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11:10 AM ET, June 25, 2018


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NBC News:
Mattis is out of the loop and Trump doesn't listen to him, say officials  —  On Iran, North Korea and other major issues, the defense secretary has been out of the loop  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary James Mattis learned in May from a colleague that President Donald Trump had made the decision …
Amie Tsang / New York Times:
Harley-Davidson to Move Some Production From U.S. Because of E.U. Tariffs  —  Harley-Davidson, the American motorcycle manufacturer, said on Monday that it was shifting some of the production of its bikes outside the United States to avoid European Union tariffs imposed as part of a widening trade dispute.
Associated Press:
Harley, stung by tariffs, shifts some production overseas  —  MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson, up against spiraling costs from tariffs, will begin shifting the production of motorcycles headed for Europe from the U.S. to factories overseas.  —  The European Union on Friday began rolling …
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Javier Solana, Ex-Chief of NATO, Is Denied Permission to Travel to U.S.  —  BRUSSELS — Javier Solana, a former secretary general of NATO who played a central role in negotiations over Iran's nuclear program when he was the European Union's foreign policy chief, has been denied electronic authorization …
Anthony Palazzo / Bloomberg:
Harley-Davidson Moves Some Production Out of U.S. After Tariffs
Peter Wells / Financial Times:
Harley-Davidson to shift some production outside US over EU tariffs
Discussion: The Week
New York Times:
How an Affair Between a Reporter and a Security Aide Has Rattled Washington Media  —  The pearl bracelet arrived in May 2014, in the spring of Ali Watkins's senior year in college, a graduation gift from a man many years her senior.  It was the sort of bauble that might imply something …
Greg P. /   ‘Pick-and-choose ethics’: NY Times says reporter Ali Watkins had ‘multiple’ relationships with sources she covered
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court won't hear North Carolina partisan redistricting case for now  —  The Supreme Court on Monday said it is declining, for now, to wade into a dispute over a North Carolina redistricting plan that a lower court had found violated the Constitution by overly favoring Republicans.
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court sends case on North Carolina gerrymandering back to lower court
Discussion: Politico
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   SCOTUS punts in another fight over denial of services for same-sex wedding
Mary Jordan / Washington Post:
The latest sign of political divide: Shaming and shunning public officials  —  Anger and division in American politics are creating a rising phenomenon: the public shaming and shunning of political figures while they are going about their private lives.  —  Few laws expressly prohibit …
Washington Post:
Let the Trump team eat in peace
Matt Phillips / New York Times:
What's the Yield Curve?  ‘A Powerful Signal of Recessions’ Has Wall Street's Attention  —  You can try and play down a trade war with China.  You can brush off the impact of rising oil prices on corporate earnings.  —  But if you're in the business of making economic predictions …
Discussion: Mother Jones
The left loses its cool  —  'When you're violent and cursing and screaming and blocking me from walking into a movie, there's something wrong,' said one top GOP official.  —  Two senior Trump administration officials were heckled at restaurants.  A third was denied service.
Associated Press:
In sign of detente, North Korea skips annual anti-US rally  —  PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — In another sign of detente following the summit between leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, North Korea has decided to skip one of the most symbolic and politically charged events of its calendar …
Phil Stewart / Reuters:   U.S. to give North Korea post-summit timeline with ‘asks’ soon: official
Hannah Dreier / ProPublica:
I've Been Reporting on MS-13 for a Year.  Here Are the 5 Things Trump Gets Most Wrong.  —  The gang is not invading the country.  They're not posing as fake families.  They're not growing.  To stop them, the government needs to understand them.  —  There's one thing everyone can agree …
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Robert Mueller Wants to Talk to Roger Stone's Comedian Frenemy … Bob Mueller has some questions for comedian Randy Credico, according to the comedian himself.  Credico told radio host Jimmy Dore on Sunday evening that the special counsel has reached out to him for a voluntary interview.
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:   The Nightclub King Whose Properties Were Harvey Weinstein's ‘Hunting Ground’
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Where Is Barack Obama?  —  Barack Obama was six months into his post-White House life when Donald Trump found a new way to grab his attention.  It was a Tuesday morning deep in the mid-Atlantic summer, and, feeling a world away from the Pennsylvania Avenue grind, the former president was reading the New York Times on his iPad.
