick Gass / Politico:
Obama slams ‘frustrating,’ ‘heartbreaking’ Supreme Court immigration decision
Discussion: ABC News and The Week
Ross K. Baker / USA Today:
Democrats launch a toddler-ocracy: Column  —  Moral outrage is fine, but Democrats are being childish.  —  Legislation by tantrum.  That's what the Democratic sit-in in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives amounts to.  You don't get what you want, as devoutly as you believe …
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Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
House drops Confederate Flag ban for veterans cemeteries
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democrats end guns sit-in
Discussion: The Hill, ABC News and The Week
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:   GOP Sen.: I'd Arrest Dems Who Held Sit-In On House Floor
John Hudson / Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: Prominent GOP Neoconservative to Fundraise for Hillary Clinton  —  A prominent neoconservative intellectual and early promoter of the Iraq War is headlining an official campaign fundraiser for Hillary Clinton next month, Foreign Policy has learned.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Several GOP Business Leaders Are Backing Clinton
Discussion: The Week
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Poll: Clinton leads Trump in Arizona  —  in Arizona, where a Democratic presidential candidate has carried the state only once in the last 64 years.  —  A survey by Phoenix-based OH Predictive Insights found Clinton taking 46.5 percent support over Trump at 42.2 percent.
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Mike Sunnucks / Phoenix Business Journal:   Surprise poll: Clinton leads Trump in Arizona
CNN:
About 70% of voters say Trump should cut business ties while running for president
Discussion: Vox and AOL
Baltimore Sun:
Freddie Gray case: Judge to issue verdict in Officer Caesar Goodson trial  —  (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video) … A Baltimore judge is expected to issue a verdict in the second-degree murder trial of police Officer Caesar Goodson, Jr. on Thursday morning.
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Saliqa Khan / WBAL-TV:
Officer Caesar Goodson acquitted of all charges
New York Times:
Baltimore Officer in Freddie Gray Case Is Cleared of All Charges
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Althouse
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Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Electoral College: Map No. 2  —  Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose  —  Some of our readers may recall that the Crystal Ball published its first 2016 Electoral College map at the end of March.  It was somewhat controversial — at least judging by many of the reactions we received.
Discussion: Daily Wire and Outside the Beltway
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David Wasserman / FiveThirtyEight:
The Clinton Campaign Seems To Think Pennsylvania Is In The Bag
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
Bloomberg:
The ‘Anti-Business’ President Who's Been Good for Business  —  Obama on free trade, regulating banks, and why his daughters won't work for Wall Street. … BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK: The stock market has tripled.  Profits are very high.  And yet you still have this label of being an anti-business figure.
Michelle Goldberg / Slate:
Trump's Speech About Hillary Was Terrifyingly Effective  —  He left the clown act to his surrogates, mixed in a truth or two among the lies, and zeroed in on what people hate about Clinton.  —  Donald Trump's Wednesday morning speech about Hillary Clinton's record is probably the most unnervingly effective one he has ever given.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
For Trump, Almost Normal
Discussion: bradford-delong.com
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
What is Left Hand Enterprises and why did the Trump campaign pay it $730,000?  —  On April 25, a new company called Left Hand Enterprises LLC was formed in Delaware, listing its address at an incorporation service provider in Wilmington.  —  A few days later, the firm received …
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Kaine rises to top of Clinton's veep list  —  Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is emerging as the leading candidate atop Hillary Clinton's vice presidential short list, according to Democratic allies and operatives close to the campaign.  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren and HUD Secretary Julian Castro …
Matt Bai / Yahoo:
What Trump's money troubles really tell us  —  More incredible news for the Donald Trump juggernaut!  —  After a 10-day stretch in which Trump found himself rebuked by Republican leaders, plummeting in polls and firing his much-maligned campaign manager, news broke that, according to public filings …
Discussion: Political Wire
Bernie Sanders / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders: Here's what we want  —  My supporters and I want real change in this country.  —  As we head toward the Democratic National Convention, I often hear the question, “What does Bernie want?”  Wrong question.  The right question is what the 12 million Americans who voted for a political revolution want.
Discussion: Grist, Shakesville and Reuters
Matthew Piper / Salt Lake Tribune:
Charges: Utah head of militia tried to detonate bomb at BLM facility in Arizona  —  A Tooele County man has been charged by federal prosecutors with attempting to use an explosive device at a BLM facility along the Arizona Strip that he had scouted with Robert LaVoy Finicum in October 2015 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
New York Times:
Despite Campaign Woes, Donald Trump Flies to Scotland to Tend to Business Interests  —  AYRSHIRE, Scotland — His campaign is desperately short of cash.  He has struggled to hire staff.  Influential Republicans are demanding that he demonstrate he can run a serious general election campaign.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Presidential Race Knotted in NC; Senate Race Close  —  North Carolina was the second closest state in the country for President in both 2008 and 2012, and PPP's newest poll finds it remains similarly competitive this time around.  Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are dead even at 43% …
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Mark Davis / Dallas Morning News:
Questions about Trump shouldn't drive conservatives into Clinton's arms
Discussion: The Resurgent
Tom McGhee / Denver Post:
One-time person of interest in JonBenet Ramsey case held in Boulder on child porn charges
Discussion: New York's PIX11 and FOX6Now.com
Julia Hahn / Breitbart:
CNN's Tom Foreman Caught Lying in Trump-Refugees ‘Fact Check’
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Top Clinton aide mocks donor's appointment to board
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
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Marco Rubio for US Senate:
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