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Michael Martz /
Democrats erase 32-seat GOP advantage in House; recounts likely to determine control  —  Virginia Democrats are poised to claim at least a share of control of the House of Delegates after erasing a 32-seat Republican advantage in a “tsunami election,” with control of the chamber likely to be ultimately decided by vote recounts.
Ben Mathis-Lilley / Slate:
Fox News Went 100 Minutes Tuesday Night Without Discussing the Republican Loss in Virginia  —  The biggest political story of the hour is that Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie went down big in Virginia after running a Trump-esque campaign fixated on inflammatory culture-war issues …
Discussion: Shareblue Media
New York Times:
With Virginia, Voters Give Democrats First Big Wins of the Trump Era  —  FAIRFAX, Va. — Voters delivered their first forceful rebuke of President Trump and his party on Tuesday night, with Democrats exploiting Mr. Trump's deep unpopularity to capture the governorships in Virginia and New Jersey …
Antonio Olivo / Washington Post:
Danica Roem is Va.'s first openly transgender elected official, unseating conservative in House race
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Voting Rights Could Be the Biggest Winner in Tuesday's Democratic Victories
Discussion: ThinkProgress and HuffPost
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Anti-Trump backlash fuels a Democratic sweep in Virginia and elections across the country
Alberto / CIRCLE:
Virginia Youth Voter Turnout Doubled between 2009 and 2017, Estimates Suggest
Discussion: Mother Jones
New York Times:
Live Election Results and Estimates: Virginia Governor Race
Media Matters for America:
Fox News' solution to Tuesday's GOP bloodbath: Candidates should embrace Trump more closely
Michael Tackett / New York Times:
Trumpism Without Trump: A Losing Formula in Swing-State Virginia
New York Times:
Virginia Rejects Your Hateful Politics, Mr. Trump
New York Times:
4 Maps Show How Democrats Won the Virginia Governor Race
Discussion: Washington Post and Vox
Douglas E. Schoen / Fox News:   Big lessons learned from Virginia, New Jersey governor's races
Mike Allen / Axios:
Democrats swamp Republicans in pre-midterms wave
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Five takeaways from the Virginia governor's race
Associated Press:
Politician Who Joked About Women's March Defeated  —  A New Jersey politician who shared a meme on Facebook during January's Women's March in Washington asking whether the protest would be “over in time for them to cook dinner” is eating his words.  —  MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) …
Amy S. Rosenberg /
Woman who ran after Atlantic County Freeholder mocked the Women's March knocks him off the board  —  Ashley Bennett, 32, a psychiatric emergency screener from Egg Harbor Township who showed up at an Atlantic County Freeholder's meeting to protest comments made by Freeholder John Carman mocking …
Discussion: Vox, Refinery29 and IJR
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
NJ official who mocked Women's March defeated by candidate he inspired to run
Discussion: Daily Kos
The Charlotte Observer:
Democrat Vi Lyles makes history in Charlotte mayoral win  —  Casting herself as a unifier after two years of tumult, Democrat Vi Lyles easily defeated Republican Kenny Smith on Tuesday to become Charlotte's first African-American female mayor.  —  Lyles took about 58 percent to Smith's 42 percent in unofficial returns.
Here's A List Of Historic Victories Democrats Had On Election Day
Michael Kruse / Politico:
Johnstown Never Believed Trump Would Help.  They Still Love Him Anyway.  —  JOHNSTOWN, Pa.—Pam Schilling is the reason Donald Trump is the president.  —  Schilling's personal story is in poignant miniature the story of this area of western Pennsylvania as a whole—one of the long-forgotten …
Discussion: Raw Story and Boing Boing
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
Trump Tells Democrats He'll ‘Get Killed’ Financially in GOP Tax Bill  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump called 12 Senate Democrats Tuesday, hoping to sway them in favor of the Republican tax cut bill, and told them he would personally “get killed” financially by the GOP bill.
Washington Post:
Trump woos Democrats as conservatives demand changes to House GOP tax bill
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:
Former top Trump official: I forgot about crucial Russia email because it was Father's Day  —  “Now, my memory has been refreshed, but... it also happened to be Father's Day.”  —  During an interview on Fox News on Tuesday evening, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski claimed …
Cristiano Lima / Politico:   Lewandowski: ‘My memory has been refreshed’ on Carter Page Moscow trip
Tom Roeder / Gazette:
Air Force Academy finds cadet candidate responsible for racist messages  —  An Air Force Academy cadet candidate once thought the victim of racial slurs at the preparatory school on campus was actually the vandal who scrawled the threatening messages across the note boards outside his room and the dwellings of classmates.
Discussion: Air Force Times, VICE and NPR
Joe Mayes / Bloomberg:
Bill O'Reilly's Fox Deal Shielded Him From Getting Fired Over Allegations  —  Fox director Nasser reveals contract terms to U.K. regulators  —  Sexual-harassment handling is weighing on Fox's bid for Sky  —  Former Fox News star Bill O'Reilly had a deal with 21st Century Fox Inc …
