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4:45 PM ET, June 28, 2018


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Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Weighing Senator Mike Lee for Supreme Court Vacancy, Sources Say  — President sees confirmation advantage for GOP member of Senate  — Lee opposition to Roe abortion ruling may complicate chances  —  President Donald Trump has asked advisers their opinions …
Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Jeff Flake says he won't stall Supreme Court pick over tariff dispute  —  U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake said Wednesday he would not try to strong-arm the Trump administration on tariffs — or other issues — by withholding his support from a Supreme Court nominee.  —  The outgoing Arizona Republican …
Alex Pareene / Splinter:
Good News: The Supreme Court Just Lost Its Conservative Majority  —  After joining the majority on a raft of right-wing decisions aimed at crippling organized labor, abortion access, antitrust regulation, and other longtime targets of the conservative movement, Justice Anthony Kennedy finally retired from the Supreme Court.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Chuck Schumer Is Secretly Sabotaging the Next Democratic President
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Yascha Mounk / Slate:
So Much For the Institutions  —  Kennedy's retirement proves …
Jeff Pearson / ResistanceHole:   Calling All Resistance Members!  Roe V. Wade Is In DANGER!  We Need YOU To Yell At JILL STEIN About The 2016 Election!
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Mitch McConnell Has Already Won
Discussion: New York Times, HuffPost and Fox News
NBC News:
Supreme Court showdown jolts the 2018 campaign
Discussion: New Republic, MSNBC and The Week
Kevin Rector / Baltimore Sun:
Shooting reported at Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis  —  A shooting has occurred at the Capital Gazette in Anne Arundel County, a paper that is owned by The Baltimore Sun, according to reports from Gazette staff.  —  Anne Arundel County Police confirmed there was an “active shooter” …
Fox News:
‘Multiple’ deaths, suspect caught after reports of shots fired outside Maryland newspaper office, sheriff says  —  A suspect was apprehended following reports of shots fired and multiple fatalities in Annapolis, Maryland, Thursday afternoon outside the Capital Gazette newsroom, Anne Arundel Sheriff Ron Bateman told Fox News.
Associated Press:
Shootings reported at newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland  —  ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Multiple people have been shot at The Capital newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.  —  The Baltimore Sun, which owns the Annapolis newspaper, says a reporter told them of the shooting Thursday afternoon.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Daily Wire
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's victory points to a media failure that keeps repeating
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Barbara Lee, a stalwart of the left, considering bid for House Democratic leadership
Discussion: New Republic
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
House Passes Resolution Demanding Justice Dept. Turn Over Documents  —  WASHINGTON — The House voted along party lines on Thursday to give the Justice Department seven days to produce sensitive documents about the Russia investigation, as conservative Republicans pointedly accused the leaders …
Washington Post:
'I'm not trying to hide anything': Rosenstein fires back at Republicans' attacks
Kyle Cheney / Politico:   House GOP rips Rosenstein to his face
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Ex-Aide to Roger Stone Is Subpoenaed in Russia Investigation  —  A former aide to Roger J. Stone Jr., the longtime Trump adviser and self-described “dirty trickster,” was subpoenaed to appear before the grand jury hearing evidence in the Russia investigation and to hand over documents …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Consults Advisers About Possible Replacement for Chief of Staff John Kelly  —  Kelly is Expected to Leave White House This Summer After One Year in Job  —  WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump has consulted with advisers in recent weeks about whom he should tap as his next chief of staff …
Discussion: National Review
Jonathan Swan / Axios:   Trump's short list for potential John Kelly replacements
Pew Research Center:
Shifting Public Views on Legal Immigration Into the U.S.  —  Many unaware that most immigrants in the U.S. are here legally  —  While there has been considerable attention on illegal immigration into the U.S. recently, opinions about legal immigration have undergone a long-term change.