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump's Race-Baiting Has Infested the GOP  —  Mike Huckabee's MS-13 tweet shows how the Republican Party has remade itself in the president's image.  —  Early Saturday morning, Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and the father of President Donald Trump's press secretary …
Sharyl Attkisson / The Hill:
What did Peter Strzok do?  —  As former top FBI official Peter Strzok faces congressional requests to testify, it's worth examining who he is.  —  Strzok is the subject of what I see as one of the most damaging conclusions in the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general report …
Discussion: Instapundit
Caitlin Byrd / Post and Courier:
Katie Arrington expected to make full recovery after car crash: 'She's a fighter' … Rep. Katie Arrington won the GOP primary for the 1st Congressional District just weeks before being involved in a serious car crash.  She is expected to make a full recovery.  Grace Beahm Alford/ Staff
Steve Vockrodt / Kansas City Star:
Kander confirms bid for Kansas City mayor in a move already shaking up the ballot  —  Jason Kander, the former Missouri secretary of state whose growing nationwide profile as a Democrat led to speculation about his presidential ambitions, confirmed on Sunday his unexpected decision to run for mayor of Kansas City.
Associated Press:
Stormy Daniels meeting with prosecutors on Michael Cohen cancelled  —  Interview with adult film actor about Donald Trump's former personal attorney cancelled due to media attention  —  Stormy Daniels was due to meet federal prosecutors in New York on Monday as part of their investigation …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Kyle Swenson / Washington Post:
'They're lucky we aren't executing them': National Guardsman faces punishment for Facebook post on migrants  —  With a steady pipeline of unsettling images and reports coming from the border related to the Trump administration's child separation policy, more than half a million Facebook users have opened their digital wallets to help.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
White Extinction Anxiety  —  Last week Pat Buchanan was on “The Laura Ingraham Show” to discuss the humanitarian crisis Donald Trump has created at the border by ripping children away from their parents.  —  He was not particularly sympathetic to these families' plights …
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Associates Facing Mounting Legal Bills Turn to Financial Backers for Help  —  Michael Caputo's page and the Patriot Legal Expense Fund Trust are just two pools of money easing the burden as probes continue  —  Michael Caputo was facing $130,000 in legal bills with no clear …
Matt O'Brien / Washington Post:
For the last time: Trump inherited a good economy, and he hasn't made it better  —  President Trump, who came into office when unemployment was at a then-10-year low, thinks that he was “given a very tough hand,” because when he “came up here, we had an economy that was going down.”
New York Times:
Why We Are Leaving the G.O.P.  —  When the obituary for the Republican Party is written, the year 1980 will be cited as the beginning of the end.  Reaganism was in full flower, but the big tent was already folding.  Republican leaders endorsed a constitutional ban on abortion at the convention that summer …
Ryan & Sensenbrenner: We Choose Leah  —  By: House Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) & Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05)  —  Over the last 18 months, we have passed more than 700 bills in the House of Representatives aimed at growing this economy, expanding opportunity, and putting …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Trump's winning, cynical plan  —  An odd paradox in defining this moment in politics: The more President Trump does, says and tweets outrageous things, the more his critics go bananas and the better he does in the polls.  —  The big picture: Our parallel universes are spinning farther apart.
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Why This Immigration Psychodrama Will Also Pass  —  A month from now there will be a new manufactured news story that Donald Trump is savage, represents an existential danger, or is unhinged.  We will hear of another Trump official cornered and driven out from a liberal-owned Beltway or New York City restaurant.
Discussion: Power Line
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Morning Joe Debates Sarah Sanders Meal Mess: ‘Should Someone Who Lies Constantly’ be ‘Welcome in Open Society?’  —  On Morning Joe on Monday, the weekend's biggest story came up pretty quickly as the panel discussed Sarah Sanders being kicked out of a restaurant by the owner because she works for the President of the United States.
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Steve Liesman / CNBC:
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Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
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Discussion: The Week and Off the Kuff
Ana Swanson / New York Times:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
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Discussion: Washington Monthly
Bruce Japsen / Forbes:
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