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9:20 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 …
Phil Stewart / Reuters:   U.S. to give North Korea post-summit timeline with ‘asks’ soon: official
Associated Press:   In sign of detente, North Korea skips annual anti-US rally
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
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: Political Wire
Anthony Palazzo / Bloomberg:
Harley-Davidson Moves Some Production Out of U.S. After Tariffs  —  Harley-Davidson Inc. plans to shift some production of its iconic motorcycles out of the U.S. in response to retaliatory European Union tariffs, as President Donald Trump's trade war ripples back to American companies.
Discussion: Axios, Reuters and The Guardian
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
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
Washington Post:
Let the Trump team eat in peace
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Russian Airstrikes Hit Southwest Syria, Breaking a Cease-Fire Deal  —  About 6,000 civilians have already fled their homes near the front lines across Daraa and Quneitra, according to the U.N.  —  The Syrian regime's main military ally, Russia, carried out airstrikes Sunday in the country's southwest …
Discussion: Just Security
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.
Ana Swanson / New York Times:
Trump's Trade War Could Shut Cheesemakers Out of Foreign Markets  —  With other countries raising tariffs to American products and signing trade deals without the United States, the American cheesemaker is increasingly standing alone.  —  PLYMOUTH, Wis. — It's a common observation …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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.
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Trump: We must ‘immediately’ return undocumented immigrants ‘with no judges or court cases’
Discussion: ABC News, New Republic and LewRockwell
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
The Nightclub King Whose Properties Were Harvey Weinstein's ‘Hunting Ground’ … For 20 years, movie producer Harvey Weinstein and restaurant magnate Giuseppe Cipriani have been the closest of friends, dining together every Wednesday night at The Sherry-Netherland Hotel near Central Park.
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Vaughn Hillyard / NBC News:
Louisiana fisherman wait for help from Trump administration
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Why This Immigration Psychodrama Will Also Pass
Discussion: Power Line
The Guardian:
Laura Ingalls Wilder's name removed from book award over racism concerns
Discussion: American Greatness
Washington Post:
Sen. Warren visits detention center, says no children being returned to parents there
Discussion: Vox
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Robert Mueller Wants to Talk to Roger Stone's Comedian Frenemy
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Counterattack on Voting Rights
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Rep. Luis Gutierrez moving from Chicago to Puerto Rico next year
Discussion: Breitbart
Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Plans New Curbs on Chinese Investment, Tech Exports to China
Discussion: Axios and CNBC, more at Techmeme »
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Erdogan's Election Win Gives Him Vastly Expanded Powers in Turkey
David Weigel / Washington Post:
McCaskill stays on the trail despite a broken rib — courtesy of Joe Manchin
Discussion: Political Wire and Politico
Mitt Romney / Salt Lake Tribune:
Where I stand on the Trump agenda