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11:20 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 …
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Troy Patterson / New Yorker:
The Sensational Idiocy of Donald Trump's Propaganda Video for Kim Jong Un  —  In Singapore, on Tuesday, reporters covering the summit between President Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, were surprised with a screening of what appeared to be a movie trailer.
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: Raw Story
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
‘Harebrained’: National Security Council owns up to widely derided Trump video  —  The four-minute video in Korean and English was credited to Destiny Pictures, but owner of firm with same name said he had ‘no involvement’  —  Play Video  —  The National Security Council …
Jonathan Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
North Korea Plays Up U.S. Concessions to Kim Jong Un
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump's World Tour Is All About Him
Discussion: NPR, The Atlantic and New York Times
Alex Wayne / Bloomberg:
Trump Had a Movie Made Just for Kim Jong Un
Discussion: Fox News, The White House, Axios and NK News
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Trump Is Playing a Dangerous Game With North Korea
Eric Talmadge / Associated Press:   North Korea lauds, and basks in, Kim's summit performance
John Wagner / Washington Post:
‘Not good!’ Trump renews his criticism of OPEC for ‘too high’ oil prices
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
He's Not a ‘Firebrand,’ and He's Not a ‘Far-Right Activist’
Discussion: ThinkProgress, CNN and Washington Post
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 …
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 »
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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.
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 …
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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.
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Politico:   Mueller-friendly Republicans losing patience with probe
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
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Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Democrats pick up long-held GOP seat, Republicans hold on to another in special elections
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.
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.
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Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
Rosenstein threatened to ‘subpoena’ GOP-led committee in ‘chilling’ clash over records, emails show
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Stormy Daniels' crowdfunding cash could be seized in Avenatti firm bankruptcy  —  An Orange County lawyer has asked a bankruptcy judge to seize much of the $577,000 donated to porn star Stormy Daniels to pay legal bills in her suit against President Trump.  —  The lawyer, Jason Frank …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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 …
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 …
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Julia Marsh / Page Six:   Rudy Giuliani's wife says he's a cheating liar
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.
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Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
A minimum-wage worker can't afford a 2-bedroom apartment anywhere in the U.S.  —  The economy's booming.  Some states have raised minimum wages.  But even with recent wage growth for the lowest-paid workers, there is still nowhere in the country where someone working a full-time minimum wage job …
Human Rights Watch:
Israel: Apparent War Crimes in Gaza  —  Accountability Needed for Officials Who Authorized Lethal Force  —  (New York) - Israeli forces' repeated use of lethal force in the Gaza Strip since March 30, 2018, against Palestinian demonstrators who posed no imminent threat to life may amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today.
Tom Nichols / Washington Post:
They called Obama an inexperienced, self-serving celebrity.  Then their party chose Trump.  —  Tom Nichols is a professor at the Naval War College and the Harvard Extension School, and the author of “The Death of Expertise.”  The views expressed here are entirely his own.
 
 
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Yoko Kubota / Wall Street Journal:
A Chip in the Windshield: China's Surveillance State Will Soon Track Cars
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Chantal Da Silva / Newsweek:
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Tony Pugh / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Supreme Court decision halts Georgia voting rights lawsuit
Margaret Coker / New York Times:
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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
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This new poll about Ohio's 2018 election should worry Republicans
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Gene Park / Washington Post:
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Discussion: VICE