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3:05 PM 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 …
Elise Labott / CNN:
Exclusive: Pompeo says no timeline on North Korea negotiations  —  Pompeo: US can dismantle N. Korea's weapons  —  Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNN he would not put a timeline on negotiations with North Korea, but said the Trump administration will regularly assess …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, The Resurgent and Daily Kos
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.
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Javier Solana, Ex-Chief of NATO, Is Denied Permission to Travel to U.S.
Discussion: Washington Post
Ana Swanson / New York Times:
Trump's Trade War Could Shut Cheesemakers Out of Foreign Markets
Discussion: Raw Story
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Shame the Trumpers  —  If you spend too much time online, you probably know about the white woman in San Francisco who called the police on a young girl of color last week for selling bottled water on the street without a permit.  Video footage of that woman trying to hide from a cell phone camera …
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Sarah Sanders and the failure of “civility”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Hot Air and CNN
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Morning Joe Debates Sarah Sanders Meal Mess: ‘Should Someone Who Lies Constantly’ be ‘Welcome in Open Society?’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Suppression of Minority Voting Rights Is About to Get Way Worse  —  On Monday, five years to the day that the Supreme Court decided Shelby County v. Holder, a case in which the court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act with assurances that other parts of the act …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court sends back N.C. gerrymandering case, mostly rejects Texas map challenge
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:   Neil Gorsuch Declares War on the Voting Rights Act
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court sends case on North Carolina gerrymandering back to lower court
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 …
Associated Press:
Colleague cracks Sen. McCaskill's rib with Heimlich maneuver  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has cracked a rib of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill while performing the Heimlich maneuver on the fellow Democrat when she began choking.  —  A spokesman for Manchin tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch …
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: TheBlaze and Mother Jones
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 …
Bridget Read / Vogue:
28-Year-Old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Might Just Be the Future of the Democratic Party  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has already made history with her campaign to challenge Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley for his seat in congress: the 28-year-old Bronx-born woman is the first person to face off …
Discussion: Roll Call
David Weigel / Washington Post:   In Tuesday's primary, four New York Democrats face challenges on their left
David Voreacos / Bloomberg:
Manafort Appeals Washington Judge's Order Revoking His Bail  — Judge sent Manafort to jail for alleged witness tampering  — Trump's ex-chairman preparing for two trials behind bars  —  Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is appealing a judge's order revoking …
Discussion: Law & Crime
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Manafort appeals judge's decision to jail him
Discussion: ABC News
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and
Hamilton Nolan / Splinter:
This Is Just the Beginning  —  Do you think that being asked to leave a restaurant, or having your meal interrupted, or being called by the public is bad?  My fascism-enabling friends, this is only the beginning.  —  One thing that people who wield great power often fail to viscerally understand …
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Beast
The Intercept:
The NSA's Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight U.S. Cities  —  The secrets are hidden behind fortified walls in cities across the United States, inside towering, windowless skyscrapers and fortress-like concrete structures that were built to withstand earthquakes and even nuclear attack.
Mike Rosenberg / The Seattle Times:
Seattle renters score big as landlords dangle freebies to fill empty apartments  —  As new apartments open across the city in record numbers, vacancy rates have grown, rents have stopped rising and landlords are offering an increasing number of freebies to get tenants in the door.
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.
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
Ted Cruz leads Beto O'Rourke by 5 points in Texas Senate race, UT/TT poll finds  —  Texas Republicans in top races, led by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott, are running ahead of their Democratic challengers, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Discussion: The Week and Off the Kuff
Lori Hinnant / Associated Press:
Women were lying dead, men... Migrants expelled in Sahara  —  ASSAMAKA, Niger (AP) — From this isolated frontier post deep in the sands of the Sahara, the expelled migrants can be seen coming over the horizon by the hundreds.  They look like specks in the distance, trudging miserably across …
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: HuffPost and Talking Points Memo
Drew Van Voorhis / The College Fix:
Professor asks men to send her pictures of their penises to help measure self esteem  —  Does a larger penis mean more self esteem?  One Missouri State University sociology professor is working to find that out and more, and in the name of science is asking men across America to send her pictures of their genitalia.
Jon Caramanica / New York Times:
With Kanye West  —  Three days in Wyoming as the hip-hop firebrand tends to his scars.  —  JACKSON, Wyo. — One afternoon early last year, Kanye West walked into the living room of his California home and found Tony Robbins — the Hulk-sized, concrete-grinned motivational speaker — waiting for him.
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 …
Nicole Darrah / Fox News:
Laura Ingalls Wilder's name pulled from library award over ‘stereotypical attitudes’ in her popular books  —  Laura Ingalls Wilder's name is set to be removed from a major children's book award after concerns were raised about the “Little House on the Prairie” author's depiction of certain races in the early-to-mid 20th century.
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
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Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
At a Toast to Trump, the North Korean Anthem Has a Starring Role
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Is Ben Jealous What Progressives Want?
Jagoda Marinic / New York Times:
Trump Is Saving Germany's Liberals
Discussion: New Republic
Franco Ordoñez / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Exclusive: Trump plan gives immigrants choice of detention, with or without child
Discussion: Vox and The Week
Two Military Bases in Texas Set to House Thousands of Migrants
Discussion: NPR and AOL
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Fight for Russia probe documents splits top Republicans
 Earlier Items: 
Rolf Mowatt-Larssen / Just Security:
Trump as a Russian Target - Through the Eyes of a former CIA Russian Expert
Discussion: Raw Story
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Two races - one in SC and one in NY - will put Trump to the test on Tuesday
Caitlin Byrd / Post and Courier:
Katie Arrington expected to make full recovery after car crash: 'She's a fighter'
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Why This Immigration Psychodrama Will Also Pass
Discussion: Power Line
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
'We're riding a tiger': The Iowa GOP bets it all on Trump
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Associates Facing Mounting Legal Bills Turn to Financial Backers for Help