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3:20 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and HuffPost
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
NBC News:
Trump lawyer Michael Cohen expected to split with his attorneys
Discussion: MSNBC
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Prosecutors ‘preparing paperwork’ to arrest Michael Cohen: MSNBC
Discussion: Splinter
Tom Hays / Associated Press:
Michael Cohen hunts for new lawyers in FBI probe
Discussion: East Bay Times
Grant Stern / Washington Press:
Michael Cohen's lawyers just jumped ship as he prepares to blindside Trump with the ultimate betrayal
Discussion: Law & Crime and Mediaite
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: 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 …
William Saletan / Slate:
The Kim Con  —  Trump isn't trying to win over North Korea's leader.  He's using him to win over you.  —  At the press conference following his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on Tuesday, President Trump called himself “an emissary of the American people” …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Pompeo calls questions about gaps in Trump-Kim statement ‘insulting and ridiculous’
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:   Iran deal comparisons cloud Trump's North Korea summit
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
Erick Erickson / Macon Telegraph:   Trump tried diplomacy. He ended up legitimizing a monster in North Korea.
James Dobbins / Reuters:
Commentary: Why this wasn't Kim's father's - or grandfather's - summit
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Jonathan Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
North Korea Plays Up U.S. Concessions to Kim Jong Un
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 …
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: Vox, Washington Post, CNN and New York Times
Ben Mathis-Lilley / Slate:
Winner of Virginia Republican Senate Primary Immediately Suggests His Opponent Should Be Put in Jail
Discussion: CNN, Mother Jones, Washington Post and Axios
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hullabaloo
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
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.
Washington Post:
Customs and Border Protection examining agent's questioning of national security reporter
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
John Nolte / Breitbart:
‘Daily News’ Writer Tells Puerto Rican Kimberly Guilfoyle to ‘Pick Grapes’  —  New York Daily News columnist Linda Stasi wants Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is Puerto Rican, fired from Fox News and says “she'd be better off picking grapes.”  —  The far-left Stasi, whose mean-girl column is titled …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and
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 …
Paris Martineau / The Outline:
How alt-right Twitter tricks the media into panicking @thebradfordfile has been cited as evidence of the rise of the alt-right, but its popularity is faked through power-engagement groups and networks of sockpuppets.  —  A year ago, @thebradfordfile didn't exist.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Jack Jenkins / Religion News Service:
Catholic bishops rebuke Trump's asylum changes, suggest policy is a ‘life’ issue  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (RNS) — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opened its spring meeting this week with a stern reproach of the Trump administration's latest immigration policies …
Kelly Cohen / Washington Examiner:
Robert Mueller files request for 150 blank subpoenas in Paul Manafort case  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday filed a request for 150 blank subpoenas in the Eastern District of Virginia, where former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lives.  —  The two-page filing reveals little …
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Mariam Khan / ABC News:
Lawmakers to challenge Trump administration over pre-existing conditions
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Larry Kudlow discharged from hospital following heart attack
Discussion: The Last Tradition
Boaz Weinstein / New York Times:
No Ethnic Group Owns Stuyvesant. All New Yorkers Do.
Discussion: Althouse
Audie Cornish / New York Times:
Gayle King Thinks #MeToo Needs Due Process
Discussion: Daily Wire and AOL
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Who Is Behind Trump's Links to Arab Princes? A Billionaire Friend
 Earlier Items: 
Irish Catholic hospitals ‘will have to perform abortions’
Discussion: National Review
Joe Schoffstall / Washington Free Beacon:
George Soros Invested $3 Million in New York Times Stock Holdings This Year
Discussion: Breitbart
Molly Olmstead / Slate:
Rep. Steve King Retweets Prominent Neo-Nazi to Celebrate Xenophobia
Discussion: Vox, Talking Points Memo and HuffPost
NBC News:
Tim Russert: Loss and lessons a decade later
Discussion: TVNewser and MSNBC
Sandra E. Garcia / New York Times:
Texas Woman Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Voter Fraud Loses Bid for New Trial
Discussion: Splinter
Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
A minimum-wage worker can't afford a 2-bedroom apartment anywhere in the U.S.
Discussion: The Outline and CityLab
Tom Nichols / Washington Post:
They called Obama an inexperienced, self-serving celebrity. Then their party chose Trump.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Democrats Score Special Election Upset In Wisconsin District Trump Won Big
Discussion: The Week