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2:35 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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Comey Cited as Insubordinate, but Report Finds No Bias in F.B.I. Decision to Clear Clinton  —  WASHINGTON — The former F.B.I. director James B. Comey was insubordinate in his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, a critical Justice Department report …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Mother Jones
Fox News:
‘Foreign actors’ accessed Hillary Clinton emails, documents show  —  “Foreign actors” obtained access to some of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails — including at least one email classified as “secret” — according to a new memo from two GOP-led House committees and an internal FBI email.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
FBI Officials' Anti-Trump Text Was Missing From Earlier Document Productions  —  The Justice Department has recovered missing text messages from former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that will be included in an inspector general's report to be released on Thursday.
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:   James Comey Used Personal Email For FBI Business, Inspector General Finds
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
DOJ watchdog says no proof FBI officials' Trump criticism impacted probes: report
Discussion: RedState, IJR and Talking Points Memo
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 …
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:
Trump Foundation, Accused of Sweeping Violations, Is Sued by New York Attorney General  —  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 …
Associated Press:   New York attorney general sues Trump Foundation
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
New York AG sues Trump, alleging ‘illegal conduct’ at his charity
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.
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
Gi-Wook Shin / Axios:
Korean elections give Moon momentum, but could shift U.S. alliance
Trump Told G7 Leaders That Crimea Is Russian Because Everyone Speaks Russian In Crimea  —  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.
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Gary Cohn breaks from Trump talking points after exiting White House
Discussion: Breitbart
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: GOP senator urges love for LGBT youths in Pride Month speech  —  THE BIG IDEA: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a socially conservative 84-year-old Mormon, was long one of the most outspoken critics of gay people in Congress.  —  In 1977, as a freshman, Hatch said gay people …
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 …
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: Axios, Washington Post and ABC News
Greg P. /
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.
Kevin D. Williamson / Weekly Standard:
Watch What You Say.  Someone Else Is.  —  How the social justice mob decides who goes down, and who doesn't.  —  About a year ago, I was at one of those elitist dinner parties that the talk-radio guys are always going on about, albeit in the Swiss Alps rather than inside the Beltway—how's that for one-upmanship?
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
In Name of Free Speech, States Crack Down on Campus Protests
Kevin Costelloe / Bloomberg:
Italy Picks Another Fight With EU, Targeting Canadian Trade Deal
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Steve Bannon unleashing ‘top secret’ midterm ad campaign praising Trump while hoping to revitalize his own profile
Tim Johnson / Fresno Bee:
Congress moves to ban child sex robots favored by pedophiles
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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
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