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9:25 AM ET, June 6, 2018


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New York Times:
California Primary Election Results  —  At the top of the ballot in California is the race to replace Gov. Jerry Brown, a term-limited Democrat.  The big question on Tuesday is not so much who will place first — that's almost certain to be Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a former mayor of San Francisco — but who will place second.
Los Angeles Times:
Live results from the California primary  —  Polls close at 8 p.m. Pacific time.  —  Results are expected soon thereafter.  This page will update as they arrive.  Here are three storylines we will be tracking tonight:  —  1. Can the GOP make the cut for governor?
New York Times:
Gavin Newsom Wins Spot in California Election for Governor  —  LOS ANGELES — Gavin Newsom, the Democratic lieutenant governor and former mayor of San Francisco, took a major step Tuesday in his bid to become California's next governor, capturing one of two spots on the November ballot …
Steve Lopez / Los Angeles Times:   In the heart of the Trump resistance, so much apathy in California
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Wants Kim to Commit to Disarmament Timetable in Singapore  — Mar-a-Lago summit possible if talks go well between leaders  — White House hasn't described schedule beyond first meeting  —  The White House wants North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to commit to a timetable to surrender …
Tina Moore / New York Post:
Dennis Rodman will be in Singapore for Trump-Kim summit  —  NBA star turned Kim Jong Un soulmate Dennis Rodman will be in Singapore during President Trump's summit with the North Korean dictator next week, The Post has learned.  —  “The Worm” will arrive in the country a day before the June 12 sitdown …
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Secret Obama-era license let Iran tap dollars  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran access — albeit briefly — to the U.S. financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal, despite repeatedly telling Congress and the public it had no plans to do so.
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
Democrat Arthur wins Missouri special election days after Greitens resigns  —  Democratic Rep. Lauren Arthur prevailed by a double-digit margin over Republican Rep. Kevin Corlew in a special election for a state Senate seat Tuesday night.  —  Republicans won't risk losing control …
Matthew Chapman / Shareblue Media:
Former schoolteacher flips Missouri Senate seat blue in Trump country
Discussion: CNN, Washington Press and KCUR
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Democrats win state Senate seat in Missouri, their 42nd red-to-blue flip of the cycle
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Bid to recall Judge Aaron Persky appears successful in Santa Clara County  —  Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky was on his way to being voted out of office Tuesday, two years after he set off national outrage by sentencing a Stanford athlete to six months in jail …
Discussion: Palo Alto Daily Post
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Voters remove judge who sentenced Brock Turner to six months in Stanford sexual assault case
Discussion: Refinery29, and NPR
Daniel Arkin / NBC News:   Voters recall California judge who sentenced Brock Turner
Washington Post:
Scott Pruitt enlisted an EPA aide to help his wife find a job — at Chick-fil-A  —  Three months after Scott Pruitt was sworn in as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, his executive scheduler emailed Dan Cathy, chairman and president of the fast food company Chick-fil-A …
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Sean Patrick Maloney Jumps Into New York Attorney General's Race
Discussion: RRH Elections
CBS News:
Secret Service arrests White House contractor with outstanding attempted murder warrant  —  The Secret Service arrested a contractor outside the White House on Tuesday for an outstanding warrant that includes an attempted murder charge, CBS News Washington correspondent Paula Reid reports.
White House contractor arrested at checkpoint on attempted murder warrant
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Andrew Desiderio / The Daily Beast:
National Security Council Contractor Arrested at White House for Attempted Murder
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Times
Associated Press:
Giuliani says Mueller's team is trying to frame Trump  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani says special counsel Robert Mueller's team is trying to frame President Trump.  —  Giuliani, who has been serving as Trump's lawyer amid the Russia scandal, says Wednesday in Israel …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Political Wire
Press aide who mocked McCain is out at the White House  —  White House still won't apologize for McCain joke  —  (CNN)Kelly Sadler, the White House communications aide who made a imprudent comment about Republican Sen. John McCain's health last month, no longer works in the administration …
New York Times:
Kelly Sadler, Aide Who Mocked McCain, Leaves White House
Discussion: CNN, Splinter and Axios
New York Times:
Facebook Gave Data Access to Chinese Firm Flagged by U.S. Intelligence  —  Facebook has data-sharing partnerships with at least four Chinese electronics companies, including a manufacturing giant that has a close relationship with China's government, the social media company said on Tuesday.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Facebook playing with fire in D.C.
