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2:35 PM ET, June 27, 2018


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New York Times:
Bill Shine Likely as Next White House Communications Director  —  WASHINGTON — Bill Shine, a former Fox News executive who was close to Roger E. Ailes, the network's ousted chairman, is expected to be offered the job of White House communications director, according to two people familiar with the decision.
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Bill Clinton: Trump has poured ‘poison’ down 'America's throat'  —  Former President Clinton is suggesting that President Trump  —  is at least partly to blame for a lack of civility in politics, saying he has poured “poison” down “America's throat.”  —  “It started off calling Mexicans rapists …
Discussion: Daily Wire and Fox News Insider
Former Fox News executive Bill Shine considered for White House communications role  —  Bill Shine, the former Fox News executive who was ousted from the network over his handling of sexual harassment claims, is close to being tapped as President Donald Trump's next communications director …
Discussion: Mediaite and TVNewser
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Red Hen and the Resistance  —  In almost every opinion on the restaurant that famously refused to serve Sarah Huckabee Sanders, there is a too-neat congruence between the moral argument and the meta-political argument.  If you think it's right and just and admirable to deprive …
Discussion: Hot Air
John Santucci / ABC News:   Bill Shine, ex Fox News exec, leading candidate for White House communications director: Sources
Shawn Donnan / Financial Times:
Another top Trump trade adviser to leave White House
Discussion: CNBC and Talking Points Memo
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?  A 28-Year-Old Democratic Giant Slayer  —  She has never held elected office.  She is still paying off her student loans.  She is 28 years old.  “Women like me aren't supposed to run for office,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in a viral campaign video released last month.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Crowley's loss leaves gaping void for next generation of Democratic leaders
Discussion: The Mahablog, Vox, MSNBC, Politico and NBC News
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Times takes heat for missing Crowley's defeat
Discussion: CNN, The Intercept and Townhall
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Why Joseph Crowley's Defeat Should Scare Joe Biden
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Defeats Joseph Crowley in Major Democratic House Upset
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The Democrat who challenged her party's establishment — and won
Sam Baker / Axios:
Supreme Court deals a devastating blow to government unions  —  The Supreme Court has delivered a potentially crushing blow to public-sector unions, ruling 5-4 today that they cannot collect fees from non-members.  The ruling will likely diminish unions' negotiating power and, with it, their political clout.
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Announces Retirement  —  His retirement opens pivotal vacancy on the high court going into midterm elections  —  Anthony M. Kennedy, one of the Supreme Court's most consequential modern-day justices and author of landmark rulings on gay rights …
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court deals sharp defeat to public employee unions, banning mandatory fees
Discussion: KTLA and The Week
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Supreme Court just stuck a knife in public sector unions
Discussion: BloombergQuint and
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court ruling deals major blow to public worker unions
Discussion: USA Today, New Republic, CNN and MSNBC
Washington Post:   In major blow to organized labor, Supreme Court says public employee unions may not charge fees to nonmembers
Washington Post:
Man accused of driving into crowd at ‘Unite the Right’ rally charged with federal hate crimes  —  The Justice Department charged James Alex Fields Jr, the driver accused of murdering a counterprotester at last year's white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, with multiple hate crime counts Wednesday.
Discussion: Axios
U.S. Department of Justice:
Ohio Man Charged with Federal Hate Crimes Related to August 2017 Rally in Charlottesville
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Benjamin Haas / The Guardian:
North Korea making ‘rapid’ upgrades to nuclear reactor despite summit pledges  —  Monitoring group says work shows why a denuclearisation deal rather than a ‘statement of lofty goals’ is needed  —  North Korea has continued to upgrade its only known nuclear reactor used to fuel its weapons program …
Jonathan Cheng / Wall Street Journal:   North Korea Rapidly Upgrading Nuclear Reactor Despite Summit
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Satellite images show North Korea upgrading nuclear research facility: report
Discussion: IJR, The Daily Caller and POLITICUSUSA
Sara Fischer / Axios:
92% of Republicans think media intentionally reports fake news  —  Nearly all Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (92%) say that traditional news outlets knowingly report false or misleading stories at least sometimes, according to a new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Inside Facebook and Twitter's secret meetings with Trump aides and conservative leaders who say tech is biased  —  Twitter and Facebook are scrambling to assuage conservative leaders who have sounded alarms — and sought to rile voters — with accusations that the country's tech giants are censoring right-leaning posts, tweets and news.
