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12:30 AM ET, June 26, 2018


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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
We Have a Crisis of Democracy, Not Manners  —  Last year, the white nationalist Richard Spencer was kicked out of his Virginia gym after another member confronted him and called him a Nazi.  This incident did not generate a national round of hand-wringing about the death of tolerance …
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Roach-Infested Restaurants Are Vile Compared to the Red Hen … President Donald Trump on Monday attacked a rural Virginia restaurant that refused to serve his press secretary over the weekend by criticizing its supposed lack of cleanliness.  —  “The Red Hen Restaurant should focus …
Sanders opens briefing with statement about being 86'd from the Red Hen  —  White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant over the weekend, an experience she and the President both tweeted about, opened her briefing today with a statement about the experience.
Discussion: Breitbart and The Federalist
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Yelp, The Red Hen, And How All Tech Platforms Are Now Pawns In The Culture War
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:   Trump slams Red Hen for being ‘filthy.’ Inspectors found no violations but Mar-a-Lago was cited 78 times in three years
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
As Activists Confront Trump Officials, Democrats Confront Democrats
Discussion: Crooked Media, CNN and Fox News
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed:
Trump Supporters Boo A CNN Reporter, Then Ask Him For Selfies  —  Live from civility night in South Carolina.  —  Reporting From  —  West Columbia, South Carolina  —  Hundreds of President Trump's supporters marched into a high school gymnasium Monday and began blistering their new perceived enemy …
Discussion: Mediaite
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Trump Implores Voters to Back South Carolina Governor on Eve of Runoff  —  WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. — President Trump pleaded Monday night with South Carolina Republicans to vote for Gov. Henry McMaster in a runoff election on Tuesday, warning conservatives that if the governor lost …
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
In South Carolina rally, Trump targets Sanford, McCain and TV comedians  —  WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. — President Trump flew here Monday night ostensibly to urge South Carolina Republicans to vote for Gov. Henry McMaster in the Republican primary Tuesday, repaying a political favor to one of his earliest supporters.
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
John Solomon / The Hill:
How Comey intervened to kill WikiLeaks' immunity deal  —  One of the more devastating intelligence leaks in American history — the unmasking of the CIA's arsenal of cyber warfare weapons last year — has an untold prelude worthy of a spy novel.  —  Some of the characters are household names, thanks to the Russia scandal: James Comey
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and emptywheel
Associated Press:
The Latest: US officials order send to sit-in at ICE office  —  PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the separation of immigrant children from their parents (all times local):  —  Federal officials Monday ordered protesters to end their round-the-clock occupation of property outside …
Ray Sanchez / CBS Boston:
Border Patrol Agents Are Stopping People On New England Highways To Check Their Citizenship
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Daily Beast:
Fox News Suspends Ex-Trump Aide David Bossie for ‘Cotton-Picking’ Remark … David Bossie, the former deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump and current outside adviser to the president, has been suspended from his contributor gig at Fox News, The Daily Beast has learned.  —  The suspension lasts two weeks.
Amy Howe / SCOTUSblog:
Opinion analysis: Texas scores near-complete victory on redistricting  —  This morning the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Texas in a dispute alleging that the state's lawmakers had drawn redistricting maps to discriminate against some of the state's black and Hispanic residents.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
The Supreme Court shows it is in no rush to decide controversial cases
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Neil Gorsuch Declares War on the Voting Rights Act
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
A Parlor Game at Rebekah Mercer's Has No Get Out of Jail Free Card  —  Members of the right-wing family that helped put Trump in the White House can relive the campaign in an elaborate dinner-party game.  —  Robert Mercer, the New York hedge-fund magnate whose huge donations to pro-Trump groups …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Splinter
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
The Power of Nancy Pelosi  —  Can the Democrats' polarizing leader chart a path to victory in the 2018 midterm elections?  —  Nancy Pelosi sits in a black-leather booth at Americana, a burger bistro in downtown Des Moines, radiating optimism.  “We're in a very good place,” she says of Democrats' odds in November.
This American Life:
It's My Party and I'll Try If I Want To
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   Why women are dominating Democratic primaries
David Boroff / New York Daily News:
SEE IT: Trump supporter berates landscapers because they're ‘Mexican,’ calls them ‘rapists and animals’  —  A 27-year-old California man and his mother were called “rapists” and “animals” by a Trump supporter while trying to do landscaping work — and video of the exchange has been viewed millions of times online.
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
It's time for the press to suspend normal relations with the Trump presidency  —  That is my recommendation.  —  It sometimes happens in diplomacy that one country has to say to another: “This is extreme.  We cannot accept this.  You have gone too far.”  And so it suspends diplomatic relations.
