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8:45 AM ET, June 30, 2016


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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.
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Email story won't end for Clinton  —  The FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton  —  's email is this election's never-ending story.  —  Just weeks before the Democratic National Convention, the FBI has yet to issue a report on its findings.  —  It's been nearly a year since inspectors general …
CBS News:
Bill Clinton, AG Loretta Lynch meet on tarmac in Phoenix
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Loretta Lynch Privately Meets With Bill Clinton Aboard Personal Plane
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Ugh* Mitch McConnell Says Trump Is Not Yet a “Credible Candidate” (VIDEO)  —  Donald Trump shattered the GOP primary record this year by more than a million votes.  —  He was running against 16 challengers - another record.  —  Despite this fact GOP elites continue to trash the Republican nominee.
Discussion: The Last Tradition
Roberta Rampton / Reuters:
Obama: Trump's rhetoric is xenophobic, not populist
Discussion: Addicting Info
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Meet the Man Who Will Make Sure Trump or Clinton Can Govern on Day 1
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
CBS News:
Obama goes on “rant” about Donald Trump's populism
Discussion: The Last Tradition
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Senator Mike Lee Goes Off On Radio Host Who Asks Why He Hasn't Endorsed Trump  —  Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah delivered a forceful response when asked on Wednesday why he hasn't endorsed Donald Trump.  —  Lee chastised Trump for parroting conspiracy theories about Ted Cruz's father …
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Trump: Rivals who don't back me shouldn't be allowed to run for office  —  on Wednesday hammered his former primary rivals for going back on a pledge to back the eventual GOP presidential nominee.  —  Trump said his primary opponents who now refuse to support his candidacy should not be allowed …
Discussion: Political Wire
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Says GOP Opponents Should Support Him Or Be Banned From Office  —  Donald Trump said Wednesday that he thought his Republican primary opponents who vowed to support the Party's nominee should follow through or be banned from running for public office.  —  Trump, speaking at a campaign rally …
Boris Johnson rules himself out of Conservative leader race  —  Ex-London mayor Boris Johnson has ruled himself out of the race to be the next Conservative leader and prime minister.  —  In a speech in London - billed as his campaign launch - Mr Johnson said he did not believe he could provide the leadership or unity needed.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Heat Street
Laura Hughes / Telegraph:
Boris Johnson rules himself out of Conservative election race  —  Play!  — Boris and May go head to head in leadership battle  — Gove announces he will run for Prime Minister  —  Auto update  —  Off  —  Final leadership candidates announced  —  Theresa May, Michael Gove …
Isaac Arnsdorf / Politico:
Kaine accepted clothes, vacation as gifts  —  Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine took advantage of the state's lax gift laws to receive an $18,000 Caribbean vacation, $5,500 in clothes and a trip to watch George Mason University play in the NCAA basketball Final Four during his years as lieutenant governor and governor …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
Elizabeth Warren Is Hillary Clinton's Most Rational Choice for VP
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
New York Times reports plagiarism in Trump textbooks  —  's textbooks for real estate and wealth seminars were plagiarized from another book written 10 years earlier, according to The New York Times.  —  The Times compared an an excerpt from the Trump Institute's 2006 book …
Discussion: RedState
Christal Hayes / Orlando Sentinel:
FBI asks agencies who responded to Pulse to deny records requests  —  The FBI released more information from its investigation into the June 12 shooting at Pulse, an Orlando gay nightclub where 49 people were killed and 53 were injured.  Among the information released: a partial transcript …
Kate Smith / Bloomberg:
Cities Bill Trump for the High Cost of Rallies  —  The campaign has reimbursed at least one, but others wait.  —  byKateSmith  —  Cities across the U.S. are discovering that a visit from Donald Trump isn't cheap.  The presumptive Republican nominee kicked off his California campaign …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Fox targeted by FEC Dems in first-ever vote to punish debate sponsorship  —  Finally making good on long-harbored anger at conservative media, Democrats on the Federal Election Commission voted in secret to punish Fox News' sponsorship of a Republican presidential debate …
Discussion: Instapundit
KCCI news crew attacked at scene of officer-involved shooting  —  While reporting on an officer-involved shooting in Boone Tuesday, a KCCI news crew was attacked by a woman.  —  Reporter Emmy Victor and Photojournalist Zachary Hayes were across the street from the scene when the woman approached …
Discussion: Jezebel and Raw Story
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 …
Rachel Stockman / LawNewz:   Trump Slapped With FEC Complaint For ‘Illegally’ Soliciting Foreign Money
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 …
Michael Beckel / Center for Public Integrity:
Bernie Sanders scourge out of jail, back in super PAC business  —  Alleged fraudster Cary Lee Peterson created new groups days after release  —  Cary Lee Peterson during a February 2016 trip to Micronesia.  —  likes  —  The alleged fraudster behind a purportedly pro-Bernie Sanders super PAC …
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Keith Schneider / New York Times:
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Missouri GOP Candidate For Governor Selling ‘ISIS Hunting Permits’
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