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1:20 AM ET, June 30, 2016

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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.
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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.
Roberta Rampton / Reuters:
Obama: Trump's rhetoric is xenophobic, not populist  —  U.S. President Barack Obama is tired of hearing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump described as a populist.  —  The Democratic leader, who has made no secret of his dislike for the wealthy businessman's rhetoric …
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
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.
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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
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
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ABC News:
Nate Silver Predicts Clinton Wins General Election Against Trump
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 …
Irene / Judicial Watch:
Law Enforcement Sources: Gun Used in Paris Terrorist Attacks Came from Phoenix  —  One of the guns used in the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks came from Phoenix, Arizona where the Obama administration allowed criminals to buy thousands of weapons illegally in a deadly and futile …
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.
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ivanka Trump: “Athletes And Coaches” Will Be Speaking At The RNC
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 …
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 …
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Rachel Stockman / LawNewz:   Trump Slapped With FEC Complaint For ‘Illegally’ Soliciting Foreign Money
Stephen Braun / Associated Press:
AIDE SAID CLINTON DIDN'T WANT EMAILS ACCESSIBLE TO ‘ANYBODY’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin said in a legal proceeding that Clinton did not want the State Department emails that she sent and received on her private computer server to be accessible to “anybody …
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Ben Brody / Bloomberg:
Clinton's Private E-Mail Use Said to Frustrate Top Aide Huma Abedin
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Trump Institute Offered Get-Rich Schemes With Plagiarized Lessons  —  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.
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
Elizabeth Warren Is Hillary Clinton's Most Rational Choice for VP  —  The case for Warren is stronger than Tim Kaine boosters allow.  Stronger than anybody else's, in fact.  —  Nearly all reports from the Hillary Clinton brain trust suggest Senator Tim Kaine is the runaway favorite …
Emma Platoff / Philly.com:
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.
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 …
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Fox News:
‘Defies reality’: Kerry takes heat for claiming airport attack a sign of ISIS desperation
Discussion: Hit & Run and Front Page Magazine
KCCI-TV:
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
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 …
Cortney O'Brien / Townhall.com:
Obama Admin Faces Lawsuit Over Iran Deal Cover-up  —  Americans were rightly outraged when they found out the Obama White House had misled the public to make the Iran Deal seem like a golden opportunity.  In reality, they knew Iran was not the “moderate” regime they claimed.
Ballotpedia News:
Ballotpedia's battleground poll, 2016  — Ballot access for presidential candidates  — The media's coverage of Hillary Clinton  — Insiders Poll: First Democratic debate (October 13, 2015)  — Insiders Poll: Winners and losers from the Fox News Republican Debate
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
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 …
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
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.
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
Wlady Pleszczynski / The American Spectator:
Hillary's Cavalier Enablers  —  “Never Trump” agitators continue to work themselves up into a sanctimonious lather, indulging in a puritanical alarmism about Trump they normally pooh-pooh when it threatens one of their favored heterodox candidates.  Gone are the “half a loaf is better than none” …
 
 
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
ISIS Announces It Has Covert Units in France and Turkey
Devin Henry / The Hill:
Senate panel approves $500M for international climate fund
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
Missouri GOP Candidate For Governor Selling ‘ISIS Hunting Permits’
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
Brexit isn't the most serious threat to the EU — the euro is
Discussion: EconLog and bradford-delong.com
CBS News:
Obama goes on “rant” about Donald Trump's populism
Cliff Schecter / The Daily Beast:
Don't Take My Guns, Christy Sheats Said. Then She Shot Her Daughters.
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
GOP donor Paul Singer says Trump would cause a depression
Discussion: Raw Story and Politicus USA
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
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Evangelical Leader Backpedals On Story Of Trump's Recent Conversion
Discussion: alan.com and The Resurgent
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I hate Donald Trump. But he might get my vote.
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Donovan Slack / USA Today:
Exclusive: NRA to run $2 million Benghazi-themed ad campaign for Trump