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12:00 AM ET, June 13, 2018


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Avi Selk / Washington Post:
Reporters thought this video was North Korea propaganda.  It came from the White House.  —  Reporters crowded into a Singapore auditorium Tuesday, expecting President Trump to walk out and announce the results of his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Andrew Buncombe / The Independent:
Donald Trump has agreed to lift sanctions on North Korea, claims nation's state media  —  Report quotes Kim Jong-un as saying North could take ‘additional good-will measures’  —  POPULAR VIDEOS  —  Donald Trump agreed to lift sanctions against North Korea along with providing it with security guarantees …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Alex Wayne / Bloomberg:
Trump Had a Movie Made Just for Kim Jong Un  —  There's a single credit at the beginning of the movie President Donald Trump made for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un: “A Destiny Pictures Production.”  —  “Seven billion people inhabit planet Earth,” an unidentified male narrator intones.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
North Korea: Trump Agreed to Lift Sanctions  —  North Korea's state news agency KCNA reported Wednesday (local time) that US President Donald Trump agreed to lift sanctions on North Korea, in addition to agreeing to halt military exercises and other security guarantees.
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Trump Was Outfoxed in Singapore  —  It sure looks as if President Trump was hoodwinked in Singapore.  —  Trump made a huge concession — the suspension of military exercises with South Korea.  That's on top of the broader concession of the summit meeting itself, security guarantees …
New York Magazine:   This Is What a Nuclear Bomb Looks Like
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Trump Pledge to Halt Military Exercises Surprises Pentagon and Seoul
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Can Trump command political support without real progress on trade and N. Korea?
ABC News:
President Trump sits down with George Stephanopoulos: TRANSCRIPT
Victor Cha / New York Times:
Trump and Kim Have Just Walked Us Back From the Brink of War
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   On North Korea, a president who tried something different
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:   The North Korea summit was a triumph of Trumpian stagecraft, and the media fell for it
Laura Jarrett / CNN:
Rosenstein plans to call on House to investigate its own staff  —  Washington (CNN)Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's ongoing battle with House Republicans reached new heights Tuesday, as the No. 2 senior leader of the Justice Department plans to call on the House to investigate its own committee staff.
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
Rosenstein threatened to ‘subpoena’ GOP-led committee in ‘chilling’ clash over records, emails show  —  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened to “subpoena” emails, phone records and other documents from lawmakers and staff on a Republican-led House committee during a tense meeting earlier …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“The Era of Primal Trump”: Insiders Fear Trump Is Lurching from One Nuclear Showdown to Another  —  Advisers worry that with Singapore in the rearview mirror, “It's going to hit the fan pretty soon.”  —  During Donald Trump's sleepless-in-Singapore star turn, White House advisers …
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Longtime Trump fixer Michael Cohen has been telling friends he expects to be arrested shortly  —  Michael Cohen thinks he might soon have to swap his pinstripes for jail stripes.  —  The longtime attorney and personal fixer to President Trump expects to be put in cuffs any day now …
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Michael Avenatti: The Russians Are Trying to Run a Smear Job on Me … Michael Avenatti, the outspoken attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, says the Russian government is trying to smear him in the press.  Avenatti told The Daily Beast that people in the Kremlin have been trying to plant damaging stories about him in media outlets.
Washington Post:
Senior Justice Dept. lawyer resigns after shift on Obamacare  —  A senior career Justice Department official has resigned in the wake of the Trump administration's move to stop defending a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, a departure that highlights internal frustration generated by the decision …
Washington Post:   Trump to receive briefing on inspector general's Clinton email report before it goes public
Eric Tucker / miamiherald:   Lawsuit: Justice Dept. failed to give McCabe info on firing
Page Six:
Rudy Giuliani's wife filed for divorce after his affair with married woman  —  WHITEFIELD, N.H. — Rudy Giuliani had an affair with a married New Hampshire hospital administrator before the mayor-turned-presidential lawyer and his wife separated, multiple sources told The Post.
Discussion: Mediaite, East Bay Times and Raw Story
Lisa Ryan / The Cut:
Rudy Giuliani's Wife Says He Had an Affair With a Married Woman
Discussion: Page Six
Franco Ordoñez / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Exclusive: Trump looking to erect tent cities to house unaccompanied children  —  WASHINGTON  —  The Trump administration is looking to build tent cities at military posts around Texas to shelter the increasing number of unaccompanied migrant children being held in detention.
