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Washington Post:
Pruitt aides reveal new details of his spending and management at EPA  —  Two of Scott Pruitt's top aides provided fresh details to congressional investigators in recent days about some of his most controversial spending and management decisions, including his push to find a six-figure job …
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Jessica Sidman / Washingtonian:
Mother With Her 2-Year-Old Confronts Scott Pruitt at a DC Restaurant  —  “I would urge you to resign before your scandals push you out,” Kristin Mink told the EPA chief at Teaism.  —  Kristin Mink saw protesters confront Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a DC Mexican restaurant.
Discussion: twitchy.com
Kristin Mink:
EPA head Scott Pruitt was 3 tables away as I ate lunch with my child.  I had to say something.  This man is directly and significantly harming my child's — and every child's — health and future with decisions to roll back environmental regulations for the benefit of big corporations …
CNN:
Whistleblower: EPA's Pruitt kept secret calendar to hide meetings
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump: ‘If not for me,’ United States would be at war with North Korea  —  President Trump said Tuesday that the United States would be at war with North Korea without his efforts and that conversations with the nation's leaders are “going well” — an assessment at odds with recent reports …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
How Amy Coney Barrett vaulted onto Trump's Supreme Court shortlist  —  A testy exchange with Dianne Feinstein helped make this former Notre Dame law professor a favorite of conservatives.  —  If nominated to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett may have Sen. Dianne Feinstein to thank.
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Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
Here's who Trump should pick for the Supreme Court  —  The search for Gorsuch 2.0 is underway at the White House.  The best choice for the opening is Judge Raymond Kethledge of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.  The 51-year-old judge from central casting …
Discussion: SCOTUSblog, Politico, The Hill and ABC News
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Trump Isn't Remaking The Supreme Court. Leonard Leo Is.
Discussion: Common Dreams
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Poll: Voters Want Trump's Supreme Court Pick to Limit Corporate Money in Politics, Not Abortion
Discussion: Politico
BuzzFeed:
Here Are The Documents Recovered From Michael Cohen's Shredder  —  “NEVER MET: Donald Trump, George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Michael Jackson, The Jackson's family, Sony.”  —  When the Department of Justice announced this month that investigators had pieced together records found …
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Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Trump Warns NATO Allies to Spend More on Defense, or Else  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has written sharply worded letters to the leaders of several NATO allies — including Germany, Belgium, Norway and Canada — taking them to task for spending too little on their own defense and warning …
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New York Times:
Merkel, to Survive, Agrees to Border Camps for Migrants  —  BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel, who staked her legacy on welcoming hundreds of thousands of migrants into Germany, agreed on Monday to build border camps for asylum-seekers and to tighten the border with Austria in a political deal to save her government.
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Rutte of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Before Bilateral Meeting
Discussion: Mother Jones and HuffPost
Danielle Ohl / Baltimore Sun:
Trump declines request to lower flags in memory of Capital Gazette shooting victims  —  Mourners gathered in Annapolis to honor the five employees who were killed Thursday in a shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom.  Their names are Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters.
Osita Nwanevu / Slate:
Why Did the Rhode Island Democratic Party Endorse an Alt-Right Supporter Over a Progressive Incumbent?  —  Moira Jayne Walsh, a 27-year-old former waitress and labor organizer, captured a bit of national attention after she won a seat in the Rhode Island House in 2016.
Discussion: Uprise RI and Splinter
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Bob Plain / RI Future:
RI Dem Party doesn't endorse three progressive female legislators
Discussion: Uprise RI
Burgess Everett / Politico:
'I'd like to kill ‘em’: GOP takes on Trump tariffs  —  Republican lawmakers are losing their patience with the president's trade war, saying it's hurting their states and the party's chances in the midterms.  —  Republican senators are at their breaking point with Donald Trump's protectionist trade blitz.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Amy Graff / San Francisco Chronicle:
‘20 pounds of human waste’ dropped on San Francisco street corner  —  A foul odor permeated from a massive bag of human excrement sludge left on a street corner in San Francisco's Tenderloin district Saturday.  —  The horrendous smell and sight quickly gained notoriety when a Reddit user posted …
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Kate Irby / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Congressman denied entry to California detention facility for children under age 14  —  PLEASANT HILL  —  The cry of a child could be heard just inside the nondescript, brown detention facility in Pleasant Hill, California, a San Francisco suburb, and Rep. Jeff Denham wanted to see for himself what was inside.
Washington Post:
How Trump is changing the face of legal immigration  —  As the national immigration debate swirls around the effort to discourage illegal immigration by separating families at the border, the Trump administration is making inroads into another longtime priority: reducing legal immigration.
