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11:15 PM ET, June 13, 2018

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David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Wolf Blitzer: ‘We Are Not the Enemy of the American People, We love the American People’  —  'Everybody's always criticizing us'  —  CNN host Wolf Blitzer said on behalf of the media “we love the American people” on Wednesday in response to President Donald Trump's latest broadside against the profession.
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Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Trump, in Fox News interview, says of Kim Jong Un: ‘We understand each other’  —  President Trump, in an interview with Fox News' Bret Baier, indicated he is willing to set aside concerns over Kim Jong Un's human rights abuses in pursuit of a denuclearization deal but said he will only consider …
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Former Pentagon Deputy: His Korea ‘War Games’ Comments Play Into Russian Hands
Washington Post:
Trump's most offensive statement on North Korea
Discussion: USA Today, The Diplomat and Breitbart
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 …
Washington Post:
Pressure on Michael Cohen intensifies as Mueller stays focused on the Trump attorney  —  Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal attorney, is facing mounting pressure from two active federal investigations, contending with skyrocketing legal bills and planning to change lawyers in the near future …
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
“I Feel Like Don Quixote”: Michael Cohen's Legal Shake-Up Foretells a Possible Battle with Trump
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
Jacqueline Alemany / CBS News:
Sarah Sanders, Raj Shah planning to depart the White House  —  Two of the most visible members of the Trump administration are planning their departures, the latest sign of upheaval in a White House marked by turmoil.  —  Press secretary Sarah Sanders and principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah …
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: Splinter and Political Wire
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Washington Post:
Republicans embrace the ‘cult’ of Trump, ignoring warning signs
Discussion: Breitbart
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
‘This is the new Republican Party’  —  The final GOP holdouts …
Discussion: The Hill, RedState and Shareblue Media
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.
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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 …
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 …
Heather Knight / San Francisco Chronicle:
It's a really big deal that SF elected London Breed as mayor  —  For a week, San Francisco political insiders huddled every afternoon in the bland basement of City Hall to get the latest vote counts in the mayor's race, crunch data and make colorful precinct maps showing who was winning where.
Discussion: The Guardian and The Atlantic
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Dominic Fracassa / San Francisco Chronicle:   London Breed wins SF mayor's race
CNN:
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 …
WSVN-TV:
Suspected Walmart robber tries to carjack two different cars, both drivers pull out guns  —  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WSVN) — Police say a man who tried to carjack two people was thwarted after the victims both pulled out guns to protect themselves.  —  According to Fox 30 …
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: Washington Post and Power Line
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 …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
White House counsel McGahn recused his office from Mueller probe  —  White House Counsel Don McGahn recused his entire staff last summer from working on the Russia investigation because many of his office's lawyers played significant roles in key episodes at the center of the probe, former White House attorney Ty Cobb said on Wednesday.
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Poll shows Mueller's public image at all-time low
Mercury News:
California woman ‘in shock’ after ICE agents detain father, a legal resident, outside home  —  The daughter of a Los Angeles 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 …
Discussion: CNN, Splinter and Washington Monthly
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
Andrew McCarthy joins Fox News as a regular contributor  —  It is known in the industry as a good get.  —  Andrew C. McCarthy has joined Fox News Channel as a contributor.  A network spokesperson confirmed to The Washington Times that Mr. McCarthy will provide legal analysis during daytime …
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
Sarah McBride / Bloomberg:
Elon Musk's Boring Co. Wins Chicago Airport High-Speed Train Bid  —  Elon Musk's Boring Co. is the winner in a bid to build a multibillion-dollar high-speed express train to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Discussion: GeekWire
 
 
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The Hill:
Sessions defends firing Comey, warns DOJ report could prompt more terminations
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
How to Lose the Midterms and Re-elect Trump
Pankaj Mishra / London Review of Books:
Pankaj Mishra: The Wrong Human Rights
Joshua Philipp / theepochtimes.com:
Puerto Rico Officials Investigated for Corruption During Hurricane Relief
Discussion: NPR and Townhall
Michael Bastasch / The Daily Caller:
Berkeley Declares A ‘Climate Emergency,’ Calls For Population Control
Discussion: American Greatness
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge green-lights ‘kill list’ lawsuit
Jack Stripling / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Michigan State Chief Said Abuse Victim Would Get ‘Kickback’ for Stirring Up Survivors, Emails Show
Discussion: Deadspin
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Michael Corkery / New York Times:
A Macy's Goes From Mall Mainstay to Homeless Shelter
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