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7:05 PM ET, June 30, 2016


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New York Times:
Chris Christie Becomes Powerful Figure in Donald Trump Campaign  —  Defeated by Donald J. Trump in the 2016 primaries and derided by fellow Republicans for his subsequent embrace of Mr. Trump, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey has quietly emerged as one of the most influential advisers …
NBC News:
RNC Rules Fight Begins With Plan to Lock In Donald Trump  —  The fight over rules that could upend the Republican National Convention officially began in earnest Thursday, as delegates began circulating the first proposed rule for this year's convention in Cleveland.
Chris Christie being vetted for Donald Trump VP, source says  —  Washington (CNN)New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — a former Donald Trump rival turned top defender — is being vetted as a possible running mate for the presumptive Republican nominee, a source confirmed to CNN on Thursday.
NBC News:
Indiana's Mike Pence ‘In Play’ as Possible Trump VP Pick  —  Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is “in play” as a possible contender to be named Donald Trump's running mate at next month's GOP convention, sources familiar with the vice presidential search tell NBC News.
Discussion: Political Wire
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Celeb Chef Says He Won't Let Trump Dine At His Restaurants During RNC
Discussion: Plain Dealer, and Politico
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
GOP National-Security Experts Are #ReadyForHer
Discussion: Politicus USA
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
‘Never Trump’ plots its last stand
Nick Gass / 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 some Democrats are struggling to stomach the optics of the attorney general's meeting with the former president …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and ABC News
Richard Pollock / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: State Department Won't Release Clinton Foundation Emails for 27 Months
Discussion: RedState
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
WH defends Lynch from Clinton meeting fallout
Discussion: ABC News and KNXV
Scott Wong / The Hill:
House to vote on gun legislation  —  A week after Democrats staged a nearly 26-hour sit-in demanding a vote on gun control measures, Speaker Paul Ryan  —  (R-Wis.) said the House will vote next week on legislation to block suspected terrorists from buying guns.
Lindsey McPherson / Roll Call:
House Plans Vote on Guns Next Week
Billy House / Bloomberg:
Speaker Ryan Plans House Vote on Gun Provision After Sit-In
Discussion: Politicus USA
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.”
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Air Wars Favor Clinton
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and Althouse
Josh Haskell / ABC News:
Obama Expected to Highlight His Relationship With Clinton on Campaign Trail Next Week
Discussion: whorunsGov
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 …
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.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Trump skepticism hardens in GOP  —  Over the past several weeks, Donald Trump has managed to deliver several scripted speeches that stayed on message.  He's hired top staffers to bulk up his skeletal campaign.  And he's kick-started a fundraising operation, while focusing most of his rhetorical fire on Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: RedState and Daily Kos
Justin Fenton / Baltimore Sun:
Conviction vacated, new trial granted for Adnan Syed of “Serial” … A Baltimore judge has vacated the murder conviction of Adnan Syed, the subject of the popular “Serial” podcast that explored his case, and granted his request for a new trial.  —  The order from retired Judge Martin Welch …
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: and Raw Story
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Clinton up by 6 points, 89 percent say ‘hot-headed’ describes Trump
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump points to plane, says it could be Mexico ‘ready to attack’  —  Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump  —  on Thursday pointed to a plane flying above his event and said it could be a Mexican plane preparing to attack.  —  “That could be a Mexican plane up there …
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Palestinian Media Watch:
who killed 13-year-old girl in her sleep  —  Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik  —  This morning, a 17-year-old Palestinian terrorist stabbed and murdered a 13-year-old Israeli girl, Hallel Yaffa Ariel, while she slept in her bed.  The Palestinian terrorist Muhammad Taraireh …
Navy report: Failure at every level for US ships captured by Iran  —  Iran video appears to show U.S. sailor in tears  —  Washington (CNN)A devastating new report by military investigators released Thursday found that the 10 sailors captured by Iranians in January suffered from “failed leadership” …
Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
Navy investigation finds US sailors captured in Iran ‘did not meet code of conduct,’ Iran broke the law
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.
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 …
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Rationalia, Ho!  —  Kevin Williamson's piece on “Rationalia” may be the best thing he's written in a while — which is quite a high bar.  But I may be biased because it is so in my wheelhouse.  For those of you who read the Tyranny of Clichés or any of my extended rants …
Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
Trump Responds To Supreme Court Abortion Ruling  —  He claimed the ruling “would've been the opposite” if he'd replaced Scalia.  But the ruling was 5-3, not 4-4.  —  National Political Reporter, The Huffington Post  —  Donald Trump on Thursday responded to a landmark Supreme Court ruling earlier …
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 …
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Justin Sink / Bloomberg:
Obama Recruits Goldman, Google to Help Refugees Fleeing Wars
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Matt Vespa /
R. Lee Ermey Has Some Advice For Americans On Firearms-And Liberals Are Sure To Hate It
Discussion: Bearing Arms
Jennifer Rizzo / CNN:
Pentagon ends transgender ban
Joseph Tanfani / Los Angeles Times:
Trump was once so involved in trying to block an Indian casino that he secretly approved attack ads
Discussion: Raw Story
ISIS leadership involved in Istanbul attack planning, Turkish source says
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
French president endorses Clinton
 Earlier Items: 
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Culture Is Replacing Class as the Key Political Divide
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Russia to release Clinton emails?
Lucas Nolan / Breitbart:
Wikipedia Removes Orlando Shooting From ‘Islamist Terror Attack’ List
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Jay Reeves / Associated Press:
At 150, KKK sees opportunities in US political trends
Discussion: Boing Boing and Politicus USA