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4:20 PM ET, June 27, 2018


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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justice Kennedy, the pivotal swing vote on the Supreme Court, announces retirement  —  Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced Wednesday that he is retiring from the Supreme Court, a move that gives President Trump the chance to replace the court's pivotal justice and dramatically shift …
Jack Goldsmith / Washington Post:
Justice Kennedy's retirement leaves the future of U.S. constitutional law entirely up for grabs  —  Jack Goldsmith, a professor at Harvard Law School, clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy from 1990 to 1991.  —  Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's retirement from the Supreme Court …
Discussion: CNN, ABC News, Hit & Run and NPR
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justice Anthony Kennedy to Retire From Supreme Court  —  WASHINGTON — Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced on Wednesday that he would retire, setting the stage for a furious fight over the future direction of the Supreme Court.  —  Justice Kennedy, 81, has long been the decisive vote in many closely divided cases.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Justice Kennedy deserves this nasty, unflinching sendoff  —  One of my favorite genres of writing is the charitable obituary written about a political opponent.  My remembrance of Judge Robert Bork, the conservative icon President Ronald Reagan tried and failed to put on the Supreme Court …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The horrifying consequences of Justice Kennedy's retirement  —  Donald Trump is an accidental president.  He lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots.  And he would be far more powerless if not for the fact that the United States Senate is an anti-democratic relic.
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 …
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Anthony Kennedy, Swing Vote on U.S. Supreme Court, Will Retire
Discussion: BloombergQuint
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
The Only Thing That Might Stop Trump From Replacing Kennedy With a Scalia Clone
Discussion: Vox, Sean Hannity and The Week
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Anthony Kennedy retiring, giving Trump opening to reshape Supreme Court
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court rules against public unions collecting fees from nonmembers
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'
Discussion: Daily Wire and Fox News Insider
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Red Hen and the Resistance
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Times takes heat for missing Crowley's defeat  —  Failing to closely cover the rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is 'like not seeing Trump's win coming,' tweets former editor Jill Abramson.  —  When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pulled off Tuesday night what CNN host Don Lemon called …
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
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 and Mediaite
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.
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
Discussion: Daily Wire
Robbie Gramer / Foreign Policy:
Ahead of NATO Summit, U.S. President Exhorts Allies to Pay Up  —  European officials worry that Trump could roil yet another international summit.  —  Organizers of this year's NATO summit in Brussels are worried that U.S. President Donald Trump might spoil the event with a single boorish tweet …
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:   As Summit Nears, NATO Allies Have One Main Worry: Trump
Rasmussen Reports:
31% Think U.S. Civil War Likely Soon  —  Most voters fear that political violence is coming from opponents of the president's policies, just as they did in the second year of Barack Obama's presidency, and nearly one-in-three think a civil war is next.  —  Thirty-one percent (31%) …
Linda Qiu / New York Times:
No, Democrats Don't Want ‘Open Borders’  —  President Trump has falsely claimed at least two dozen times since taking office that Democrats want to open American borders.  But legislation shows that Democrats support border security measures, though not the border wall he wants to build.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Crowley's loss leaves gaping void for next generation of Democratic leaders
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
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.”
Discussion: Shakesville
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.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Post dismisses reporter for lax attribution in ‘aggregated’ news stories  —  The Washington Post has dismissed a reporter for inadequately attributing material and closely parroting sentences from other publications in articles based on outside news sources.
Kyle Sammin / The Federalist:
The Four Dissenting Votes In The Travel Ban Ruling Are A Dangerous Sign  —  The plaintiffs in Trump v. Hawaii would have the Supreme Court invent a principle that the president's powers are reduced when he says nasty things.  —  The Supreme Court overturned the Ninth Circuit's ruling …
Discussion: Lawfare
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
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Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Libyan militia leader gets 22-year sentence in Benghazi attacks that killed U.S. ambassador
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Emily Crane / Daily Mail:
Head of prominent charity that campaigns against child abuse is arrested for 'trying to arrange …
Discussion: RedState
Ahmad al-Msalam / Agence France-Presse:
Syria troops launch assault on Daraa city amid civilian exodus
Discussion: Al Jazeera English and The Week
E. Alex Jung / Vulture:
Nothing Is Off the Table at Dinner With the Cast of Queer Eye
Discussion: PinkNews and Decider
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Freed From Jail, Once-Notorious White Nationalist Says No Interest In Politics
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FACT CHECK: ‘Wages Are Growing At Their Fastest Rate Since 2008’
Discussion: RedState
Alana Semuels / The Atlantic:
Is This the End of Public-Sector Unions in America?
Discussion: Chalkbeat
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 Earlier Items: 
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Dem Has Slight Edge in CD11
Nancy LeTourneau / Washington Monthly:
A Reminder: The Travel Ban Was Supposed to Be Temporary
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Daily Signal
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?
Gregory S. Schneider / Washington Post:
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