Discussion: Washington Post
The Daily Beast:
Scott Pruitt Personally Involved in ‘Ratf*cking’ Ex-Aides Who He Feels Betrayed Him … On May 18, a top aide to Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt testified to a congressional committee that she had been tasked with procuring her boss a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel …
Discussion: Hit & Run, Daily Kos and Mediaite
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump's private NATO trashing rattles allies  —  You've already read a hundred stories about President Trump's clashes with some of America's closest allies at the G7 summit in Canada.  But we've got new details from his private conversations with heads of state that have put …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former ICE Chief Counsel Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Wire Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft Scheme  —  Former Chief Counsel Raphael A. Sanchez of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Office of Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) was sentenced to 48 months in prison …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
President Trump announces a major U.S. Steel expansion — that isn't happening  —  “The head of U.S. Steel called me the other day, and he said, 'We're opening up six major facilities and expanding facilities that have never been expanded.' They haven't been opened in many, many years.”
Discussion: Shareblue Media, Mother Jones and MSNBC
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
What Do The Teens Know About This Tweet That We Don't?  —  Eighty-thousand retweets for, uh, this.  —  On the evening of June 22, 21-year-old Karter Machen decided to tweet.  —  “I'm not a party guy,” he wrote, “but I'd be down if someone threw a real roaring 20's party for 2020.
The Texas Tribune:
Immigrant toddlers ordered to appear in court alone  —  As the White House faces court orders to reunite families separated at the border, immigrant children as young as three years old are being ordered into court for their own deportation proceedings, according to attorneys in Texas, California and Washington, D.C.
Kristine Marsh / NewsBusters:
‘Get Out of My Vagina!’  Whoopi Rages at McCain in Meltdown Over SCOTUS, Abortion on ‘View’  —  Thursday's The View started off with an astounding nearly 10-minute-long meltdown over Justice Kennedy's retirement from the Supreme Court, and the second chance for President Trump to appoint …
Michael Walsh / American Greatness:
Faster Feiler, Faster!  —  The Feiler Faster Thesis posits that the pace of social change is accelerated by the increasing rapidity of the technology used by journalists to report the news, which whets the public's appetite for more and even faster news, thus in effect creating even more news.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Poll: Trump approval rating ticks up to 47 percent  —  's approval rating has ticked up to 47 percent in the new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released exclusively to The Hill, a 2 point hike from last month.  —  Trump's approval rating was lifted in part by a 10 point climb among Hispanic voters.
Federal cops move in on ICE protest in SW Portland  —  Federal officers in riot gear moved into the protest siege of ICE headquarters in Southwest Portland at 5:30 a.m. Thursday.  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — Federal officers in riot gear moved into the protest siege of ICE headquarters in Southwest Portland at 5:30 a.m. Thursday.
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Kimberly Dozier / The Daily Beast:
Trump Administration Report Warns: Separating Families Is a Lousy Idea
Discussion: Politico and Law & Crime
Top Corey Stewart aide tweeted about Pizzagate, claimed Democrats killed Seth Rich
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
First lady makes second visit to border detention facility for undocumented immigrants
Discussion: Townhall, CNN, Politico and Breitbart
Molly Hensley-Clancy / BuzzFeed:
Rural Democrats' Big Problem In Minnesota: “Nobody Cares About Us”
Discussion: Instapundit
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
This lawmaker resigned in scandal. He won't rejoin the Navy after a congresswoman's inquiry.
Dog 'trapped inside hot truck at McDonald's for 40 MINUTES desperately honks vehicle's horn'
 Earlier Items: 
House GOP closes ranks on abortion
Discussion: MSNBC and
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
2 Percent Of New York City's Buildings Emit Half Its CO2 Pollution. They're Luxury Towers.
The Daily Beast:
Jeff Flake Shopping Around for a Possible Post-Senate Cable News Gig
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Why Trump Shouldn't Meet Putin
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
A Half-Dozen House Ratings Changes in Favor of Democrats