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8:45 AM ET, June 14, 2019

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Gwynedd Stuart / Los Angeles Magazine:
Louise Linton, aka Mrs. Steven Mnuchin, Is Sorry  —  America's most controversial cabinet wife sounds off on the perils of D.C., her feelings about the Trumps, and her starring role as a sociopathic bisexual serial killer  —  Swaddled in a white terry cloth robe and perched on a director's chair …
Discussion: Splinter, The Week and Political Wire
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Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Louise Linton Resurfaces in New Interview: ‘It Sucks to Be Hated’  —  The treasury secretary's wife also blamed her infamous Instagram snafu on someone else.  ‘I got some bad advice,’ she said.  —  It has been far too long since the America has heard from Louise Linton, wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
New York Times:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders Leaving White House at the End of the Month  —  WASHINGTON — Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary who fiercely defended President Trump through one of the most tumultuous periods in American politics while presiding over the end of the iconic daily news briefing …
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Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
Sarah Sanders Broke the News
Discussion: Vanity Fair, CNN and The Daily Beast
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Sarah Sanders is leaving the White House
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
A Tanker War in the Middle East—Again?  —  U.S. Navy ships in the Middle East heard the first distress signal at 6:12 a.m. Thursday.  The Kokuka Courageous, a tanker owned by Japan and bound from Saudi Arabia to Singapore, had been damaged by an explosive device.  A fire raged in its engine room.
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Edward Wong / New York Times:
Pompeo Says Intelligence Points to Iran in Tanker Attack in Gulf of Oman  —  WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that intelligence reviewed by American officials showed that Iran was responsible for attacks earlier in the day on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman …
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 …
Discussion: Splinter and Newser
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Bobby Allyn / NPR:
New York Ends Religious Exemptions For Required Vaccines
Discussion: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and UPI
Justin Fishel / ABC News:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump disputes account of White House counsel's testimony to Mueller  —  President Donald Trump is directly disputing the account of a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible obstruction of justice during the course of the Russia probe saying that it …
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Eric Swalwell / The Atlantic:   Inaction Is No Longer an Option
Matthew Choi / Politico:
‘Let me make something 100% clear’: FEC chair lays down the law on foreign help  —  The head of the Federal Election Commission released a statement on Thursday evening reiterating, emphatically, that foreign assistance is illegal in U.S. elections.  —  “Let me make something 100% clear …
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Washington Post:
‘Absolutely unprecedented’: Trump upends long-held views with openness to foreign assistance
Discussion: IJR
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Republican blocks bill requiring campaigns to alert FBI to foreign assistance
Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:
Trump campaign says it will handle foreign info on rivals on “case by case basis”  —  President Trump's 2020 reelection campaign will handle damaging information on political opponents provided by foreign governments and entities on a “case by case basis,” according to the campaign's top spokesperson.
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Owen Daugherty / The Hill:
Trump campaign says it will handle foreign intel offers on ‘case by case basis’
Discussion: News Breaking
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox's Judge Napolitano: Seems Trump ‘Is Prepared to Commit a Felony to Get Re-Elected’  —  'There's no wiggle room with respect to dirt,' the judge noted.  —  Reacting to President Trump saying he would accept foreign intel on a political opponent if offered, and that he doesn't feel it's necessary …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Forget “No Collusion,” Trump Is Now Pro-Collusion  —  There is no such thing as an outrage-free week anymore.  On Wednesday, President Trump offered us a particularly stunning example of this new political reality, telling the ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos that he would welcome foreign interference …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Hill push to battle foreign election interference is stuck at McConnell roadblock  —  The Senate majority leader has not allowed a vote on any of the bipartisan measures to strengthen election systems and make it harder for hostile powers to manipulate social media.
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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 …
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Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Democrats delete from presidential debate stage a Montana governor, a Massachusetts congressman and a Florida mayor
Discussion: Politico
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.
