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5:55 AM ET, June 14, 2018

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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 …
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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.
Bloomberg:   Trump Allies Want Immigration Tweet Before They Vote for Bill
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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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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump's most offensive statement on North Korea
Discussion: Human Rights Watch and USA Today
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
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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: HuffPost, The Daily Beast and RedState
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 POLITICUSUSA
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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 …
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
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 …
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, The Guardian and The Atlantic
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Dominic Fracassa / San Francisco Chronicle:   London Breed wins SF mayor's race
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.
Discussion: CNN
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Mercury News:
California woman ‘in shock’ after ICE agents detain father, a legal resident, outside home
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: Chicago Sun-Times and GeekWire
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Chicago Tribune:
Chicago taps Elon Musk's Boring Company to build high-speed transit tunnels that would tie Loop with O'Hare
Discussion: The Verge, WGN-TV and Eschaton
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and Althouse
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Man charged with threatening to kill Sens. Sanders, Harris  —  A man has been indicted on charges of threatening to murder two prominent liberal senators — Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders and California Democrat Kamala Harris — as well as to harm participants in the “March for Our Lives” …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge green-lights ‘kill list’ lawsuit
Discussion: The Talking Dog
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Michael Bastasch / The Daily Caller:
Berkeley Declares A ‘Climate Emergency,’ Calls For Population Control  —  The California city that was home to 1960s radicals and known for excessively liberal politics declared a “climate emergency” on Tuesday evening, backing policies to “humanely stabilize” the human population.
Discussion: American Greatness
 
 
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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
Reuters:
Austria's Oberbank withdraws from Iran
Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
Anticipation builds for report on FBI's Clinton probe
Discussion: Politico and RedState
Joshua Philipp / theepochtimes.com:
Puerto Rico Officials Investigated for Corruption During Hurricane Relief
Discussion: NPR and Townhall
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
Andrew McCarthy joins Fox News as a regular contributor
 Earlier Items: 
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Former Pentagon Deputy: His Korea ‘War Games’ Comments Play Into Russian Hands
Jack Stripling / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Michigan State Chief Said Abuse Victim Would Get ‘Kickback’ for Stirring Up Survivors, Emails Show
Discussion: Deadspin
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: Raw Story
Chris Mooney / Washington Post:
Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade. If that continues we are in serious trouble.