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5:25 PM ET, June 13, 2018


 Top Items: 
George Stephanopoulos / ABC News:
Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen likely to cooperate as his attorneys leave case, sources say  —  As attorneys for Michael Cohen rush to meet Judge Kimba Wood's Friday deadline to complete a privilege review of over 3.7 million documents seized in the April 9 raids of Cohen's New York properties …
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen's Attorneys Expected to Quit His Case  —  Firm expected to cease representation after review of seized documents for client-attorney privilege  —  The attorneys for Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, are expected to stop representing …
New York Times:
Michael Cohen, Trump's Fixer, Parting With Lawyers as Federal Investigation Continues  —  Michael D. Cohen, President Trump's longtime personal fixer, will soon be parting from the lawyers who are representing him in a potentially damaging and wide-ranging federal investigation into his business dealings …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Trump's personal attorney splits with his own legal team  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has split with the legal team that has shepherded him through a criminal investigation that included a high-profile FBI raid, a source familiar with the change said Wednesday.
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
What Could Michael Cohen Tell Mueller about Russia Collusion?  —  With news breaking that President Donald Trump's personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, is likely to cooperate with federal investigators, one question is what his cooperation might mean for the Russia investigation.
Discussion: Vox, Law & Crime and Mediaite
Grant Stern / Washington Press:
Michael Cohen's lawyers just jumped ship as he prepares to blindside Trump with the ultimate betrayal
Tom Hays / Associated Press:   Michael Cohen hunts for new lawyers in FBI probe
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Prosecutors ‘preparing paperwork’ to arrest Michael Cohen: MSNBC
Discussion: Splinter
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
“I Feel Like Don Quixote”: Michael Cohen's Legal Shake-Up Foretells a Possible Battle with Trump
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Negotiating Style Is Pure Art of the Moron … I'm often on the receiving end of the Trumpentariat's criticisms of Never Trump conservatives.  —  Don't I get it?  Don't I love how Trump is achieving the impossible, and soaring to heights to which no other president could aspire?
Discussion: Axios, ABC News and Raw Story
US Department of State:
Remarks to Traveling Press  —  Special Briefing Secretary of State Seoul, South Korea  —  MS NAUERT: And so this will be on the record, but again, we have the meetings with Japan and South Korea tomorrow, and so we're not going to get ahead of those.  —  QUESTION: So to make the most …
Discussion: Splinter, Shareblue Media, TheBlaze and CNN
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Pompeo calls questions about gaps in Trump-Kim statement ‘insulting and ridiculous’
Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
Scott Adams: Trump Video Message To Kim “Might Be The Best Thing Anybody Ever Did In A Negotiation, Period”
Discussion: Power Line
James Stavridis / TIME:
I Was a Navy Admiral. Here's Why Ending ‘War Games’ With South Korea Would Be a Grave Mistake
Discussion: The Independent
Erick Erickson / Macon Telegraph:   Trump tried diplomacy. He ended up legitimizing a monster in North Korea.
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:   Iran deal comparisons cloud Trump's North Korea summit
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
He's Not a ‘Firebrand,’ and He's Not a ‘Far-Right Activist’  —  How are reporters still struggling to call people like Corey Stewart what they are?  —  The Republicans in Virginia, like their co-religionists in Alabama, have picked themselves a real winner to run against incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Tim Kaine in the fall.
Discussion: CNN, HuffPost, Vox and Right Wing Watch
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Republicans 'don't want the tweet that I got': Mark Sanford says Trump sealed his loss
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump just endorsed an apologist for white supremacy. That could hurt the GOP this fall.
New York Times:
Republican Voters Embrace Trump-Style Candidates
Foreign Policy:
Trump Appointee Compiles Loyalty List of U.S. Employees at U.N., State  —  Mari Stull's arrival at the State Department's International Organization Bureau is triggering an exodus of top career staffers.  —  A senior advisor to the State Department appointed just two months ago …
Washington Post:
EPA chief Scott Pruitt tapped aide, donors to help wife land job at conservative group  —  Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt last year had a top aide help contact Republican donors who might offer his wife a job, eventually securing her a position at a conservative political group …
Mercury News:
California woman ‘in shock’ after ICE agents detain father, a legal resident, outside home  —  The daughter of an Arleta man who was detained Sunday outside his home by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents spoke out this week about his treatment and the immigration policies that appear …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
She says federal officials took her daughter while she breastfed the child in a detention center  —  500+ immigrant children separated from parents  —  McAllen, Texas (CNN)The undocumented immigrant from Honduras sobbed as she told an attorney Tuesday how federal authorities took her daughter …
Discussion: HuffPost
Washington Post:
White House considered Manchin to lead Veterans Affairs after Jackson withdrew his nomination  —  Senior White House officials were in serious discussions with Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) this spring to gauge his interest in joining President Trump's cabinet as Veterans Affairs secretary …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:   White House counsel McGahn recused his office from Mueller probe
Wall Street Journal:
White House Seeks to Block Senate Bid to Kill ZTE Deal
Discussion: Lawfare and CNBC
Associated Press:
Nevada pimp Dennis Hof wins GOP primary, ousts incumbent  —  Pimp Dennis Hof, the owner of half a dozen legal brothels in Nevada and star of the HBO adult reality series “Cathouse,” won a Republican primary for the state Legislature on Tuesday, ousting a three-term lawmaker.
