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12:30 AM ET, June 8, 2018


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New York Times:
Justice Dept. Seizes Times Reporter's Email and Phone Records in Leak Investigation  —  WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement officials secretly seized years' worth of a New York Times reporter's phone and email records this year in an investigation of classified information leaks.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former U.S. Senate Employee Indicted on False Statements Charges  —  Longtime Director of Security for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Accused of Lying to FBI About Repeated Contacts with Reporters  —  WASHINGTON - A former staff employee of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Politico
Sam Baker / Axios:
Trump's Justice Department says the ACA is unconstitutional  —  The Justice Department will not defend the Affordable Care Act in court, and says it believes the law's individual mandate — the provision the Supreme Court upheld in 2012 — has become unconstitutional.
Discussion: Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Senate Intelligence Committee Staffer Under Scrutiny in Leak Investigation  —  Federal prosecutors expected to unseal charges against staffer in coming days  —  A veteran Senate staffer is under investigation as part of a probe related to unauthorized disclosure of classified information …
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
Justice Department investigating ex-Senate Intel staffer over allegations classified information was disclosed  —  (CNN)The Justice Department has opened an investigation into a former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer who allegedly disclosed classified information, prompting the Senate panel …
Nicholas Bagley / The Incidental Economist:
Texas Fold 'Em  —  In an unexpected move, the Justice Department filed a brief this evening urging a Texas court to invalidate the Affordable Care Act's crucial insurance reforms—including the prohibition on refusing to cover people with preexisting conditions.
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Trump administration won't defend ACA in case brought by GOP states
Discussion: Mother Jones and Washington Press
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
DOJ Reneges Commitment to Provide Trump Russia Docs to Congress
Fox News:
Justice Department looking into possible leaks from former Senate Intel aide
Discussion: Mediaite
Associated Press:   DOJ offers new briefing as lawmakers dispute Trump spy claim
Washington Post:
Pruitt enlisted security detail in picking up dry cleaning, moisturizing lotion  —  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt asked members of his 24/7 security detail to run errands for him on occasion, including picking up his dry cleaning and taking him in search …
The Daily Beast:
Scott Pruitt Made Public Servants Fetch His Protein Bars and Greek Yogurt … If you've worked for Scott Pruitt, there's a not-insignificant chance that you have fetched him his favorite junk—and health!—food while on the job.  —  According to four sources familiar with the work environment …
Eric Lipton / New York Times:   The Chemical Industry Scores a Big Win at the E.P.A.
New York Times:
With Mueller Closing In, Manafort's Allies Abandon Him  —  WASHINGTON — The special counsel's accusation this week that Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, tried to tamper with potential witnesses originated with two veteran journalists who turned on Mr. Manafort …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Des Moines Register:
Sent back to Mexico's violence, Des Moines student dies within weeks  —  Editor's note: This column has been updated from the original online version with a statement from ICE.  —  Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco should have graduated high school in Des Moines last month.
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Iowa student killed after being deported to Mexico
Discussion: Washington Press
Christopher Massie / CNN:
Giuliani says people in the porn business are not credible.  Trump has appeared in three softcore porn videos.  —  Trump pours champagne on limo in 2000 adult video  —  (CNN)When Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that Stormy Daniels has no credibility because she is is a porn star …
Stormy Daniels' ex-attorney rips former client and her new lawyer in countersuit that includes Cohen
Discussion: HuffPost
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Democrats gain in congressional vote test  —  With five months until Election Day, Democrats hold the enthusiasm advantage — and that puts them ahead of Republicans in the congressional vote as well.  —  A Fox News poll released Thursday finds 48 percent of voters favor …
Discussion: Washington Post
Mark Murray / NBC News:
NBC News/WSJ poll: Economic satisfaction under Trump isn't helping his party's 2018 chances
Los Angeles Times:
If Democrats want a blue wave, they need to try voting
What Will House Republicans Do If Trump Pardons Himself?  We Asked Them.  —  After Trump said he could pardon himself, HuffPost asked every GOP House member if they'd support impeachment if he did so.  —  WASHINGTON Four days before Richard Nixon resigned in 1974, the Justice Department told …
Discussion: CNBC
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
Trump is hurtling toward a Nixonian ending
Discussion: Raw Story, TIME and The Atlantic
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
'It's Horrendous': The Heartache of a Migrant Boy Taken From His Father  —  When he landed in Michigan in late May, all the weary little boy carried was a trash bag stuffed with dirty clothes from his dayslong trek across Mexico, and two small pieces of paper — one a stick-figure drawing …
Discussion: The Week and Splinter
Brent D. Griffiths / Politico:
Trump to depart G-7 summit early  —  President Donald Trump will leave the G-7 summit before its conclusion, the White House announced on Thursday night, following a day of back-and-forth with fellow world leaders that foreshadowed confrontations during the meeting of the world's largest advanced economies.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trump Is About to Meet U.S. Allies in Canada. They're Angry.
Discussion: CNN, Fox News and Townhall
Why hasn't Bernie Sanders endorsed his son's run for Congress?  —  Senator Bernie Sanders has traveled to Iowa and narrated a 30-second ad to endorse one congressional candidate and journeyed to Allentown, Pa., on behalf of another.  He publicly backed a mayoral candidate in Omaha.
