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10:00 AM ET, June 14, 2018


 Top Items: 
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 …
Annie Karni / Politico:
Trump White House advertises at a Hill job fair amid staff exodus  —  ‘Interested in a job at the White House?’ reads the flyer for an event aimed at conservatives.  —  The White House - which has been having trouble filling positions as it bleeds staffers - is now trying to find recruits at a conservative job fair on the Hill.
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Fox News Host Asks Marco Rubio to ‘Clarify’ His Criticisms of Kim Jong Un  —  There was an interesting moment today on America's Newsroom when Sandra Smith asked Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to elaborate on his statements regarding President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korean Kim Jong Un.
Sky News:
Donald Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian politicians
Discussion: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
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: Talking Points Memo and Splinter
Washington Post:
Republicans embrace the ‘cult’ of Trump, ignoring warning signs  —  Fiercely and undeniably, the Republican Party this week confirmed its rebranding as the party of Trump.  —  Buoyed by a late Tuesday presidential tweet, voters in South Carolina cast out Rep. Mark Sanford …
Discussion: Althouse and Breitbart
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Scoops: McCarthy and Pence's 3-million-dollar night, and Spicer's new Trump-world gig  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  TWO SCOOPS TO START YOUR DAY ...  — VP MIKE PENCE and HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY raised an astounding $3.2 MILLION for PROTECT THE HOUSE, their joint fundraising committee …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
How to Lose the Midterms and Re-elect Trump  —  Dear Robert De Niro, Samantha Bee and other Trump haters:  —  I get that you're angry.  I'm angry, too.  But anger isn't a strategy.  Sometimes it's a trap.  When you find yourself spewing four-letter words, you've fallen into it.
Jerry Zremski / The Buffalo News:
Higgins says he will no longer back ‘misguided’ Pelosi  —  WASHINGTON - Rep. Brian Higgins of Buffalo said Wednesday that he will not back House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California for another term as the top Democrat in the House.  —  “I will not support her,” Higgins said in an interview with The Buffalo News.
Discussion: Political Wire
The Hill:
Sessions defends firing Comey, warns DOJ report could prompt more terminations  —  On the eve of the release of a potentially explosive new report, Attorney General Jeff Sessions  —  defended the termination of the FBI's top two former executives and warned that the forthcoming report on the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Report Expected To Condemn FBI Violations In 2016 Clinton Email Investigation
Discussion: CNN, Politico, The Week and The Federalist
New York Post:
Airline says ‘vortex’ sent plane into terrifying nosedive  —  Passengers have described the terrifying moment a vortex sent their Qantas flight into a 10-second “nosedive.”  —  Hundreds of horrified travelers held hands ­believing they were about to die as the aircraft suddenly dropped over the Pacific Ocean on Sunday.
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Rep. Steve King Won't Answer Questions About His Neo-Nazi Retweets  —  The Iowa Republican has been endorsing tweets from a guy who rants about Jews and the fall of Western civilization.  —  WASHINGTON Congressman Steve King is normally one of the more talkative members of the House of Representatives …
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: NPR and The Guardian
Dominic Fracassa / San Francisco Chronicle:   London Breed wins SF mayor's race
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.
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Will Trump's View of the World Outlast His Presidency?  —  In his sledgehammer assault against the cornerstone institutions of the Western alliance, Donald Trump is replaying one of the defining confrontations in the Republican Party's history.  Only this time, the outcome is being reversed …
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Stephen Bannon Buys Into Bitcoin  —  WASHINGTON — Stephen K. Bannon, 10 months removed from the job of chief strategist to President Trump and five months after his ouster from the arch-conservative news site Breitbart News, is betting that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies can disrupt banking …
Neil Genzlinger / New York Times:
Douglas Bennet, Who Led NPR and Wesleyan, Dies at 79  —  Douglas J. Bennet, who took over National Public Radio when it faced an uncertain future and spearheaded a decade of growth, died on Sunday at his home in Essex, Conn. He was 79.  —  The cause was complications of a fall sustained five years ago, his family said.
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Scanning immigrants' old fingerprints, U.S. threatens to strip thousands of citizenship  —  The Trump administration is analyzing decades-old fingerprints in an unprecedented effort to rescind American citizenship from immigrants who may have lied or falsified information on their naturalization forms.
European Central Bank:
Monetary policy decisions  —  At today's meeting, which was held in Riga, the Governing Council of the ECB undertook a careful review of the progress towards a sustained adjustment in the path of inflation, also taking into account the latest Eurosystem staff macroeconomic projections …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Politico and BloombergQuint
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 …
One year after grievous gunshot wound, Steve Scalise takes the field  —  GOP holds first baseball practice since shooting  —  (CNN)As House Majority Whip Steve Scalise bends down to field a ground ball rolling his way, it's clear the movement is neither easy nor natural any more.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
My Mom's Suicide Was Preventable  —  The deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain remind us that there is help.  —  I didn't know Kate Spade or Anthony Bourdain but saw familiar threads in their suicides, as my mother took her own life at age 51.  —  Spade had spoken to her father the night …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
After years of growth, the use of social media for news is falling across the world  —  But messaging apps are picking up the slack, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism finds in its 2018 Digital News Report.  —  People are becoming disenchanted with Facebook for news.
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
Zoya Sheftalovich / Politico:
UK to loosen immigration rules to allow more skilled workers: report  —  U.K. Home Secretary Sajid Javid is seeking to soften Britain's rules to attract more skilled migrants into the country before Brexit, the Telegraph reported Wednesday.  —  Javid is expected to announce on Friday …
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 …
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Black Voters Have More Leverage in This Governor's Race. They Mean to Use It.
Yasmine Salam / Politico:
Italian premier to meet Macron amid migrant row
Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
Mueller Appears to Have Screwed Up by ‘Accidentally’ Exposing Names in Manafort Case
Kids in immigrant detention center ‘effectively’ incarcerated
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Trump has a plan to end DACA. It started in Texas and could go to the Supreme Court.
Discussion: America's Voice
Joshua Philipp /
Puerto Rico Officials Investigated for Corruption During Hurricane Relief
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit, NPR and Townhall
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Bastasch / The Daily Caller:
Berkeley Declares A ‘Climate Emergency,’ Calls For Population Control
Discussion: American Greatness
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
Andrew McCarthy joins Fox News as a regular contributor
Trump Allies Want Immigration Tweet Before They Vote for Bill
Jack Stripling / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Michigan State Chief Said Abuse Victim Would Get ‘Kickback’ for Stirring Up Survivors, Emails Show
Discussion: Deadspin
Ellis Clopton / Variety:
Millie Bobby Brown Leaves Twitter After Becoming Homophobic Meme
Discussion: IndieWire