Eddie Scarry / Washington Examiner:
Donna Brazile: Jake Tapper betrayed me after debate questions controversy  —  Former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile said she felt betrayed by CNN anchor Jake Tapper in the controversy over her decision to share Democratic debate questions with Hillary Clinton last year, an act she has since admitted.
Discussion: TheBlaze, Mediaite and Instapundit
Thomas Plank / Helena Independent Record:
Collins unseats Mayor Smith; ‘progressive ticket’ sweeps Helena City Commission  —  Wilmot Collins will be Helena's new mayor, unseating incumbent Jim Smith in a close race Tuesday.  —  Collins, 54, will be the city's first new mayor in 16 years after running a long campaign based in progressive principles.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Teen Vogue:
Hillary Clinton Guest Edits Teen Vogue Volume IV  —  “This issue is a celebration of resistance and resilience.”  —  Photographs by  —  Makeup by  —  Props by  —  Fashion by  —  Hair by … Have you ever noticed that whenever a teenage girl takes a stand on an important issue, people seem surprised?
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller and AOL
Niv Elis / The Hill:
GOP tax bill would add $1.7 trillion to debt: CBO  —  The GOP's tax bill would add $1.7 trillion to the national debt over the course of a decade, and increase the country's debt-to-GDP ratio by 5.9 percentage points, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Discussion: Washington Times
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Inside secret court hearing in Mueller's Trump-Russia probe  —  One of the first court appearances by special counsel Robert Mueller's team got off to an inauspicious start with a federal magistrate scolding prosecutors for being late.  —  “Where were you all?
Discussion: Axios
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Senate won't release tax bill tomorrow  —  The Senate won't release its version of the GOP tax bill tomorrow, according to a senior GOP aide.  Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said yesterday that the bill would come out on Thursday.  The aide said this wasn't a delay, because the release …
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Time to Ask Why  —  As I have done a few times previously this year, I am sharing with you an advance copy of my President's Views column for the December edition of The Foreign Service Journal.  —  ADVANCE COPY  —  President's Views  —  By AFSA President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson
Discussion: Vox, The Daily Caller, ABC News and Axios
Trudy Ring / Advocate:
Jenny Durkan Elected Seattle Mayor … Jenny Durkan has been elected mayor of Seattle, making her the city's first out lesbian mayor and its first woman mayor since the 1920s.  —  Durkan won 61 percent of the vote, more than 21 percentage points ahead of her opponent, Cary Moon, The Seattle Times reports.
Discussion: The Seattle Times and GeekWire
Joseph O'Sullivan / The Seattle Times:
Manka Dhingra leading Jinyoung Englund in pivotal 45th District Senate race  —  Democrat Manka Dhingra held a double-digit lead over Republican Jinyoung Englund Tuesday night for the 45th District state Senate seat.  —  Holding a double-digit lead Tuesday night over her 45th District Senate opponent …
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Exclusive: EPA's Pruitt vows to continue rolling back rules despite alarming climate report
Discussion: Mashable
Christine Rousselle /
The Internet is Laughing at Melania Trump Getting Upstaged By a K-Pop Star
Vanessa Friedman / New York Times:
The Costume Institute Takes On Catholicism
Discussion: The Guardian and AOL
Tim Hrenchir / Topeka Capital-Journal:
De La Isla narrowly defeats Duncan in nip-and-tuck mayoral race
Graham Vyse / New Republic:
How a Socialist Beat One of Virginia's Most Powerful Republicans
John Bacon / USA Today:
TV anchor whose girlfriend was killed on-air gets stunning win for Dems in rural Va.
Discussion: Rewire
Mariah Carey — Security Guard Claims Sexual Harassment Says She Also Called Him Nazi, Skinhead
Discussion: The Daily Caller and AOL
Lindy West / New York Times:
Brave Enough to Be Angry
 Earlier Items: 
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Maine Voters Approve Medicaid Expansion, a Rebuke of Gov. LePage
Discussion: Bangor Daily News and Rewire
Mike Pence / USA Today:
‘It has been a year of accomplishments’
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
How Trump Brought the Political Media Class to Its Knees
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Tee times, smoothie diets, and fat paychecks: A look inside post-Trump life
Discussion: Axios and Mediaite
Andrew J. Bacevich / New Republic:
Leave It to the Generals  —  Win or quit, or win and then quit.
H.W. Vail / Vanity Fair:
Gay Talese Would Like to Profile Kevin Spacey
Discussion: Washington Post, Jezebel and Mediaite

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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

Lucy Craymer / Reuters:
New Zealand's Stuff Group signs a deal with WBD to provide WBD's New Zealand TV channel with a 6PM daily news program; WBD plans to close Newshub on July 5

Sahil Patel / The Information:
Sources: Disney plans old-style TV channels within Disney+, with a continuous, scheduled stream of shows that are focused on certain genres like Star Wars

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