Exclusive: U.S. immigration authorities sending 1,600 detainees to federal prisons  —  WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. authorities are transferring into federal prisons about 1,600 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees, officials told Reuters on Thursday …
New York Times:
White House Analysis Finds Tariffs Will Hurt Growth, as Officials Insist Otherwise  —  WASHINGTON — A White House economic analysis of President Trump's trade agenda has concluded that Mr. Trump's tariffs will hurt economic growth in the United States, according to several people familiar with the research.
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
Senate Investigators May Have Found a Missing Piece in the Russia Probe  —  An ex-congressman has attracted scrutiny from the Senate Judiciary Committee, as it continues to investigate whether President Donald Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow to sway the 2016 presidential election.
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump dangled administration job to Judge Jeanine  —  Jeanine Pirro has a top-rated Fox News show and a forthcoming book — “Lies, Leakers, and Liberals” — but she still wants to be President Donald Trump's attorney general.  —  A former prosecutor and judge, Pirro has repeatedly told Trump's aides …
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
MSNBC's Joy Reid threatened colleague with violence, was homophobic during her radio days, ex-bosses say  —  MSNBC star Joy Reid physically threatened a senior colleague, accused a Republican politician of being gay on air and often referred to her hateful blog during a short-lived stint …
Ryan Saavedra / Daily Wire:
BREAKING: MSNBC's Joy Reid Threatened Colleague With Violence, Ex-Bosses Say
Alex Spence / BuzzFeed:
Let Trump Handle Brexit: An Explosive Leaked Recording Reveals Boris Johnson's Private Views About Britain's Foreign Policy  —  “I am increasingly admiring of Donald Trump.  I have become more and more convinced that there is method in his madness.”  —  Theresa May will use the G7 summit …
Alex Nichols / The Outline:
Dennis Miller's new podcast is an incoherent marvel  —  The content of ‘The Dennis Miller Option’ exists in a strange purgatory between right-wing provocation and confused-grandpa doddering.  —  Culture  —  The content of ‘The Dennis Miller Option’ exists in a strange purgatory between …
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
New Book: Trump Team, Not Deep State, Revealed Flynn's Talks With Russians … The Trump transition team told Barack Obama's White House about Mike Flynn's fateful conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, according to a senior Obama aide's new memoir.
Theresa May staggers over the line with Brexit plan  —  LONDON — She got there in the end — and just about held the line.  —  After a tortuous 24 hours of back and forth with her Brexit secretary, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May emerged Thursday lunchtime with an Irish “backstop” …
Gabby Morrongiello / Washington Examiner:
Mulvaney fires all 25 members of CFPB's advisory board  —  Acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Mick Mulvaney fired all 25 members of the agency's internal advisory board on Wednesday, following criticism of his leadership by several board members earlier this week.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Romney: Trump will be reelected in 2020  —  DEER VALLEY, UTAH — Republican Senate candidate Mitt Romney bluntly predicted here on Thursday evening that President Donald Trump would win reelection in 2020.  —  Addressing a group of major GOP donors, Romney — who bitterly collided …
Gimlet Media:
#122 The QAnon Code  —  How to listen:  —  Subscribe (it's free!) in your favorite podcast app.  —  Show Notes  —  This week, to celebrate Alex Goldman's return from paternity leave, a Yes Yes No extravaganza.  Alex takes PJ and Alex Blumberg through the internet's most encompassing conspiracy theory …
Kyle Kashuv / Daily Wire:
We Need To Stop School Shootings And Here's How  —  More than three months have passed since a deranged teenager came into my high school and killed more than a dozen of my classmates.  Yet the same old discussions keep going on and on and on — despite the fact that the people having …
New York Times:
The Most Powerful Conservative Couple You've Never Heard Of  —  Few political donors are as influential, yet little known, as Liz and Dick Uihlein.  —  The Midwestern couple has joined the upper pantheon of Republican donors alongside names like Koch, Mercer and Adelson.
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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Ronal Francisco Romero Died in Agony in ICE Custody. Now His Family Is Preparing to Sue.
Discussion: Shakesville
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
House Republicans serve up Trump's spending cuts
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Magazine
Linda Qiu / New York Times:
With Little Evidence, Trump Claims Iran Has Curbed Activities in Middle East
Jazz Shaw / Hot Air:
Feds Spending $350K To See If Lesbians Are Using The Right Contraception
Discussion: Daily Wire
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Former Cambridge Analytica CEO Faces His Ghosts in Parliament
Family separation policies hurt U.S. global standing, leadership
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Chief Justice John Roberts to high school graduates (and his daughter): ‘Beware the robots’
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Trump says Kim summit all about attitude, not preparation
Discussion: Splinter and CNN
Mike Memoli / NBC News:
Top Democrat on House Intel Committee seeks release of all Russia probe interviews
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Mother Jones
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Lawmakers battle Trump in court over emoluments
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Post
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
How to Define a Wave  —  With President Trump's job approval ratings …
Greg Toppo / Inside Higher Ed:
Softening Claims of the Marshmallow Test
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
IT scandal set to explode — or not
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Scooters littering US city streets shout at people: 'Unlock me or I'll call the police'
Discussion: Gizmodo and Denver Post