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12:55 PM ET, June 14, 2018

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Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
Comey Broke From FBI Procedures in Clinton Probe, Watchdog Finds  — Inspector general probed an array of FBI, Justice decisions  — The findings may give Trump fresh grounds for criticism  —  Former FBI Director James Comey “deviated” from FBI and Justice Department procedures …
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Washington Post:
IG report criticizes Comey's handling of Clinton probe, includes anti-Trump exchanges among FBI personnel  —  A highly anticipated report from the Justice Department's inspector general criticizes former FBI director James B. Comey for his actions during the Hillary Clinton email investigation …
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Report Expected To Condemn FBI Violations In 2016 Clinton Email Investigation
Discussion: Politico, WGN-TV, CNN and The Week
USA Today:
Watchdog expected to rebuke ex-FBI director James Comey over Clinton email case
Discussion: CBS News and NY State of Politics
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
New York files suit against President Trump, alleging his charity engaged in ‘illegal conduct’  —  The New York attorney general on Thursday filed suit against President Trump and his three eldest children alleging “persistently illegal conduct” at the president's personal charity …
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ag.ny.gov:
Attorney General Underwood Announces Lawsuit Against Donald J. Trump Foundation And Its Board Of Directors For Extensive And Persistent Violations Of State And Federal Law  —  News from the New York Attorney General's Office  —  Attorney General's Press Office / 212-416-8060
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
N.Y. Attorney General Sues Trump Foundation Over Self-Dealing  —  The New York State attorney general's office filed a scathingly worded lawsuit on Thursday taking aim at the Donald J. Trump Foundation, accusing the charity and the Trump family of sweeping violations of campaign finance laws …
Associated Press:
New York attorney general sues Trump Foundation  —  NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's foundation served as a personal piggy bank for his businesses, legal bills and presidential campaign, New York's attorney general said Wednesday as she sued the charity, Trump and three of his children.
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.
Dan Merica / CNN:
Sean Spicer joins Trump-aligned super PAC America First Action
Bari Weiss / New York Times:
Kim Jong-un Isn't Tough.  North Koreans Are.  —  Donald Trump is well known for liking people he thinks are tough.  Not war heroes like Senator John McCain, or Gold Star parents like Khizr and Ghazala Khan, but authoritarians like Vladimir Putin of Russia, whom he's hailed as a “strong leader …
Discussion: RealClearPolitics
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Gi-Wook Shin / Axios:
Korean elections give Moon momentum, but could shift U.S. alliance
Sky News:
Donald Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian politicians
Discussion: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
BuzzFeed:
Trump Told World Leaders Crimea Is Russian Because Everyone There Speaks Russian  —  Trump made the remarks over dinner with other world leaders at the G7 summit in Canada.  —  President Donald Trump told G7 leaders that Crimea is Russian because everyone who lives there speaks Russian, according to two diplomatic sources.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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: Politico, Althouse and Breitbart
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP senators' frustration with Trump — and each other — boils over
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.
Washington Post:
Inside Casa Padre, the converted Walmart where the U.S. is holding nearly 1,500 immigrant children  —  BROWNSVILLE, Tex. — For more than a year, the old Walmart along the Mexican border here has been a mystery to those driving by on the highway.  In place of the supercenter's trademark logo hangs a curious sign: “Casa Padre.”
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Allie Morris / MySanAntonio.com:   Donald Trump mural inside Texas shelter sparks debate
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court strikes down law banning political clothing at polls  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Minnesota law that banned voters from going to the polls while wearing t-shirts, buttons and similar items containing politically charged messages.
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC News
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
It's All Too Much, and We Still Have to Care  —  As a purely descriptive matter, it's surely true: We are all going numb.  As Donald Trump makes war with Canada and peace with dictators and human rights abusers, the narrative is that everyone's lost all feeling.
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Trade war could wipe out gains of GOP tax law, former top Trump economic adviser says  —  An escalating trade war could wipe out the benefits of the Republican tax law passed last fall, President Trump's former top economic adviser said Thursday.  —  Gary Cohn, who served as Trump's director …
Greg P. / twitchy.com:
PHOTOS: MSNBC reporter tours shelter for migrant kids and finds no cells or Obama kennels, but they are forced to watch ‘Moana’  —  MSNBC's Jacob Soboroff was one of the first reporters to tour the massive shelter for migrant children in Brownsville, TX and the conditions he encountered were shocking.
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos and The Week
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Steve Bannon unleashing ‘top secret’ midterm ad campaign praising Trump while hoping to revitalize his own profile  — Bannon is planning an ad blitz to help the GOP in the midterm elections, according to sources with direct knowledge of the matter.  — The ads will tout Trump's accomplishments …
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.
The Nation:
THE MUELLER INDICTMENTS STILL DON'T ADD UP TO COLLUSION  —  A year of investigations has led to several guilty pleas, but none of them go to the core of the special counsel's mandate.  —  In just over one year, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of the Trump campaign and Russia …
Discussion: The Federalist
Tim Johnson / Fresno Bee:
Congress moves to ban child sex robots favored by pedophiles  —  WASHINGTON  —  The U.S. House approved a ban Wednesday on the importation and trafficking of anatomically correct child sex dolls and robots that “normalize sex between adults and minors.”  —  The proposal was approved …
Discussion: Louder With Crowder and Daily Wire
Matt Arco / New Jersey Online:
Murphy vows N.J. will be ‘a leader in the fight’ for gun control  —  Gov. Phil Murphy signs new N.J. gun control laws  —  New Jersey already has a reputation for having some of the tightest gun laws in the U.S. But gun control advocates may soon be able to boast the Garden State is the most stringent of any state.
Discussion: HuffPost and The Crime Report
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 …
Discussion: Vox, The Daily Beast, Gizmodo and The Week
 
 
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Kevin D. Williamson / Weekly Standard:
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Kevin Costelloe / Bloomberg:
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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
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Willa Frej / HuffPost:
Franklin Graham Blasts Trump's Immigrant Family Separations At Border
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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
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Zoya Sheftalovich / Politico:
UK to loosen immigration rules to allow more skilled workers: report
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Scanning immigrants' old fingerprints, U.S. threatens to strip thousands of citizenship
Discussion: The Crime Report, CNN and Mercury News
Heather Knight / San Francisco Chronicle:
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