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8:40 PM ET, June 13, 2019


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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Sarah Sanders is leaving the White House  —  White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is leaving her post at the end of the month, President Trump announced on Twitter Thursday. … Why it matters: Sanders has long been one of President Trump's fiercest and most loyal defenders …
Sarah Sanders leaving White House post after fraught tenure  —  Washington (CNN)White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will leave her position at the end of the month, capping a tumultuous tenure as the President's chief spokeswoman in which she largely redefined the role.
Steven Overly / Politico:
Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with Trump as tariffs loom
Discussion: Axios and One America News Network
David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
California Democratic 2020 presidential primary is a wide-open race, poll finds … With the Democratic presidential field now largely set, the race in the nation's largest state is wide open, with at least five candidates in serious contention and no clear favorite.
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
DNC names 20 candidates who will appear on stage for first Democratic debate  —  The Democratic National Committee set two ways for the candidates to qualify — fundraising and polling.  —  The Democratic National Committee on Thursday named the 20 presidential candidates who qualified …
Washington Post:
Federal watchdog agency recommends removal of Kellyanne Conway from federal office for violating the Hatch Act  —  The Office of Special Counsel on Thursday recommended the removal of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway from federal office for violating the Hatch Act …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Is Urged to Fire Kellyanne Conway for Hatch Act Violations  —  WASHINGTON — An independent government agency recommended on Thursday that President Trump fire Kellyanne Conway, his White House counselor, for repeated violations of an ethics law barring partisan politics from the federal workplace.
Mad Dog PAC:
OSC Conway should be removed from her position forthwith
Discussion: Fox News
Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump reveals historic redesign of Air Force One  —  Less than a year after announcing a $3.9 billion makeover for America's most famous aircraft, President Donald Trump shared never-before-seen images of Air Force One's prospective redesign on Wednesday during an exclusive interview with ABC News.
Ana Radelat / The CT Mirror:
Courtney foils Trump's red, white, blue Air Force One plan
Discussion: Politico
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Measles Outbreak: N.Y. Eliminates Religious Exemptions for Vaccinations  —  New York, where measles has spread in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities, joins California and a handful of other states in revoking religious exemptions.  —  ALBANY — Lawmakers in New York, the epicenter …
Washington Post:
Oil tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman, U.S. Navy says  —  ISTANBUL — Two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman came under suspected attack early Thursday amid soaring tensions between the United States and Iran in the region.  —  One ship was adrift and on fire in the strategic waterway …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
House Republicans try to spin Trump's foreign dirt comment  —  Amid blistering bipartisan criticism of President Donald Trump's willingness to accept dirt on his 2020 rivals from foreign adversaries, House Republicans decided Thursday that they had found the real culprit: Democrats.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump betrays his country again by inviting foreign interference
Discussion: MSNBC
Wall Street Journal:
Elaine Chao Sells Vulcan Stock Holdings  —  Secretary of Transportation earned the shares while serving on board of the paving-materials supplier  —  WASHINGTON—Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has sold her shares in a paving-materials supplier after a Wall Street Journal report …
The Daily Beast:
House Dems Fear Retaliation as They Ready Investigation of Elaine Chao
Discussion: Washington Times
Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed News:
The Wife Of A Republican Congressman Accused Of Misusing Campaign Funds Just Flipped And Pleaded Guilty  —  The wife of California Rep. Duncan Hunter changed her plea from not guilty to guilty in a San Diego court Thursday, admitting that she and her husband misused more than $200,000 worth of campaign funds for personal gain.
Discussion: CNN, Splinter and Daily Kos
Associated Press:
The Latest: Charges dropped in Flint water scandal  —  FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on criminal charges dropped in the Flint water scandal (all times local):  —  Prosecutors say they're dismissing all criminal charges against eight people in the Flint water scandal and starting the investigation over again.
