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8:05 PM ET, June 13, 2018

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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 …
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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 …
Grant Stern / Washington Press:
Michael Cohen's lawyers just jumped ship as he prepares to blindside Trump with the ultimate betrayal
Discussion: Washington Post, Law & Crime and KTLA
Washington Post:   Pressure on Michael Cohen intensifies as Mueller stays focused on the Trump attorney
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: Politico, Axios, ABC News and Raw Story
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Pompeo calls questions about gaps in Trump-Kim statement ‘insulting and ridiculous’
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Trump, in Fox News interview, says of Kim Jong Un: ‘We understand each other’
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 …
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National Review:
Scott Pruitt Should Go  —  When President Donald Trump nominated Scott Pruitt for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, he looked like he would be a bright spot for the administration: a smart and tough advocate for deregulation and the rule of law.
Discussion: Axios, Politico and Mediaite
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP senators' frustration with Trump — and each other — boils over  —  GOP infighting reached a new level on Wednesday, with Sen. Lindsey Graham berating Sen. Bob Corker for pushing his amendment that would allow Congress to block President Donald Trump's tariffs, according to attendees and people briefed on the exchange.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
‘This is the new Republican Party’  —  The final GOP holdouts to Donald Trump whimper into oblivion.  —  Put a blond combover on the elephant.  Take down the pictures of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan.  —  It's over.  It's Donald Trump's GOP.  —  The anti-Trump candidates are fleeing …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump just endorsed an apologist for white supremacy. That could hurt the GOP this fall.
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 …
Dominic Fracassa / San Francisco Chronicle:
London Breed wins SF mayor's race  —  Board of Supervisors President London Breed was assured Wednesday of winning the San Francisco mayoral election when the last candidate who had a chance of catching her, former state Sen. Mark Leno, conceded the race.  —  “I'm so hopeful about the future …
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Heather Knight / San Francisco Chronicle:
It's a really big deal that SF elected London Breed as mayor
Discussion: The Guardian and The Atlantic
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.
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
White House counsel McGahn recused his office from Mueller probe
Discussion: CNBC
Chris Mooney / Washington Post:
Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade.  If that continues we are in serious trouble.  —  Antarctica's ice sheet is melting at a rapidly increasing rate, now pouring more than 200 billion tons of ice into the ocean annually and raising sea levels a half millimeter every year, a team of 80 scientists reported Wednesday.
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Kendra Pierre-Louis / New York Times:
Antarctica Is Melting Three Times as Fast as a Decade Ago
Discussion: The Atlantic, New York Magazine and NPR
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
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: Splinter and Washington Monthly
Philip Wegmann / Washington Examiner:
Young Americas Foundation warns Charlie Kirk could cause ‘long-term damage’  —  The conservative kids are not okay.  That's the assessment of Turning Pointing USA offered by Kimberly Begg, vice president and general counsel of Young Americas Foundation, according to an internal memo obtained by the Washington Examiner.
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
CNN:
British political operatives met with Russian ambassador days after Trump visit  —  By Donie O'Sullivan, Nina dos Santos and Drew Griffin, CNN  —  London (CNN)Two British political operatives were in regular contact with the Russian ambassador in London while they campaigned for, and met with …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Bloomberg:
Trump Allies Want Immigration Tweet Before They Vote for Bill  — Aide says White House will support House GOP compromise  — Dreamer protections said to include merit-based component  —  House Republicans are rushing to assemble a compromise immigration bill for a vote next week alongside …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Associated Press:   GOP leaders sell immigration bills, with Trump's blessing
Ellis Clopton / Variety:
Millie Bobby Brown Leaves Twitter After Becoming Homophobic Meme  —  A week after trolls from the “Star Wars” fanbase harassed and bullied “The Last Jedi's” Kelly Marie Tran off Instagram, 14-year-old “Stranger Things” actress Millie Bobby Brown has deleted her Twitter account …
Antonia Noori Farzan / Phoenix New Times:
Arizona Legislator: 'There Aren't Enough White Kids to Go Around' in State Schools  —  Arizona Representative David Stringer, speaking at the Yavapai County Republican Men's Forum on Monday, called immigration an “existential threat” to the United States, warning that it will change the face of the country.
Noah Michelson / HuffPost:
If You Really Love LGBTQ People, You Just Can't Keep Eating Chick-fil-A  —  When I was growing up, there were few things as exciting to me as a trip to the Regency Mall in Racine, Wisconsin, for lunch at Chick-fil-A.  —  My family didn't have much money then so eating out was a rare treat.
Axios:
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 …
Jack Stripling / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Michigan State Chief Said Abuse Victim Would Get ‘Kickback’ for Stirring Up Survivors, Emails Show  —  In April, John M. Engler, the newly minted interim president of Michigan State University, was under attack.  Publicly, he felt as if he couldn't say anything about the victims of Larry Nassar …
Discussion: Deadspin
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Man charged with threatening to kill Sens. Sanders, Harris  —  A man has been indicted on charges of threatening to murder two prominent liberal senators — Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders and California Democrat Kamala Harris — as well as to harm participants in the “March for Our Lives” …
Discussion: CNN, Law & Crime and Washington Times
Michael Corkery / New York Times:
A Macy's Goes From Mall Mainstay to Homeless Shelter  —  As traditional retailers fade in the era of Amazon, a vacant department store near Washington becomes a refuge for people struggling to find affordable places to live.  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Karleen Smith used to work at the Macy's in Landmark Mall …
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, IJR, Jezebel and New York Times
 
 
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Katie Benner / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Watchdog Will Be Tested in Next Chapter of Clinton Investigation Firestorm
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Justice Dept. considered relationship between reporter and source before secretly seeking records
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Apple to undercut popular law-enforcement tool for cracking iPhones
Associated Press:
AP Investigation: Local fish isn't always local
Public Policy Polling:
Tax Reform Still Not Helping GOP; Dems Lead House Ballot By 6
Discussion: Daily Kos and Political Wire
Maya Kosoff / Vanity Fair:
Amazon Crushes a Small Tax That Would Have Helped the Homeless
Discussion: New Republic, Hit & Run and Splinter
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Republicans 'don't want the tweet that I got': Mark Sanford says Trump sealed his loss
Discussion: CNN, IJR, Vox, The Week and Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Jack Jenkins / Religion News Service:
Catholic bishops rebuke Trump's asylum changes, suggest ‘canonical penalties’
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Who Is Behind Trump's Links to Arab Princes? A Billionaire Friend
Discussion: Politico
Tessa Stuart / Rolling Stone:
A Day in the Life of George and Simona Papadopoulos
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
‘Harebrained’: National Security Council owns up to widely derided Trump video
John Myers / Los Angeles Times:
Radical plan to split California into three states earns spot on November ballot