Discussion: Political Wire
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Women Might Save America Yet  —  Erin Gabriel was already pretty busy before Donald Trump was elected president.  All three of her children are autistic, and her youngest, an 8-year-old girl named Abby, is also deaf, blind and nonverbal, and suffers from seizures.  “She has like 17 specialists,” Gabriel, 39, told me.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Nailed It  —  Speaking of conspiracy theories, I love this tweet from Dan Rather:  —  We know LeBron James has been outspoken about Trump.  So it makes sense to head to California, the heartland of the #resistance.  The fact that he will be trying to resist the dominance of the Warriors is an added plot twist.
Discussion: Power Line
Diana Stancy Correll / Washington Examiner:
Louie Gohmert suspects Rod Rosenstein's staff may be spying on him  —  Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, says it's possible that staff for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are monitoring his actions.  —  “I've been told in the past there's been great concern about who I saw …
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Another Lazy ‘Never Trump’ Screed  —  Emerald Robinson's ‘Never Trump’ analysis is equally deficient in fact and seriousness.  —  There's always a trade-off in calling attention to trollish, attention-seeking writers who don't deserve a response on the merits.
Ben Mathis-Lilley / Slate:
Ron Paul Becomes Latest Republican to Post Literal Nazi Content  —  Monday morning, former Republican congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul posted a tweet about “cultural Marxism.”  Cultural Marxism is not an unusual topic in right-wing circles, but the illustration that went with the tweet was …
Discussion: HuffPost, CBS Los Angeles and Mediaite
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Trump's Taking Us From Temper Tantrum to Trade War  —  In one way, Donald Trump's attack on our foreign trade partners resembles his attack on immigrants: in each case, the attack is framed as a response to evildoing that exists only in his imagination.  No, there isn't a wave of violent crime …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week, Breitbart and Vox
Alyssa Fisher / The Forward:
Alan Dershowitz ‘Shunned’ By Friends In Martha's Vineyard For Defending Trump  —  Lawyer Alan Dershowitz is afraid that America is growing increasingly intolerant toward opposing views.  His proof, according to his recent op-ed in The Hill: Friends are ostracizing him in Martha's Vineyard.
Associated Press:
Russian charged with Trump's ex-campaign chief is key figure  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — During the special counsel's Russia investigation, Konstantin Kilimnik has been described as a fixer, translator or office manager to President Donald Trump's ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Press
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Record-Low 47% Extremely Proud to Be Americans  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — This Fourth of July marks a low point in U.S. patriotism.  For the first time in Gallup's 18-year history asking U.S. adults how proud they are to be Americans, fewer than a majority say they are “extremely proud.”
NBC News:
News media paid Melania Trump thousands for use of photos in ‘positive stories only’  —  The First Lady earned six figures from an agreement with Getty Images that paid royalties to the Trumps and mandated photos be used in positive coverage.  —  Since her husband took office Melania Trump …
Chris Irvine / Fox News:
Obama administration granted citizenship to 2,500 Iranians during nuclear deal: Iran official  —  The Obama administration granted citizenship to 2,500 Iranians, including family members of government officials, while negotiating the Iran nuclear deal, a senior cleric and member of parliament has claimed.
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
‘Tormented and traumatized’: Rage toward women fuels mass shooters  —  The alleged mass shooter's rage began — as it has so often before — with a woman.  —  Years before Jarrod Ramos sued the Capital Gazette for defamation, before he targeted a specific columnist at the Capital …
Discussion: New York Times
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge sets hearing in Flynn case  —  The hearing would be the former Trump national security adviser's first court appearance since pleading guilty more than seven months ago.  —  A pair of legal filings suggesting that special counsel Robert Mueller's office is almost-but-not-quite ready …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Scott Wong / The Hill:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
HuffPost:
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ABC News:
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New York Times:
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Discussion: Splinter
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge's order could undercut Trump's immigrant detention plan
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British Vogue:
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Martin E. Comas / Orlando Sentinel:
Lake deputy shoots gator with AR-15, freeing girl trapped in tree — ‘please hurry!’ mom pleads to 911 operator
NBC News:
Trump White House sets turnover records, analysis shows
Discussion: Axios and Splinter
Politico:
The top Democratic Senate recruit who's ditching Chuck Schumer
Kavitha Surana / ProPublica:
“I Just Want to Tell My Son I Love Him”
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Interviewer Asks Trump to Bring Country Together. He Praises His Base.
Courier-Journal:
Man allegedly threatens to chop up Rand Paul and his family with an ax
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