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9:20 PM ET, June 29, 2016


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NY1 News:
McConnell Says Trump Is Not Yet A “Credible Candidate”  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has reservations about the candidate at the top the 2016 Republican ticket: Donald Trump.  —  McConnell made headlines earlier this week for declining to say whether Trump is qualified for the presidency.
ABC News:
Nate Silver Predicts Clinton Wins General Election Against Trump … “We're at halftime of the election right now,” Silver said.  “She's taking a seven-point, maybe a ten-point lead into half time.  There's a lot of football left to be played.  She's ahead in almost every poll, every swing state, every national poll.”
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Meet the Man Who Will Make Sure Trump or Clinton Can Govern on Day 1
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Obama to join Clinton on the campaign trail next week in North Carolina
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
Christopher Sign / KNXV:
Loretta Lynch, Bill Clinton meet privately in Phoenix  —  PHOENIX - Amid an ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of email and hours before the public release of the Benghazi report, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with former President Bill Clinton.
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:   Loretta Lynch Privately Meets With Bill Clinton Aboard Personal Plane
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Why Did Bill Clinton And Loretta Lynch Meet On Her Airplane In Phoenix This Week? [VIDEO]
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Watchdog Groups File FEC Complaint Over Trump Emails To Foreign Pols  —  Two watchdog groups, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21, said they will file Wednesday a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, arguing that the Donald Trump campaign has broken federal law …
Discussion: Raw Story and Hullabaloo
Campaign Legal Center:
Donald Trump Is Illegally Soliciting Money from Foreign Nationals to Fund His Presidential Campaign
Discussion: Raw Story
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
British Politicians Demand to Exit ... Donald Trump's Fundraising List
Discussion: Politicus USA, Scotsman and Raw Story
Rachel Stockman / LawNewz:
Trump Slapped With FEC Complaint For ‘Illegally’ Soliciting Foreign Money
Kim Janssen / Chicago Tribune:
Ditka surprised to read that he'll be at GOP convention with Trump  —  Photos of the Hall of Fame Bears coach.  —  A report late Tuesday that Donald Trump is lining up Mike Ditka to make a star appearance at the Republican National Convention came as no surprise to anybody — except Da Coach himself.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ivanka Trump: “Athletes And Coaches” Will Be Speaking At The RNC  —  Ivanka Trump on Wendesday confirmed that athletes and coaches are being lined up to speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  —  “We're putting together the line up of speakers now and the interest is incredible …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Who will show up? Who will pay? The many unknowns of the GOP convention.
Keith Hennessey:
Response to Trump on steel  —  In Pennsylvania today Donald Trump said, “When subsidized foreign steel is dumped into our markets, threatening our factories, the politicians do nothing.”  —  This is false.  President Bush imposed tariffs on imported steel in 2002.
Discussion: Hit & Run and New York Times
Jim Ruth / Washington Post:
I hate Donald Trump. But he might get my vote.
CBS News:
Obama goes on “rant” about Donald Trump's populism  —  President Obama went off on his own rant Wednesday at a trilateral press conference in which he disputed the idea that Donald Trump is a populist and that the presumptive GOP nominee instead promotes “nativism” or “xenophobia.”
Emma Platoff /
Why police were called to a South Jersey third-grade class party  —  On June 16, police were called to an unlikely scene: an end-of-the-year class party at the William P. Tatem Elementary School in Collingswood.  —  A third grader had made a comment about the brownies being served to the class.
Maeve McDermott / USA Today:
Exclusive: Miss Teen USA to eliminate swimsuit competition  —  4.2k Shares  —  One of America's highest-profile beauty pageants just traded bikinis for athleisure.  —  In recent years, competitions have increasingly modernized, featuring women that break the mold of the traditional pageant queen …
Donovan Slack / USA Today:
Exclusive: NRA to run $2 million Benghazi-themed ad campaign for Trump  —  The National Rifle Association's political arm is launching its first ad campaign of the 2016 presidential race, with a survivor of the terror attack in Benghazi urging viewers to vote for Donald Trump.
RELATED:   Republicans hit dead end on Benghazi
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Trump Institute Offered Get-Rich Schemes Using Others' Ideas  —  In 2005, as he was making a transition from developing real estate to capitalizing on his fame through ventures like a reality show and product-licensing deals, Donald J. Trump hit upon a two-pronged strategy for entering the field of for-profit education.
Jennifer Rankin / Guardian:
John Kerry: Brexit could be ‘walked back’  —  US secretary of state expresses doubts over whether Brexit will happen as David Cameron ‘has no idea how he would do it’  —  The US secretary of state, John Kerry, has raised doubts about whether Brexit will ever happen, suggesting most leave campaigners …
Fox News:
‘Defies reality’: Kerry takes heat for claiming airport attack a sign of ISIS desperation
Discussion: Hit & Run and Front Page Magazine
Paul Sonne / Wall Street Journal:
Muslim Recruit's Death Sparks a Broad Marine Investigation  —  More than a dozen drill instructors in Parris Island, S.C., battalion face probe over allegations of hazing and physical abuse at boot camp  —  The death of a young Muslim-American recruit at boot camp is at the heart …
Discussion: Washington Post
Devin Henry / The Hill:
Senate panel approves $500M for international climate fund  —  The Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday adopted a $500 million spending package for the Green Climate Fund, an international climate change adaptation program.  —  Members approved the funding, via an amendment from Sens. Jeff Merkley
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
John McWhorter / The Atlantic:
The World's Most Efficient Languages  —  Just as fish presumably don't know they're wet, many English speakers don't know that the way their language works is just one of endless ways it could have come out.  It's easy to think that what one's native language puts words to, and how, reflects the fundamentals of reality.
Associated Press:
Missouri GOP Candidate For Governor Selling ‘ISIS Hunting Permits’  —  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens is selling so-called “ISIS hunting permits” to raise money.  —  Greitens' campaign distributed an email Wednesday promoting bumper stickers …
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Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Says GOP Opponents Should Support Him Or Be Banned From Office
Cortney O'Brien /
Obama Admin Faces Lawsuit Over Iran Deal Cover-up
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
Brexit isn't the most serious threat to the EU — the euro is
Discussion: EconLog and
Denver Post:
U.S. Senate Results
Discussion: CNN and ThinkProgress
Cliff Schecter / The Daily Beast:
Don't Take My Guns, Christy Sheats Said. Then She Shot Her Daughters.
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
GOP donor Paul Singer says Trump would cause a depression
Discussion: Raw Story and Politicus USA
 Earlier Items: 
Everton Bailey Jr / Oregonian:
Driver accused of crashing into marijuana dispensary while high on marijuana
Steven Poole / Guardian:
Why bad ideas refuse to die
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Big Picture
Ben Brody / Bloomberg:
Clinton's Private E-Mail Use Said to Frustrate Top Aide Huma Abedin
Discussion: The Daily Caller and
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Evangelical Leader Backpedals On Story Of Trump's Recent Conversion
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Matt Canham / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah's Misty Snow makes history as Dems' transgender Senate nominee