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6:40 PM ET, June 17, 2017


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Malcolm Gay /
Knives are out for theaters that bear the name ‘Shakespeare’  —  The messages started pouring in earlier this week.  —  “Your play depicting the murder of our President is nothing but pure hatred,” read one of the tamer ones.  —  “[H]ope you all who did this play about Trump are the first do …
Jerome Hudson / Breitbart:
Protesters Crash Trump Assassination ‘Julius Caesar’ Play (VIDEO)
New York Times:
Bill Cosby's Sexual Assault Case Ends in a Mistrial  —  The judge in the sexual assault trial of Bill Cosby declared a mistrial Saturday after jurors reported being hopelessly deadlocked after six days of deliberations, bringing an inconclusive end to this phase of one of the highest-profile cases in recent history.
Fox News Insider:   Bill Cosby's Spox: Tell Gloria Allred to ‘Go Back to Law School’
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Mistrial declared in Bill Cosby sex-assault trial
Brendan Pierson / Reuters:   Despite Mistrial in Criminal Case, Civil Lawsuits Await Cosby
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Trump's Business Ties in Persian Gulf Raise Questions About His Allegiances  —  LONDON — President Trump has done business with royals from Saudi Arabia for at least 20 years, since he sold the Plaza Hotel to a partnership formed by a Saudi prince.  Mr. Trump has earned millions of dollars …
Discussion: Raw Story
David Mack / BuzzFeed:
Six People Have Resigned From Trump's HIV/AIDS Advisory Council Because He “Doesn't Care”  —  “We have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care.”
Discussion: Political Wire
Scott A. Schoettes / Newsweek:
Trump doesn't care about HIV.  We're outta here  —  Five of my colleagues and I resigned this week from the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA).  —  As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel …
Senate Democrats weigh blockade to protest GOP health care plan  —  Don't know what's in the Senate health care bill?  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)Senate Democrats are weighing whether to bring the chamber's business to a halt next week in an effort to voice their objections to the GOP health care push …
David French / National Review:
The Philando Castile Verdict Was a Miscarriage of Justice  —  Yesterday, a Minnesota jury acquitted St. Anthony, Minnesota, police officer Jeronimo Yanez of second-degree manslaughter charges in the shooting of Philando Castile.  In considering the rightness of the verdict, pay close attention to the transcript of the fatal encounter.
Philando Castile shooting: 18 arrested as thousands protest verdict
Philip Galanes / New York Times:
Al Franken and Olivia Wilde: Calling a Lie a Lie  —  Twenty years before Kellyanne Conway seized the news cycle with “alternative facts” about President Trump's inaugural crowd size, Al Franken (now, Senator Al Franken) began a satirical cottage industry to expose the seemingly loose grasp …
Discussion: Raw Story and Death and Taxes
Matt Bruenig:
If fireproofing is a waste for the poor, it is also a waste for the rich  —  Megan McArdle has this piece about the London fire in which she argues that it could be that installing sprinklers and other fireproofing will actually kill more people than it saves:
Mike Allen / Axios:
Pence parlor game: who would he pick for Veep?  —  One of the parlor games Republicans are playing in the shadows of the Russia investigation is this: Who would President Pence pick as his vice president?  —  Quick refresher: If a president leaves offices for any reason …
Discussion: Politicus USA and Raw Story
Los Angeles Times:
Carrie Fisher died of sleep apnea and ‘drug use’ was also a factor, L.A. coroner says  —  Carrie Fisher, right, who died Dec. 27, presents the Life Achievement Award to her mother, Debbie Reynolds, at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Jan. 25, 2015.
John Bowden / The Hill:
Gingrich: Somebody probably going to jail over Russia investigation  —  Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) told Fox News on Friday that “somebody” will likely go to jail following the FBI's investigation into Russian election meddling, but said it won't be President Trump.  —  “They're going to get somebody.
Discussion: RedState and Politico
Adam Edelman / New York Daily News:
Trump's tough-talking outside counsel Mark Kasowitz may do him more harm than good  —  Marc Kasowitz, whom President Trump tapped last month as his outside counsel to help defend him against the rapidly escalating federal Russia probe, describes himself on his firm's website as …
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
Jordan Ray / Laredo Morning News:
LISD teacher arrested in Austin for allegedly having 66 pounds of cocaine in truck  —  A man arrested in Austin's biggest cocaine bust since 2010 is a local elementary school teacher, federal court records indicate.  —  Rogelio Saucedo Jr., 36, was arrested and charged with conspiracy …
Colleen Shalby / Los Angeles Times:
Newt Gingrich says a president ‘cannot obstruct justice.’ That's not what he said in 1998  —  In a recent interview at the National Press Club in Washington, Newt Gingrich appeared to contradict his past statements about obstruction of justice.  —  While discussing the ongoing Russia …
Discussion: The Hill
Trump Reveals Flat Revenue at Controversial Washington Hotel  —  Discloses at least $528.9 million in total revenue and income  —  Hotel lost $1.2 million in first weeks, lawmakers say  —  President Donald Trump's latest financial disclosure indicates that his Washington, D.C. …
Discussion: Raw Story
Tarini Parti / BuzzFeed:
New Trump Financial Disclosures Show Millions In Increased Income From Mar-A-Lago
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Emily Kopp / Kaiser Health News:
Exclusive: White House Task Force Echoes Pharma Proposals
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Politico and The Hill
Max Boot / Yahoo:
Donald Trump Is Proving Too Stupid to Be President
Discussion: Raw Story
Abdul Matin / Reuters:
U.S. soldiers wounded in apparent shooting at Afghan base: official
Discussion: The Guardian and The Week
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
White House plans to push House GOP for friendlier Russia sanctions deal
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Everyone said Old Europe was dying. Sure doesn't look like it now.
Discussion: Financial Times
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Daily Kos:
LEADING OFF  —  Pennsylvania: A group of Pennsylvania voters …
Discussion: Associated Press
Money stolen by Russian mob linked to man sanctioned for supporting Syria's chemical weapons program
Robby Soave / New York Times:
Michelle Carter Didn't Kill With a Text
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
Alexandria Gunman Carried List With Names of 3 Republican Lawmakers
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
How Jason Kander Won by Losing
Discussion: Political Wire
Elana Schor / Politico:
'Somebody's Trying to Kill Me'
Discussion: CBS News