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8:45 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 …
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
Washington Post:
Let the Trump team eat in peace  —  OVER THE WEEKEND there was a fair bit of argument over the decision by a small restaurant in Lexington, Va., not to serve dinner to President Trump's press secretary.  It wasn't the first time recently that strong political feelings have spilled into what used to be considered the private sphere.
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 …
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Peter Wells / Financial Times:
Harley-Davidson to shift some production outside US over EU tariffs  —  Harley-Davidson said it will shift production of EU-bound motorcycles away from its US-based manufacturing sites as a result of Brussels' decision to retaliate in kind against Washington's tariffs on imported steel and aluminium.
Discussion: The Week
Anthony Palazzo / Bloomberg:
Harley-Davidson Moves Some Production Out of U.S. After Tariffs
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
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
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Trump Calls for Depriving Immigrants Who Illegally Cross Border of Due Process Rights  —  President Trump asserted on Sunday that immigrants who crossed into the United States illegally should be sent back immediately without due process or an appearance before a judge, an escalation of his attacks on the judicial system.
Emily Holden / Politico:
Pruitt faces another probe for employee retaliation allegations  —  The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is reviewing claims that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt retaliated against a handful of employees who pushed back against his spending and management, according to three people familiar with the process.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and ABC News
Washington Post:
Separated immigrant children are all over the U.S. now, far from parents who don't know where they are  —  Their mothers are missing, their fathers far away.  They get pizza, maybe cold cuts.  They are exhausted; they cannot sleep.  There are other children around, but they had never seen …
Discussion: Latino Rebels, AOL and The Week
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.
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
'We're riding a tiger': The Iowa GOP bets it all on Trump  —  The president's trade war could cripple the state, but Republicans trust in him as negotiator-in-chief.  —  DES MOINES — Donald Trump's trade war with China could cost Iowa farmers hundreds of millions of dollars and do untold damage to the state economy.
Bruce Japsen / Forbes:
Poll: 66% Of Voters Oppose Trump DOJ's Move To Gut Patient Protections  —  Contributor I write about healthcare business and policy Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.  —  “> 66% of voters disapprove of the Trump Justice Department's move
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.
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 …
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
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.
Mitt Romney / Salt Lake Tribune:
Where I stand on the Trump agenda  —  I appreciate the argument made by those who believe we should stay silent, but I cannot subscribe to it.  —  One of the questions I am asked frequently on the campaign trail is whether as Senator I will support the Trump agenda.
Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Plans New Curbs on Chinese Investment, Tech Exports to China  —  Treasury is crafting rules that would block firms with at least 25% Chinese ownership from buying companies involved in ‘industrially significant technology’  —  WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump, already embroiled …
Discussion: Axios and CNBC, more at Techmeme »
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.
David Weigel / Washington Post:
McCaskill stays on the trail despite a broken rib — courtesy of Joe Manchin  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) told constituents over the weekend that she'd suffered a cracked rib after a colleague saved her from choking at a Democratic caucus luncheon — an injury that took that colleague, Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), by surprise.
Discussion: Political Wire and Politico
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Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
Ted Cruz leads Beto O'Rourke by 5 points in Texas Senate race, UT/TT poll finds
Discussion: The Week and Off the Kuff
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
YouTube tested, Trump approved: How Candace Owens suddenly became the loudest voice on the far right
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
Dem Chief Of Staff Tried To Expose Suspected Theft Ring On Capitol Hill, Was Met With Resistance
Discussion: Breitbart
Ana Swanson / New York Times:
Trump's Trade War Could Shut Cheesemakers Out of Foreign Markets
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
If they needed to fend off war with Russia, U.S. military leaders worry they might not get there in time
Gabriela Galindo / Politico:
EU still ‘deadlocked’ on migration
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Robert Mueller Wants to Talk to Roger Stone's Comedian Frenemy
Discussion: Just Security
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Counterattack on Voting Rights
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
The Nightclub King Whose Properties Were Harvey Weinstein's ‘Hunting Ground’
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Rep. Luis Gutierrez moving from Chicago to Puerto Rico next year
Discussion: Breitbart
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Erdogan's Election Win Gives Him Vastly Expanded Powers in Turkey
John Schwartz / New York Times:
A Leading Climate Agency May Lose Its Climate Focus
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
The big picture: 2018's stormiest clouds for the GOP
Discussion: Politico