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9:15 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 …
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
Washington Post:
Trump's most offensive statement on North Korea
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
New York Times:
Republicans Absorb New Lesson: Cross President Trump at Their Peril  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump wasn't on the ballot or even stateside for Tuesday's primary elections in Virginia and South Carolina.  But he loomed over both states, just as he has in nearly every nominating contest this year …
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.
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
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 …
Trump admin expected to suspend August US-S. Korea drill as Pentagon scrambles  —  (CNN)The Trump administration is expected to announce the formal suspension of planning for major August multilateral military drills on the Korean Peninsula as soon as Thursday, according to several administration officials …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
Mueller Appears to Have Screwed Up by ‘Accidentally’ Exposing Names in Manafort Case  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team have been aggressively pursuing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, even tacking on new charges of obstruction of justice due to alleged attempted witness tampering.
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 …
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
Andrew McCarthy joins Fox News as a regular contributor  —  It is known in the industry as a good get.  —  Andrew C. McCarthy has joined Fox News Channel as a contributor.  A network spokesperson confirmed to The Washington Times that Mr. McCarthy will provide legal analysis during daytime …
Yasmine Salam / Politico:
Italian premier to meet Macron amid migrant row  —  Giuseppe Conte threatened to cancel meeting over French president's criticism of decision to block migrant vessel from docking in Italy.  —  Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed they will meet …
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
My Mom's Suicide Was Preventable
New York Times:
Black Voters Have More Leverage in This Governor's Race. They Mean to Use It.
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
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 /
Puerto Rico Officials Investigated for Corruption During Hurricane Relief
Discussion: NPR and Townhall
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Bastasch / The Daily Caller:
Berkeley Declares A ‘Climate Emergency,’ Calls For Population Control
Discussion: American Greatness
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
Jack Jenkins / Religion News Service:
Catholic bishops rebuke Trump's asylum changes, suggest ‘canonical penalties’
Discussion: The Week and
Associated Press:
Nevada pimp Dennis Hof wins GOP primary, ousts incumbent
Discussion: Washington Post and Power Line