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Why Is Trump Mad at Sessions?  A Tweet Provides the Answer  —  WASHINGTON — For nearly a year, President Trump has been relentlessly attacking his handpicked attorney general for recusing himself from the Russia investigation that has so nettled him.  And so in that sense …
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
It Looks Like America Is Finally Going To Have A Native American Congresswoman  —  Deb Haaland won her Democratic primary in New Mexico's congressional race.  She's likely to win in November, too.  —  Deb Haaland won the Democratic nomination for a New Mexico congressional seat on Tuesday …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Women Surge on Night of Electoral Firsts as California Long Vote Count Gets Underway
Discussion: Politico
David Von Drehle / Washington Post:
There will be no Trump collapse  —  I've tried everything to avoid thinking about the next election — family travel, yard work, crossword puzzles.  But now it's only five months away, barely longer than the gestation period of a North American beaver, or the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Eric Adler / Kansas City Star:
Kate Spade suffered years of mental illness, sister says.  Suicide ‘not unexpected’  —  Grieving deeply, Kate Spade's older sister told The Star on Tuesday that her famous designer sister suffered debilitating mental illness for the last three or four years and was self-medicating with alcohol.
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
GOP elects white supremacist who rioted in Charlottesville  —  Emboldened by Trump's racism, a record number of white supremacists are making their way into mainstream Republican politics.  —  A participant in last summer's deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville has been elected …
Laura Jarrett / CNN:
McCabe seeks immunity for testimony in congressional hearing over FBI handling of Clinton email probe  —  Justice IG submits criminal referral on McCabe  —  (CNN)Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has requested the Senate Judiciary Committee provide him with immunity from prosecution …
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
The Enlightenment's Dark Side  —  The Enlightenment is having a renaissance, of sorts.  A handful of centrist and conservative writers have reclaimed the 17th- and 18th-century intellectual movement as a response to nationalism and ethnic prejudice on the right and relativism and “identity politics” on the left.
Discussion: The Federalist
Democrats' Newest Headache Is In New Jersey  —  National Democrats got their preferred candidates in each of New Jersey's House primaries on Tuesday night, but the very same voters sent a strong rebuke to Sen. Bob Menendez, who barely mustered 60 percent of the vote running against an unknown challenger.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Trump Transition Team Goes to War Over Rogue FBI Agent … At the time, it was one of the more controversial moments of Robert Mueller's probe: Late last year, news broke that a federal agency turned over tens of thousands of private emails of Trump transition team officials to the special counsel's team …
Connor Sheets /
Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin loses GOP primary, concedes to opponent  —  Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin has conceded to his Republican challenger, Rainbow City Police Chief Jonathon Horton.  —  Horton will become the county's next sheriff as there are no Democrats on the ballot.
Noreen Malone / New York Magazine:
The New Yorker Staff Wants to Unionize  —  The era of white-collar organized labor is fully upon us: the editorial staff of The New Yorker wants to unionize.  This morning, organizers sent a letter to the magazine's editor, David Remnick, asking that the institution and its corporate owner …
Washington Post:
The Post has mapped more than 52,000 homicides in major American cities over the past decade and found that across the country, there are areas where murder is common but arrests are rare.  —  Christopher Dickson felt justice had been served.  For weeks, he'd bragged around his neighborhood …
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Arizona Republic:
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Paul Manafort tried to hide from the feds using encrypted WhatsApp—but forgot about iCloud
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 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
European Officials Say U.S. Threat of Sanctions Imperils Bid to Save Iran Deal
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
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Lee Mathews /
MIT Creates An AI Psychopath Because Someone Had To Eventually
Discussion: Breitbart and SayUncle
New York Times:
Putin Moves to Capitalize on Europe's Fury With Trump
Nick Baumann / HuffPost:
A HuffPost Reporter Was Bombarded With Threats. Twitter Suspended Him.