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6:50 PM ET, July 7, 2016


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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump, seeking GOP unity, has tense meeting with Senate Republicans  —  Donald Trump's private meeting Thursday with Senate Republicans - designed to foster greater party unity ahead of the national convention in Cleveland — grew combative as the presumptive presidential nominee admonished three senators …
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Manages To Give Some House GOPers More Heartburn In Hill Meeting  —  He arrived 20 minutes late.  —  Then presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump addressed the House GOP's rank and file in a standing-room-only meeting at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump to Sasse: ‘You must want Hillary’  —  Donald Trump singled out his chief Republican nemesis in the Senate, Ben Sasse, during a private meeting with senators on Thursday, and also had a testy exchange with Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake.  —  At one point during the gathering …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Trump to House Republicans: ‘Say great things . . . We love Trump.’
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
Donald Trump told House Republicans he'd defend a nonexistent part of the Constitution
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
FBI didn't record Clinton interview, did not administer sworn oath  —  did not swear an oath to tell the truth before meeting with the FBI for three and a half hours last weekend, and the interview was not recorded, FBI Director James Comey told House lawmakers on Thursday.
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Five panels to grill FBI on Clinton  —  Furious congressional Republicans are launching a multipronged attack against the FBI and Hillary Clinton  —  A total of five congressional committees will either hold hearings with high-profile law enforcement officials over the next week …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
FBI Director Destroys Donald Trump Talking Point That Hillary Was Worse Than Petraeus
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Rigged 101  —  The conspiracy theory about Donald Trump …
Discussion: The Hill and National Review
Eric Fehrnstrom /
FBI decision on Clinton may be a blessing in disguise for Republicans
Discussion: New York Magazine
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo:
Live: FBI Director James Comey testifies on Hillary Clinton email probe
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
FBI Director: Hillary Clinton Wasn't ‘Sophisticated Enough’ to Understand Classified Markings
Discussion: LawNewz
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Would Donald Trump Quit if He Wins the Election?  He Doesn't Rule It Out  —  The traditional goal of a presidential nominee is to win the presidency and then serve as president.  —  Donald J. Trump is not a traditional candidate for president.  —  Presented in a recent interview with a scenario …
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump plays coy when asked if he'll serve as president
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Sanders Says He'll Do Everything Possible to Help Elect Clinton  —  Vermont senator says Trump presidency would be disastrous  —  Sanders says he'd be ‘pleased’ with Warren as Clinton's VP  —  Bernie Sanders signaled a formal endorsement of Hillary Clinton is imminent …
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
A Few Thoughts on the Killing of Philando Castile  —  A horrible story from Minnesota, as reported by the Washington Post: … The aftermath of the shooting was filmed by Castile's girlfriend, but the shooting itself was not.  As such, I imagine that any debate will revolve primarily around …
Sdswanson / WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
Police Fatally Shoot Man During Traffic Stop, Aftermath Video Posted  —  MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 32-year-old man has died after an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night in Falcon Heights.  —  Philando Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, says he died at Hennepin County Medical Center after 11 p.m.
Washington Post:
Minn. cop fatally shoots man during traffic stop, aftermath broadcast on Facebook
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
2016 Campaign: Strong Interest, Widespread Dissatisfaction  —  As convention nears, most Republicans see a party divided  —  As Republicans and Democrats prepare for their party conventions later this month, a new national survey paints a bleak picture of voters' impressions …
Pew Research Center:
Vote preference over time  —  2008 June vote preference 2012 …
Discussion: Washington Post
Alex Weprin / Politico:
Outfoxed?  —  Fox News was enveloped in silence for most of Wednesday, as news ricocheted around New York and Washington of former host Gretchen Carlson's lawsuit depicting the network's legendary CEO and chairman Roger Ailes as a pervasive harasser of women.
Claude Brodesser-Akner / New Jersey Online:
Trump ‘unlikely’ to pick Christie, according to sources  —  TRENTON — It is highly unlikely that Gov. Chris Christie will be Donald Trump's running mate, according to two sources who are advising the Trump campaign and who requested to remain anonymous.  —  Instead, the sources …
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
GOP blocks Dem attempts to allow federal gun research  —  A House panel on Thursday rejected multiple efforts by Democrats to eliminate a budget amendment that has frozen nearly all government research into gun violence for 17 years.  —  During a markup of next year's health spending bill …
Discussion: Daily Kos
USA Today:
Democrats disrupt House again over gun bills
Discussion: RedState and Bearing Arms
John Bresnahan / Politico:
House GOP indefinitely delays gun control votes
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Trump's son-in-law under fire from family  —  Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's Jewish son-in-law and increasingly a power player atop his presidential campaign, was an obvious choice to publicly defend the candidate this week amid a firestorm over a tweet that many viewed as anti-Semitic.
James Wigney / Herald Sun:
Star Trek Beyond favourite Mr Sulu has come out as castmates reflect on the death of Anton Yelchin … Helmsman of the USS Enterprise, Hikaru Sulu, played by John Cho, is shown in Star Trek Beyond as the loving father of a daughter with a same sex partner.  And in typical trailblazing Trek fashion — it's just not a big deal.
Dylan Segelbaum / York Daily Record:
Red Lion woman pleads guilty in loud sex case  —  Amanda Warfel, 25, was ordered to spend 45 to 90 days in York County Prison, which she's already served.  —  CONNECT  —  A woman from Red Lion pleaded guilty on Wednesday to disorderly conduct in a case in which police said she had sex …
Discussion: AOL, WREG-TV, and FOX5 San Diego
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Wall Street hot shot ‘trashes’ $20M Hamptons home  —  Hedge funder Brett Barna threw a wild “Wolf of Wall Street"-style Hamptons party — awash with Champagne, scores of bikini-clad women and costumed gun-toting midgets — and allegedly trashed a $20 million mansion.
Tegna / WJXX-TV:
Rep. Corrine Brown to face federal charges … JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Fifth District Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) has been indicted on charges likely related to her involvement with an unregistered charity in Virginia and appear in Jacksonville Federal Court Friday, multiple sources have confirmed to First Coast News.
Discussion: Politico and Florida Politics
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Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Pat Buchanan Warns ‘White America Has Begun To Die’
Donald Trump meets with Ted Cruz, Reince Priebus
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Hitler's Rise to Power Explains Why Republicans Accept Donald Trump
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Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
Chicago on the Brink  —  A retreat from proactive policing …
Kira Lerner / ThinkProgress:
Why Black Lives Don't Matter To The NRA
Discussion: Raw Story and Guardian
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
Britain will have first female leader since Margaret Thatcher
Discussion: The Week
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Trump: Star of David issue has ‘been very much resolved’
Discussion: WKRC, BuzzFeed and RedState
Chris Spargo For / Daily Mail:
Bill O'Reilly shares photos of Barack Obama in traditional Muslim dress he claims are from half …