Discussion: Detroit Free Press and The Week
Mitch Smith / New York Times:
Flint Water Crisis: Prosecutors Drop All Criminal Charges
Discussion: Fox News
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Oberlin College hit with maximum PUNITIVE DAMAGES (capped at $22 million by law) in Gibson's Bakery case  —  Added to $11 million compensatory damages, brings total to $33 million  —  The jury just rendered its verdict on punitive damages in the Gibson's Bakery v. Oberlin College case.
The Daily Beast:
House Dems Do What They Do Best After Trump Invites Foreign Election Interference: Shrug  —  The party says the latest from the president is abhorrent and deeply, even legally, problematic.  They just aren't ready to do much more about it.  —  To a person, Democratic lawmakers said on Thursday …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:   Judiciary Committee lawmakers begin reviewing Mueller report evidence
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Trump smashed months of FBI work to thwart election interference  —  Nearly two years ago, FBI Director Chris Wray set up an office tasked solely with stopping the type of Russian interference efforts that infected the 2016 campaign.  —  On Wednesday night, President Donald Trump undercut the whole operation in a matter of seconds.
Center for Public Integrity:
Why the Trump campaign won't pay police bills  —  “Do we love law enforcement or what?”  President Donald Trump asked a cheering crowd during his “Make America Great Again” political rally Oct. 12 in Lebanon, Ohio.  —  “Thank you, law enforcement!” the president later told officers, who he called “heroes.”
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNN:
First on CNN Business: 600 companies including Walmart, Costco and Target warn Trump on tariffs  —  New York (CNN Business)American retailers, manufacturers and tech companies warned President Donald Trump on Thursday that tariffs on China will damage the US economy, lead to job losses and harm millions of consumers.
Discussion: Newser and KTVQ-TV
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Senator says South Dakota lost half a billion dollars from Trump's trade war
Washington Post:
Trump's company sells California mansion to firm linked to Indonesian billionaire, a business partner  —  President Trump's company has quietly sold one of his last remaining properties in California — a 5,400-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion that county records show was purchased …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jack Flemming / Los Angeles Times:
Donald Trump's Beverly Hills home quietly sells for $13.5 million
Discussion: Fox News
Pramila Jayapal / New York Times:
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: The Story of My Abortion  —  What it taught me about the deeply personal nature of reproductive choice.  —  Ms. Jayapal is a Democratic congresswoman.  —  I call my child a miracle.  Born unexpectedly in India at 26.5 weeks, shortly before I was due to come …
NBC News:
Anita Hill on whether she'd vote for Biden over Trump  —  In an exclusive interview with Andrea Mitchell, Anita Hill weighs in on Joe Biden's run for the presidency.  Watch the interview tonight on “NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt” at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT.
Discussion: Vox
Pia Deshpande / Politico:
Anita Hill says she could see herself voting for Biden
Jeff Sommer / New York Times:
Social Security Is Staring at Its First Real Shortfall in Decades.  Big Cuts Could Follow.  —  A slow-moving crisis is approaching for Social Security, threatening to undermine a central pillar in the retirement of tens of millions of Americans.  —  Next year, for the first time since 1982 …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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The Economist:
Donald Trump's presidency has moved America left
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Nunes Says He Has Finally Seen Mueller ‘Scope Memo’
Discussion: RedState
David Axe / The Daily Beast:
America Is Stuck With a $400 Billion Stealth Fighter That Can't Fight
Discussion: Politico, Townhall and Defense One
Michael Bastasch / The Daily Caller:
UN Chief Poses For TIME Cover Off ‘Sinking’ Pacific Island Nation That's Actually Growing In Size
Discussion: TIME
Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
I Think I Know Why Trump Faved That Tweet About Rihanna
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Republican blocks bill requiring campaigns to alert FBI to foreign assistance
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
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Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
Julia Wallace / Laredo Morning News:
Meet Jessica Cisneros, the 26-year-old Laredo attorney running against Cuellar in Congress
Discussion: Roll Call and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Rent Regulations in New York: How They'll Affect Tenants and Landlords
Discussion: New York Daily News and Splinter
Raphael Satter / Associated Press:
Experts: Spy used AI-generated face to connect with targets
Discussion: Mashable, Gizmodo and The Verge