Discussion: PJ Media Home, The Week and Vanity Fair
Sam Knight / New Yorker:
The Empty Promise of Boris Johnson  —  The man expected to be Britain's next Prime Minister makes people in power, including himself, appear ridiculous, but that doesn't mean he'd dream of handing power to anybody else.  —  In the spring of 1989, the Daily Telegraph sent Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson …
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Bloomberg:
Tory Rivals Plot to Stop Boris Johnson From Winning Power in U.K.
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Julian Castro admits Hatch Act ‘mistake,’ calls for Kellyanne Conway's termination, in Fox News Town Hall  —  Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro told Fox News on Thursday night White House adviser Kellyanne Conway should be fired for violating the Hatch Act …
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Washington Post:
Federal watchdog agency recommends removal of Kellyanne Conway from federal office for violating the Hatch Act
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Michael Avenatti is sued for allegedly siphoning paraplegic's $4 million settlement  —  (Reuters) - Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who represented porn star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against U.S. President Donald Trump, has been sued by a paraplegic former client who accused him of siphoning away a $4 million settlement he had won.
Discussion: Splinter
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Alan Dershowitz Declares He Would Support Biden Over Trump in 2020  —  Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard Law professor emeritus renowned, as of late, for his legal defenses of President Donald Trump throughout the special counsel investigation, said Thursday that he would support Joe Biden in 2020 in a matchup with the current president.
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Pia Deshpande / Politico:
Anita Hill says she could see herself voting for Biden
Yaroslav Trofimov / Wall Street Journal:
Belarus Comes In From the Cold as It Seeks to Distance Itself From Russia  —  Authoritarian President Aleksander Lukashenko, once shunned by U.S., EU, now hopes to take advantage of competition between Moscow, the West and China to diversify trade  —  MINSK, Belarus—President Aleksander Lukashenko …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Liberal Wonks, or at Least Elizabeth Warren, Have a Plan for That  —  The surprising power of evidence-based progressivism.  —  Not long ago, political pundits were writing off Elizabeth Warren's political chances, but recent polling makes her an increasingly plausible contender …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Michael Bastasch / The Daily Caller:
US Reliance On OPEC Oil Hits 30-Year Low  —  U.S. crude oil imports from the Saudi Arabian-led OPEC fell to a 30-year low, according to the latest federal figures.  —  OPEC imports fell to 1.5 million barrels per day in March, which is the lowest level since March 1986, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Thursday.
Discussion: BBC
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.
Associated Press:
Emails: Trump official consulting climate change rejecters  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump administration national security official has sought help from advisers to a think tank that disavows climate change to challenge widely accepted scientific findings on global warming, according to his emails.
Discussion: Political Wire
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
'I can't breathe': Five years after Eric Garner died in struggle with New York police, resolution still elusive  —  NEW YORK — Gwen Carr was on break at her job as an MTA train operator that Thursday afternoon when her phone suddenly lit up with text messages about the police, untaxed cigarettes, and her son unconscious on the ground.
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Pete Buttigieg wants to lead on foreign policy.  These are his advisers  —  It's Friday.  Hope you're all loving Linsanity 2.0 as much as I am.  Also, the president turns 73 today.  Have a great weekend, a happy Father's Day, and see you on Monday 😎  —  The People
 
 
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Anna Massoglia / OpenSecrets.org:
Trump 2020 campaign ad payments hidden by layers of shell companies
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Michael Kruse / Politico:
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Ben Guarino / Washington Post:
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Lara Seligman / Foreign Policy:
Top WMD Official Quietly Leaves Pentagon
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James Orenstein / New York Times:
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Trump sees no national interest beyond his own
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The Economist:
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Washington Post:
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Discussion: The Week, Fox News and Mother Jones
Wall Street Journal:
Elaine Chao Sells Vulcan Stock Holdings
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David Axe / The Daily Beast:
America Is Stuck With a $400 Billion Stealth Fighter That Can't Fight
Discussion: Townhall and Politico
Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
I Think I Know Why Trump Faved That Tweet About Rihanna
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Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed News:
The Wife Of A Republican Congressman Accused Of Misusing Campaign Funds Just Flipped And Pleaded Guilty