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11:35 AM ET, June 30, 2016


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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: Hot Air and Instapundit
Fox News:
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Judson Berger / Fox News:
FEC Democrats voted to punish Fox News over debate changes
New York Times:
Boris Johnson Won't Seek to Succeed David Cameron as Prime Minister  —  LONDON — The race to succeed David Cameron as prime minister of Britain was turned upside down on Thursday when Boris Johnson, widely seen as the leading candidate, chose at the last minute not to run, after his close ally Michael Gove challenged him for the job.
Jessica Elgot / Guardian:
Boris Johnson rules himself out of Tory leadership race
Discussion: Mother Jones and Political Wire
Boris Johnson rules himself out of Conservative leader race
Discussion: Heat Street and Joe.My.God.
Laura Hughes / Telegraph:   Boris Johnson rules himself out of Conservative election race
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Presidential Race Shaping Up Similarly to 2012  —  PPP's newest national poll continues to find the Presidential race shaping up pretty similarly to how the 2012 contest played out, with Hillary Clinton holding a 4 point lead that matches Barack Obama's final margin of victory last time around.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Daily Mail:
Trump on top: Republican pulls ahead of Hillary Clinton by 4 points in shock poll after trailing by 5 a week ago  — Rasmussen Reports poll of 1,000 likely voters shows Donald Trump with 43 per cent, compared with 39 per cent for Hillary Clinton  — Last week the same pollsters found Clinton ahead …
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 …
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Democrats groan after Bill Clinton meets Loretta Lynch  —  Attorney General Loretta Lynch described her Monday meeting with Bill Clinton aboard a private plane as “primarily social,” but even Democrats are struggling to stomach the optics of the attorney general's meeting with the former president …
Christopher Sign / KNXV:
Loretta Lynch, Bill Clinton meet privately in Phoenix
Max J. Rosenthal / Mother Jones:
The Trump Files: When Donald Was “Principal for a Day” and Confronted by a Fifth-Grader  —  Until the election, we're bringing you “The Trump Files,” a daily dose of telling episodes, strange-but-true stories, or curious scenes from the life of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
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: RedState and Political Wire
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:   Trump Says GOP Opponents Should Support Him Or Be Banned From Office
NBC News:
After Saying He Forgave Loans to Campaign, Trump Won't Release Proof  —  When Donald Trump said last Thursday he was forgiving over $45 million in personal loans he made to his campaign, the announcement drew plenty of coverage.  Many even reported Trump's statement as if the deal was done.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Obama shares awkward handshake with Canada's and Mexico's leaders … President Obama on Wednesday shared an awkward handshake with the Canadian prime minister and Mexican president when meeting in Canada.  —  Obama, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met …
CBS News:
Obama goes on “rant” about Donald Trump's populism
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Trump's Pennsylvania campaign is missing in action  —  Nearly everyone can agree that Donald Trump's path to the White House goes through Pennsylvania.  —  But local party leaders in some of the state's most pivotal counties say there's been almost no outreach from his campaign so far …
Discussion:, Raw Story and The Week
Seth Abramovitch / Hollywood Reporter:
Nancy Grace to Depart HLN After 12 Years (Exclusive)  —  EMAIL ME  —  One of cable's most recognizable and controversial figures tells THR she will embark upon a new chapter involving “a very large digital component.”  —  Nancy Grace, who parlayed her stint as a successful prosecutor …
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
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: The Week
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 …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
‘Never Trump’ plots its last stand  —  are plotting a last-ditch effort to deny him their party's nomination at the convention in Cleveland.  —  A coalition of delegates, lawyers, rules experts and PACs has formed in what participants say is the most coordinated effort to date to dump Trump from the Republican ticket.
Discussion: Raw Story
Aram Roston / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Donald Trump Listened In On Phone Lines At Mar-A-Lago  — Several workers said Trump used the equipment to secretly listen in on phone calls in the mid-2000s.  —  At Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach resort he runs as a club for paying guests and celebrities, Donald Trump …
Discussion: The Week
Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
Nothing sorry about Trump One  —  ABOARD TRUMP ONE — The candidate loosened his tie and offered me some advice.  —  “Whatever you do, don't apologize,” he said.  “You never hear me apologize, do you?  That's what killed Jimmy the Greek way back.  Remember?  He was doing okay 'til he said he was sorry.”
Discussion: Politico and The Verge
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Jay Reeves / Associated Press:
At 150, KKK sees opportunities in US political trends
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Obama proposes new military partnership with Russia in Syria
New York Times:
Democratic Group Prepares Trove of Research to Unload on Donald Trump
Daily Mail:
Scroll down for video  —  Author Jerome Corsi claims …
Kate Smith / Bloomberg:
Cities Bill Trump for the High Cost of Rallies
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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The Huffington Post:
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Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Mitt Romney: ‘My family wanted me to run again’
Discussion: New York Magazine
Keith Schneider / New York Times:
Alvin Toffler, Author of ‘Future Shock,’ Dies at 87
Discussion: Hit & Run, NBC News, Althouse and The Week
KCCI news crew attacked at scene of officer-involved shooting
Discussion: Jezebel and Raw Story
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Ugh* Mitch McConnell Says Trump Is Not Yet a “Credible Candidate” (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Last Tradition