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12:30 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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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 …
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
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
Documentary shows Trump saluting North Korean general  —  North Korean state television aired a 42-minute documentary Thursday that offered a different view of Kim Jong Un's meeting with President Trump in Singapore.  —  Notably, the documentary appears to have captured several moments …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Raw Story and Fox News
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
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
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP senators' frustration with Trump — and each other — boils over
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: Raw Story
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.”
Allie Morris /   Donald Trump mural inside Texas shelter sparks debate
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.
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 …
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
Washington Post:
Pressure on Michael Cohen intensifies as Mueller stays focused on the Trump attorney
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. /
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
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.
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
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
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.
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, Gizmodo, The Daily Beast and The Week
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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: GOP senator urges love for LGBT youths in Pride Month speech
Willa Frej / HuffPost:
Franklin Graham Blasts Trump's Immigrant Family Separations At Border
Discussion: CNBC, Shareblue Media and The Guardian
One year after grievous gunshot wound, Steve Scalise takes the field
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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:
It's a really big deal that SF elected London Breed as mayor
Discussion: NPR and The Guardian
Philip Wegmann / Washington Examiner:
Young Americas Foundation warns Charlie Kirk could cause ‘long-term damage’
Discussion: Mediaite