Washington Post:
Customs and Border Protection examining agent's questioning of national security reporter  —  The actions of a Customs and Border Protection agent who allegedly confronted a reporter covering national security issues about her confidential sources are being examined by the CBP's Office …
Eric Bradner / CNN:
South Carolina's Rep. Mark Sanford: 'I think that I'll end up losing this election'  —  Washington (CNN)Rep. Mark Sanford, a South Carolina Republican who's a critic of President Donald Trump, will not finish first in his primary, CNN projects.  —  He trails his conservative challenger …
Alan Suderman / Associated Press:
Devoted Trump supporter Stewart wins Virginia GOP Senate nom  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A conservative provocateur and supporter of President Donald Trump won Virginia's Republican primary Tuesday in the U.S. Senate race, and he has promised to run a “vicious” campaign against incumbent Tim Kaine.
Discussion: Townhall
Gregory S. Schneider / Washington Post:
Stewart wins GOP nod for U.S. Senate in a Virginia primary with low turnout
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Ryan announces DACA votes as discharge petition stalls  —  House Republicans will vote next week on two bills addressing the plight of hundreds of thousands of Dreamers who face possible deportation, circumventing an intra-party war over immigration and delivering a major blow to moderate Republicans.
Discussion: Axios and Splinter
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
House to vote next week on two competing immigration bills after Republican negotiations on a compromise fall short
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Claire McCaskill's Private Plane Used on Campaign's RV Tour Through Missouri  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.) said her campaign was “hitting the road” in an RV to tour the state, but public flight information indicates that travel also occurred on her million-dollar private plane.
CNN:   McCaskill admits to using private plane for part of RV tour
Griffin Connolly / Roll Call:
New Court Documents Reveal Details of Yard Dispute That Hospitalized Rand Paul  —  Updated 2:55 p.m. |  New court documents in Kentucky shed more light on details from the yard dispute that landed Sen. Rand Paul in the hospital with six broken ribs, among other thoracic complications, and could land his neighbor in prison.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Splinter and Instapundit
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
AT&T wins: Judge clears $85 billion bid for Time Warner with no conditions  — The Justice Department sued last year to block the merger, citing concerns that AT&T, owner of satellite television provider DirecTV, could charge rival distributors more for Time Warner content, resulting in higher prices for consumers.
Kushner's 2017 Apartment Deal Shows Turn Toward Israeli Firms  — Filing shows personal stake alongside Psagot Investment House  — Relying less on U.S. banks, he increased credit line with IDB  —  Jared Kushner has expanded his personal ties to Israeli financial firms as he oversees policy …
Washington Post:
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump made at least $82 million in outside income last year while serving …
McConnell Backs Obamacare Coverage of Pre-Existing Illness  — Trump's DOJ won't defend popular provision in Texas lawsuit  — With midterms approaching, Democrats receive political gift  —  Even after the Trump administration chose not to defend Obamacare's protections for people …
Scott mum on Trump's attack on pre-existing condition provision
Trump's Trade Adviser Apologizes for ‘Inappropriate’ Trudeau Comments  — Used ‘inappropriate’ words in effort to show strength, he says  — White House's Hassett urges U.S., Canada to take ‘deep breath’  —  White House trade adviser Peter Navarro apologized for suggesting Canadian …
Ben White / Politico:
Kudlow could be back ‘within a week’ after heart attack, friend says
U.S. Department of Justice:
Russian and Syrian Nationals Charged With Laundering Millions of U.S. Dollars for Designated Russian Company That Shipped Jet Fuel to Syria in Violation of U.S. Sanctions  —  Case Alleges Violations of Syrian and Ukraine Sanctions by Russian Company That Worked With the Russian Military
Gene Park / Washington Post:
Waluigi was robbed and humiliated by Nintendo, and his fans are furious  —  In the Nintendo universe, Waluigi is supposed to be as villainous as his cartoonish mustache and perpetual frown would suggest.  But what made him that way?  Perhaps it is Nintendo's insistence on humiliating …
Discussion: VICE
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Senator Bob Menendez:
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Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Mueller warns that election, politics meddling by foreigners is still happening
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 Earlier Items: 
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Mueller sees Russian effort to influence 2018 midterms
Discussion: Raw Story
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Judge rules Mueller must identify unnamed individuals in Manafort indictment
Discussion: Politico and National Review
Marisa Schultz / New York Post:
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Discussion: Mediaite
Alan M. Dershowitz / The Hill:
The final nail in the ACLU's coffin
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Michelle Wolf Couldn't Escape D.C. Fast Enough
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Noah Rothman / Commentary Magazine:
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