Discussion: Power Line and Washington Post
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Poll shows Mueller's public image at all-time low  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller's public image has sunk to an all-time low since he began his probe into possible collusion between the Trump 2016 presidential campaign and Russia, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
New York Times Examines Work History of Reporter in Leak Case  —  The New York Times is reviewing the work history of Ali Watkins, a Washington-based reporter at the newspaper whose email and phone records were seized by prosecutors in a leak investigation case that has prompted an outcry among press advocates.
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Senate intelligence aide charged in U.S. leak probe pleads not guilty in District federal court
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Exclusive: Jeff Zucker Renews at CNN Through the 2020 Election  —  Donald Trump's old boss, and favorite media adversary, is back for a rematch.  —  BY - JOE POMPEOJune 13, 2018,  —  With AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner now poised to close in a matter of days, it's come …
Discussion: TVNewser and Mediaite
John Nolte / Breitbart:
‘Daily News’ Writer Tells Puerto Rican Kimberly Guilfoyle to ‘Pick Grapes’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Cuomo Stretches Lead Over Cynthia Nixon in 2018 Election Poll  —  ALBANY — With exactly three months to go until the Democratic primary for governor, the two-term incumbent, Andrew M. Cuomo, has slightly stretched his sizable lead over his Democratic rival, the actress Cynthia Nixon, according to a new poll.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jazz Shaw / Hot Air:   It's Time To Stick A Fork In Cynthia Nixon's Campaign
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“He Hate, Hate, Hates It”: Sessions Fumes as Kushner Pushes Pardons  —  With Kim Kardashian and liberals like Van Jones, the princely Trump son-in-law is trying to reset his reputation.  But not everyone in the administration is happy about it.  —  Donald Trump's biggest week on the global stage …
Discussion: Raw Story, Jezebel, IJR and New York Times
John Myers / Los Angeles Times:
Radical plan to split California into three states earns spot on November ballot … California's 168-year run as a single entity, hugging the continent's edge for hundreds of miles and sprawling east across mountains and desert, could come to an end next year — as a controversial plan …
Tessa Stuart / Rolling Stone:
A Day in the Life of George and Simona Papadopoulos  —  Talking foreign spies, federal agents and romantic drama with the newlyweds waiting out the Mueller probe  —  Over a recent lunch in Chicago, George Papadopoulos searches for words strong enough to describe the importance of his wife, Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos.
Giuliani's son loses West Wing access  —  Several months ago, Donald Trump ordered the promotion of Rudy Giuliani's son.  But instead of getting promoted, he has lost his West Wing pass.  —  Details: Trump ordered junior White House staffer Andrew Giuliani's promotion after dining at Mar …
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Public Policy Polling:
Tax Reform Still Not Helping GOP; Dems Lead House Ballot By 6
Discussion: Political Wire
Antonia Noori Farzan / Phoenix New Times:
Arizona Legislator: 'There Aren't Enough White Kids to Go Around' in State Schools
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Comcast bids $65 billion for 21st Century Fox assets
Michael Corkery / New York Times:
A Macy's Goes From Mall Mainstay to Homeless Shelter
Maya Kosoff / Vanity Fair:
Amazon Crushes a Small Tax That Would Have Helped the Homeless
Discussion: New Republic, Hit & Run and Splinter
 Earlier Items: 
Boaz Weinstein / New York Times:
No Ethnic Group Owns Stuyvesant. All New Yorkers Do.
Discussion: Althouse
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Who Is Behind Trump's Links to Arab Princes? A Billionaire Friend
Discussion: Politico
Kelly Cohen / Washington Examiner:
Robert Mueller files request for 150 blank subpoenas in Paul Manafort case
Paris Martineau / The Outline:
How alt-right Twitter tricks the media into panicking @thebradfordfile has been cited as evidence …