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3:15 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 …
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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.
Yascha Mounk / Slate:
So Much For the Institutions  —  Kennedy's retirement proves we can't count on elites to constrain Trump's worst excesses  —  When he heard that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was retiring on Wednesday, a friend in his twenties told me: “Today is the darkest political moment my generation has experienced.”
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Mitch McConnell Has Already Won
Discussion: HuffPost, Fox News and Salon
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!
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Inside the coming campaign to block Trump's Supreme Court pick
Discussion: ThinkProgress, CNN and Daily Kos
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Republicans see ticket to midterm election success in Kennedy's retirement
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Why Anthony Kennedy Gave Up
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump takes over America
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Don't want a right-wing Supreme Court? Do everything you can to stop it.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Jill Abramson, Ex-New York Times Editor: The ‘Narcissistic’ NYT Is Making ‘Horrible Mistakes,’ Needs a ‘Course Correction’ … It may not have been the tweet heard ‘round the world, but it was certainly heard—like a thunderclap—at The New York Times’ headquarters at 620 Eighth Avenue in Manhattan.
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's victory points to a media failure that keeps repeating  —  America is changed.  Politics is transformed.  —  But how much has Big Media adjusted?  —  Not nearly enough.  —  On Tuesday night, many major news organizations were caught flat-footed …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Ocasio-Cortez just did Democrats a big favor
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 …
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Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Chris Wray to face tough questions on Capitol Hill: LIVE  —  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Chris Wray are on Capitol Hill Thursday, where they are expected to face questions from House Republicans angry over the FBI and Justice Department's handling …
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 …
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:
Special counsel eyeing Russians granted unusual access to Trump inauguration parties  —  Several billionaires with deep ties to Russia attended exclusive, invitation-only receptions during Donald Trump's inauguration festivities, guest lists obtained by ABC News show.
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: Daily Kos, Hit & Run 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 …
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.
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Tess Bonn / The Hill:
Ex-Clinton aide: 84 percent of Americans support turning undocumented immigrants over to authorities
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.
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.
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: Mother Jones, Shareblue Media and MSNBC
KGW-TV:
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.
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.
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 …
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
2 Percent Of New York City's Buildings Emit Half Its CO2 Pollution.  They're Luxury Towers.  —  Properties owned by the families of President Donald Trump and Jared Kushner rank among the biggest contributors to the city's carbon footprint.  —  The 90-floor tower nicknamed the …
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Why Trump Shouldn't Meet Putin  —  Americans should worry when the two men are in any kind of one-on-one negotiation.  —  After announcing that there will indeed be a U.S.-Russia summit in the coming weeks, National Security Adviser John Bolton issued a challenge to the skeptical scrum of reporters at his Moscow press conference.
Maya Kosoff / Vanity Fair:
Why Jack Dorsey Will Never Appease Conservatives  —  Trying to negotiate with bad-faith arguments from the right increasingly looks like a no-win game for companies like Facebook and Twitter.  —  BY - MAYA KOSOFFJune 28, 2018,  —  As the Trump administration was separating immigrant families …
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
This lawmaker resigned in scandal.  He won't rejoin the Navy after a congresswoman's inquiry.  —  A former Pennsylvania congressman and reserve Navy officer who resigned from both of his positions last year in the midst of a scandal involving an extramarital affair said he will not attempt …
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
First lady makes second visit to border detention facility for undocumented immigrants  —  First lady Melania Trump traveled to Tucson, Arizona Thursday to make her second visit in a week to a detention facility holding undocumented immigrants arrested at the southern border.
Discussion: CNN, Townhall and Politico
 
 
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CNN:
Top Corey Stewart aide tweeted about Pizzagate, claimed Democrats killed Seth Rich
Discussion: Raw Story
Nidhi Verma / Reuters:
Exclusive: India preparing for cut in oil imports from Iran - sources
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Molly Hensley-Clancy / BuzzFeed:
Rural Democrats' Big Problem In Minnesota: “Nobody Cares About Us”
Discussion: Instapundit
Mirror.co.uk:
Dog 'trapped inside hot truck at McDonald's for 40 MINUTES desperately honks vehicle's horn'
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Barbara Lee, a stalwart of the left, considering bid for House Democratic leadership
Discussion: New Republic
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
IRS Nominee Owns Property at Trump-Branded Project in Hawaii
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
House GOP closes ranks on abortion
Discussion: MSNBC and LifeNews.com
Sean Baute / WBKO-TV:
Neighbor that attacked Senator Rand Paul files counter lawsuit
Eddie Scarry / Washington Examiner:
No space for Trump supporters in country's biggest newspapers
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
A Half-Dozen House Ratings Changes in Favor of Democrats
Rachael Bade / Politico:
‘I thought you were my friend’: Immigration meltdown exposes GOP hostilities
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo