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11:50 PM ET, June 6, 2018


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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Special counsel Robert Mueller's team is requesting that witnesses turn in their personal phones to inspect their encrypted messaging programs  — Special counsel Robert Mueller's team is asking witnesses to turn in their phones in order to access encrypted messaging applications, sources tell CNBC.
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
The Astonishing Tale of the Man Mueller Calls ‘Person A’  —  In the early years of the century, as Paul Manafort made his way across Moscow and Kiev, he was followed by a diminutive man.  With a generous slackening of the tape, the man measured just above 5 feet.
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Former US attorney says Manafort will likely go to prison Friday  —  Former U.S. attorney Harry Litman said he expects President Trump  —  's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort  —  , to be sent to federal prison by the end of the week.  —  “Prosecutors hate this, judges hate this …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Paul Rosenzweig / Lawfare:
The Manafort Tampering Allegations  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller has accused Paul Manafort of attempted witness tampering.  If the allegations are true, Manafort will have violated the conditions of his release and might have his bail revoked.  Judge Amy Berman Jackson has scheduled a hearing on the matter for late next week.
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Times
Reuters:   Lawyer to ex-Trump campaign aide Manafort taps ethics adviser
Another mess for Pruitt: Overstaying his White House welcome at lunch  —  Too many visits for lunch at the Mess earned a rebuke from the White House.  —  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt loves eating at the White House mess, an exclusive U.S. Navy-run restaurant open only to White House officials, Cabinet members and other dignitaries.
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Pruitt Aide Resigns Amid Scandals  —  A top aide to Scott Pruitt, Millan Hupp, resigned from the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a source briefed on the matter and correspondence reviewed by The Atlantic.  Her last day will be Friday.  —  Hupp, who worked as the director …
Washington Post:
Joseph Hagin, point person on Korea summit, plans to leave White House soon  —  White House deputy chief of staff Joseph Hagin, President Trump's point person arranging the North Korean nuclear summit, is preparing to leave his West Wing post soon, according to four people familiar with White House planning.
Exclusive: Trump invokes War of 1812 in testy call with Trudeau over tariffs  —  Trudeau: No sign of US common sense prevailing  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a testy phone call on May 25 over new tariffs imposed by the Trump administration targeting steel …
Washington Post:
Trump plans confrontational approach with world leaders at economic summit
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Eli Watkins / CNN:
State Department spokeswoman notes D-Day in answer on ‘strong relationship’ with Germany
Rachael Bade / Politico:
GOP congressman blasts Trump's spy conspiracy  —  Rep. Tom Rooney, a top Republican lawmaker on the House Intelligence Committee, is ripping President Donald Trump's unsupported claim that the FBI inserted a spy inside his campaign.  —  “What is the point of saying that there was a spy in the campaign when there was none?”
Discussion: Axios, Splinter and Mediaite
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Lou Dobbs and Rep. Gaetz Trash ‘Disaster’ Paul Ryan: ‘Get the Hell Out of the Office’  —  If you thought SpyGate on Fox News primetime was lit, take a gander over at what's happening on Fox Business Network, where host Lou Dobbs is truly wilding on a nightly basis.
CNN:   From Reddit to Trump: How the President latched onto a conspiracy theory
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Ryan undercuts Trump on Russia at fraught moment
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Ivanka Trump Was In Contact With A Russian Who Offered A Trump-Putin Meeting  —  Her contact, a Russian Olympic weightlifter, said a meeting between Trump and Putin could expedite a Trump tower in Moscow.  —  Amid intense scrutiny of contacts between Donald Trump's inner circle and representatives …
NBC News:
Stormy Daniels suit: My old lawyer was a ‘puppet’ for Trump, Cohen  —  Suit claims the attorneys tried to arrange for her to appear on Sean Hannity's show and deny affair  —  Stormy Daniels says in a new lawsuit that her former attorney betrayed her and became a “puppet” …
Beth Reinhard / Washington Post:
Stormy Daniels sues her former attorney, accusing him of being a ‘puppet’ for Trump
Discussion: Politico
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump and Kim could meet for second day in Singapore  —  Bolton sidelined as Trump readies for N. Korea  —  Washington (CNN)US officials have laid the groundwork for President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to hold a second day of meetings in Singapore if the two men decide …
Felicia Schwartz / Wall Street Journal:
Kim Jong Un Begged for Summit ‘on His Hands and Knees,’ Giuliani Says
Tracy Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times:   With rival camps in his inner circle, Trump's ideas on North Korea have evolved
Meridith McGraw / ABC News:
Trump holds first Iftar amid tense relations with Muslim American community  —  The Trump White House on Wednesday will host its first iftar, a meal shared by Muslims during Ramadan, after failing to host the dinner last year.  —  “Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan …
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:   Mrs. Trump back in public eye after ‘little rough patch’
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
In private FEMA remarks, Trump's focus strays from hurricanes  —  The meeting was supposed to be about hurricane preparedness, as disaster officials gathered at Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters days after the start of the 2018 season.  —  But President Trump had a lot else on his mind …
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
A Medical Mystery Grows as U.S. Consulate Workers in China Fall Ill  —  GUANGZHOU, China — A crisis over a mysterious ailment sickening American diplomats and their families — which began in Cuba and recently appeared in China — widened on Wednesday.  The State Department evacuated at least …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump has commuted Alice Johnson's life sentence  —  President Trump has signed a commutation for Alice Johnson, currently serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense, according to a source with direct knowledge.  CNN reported earlier today that the White House had prepped …
President Donald Trump grants clemency to Alice Johnson after Kim Kardashian West involvement
Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:
Cambridge Analytica director ‘met Assange to discuss US election’  —  Brittany Kaiser also claims to have channelled payments and donations to WikiLeaks  —  A Cambridge Analytica director apparently visited Julian Assange in February last year and told friends it was to discuss what happened during …
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Alexander Nix blames ‘global liberal media’ for Cambridge Analytica collapse - as it happened
Discussion: Financial Times
John Fund / Fox News:
Odds of Democrats seizing the House just got worse  —  California's primary Tuesday was important because it could determine who wins control of the House of Representatives in November - along with the power to impeach President Trump.  —  With the caveat that many absentee ballots …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Democrats strengthen hand in seeking control of House, even if odds of a blue wave are diminishing
Discussion: Politico
Mike Levine / ABC News:
DOJ watchdog finds James Comey defied authority as FBI director, sources say  —  The Justice Department's internal watchdog has concluded that James Comey defied authority at times during his tenure as FBI director, according to sources familiar with a draft report on the matter.
Ken Klippenstein / TYT Network:
You'll Never Believe What Israel Gave to Donald Trump  —  In TYT Investigates by TYT Investigates, June 6, 20180 Comments … During President Trump's visit last year to Israel, its government provided the White House with several gifts, one of which was a portrait.  —  Of whom?  President Trump, of course.
Discussion: Splinter, Raw Story and CBS News
Pedro Nicolaci da Costa / Business Insider:
Elizabeth Warren says there's a dirty little secret behind the Republicans' push for broad deregulation  — Senator Elizabeth Warren sharply criticizes the Trump administration's wide-ranging deregulatory efforts, pushing hard against the notion that rules of the road restrict economic freedom.
Linda Qiu / New York Times:
Trump Falsely Claims 'We're Now Exporting Energy for the First Time'  —  The United States has been exporting energy for decades, and is not projected to become a net exporter until 2022.  —  WHAT WAS SAID … THE FACTS  —  False.  —  The United States has exported energy sources like coal …
Discussion: Raw Story
Bethany Mandel / New York Post:
After Kate Spade's death, think of the survivors  —  Thirteen years ago, late in the evening of Sept. 18, my cousin called with news that would forever change my life.  —  Her words are etched in my brain, and years later I can hit play and hear them as if they are being uttered live …
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Border arrests exceed 50,000 for third month in a row  —  U.S. border agents made more than 50,000 arrests in May for the third month in a row, the Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday, an indication that escalating enforcement tactics by the Trump administration …
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Judge Calls Trump's Border Separations of Children ‘Brutal’  — ACLU lawsuit is allowed to proceed in San Diego federal court  — Administration says policy helps prosecute undocumented adults  —  The Trump administration failed to kill a legal challenge to its practice …
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Tom Nichols / USA Today:
Donald Trump promised a trade war. Should we let his voters get what they asked for?
Discussion: Politico and Shareblue Media
Tim Teeman / The Daily Beast:
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Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Linda Robertson / miamiherald:
Grave robbers remove bones from Miami's historic cemeteries
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
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Cynthia Nixon / Refinery29:
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Discussion: Splinter
Gillian Tan / Bloomberg:
Zell Uses Vulgarity While Saying He Promotes Women on Merit
Discussion: New Republic
Gayle Lemmon / CNN:
No, this isn't the most hopeless place on Earth
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Secret Obama-era license let Iran tap dollars