Washington Post:
Harley-Davidson moves work offshore to limit blow from Trump's trade war
New York Times:
Democrats Are Turning Out to Vote in the Most Competitive Primary Races  —  In more than 20 of the most competitive House races of 2018, the share of Democrats voting in primaries notably increased, compared with 2014, the last midterm election cycle.  —  Democrats have appeared …
New York Times:
Top Tech Companies Met With Intelligence Officials to Discuss Midterms  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Eight of the tech industry's most influential companies, in anticipation of a repeat of the Russian meddling that occurred during the 2016 presidential campaign, met with United States intelligence officials …
Discussion: Axios
James Gordon Meek / ABC News:
Special counsel obtains Trump ally Erik Prince's phones, computer  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller is digging deeper into Trump ally and Blackwater founder Erik Prince, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the matter.  —  Prince, America's most famous private military contractor …
Chad Pergram / Fox News:
Intern who cursed at Trump is identified, was suspended but not fired  —  The Congressional intern who hollered “Mr. President, f— you!” across the Capitol Rotunda last week during a presidential visit has been identified.  —  Sources tell Fox News the woman in question is 21-year-old Caitlin Marriott …
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.  —  NBC Exclusive: Trump relying less on Defense Secretary Mattis, officials say  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary …
Elise Labott / CNN:   Exclusive: Pompeo says no timeline on North Korea negotiations
New York Times:
Sean Spicer Is Testing Out a New Job: TV Talk Show Host  —  Ellen.  Oprah.  —  ... Sean?  —  Sean Spicer, arguably the world's most famous White House press secretary, is developing a talk show with the tentative title of “Sean Spicer's Common Ground,” in which the former spokesman …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Trump aides urged to get a gun  —  Facing a new wave of potentially dangerous threats, called for by a top Democratic lawmaker, legal and gun experts are calling on top Trump aides to get their concealed carry permit and back it up with a pistol.  —  “There are simply not enough police …
Washington Post:
Feud over civility in politics escalates amid Trump insults
Discussion: CNN, Washington Times and Politico
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Loyalty to Trump demands a lack of character  —  President Trump's mentor, the colorful controversialist Roy Cohn, once said: “I bring out the worst in my enemies and that's how I get them to defeat themselves.”  —  If this is Trump's strategy, those who jeered Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
What My 6-Year-Old Son and I Endured in Family Detention  —  The author wrote on the condition of anonymity because of the gang-related threats she and her family face in the United States and in El Salvador.  —  I came to this country from El Salvador in 2014 seeking safety for myself and my son.
Justin Story / Daily News:
Sen. Paul files civil suit against Boucher  —  U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Bowling Green has filed a lawsuit against the neighbor who admitted to assaulting him in front of his house.  —  In the civil complaint, filed Friday in Warren Circuit Court, the Republican senator seeks an unspecified amount …
Discussion: Political Wire
A ‘tender age’ shelter for separated children exposes a ‘gut-wrenching’ reality in Miami  —  In this “tender age” shelter in South Miami-Dade, children as young as 4 can ask for a telephone when they miss their parents.  —  Two teenage mothers live here with their infants.
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
At a Toast to Trump, the North Korean Anthem Has a Starring Role  —  WASHINGTON — The North Korean national anthem got plenty of fanfare at the Virginia Women for Trump's birthday party for the president on Sunday.  Corey Stewart, the Republican Senate candidate from Virginia, got the hook.
Discussion: Vox
Aura Bogado / Reveal:
Doctor giving migrant kids psychotropic drugs lost certification years ago  —  The psychiatrist who has been prescribing powerful psychotropic medications to immigrant children at a federally funded residential treatment center in Texas has practiced without board certification to treat children …
Discussion: Law & Crime
David French / National Review:
Days of Rage  —  There is no limiting principle on leftist fury.  —  American politics is taking a dangerous turn.  Or, I should say, American politics is taking a dangerous turn again.  In the space of a few days last week, leftist protesters individually targeted trump aide Stephen Miller …
Wesley Yang / New York Times:
Harvard Is Wrong That Asians Have Terrible Personalities  —  There's a moving passage contained in a deposition taken in the major class-action lawsuit accusing Harvard University of racial bias against Asian-Americans.  An attorney for Students for Fair Admissions, the nonprofit group representing …
Discussion: National Review
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Can a viral video flip a Texas Congressional district?  MJ Hegar aims to find out  —  In less than a week, Democrat MJ Hegar's widely praised campaign video has many political insiders wondering if her long-shot campaign against U.S. Rep. John Carter has a shot at success. … MORE IN THIS SERIES
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Tehran's Grand Bazaar shuts down as protests mount  —  Tehran was rocked by protests today.  Protesters confronted police officers in front of parliament and swarmed Tehran's Grand Bazaar, forcing its closure (according to this account, though, merchants themselves initiated the shutdown to protest skyrocketing prices).
Discussion: Fox News, BBC and BloombergQuint
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Andrew Marantz / New Yorker:
How Social-Media Trolls Turned U.C. Berkeley Into a Free-Speech Circus
Discussion: Althouse
Nolan Finley / Detroit News:
Trump should forget second term
ABC News:
Trump attacks late-night comedians during campaign rally
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
The Law Did Not Create This Crisis, but Lawyers Will Help End It
Former Nato chief Javier Solana denied US visa waiver
Discussion: Breitbart, Politico and New York Times
Jack Crowe / National Review:
Decapitated Animal Carcass Placed on DHS Official's Porch
Baltimore Sun:
Maryland voter registration snafu affects 80,000, four times as many as initially announced
Discussion: Axios
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker calls on Waters to resign, introduces censure measure
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
The U.N. says 18.5 million Americans are in ‘extreme poverty.’ Trump's team says just 250,000 are.
Discussion: Axios
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Pam Bondi: Three Huge Guys Were Screaming at Me and Cursing Me One Inch from My Face …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
'We've crossed the Rubicon': Toomey takes on Trump
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
GOP candidate: Civil war wasn't about slavery
Discussion: Splinter
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
Why The Republican Party Elects So Few Women
Associated Press:
Colleague cracks Sen. McCaskill's rib with Heimlich maneuver
Hamilton Nolan / Splinter:
This Is Just the Beginning
Discussion: neo-neocon