Sean Murphy / Associated Press:
GOP incumbents ousted in Oklahoma amid teacher challenges  —  OKLAHOMA CITY  —  At least six Republican incumbents were bounced from office during Oklahoma's primary election, including several who were targeted by pro-education groups.  —  Tuesday's primary election was the first test …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Political Wire
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Battleground state polls find more voters prefer Congress as a check on Trump  —  Only about a third of voters in Arizona, Florida and Ohio say Trump deserves to be re-elected.  —  WASHINGTON — Voters in three key Senate battleground states prefer the next Congress to be a check …
Associated Press:
The Latest: House defeats GOP immigration bill  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and immigration (all times local):  —  The Republican-led House has killed a broad, GOP-written immigration bill.  The rejection was expected because of Republican divisions and solid Democratic opposition.
Washington Post:
House rejects immigration bill pushed by Trump in last-minute tweet
Discussion: Bloomberg, Vox and Politico
New York Times:
Federal Judge in California Issues Injunction Halting Government From Separating Families  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge in California issued a nationwide injunction late Tuesday temporarily stopping the Trump administration from separating children from their parents at the border and ordered …
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Federal judge enjoins separation of migrant children, orders family reunification
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Dem Has Slight Edge in CD11  —  Low candidate knowledge, high undecideds leave room for movement  —  West Long Branch, NJ - The race to fill New Jersey's 11th Congressional District seat is close with Democrat Mikie Sherrill holding a slight lead over Republican Jay Webber among likely voters …
Discussion: Political Wire
We've Found $16.1 Million in Political and Taxpayer Spending at Trump Properties  —  Most came from political entities such as the Trump campaign, but government agencies chipped in, too.  “I could offer clarity,” one federal employee explained, “but I choose not to.”
Wall Street Journal:
Publisher to Feature Ex-Playmate After Allegation It Buried Trump Affair Story  —  The publisher accused of suppressing Karen McDougal's story now wants her on front of Men's Journal magazine  —  The publisher accused of buying and then suppressing a Playboy model's claim she had an affair …
Discussion: Raw Story
Rasmussen Reports:
in Politics  —  The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump's job performance.  Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove.  —  With the debate over immigration policy continuing, the president's overall job approval rating …
Los Angeles Times:
Man in underwear causes massive traffic jam in downtown L.A. after scaling traffic sign  —  A shirtless man wearing boxer shorts shut down the southbound 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles for two hours Wednesday morning after he scaled an exit sign, unfurled political banners and began vaping, dancing and shouting from a bullhorn.
Discussion: KTLA, LAist and
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Will Bunch /
(Bleep) civility! ‘Trump-shaming’ is what happens when elites won't listen to the people
Discussion: CityLab
Fred Ojambo / Bloomberg:
Porn Detectors, Facebook Tax: Uganda Tightens Grip on Internet
New York Times:
Roiling Markets, U.S. Insists World Must Stop Buying Iranian Oil
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Latest Problem: It Can't Track Where Much of the Data Went
Nancy LeTourneau / Washington Monthly:
A Reminder: The Travel Ban Was Supposed to Be Temporary
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Daily Signal
John Wagner / Washington Post:
‘I simply disagree with the president’: McConnell resists Trump's repeated calls to scrap the filibuster
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
UT/TT Poll: Football is popular in Texas. The NFL isn't.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The GOP Is Trump's Personality Cult. Could Democrats Do the Same?
David M. Herszenhorn / Politico:
Tusk warns EU of ‘worst-case scenarios’ due to Trump
Gregory S. Schneider / Washington Post:
Outside the Red Hen, fire and ire on social media come to life
Anton Troianovski / Washington Post:
Bolton, Putin to meet in the Kremlin to plan Trump-Putin summit
Discussion: Shakesville, Politico and The Week
Daniel Dale / Toronto Star:
Donald Trump made 103 false claims last week, shattering his dishonesty record