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9:50 AM ET, June 13, 2018


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Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Iran deal comparisons cloud Trump's North Korea summit  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's triumphant assertions about the success of the unprecedented Singapore summit are being met with skepticism and outright derision from critics seizing on the contradiction between his withdrawal …
Jonathan Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
North Korea Plays Up U.S. Concessions to Kim Jong Un  —  State media says Trump told Kim he planned to end joint military exercises with South and end sanctions  —  SINGAPORE—North Korea said Wednesday that President Donald Trump had told Kim Jong Un that he intended to halt U.S.-South …
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.
Discussion: Fox News, Axios, The White House and NK News
Andrew Buncombe / The Independent:
Donald Trump has agreed to lift sanctions on North Korea, claims nation's state media
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Negotiating Style Is Pure Art of the Moron
Discussion: Raw Story
John Wagner / Washington Post:
‘Not good!’ Trump renews his criticism of OPEC for ‘too high’ oil prices
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
Reporters thought this video was North Korea propaganda. It came from the White House.
Eric Talmadge / Associated Press:   North Korea lauds, and basks in, Kim's summit performance
Washington Post:
Trump celebrates Singapore accord with North Korea, but substance has yet to be revealed
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   North Korea: Trump Agreed to Lift Sanctions
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Trump's Confidence Ignores Recent History With North Korea
Discussion: Betsy's Page, Washington Post and CNN
Dylan Scott / Vox:
4 winners and 3 losers from the June 12 primary elections  —  The stuff you should know after the Virginia, Nevada, Maine, and South Carolina primary elections.  —  The June 12 primary elections in Virginia, Nevada, Maine, and South Carolina kept many of 2018's narratives alive and well …
New York Times:
Republican Voters Embrace Trump-Style Candidates  —  Republican voters lashed out against traditional party leaders Tuesday, ousting Representative Mark Sanford of South Carolina and nominating a conservative firebrand for Senate in Virginia, the latest illustration that fealty to President Trump …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Sanford's fatal sin: Crossing Donald Trump  —  The South Carolina congressman and former governor stuck to his principles in taking on the president til the bitter end.  —  In the end, it wasn't the Appalachian Trail that brought down Mark Sanford.  It was President Donald Trump.
Eric Boehm / Hit & Run:
Mark Sanford Is a Libertarian Republican Who Took on Trump. He Just Lost His Primary.
Politico:   Top takeaways from Tuesday's Trumped-up primaries
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 …
Discussion: CNN and HuffPost, more at Mediagazer »
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Casey Tolan / Mercury News:
This is really happening: Measure to split California into three states qualifies for November ballot  —  For the first time since before the Civil War, voters across California will decide in November on a proposal to split up the Golden State — potentially remaking it into three new states.
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.
Discussion: Axios, The Week and National Review
Politico:   Mueller-friendly Republicans losing patience with probe
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:   Mueller warns that election, politics meddling by foreigners is still happening
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 …
Eric Tucker / miamiherald:   Lawsuit: Justice Dept. failed to give McCabe info on firing
Scott mum on Trump's attack on pre-existing condition provision
Discussion: Shareblue Media and USA Today
Washington Post:
Trump to receive briefing on inspector general's Clinton email report before it goes public
Discussion: New York Times and The Atlantic
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.
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Democrats Score Special Election Upset In Wisconsin District Trump Won Big  —  A court had to order Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) to call the special election because he tried to block it.  —  Wisconsin Democrats scored a major upset victory Tuesday night, winning a state Senate seat …
Discussion: The Week
Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Democrats pick up long-held GOP seat, Republicans hold on to another in special elections
Discussion: MSNBC and Political Wire
New York Times:
Ryan Sets Votes on Immigration as Moderates' Revolt Falls Short  —  WASHINGTON — After frenzied late-night negotiations, Speaker Paul D. Ryan defused a moderate Republican rebellion on Tuesday with a promise to hold high-stakes votes on immigration next week, thrusting the divisive issue …
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Ryan announces DACA votes as discharge petition stalls
Discussion: Townhall, Splinter, Breitbart and Axios
Page Six:
Rudy Giuliani's wife filed for divorce after his affair with married woman  —  SEE ALSO  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Rudy Giuliani cheated on his wife with a married New Hampshire hospital administrator, multiple sources told The Post.  —  The mayor-turned-presidential lawyer, 74 …
Julia Marsh / Page Six:   Rudy Giuliani's wife says he's a cheating liar
Margaret Coker / New York Times:
Fears of New Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen After Attack on Port  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The world's worst humanitarian disaster could be about to get even worse.  The main port, which millions of Yemenis rely on for food and other supplies, was invaded early Wednesday by a coalition led …
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Tom Nichols / Washington Post:
They called Obama an inexperienced, self-serving celebrity. Then their party chose Trump.
Katherine Rodriguez / Breitbart:
Food Stamp Enrollment Dips to Lowest Level in 8 Years
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Valerie Insinna / Defense News:
US to boost nuke sniffing with modified C-130s
Discussion: TheDrive and Military Times
Sarah D / Los Angeles Times:
Bank seizes California Rep. David Valadao's family dairy farm over unpaid loans
Discussion: Roll Call and CNN
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Feds Collect Record Individual Income Taxes Through May; Still Run $532.2B Deficit
Linda Stasi / New York Daily News:
Fox should fire reporter Kimberly Guilfoyle, who can't possibly stay neutral while dating a Trump kid
Discussion: Washington Times
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Republican Rep. Steve King Promotes Well-Known Neo-Nazi On Twitter
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This new poll about Ohio's 2018 election should worry Republicans
Discussion: Political Wire
U.S. Department of Justice:
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Gene Park / Washington Post:
Waluigi was robbed and humiliated by Nintendo, and his fans are furious
Discussion: VICE