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12:05 PM 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
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Judson Berger / Fox News:
FEC Democrats voted to punish Fox News over debate changes
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
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Eliza Newlin Carney / American Prospect:
Don't Blame the Voters  —  Supporters of Republican presidential …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 …
Jessica Elgot / Guardian:
Boris Johnson rules himself out of Tory leadership race  —  Main public face of Brexit makes shock announcement hours after his key ally Michael Gove launched his own campaign  —  Boris Johnson has unexpectedly ruled himself out of the Conservative leadership race, hours …
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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 …
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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, The Verge and The Week
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Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Air Wars Favor Clinton
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
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New York Daily News:   TRUMP KICKS IN CHUMP CHANGE
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
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 Atlantic and The Week
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
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Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:   Trump Says GOP Opponents Should Support Him Or Be Banned From Office
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Islamic State routs Pentagon-backed Syrian rebels in fresh setback for U.S. strategy  —  IRBIL, Iraq — The U.S. military's efforts to confront the Islamic State in Syria suffered another setback Wednesday after the militants routed the only group to have survived intact an ill-fated Pentagon program …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Obama proposes new military partnership with Russia in Syria
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: Philly.com, Raw Story and The Week
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 …
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Donald Trump, Partisan Polarization, and the 2016 Presidential Election  —  Recent presidential elections in the United States have been characterized by sharp divisions between Democrats and Republicans on a wide range of issues along with high levels of party loyalty and straight-ticket voting.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
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 …
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
Associated Press:
McHenry gun shop to raffle off AR-15 rifle to benefit Orlando shooting victims  —  A craftsman holds a newly assembled AR-15 rifle at the Stag Arms company in New Britain, Conn.  —  A suburban gun shop is conducting a raffle to benefit victims of the Orlando shooting massacre — and the prize is an AR-15 rifle.
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Mika's hush-hush divorce fuels Joe romance chatter  —  MORE FROM:  —  “Morning Joe” hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough could soon go public as a couple.  Page Six has exclusively learned that Brzezinski and her husband of 23 years have quietly divorced.
Discussion: Jezebel, Mediaite and The Daily Caller
 
 
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Jay Reeves / Associated Press:
At 150, KKK sees opportunities in US political trends
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New York Times:
Democratic Group Prepares Trove of Research to Unload on Donald Trump
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
‘Never Trump’ plots its last stand
Discussion: Raw Story
Daily Mail:
Scroll down for video  —  Author Jerome Corsi claims …
Kate Smith / Bloomberg:
Cities Bill Trump for the High Cost of Rallies
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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: Althouse, Hit & Run, NBC News and The Week
KCCI-TV:
KCCI news crew attacked at scene of officer-involved shooting
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Michael Beckel / Center for Public Integrity:
Bernie Sanders scourge out of jail, back in super PAC business
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Ugh* Mitch McConnell Says Trump Is Not Yet a “Credible Candidate” (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Last Tradition