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2:30 PM ET, June 13, 2019


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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.
Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
'I think I'd take it': In exclusive interview, Trump says he would listen if foreigners offered dirt on opponents  —  President Donald Trump to if foreign governments offered damaging information against his 2020 rivals during the upcoming presidential race, he said, despite the deluge …
Ana Radelat / The CT Mirror:
Courtney foils Trump's red, white, blue Air Force One plan  —  Amendment won't allow gold-plated interior fixtures, either  —  Washington — Rep. Joe Courtney on Wednesday threw a big wrench into President Donald Trump's plans to paint the iconic Air Force One jets red, white and blue.
Discussion: Politico
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump rushes into damage control after saying he'd accept foreign help in 2020  —  President Donald Trump and his senior advisers moved quickly on Thursday to downplay and muddle his explosive assertion that he might not report to the FBI offers of election help from a foreign entity.
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
‘The right answer is no’: Graham rebukes Trump's willingness to take foreign dirt on rivals  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham sharply rebuked Donald Trump Thursday for saying he would likely take dirt on his 2020 opponents from a foreign government, though he also gave the president an out, calling it potentially a “mistake of law.”
Discussion: ABC News, CNN and Breitbart
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Pelosi doesn't budge on impeachment after Trump's ‘appalling’ claim he'd take 2020 campaign dirt from foreign powers
Discussion: Political Wire
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
‘Fox & Friends’ Host Brian Kilmeade Attacks Trump for Saying He Would Take Foreign Intel
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Post
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump shares mock-ups of a new Air Force One featuring colors remarkably similar to his private jet
Discussion: NPR, Hullabaloo and Slate
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.
Discussion: Rolling Stone, Daily Kos and Mediaite
The Hill:
Federal watchdog recommends Conway be removed from role for Hatch Act violations  —  A federal watchdog agency on Thursday urged President Trump to remove Kellyanne Conway as White House counselor over repeated violations of the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from engaging in elections in their official capacity.
Discussion: Axios, Newser and
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
READ: OSC Recommends Trump Fire Kellyanne Conway For Hatch Act Violations
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Bloomberg
Steve Holland / Reuters:   Government watchdog: Trump aide Conway should be fired for political comments
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.
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
How Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren Cracked the Code of the 2020 Race  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Pete Buttigieg ran through his stump speech (six minutes on generational change), tossed bean bags with activists (in front of as many cameras as Iowa voters), took seven questions from reporters …
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 …
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.”
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Democrats throw hands up in disgust over Trump's comment  —  “Atrocious.”  “Unbelievable.”  “Wildly ridiculous.”  “Unpatriotic.”  —  House Democrats left a Thursday caucus meeting aghast at President Donald Trump's comments that he'd consider accepting election assistance from a foreign government.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Majority of Democrats on House Judiciary Committee now back impeachment
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Democrats to launch fresh push to counter foreign interference in elections
Discussion: National Review and Just Security
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Manchin eyes Senate exit  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is eyeing a possible exit from the Senate, and his decision could be a significant factor in which party controls the majority in 2021.  —  In moments of frustration, the centrist senator has gone so far as to tell colleagues he may leave …
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 …
Anna Merlan / Jezebel:
Legislative Staffer Describes Meeting With Jessica Biel and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as They Lobbied to Kill a Bill Tightening Vaccine Exemptions  —  On Wednesday, a series of photos posted by activist and vaccine “skeptic” Robert F. Kennedy Jr. showed him and actress Jessica Biel lobbying California state lawmakers.
Discussion: Observer, Vox, Variety and Just Jared
Tarpley Hitt / The Daily Beast:
Jessica Biel Comes Out as Anti-Vaxx Activist, Joins Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Lobby Against CA Vaccination Bill
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Joe Biden described being an ‘odd man out’ with Democrats on abortion in 2006 interview  —  How top aides, Alyssa Milano helped change Biden's mind on abortion issue  —  (CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden described himself in 2006 as an “odd man out” within his own party on the issue of abortion …
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Beto, lagging in the polls, unleashes attack on Biden
Discussion: Fox&Hounds, Axios, Breitbart and Shakesville
Emma Roller / Slate:
Joe Biden Can't Stop Using the Toxic “Lock Up Your Daughters” Joke
Discussion: Vox, Daily Kos and PJ Media Home
Raphael Satter / Associated Press:
Experts: Spy used AI-generated face to connect with targets  —  LONDON (AP) — Katie Jones sure seemed plugged into the Washington's political scene.  The 30-something redhead boasted a job at a top think tank and a who's-who network of pundits and experts, from the centrist Brookings Institution to the right-wing Heritage Foundation.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Mashable and The Verge
New York Times:
Rent Regulations in New York: How They'll Affect Tenants and Landlords  —  The changes would be sweeping, covering everything from security deposits to apartment upgrades.  —  Democratic lawmakers in New York harnessed their new powers on Tuesday to broker sweeping changes to rent laws …
Discussion: New York Daily News, VICE and Splinter
New York Times:
Titans of Real Estate in ‘Shock’ Over New York Rent Law Deal
Discussion: Splinter
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump betrays his country again by inviting foreign interference  —  In an extraordinary interview with ABC News's George Stephanopoulos, President Trump said that he would be open to listening to a foreign country's opposition research against his 2020 rival, suggested that all congressmen …
Discussion: MSNBC
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Rick Santorum: Trump Was Just Using ‘Filler Words’ When He Said He'd Accept Foreign Help
Discussion: Wonkette
Tory leadership contest: Boris Johnson tops first ballot  —  Boris Johnson has secured the highest number of votes in the first ballot to select the Conservative party leader and next prime minister.  —  Three contenders - Mark Harper, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey - have been knocked out …
Discussion: BBC
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Team Beto Is Tired of the Media's ‘Bullshit’ Narrative  —  After being bashed as light on policy, the Texas Democrat has unveiled a series of issue platforms his allies say he's not getting enough credit for nationally.  —  Beto O'Rourke's team and supporters think the narrative around their campaign is bunk.
Errin Haines Whack / Associated Press:
House hearing on reparations for slavery set for next week  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify before a House panel.
Jack Flemming / Los Angeles Times:
Donald Trump's Beverly Hills home quietly sells for $13.5 million  —  President Trump has visited California three times since entering the White House, but he'll have one less place to stay for the next trip.  The Trump Organization has quietly unloaded one of its last two properties in Los Angeles County …
Discussion: Fox News
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Brittany Crocker / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Knox County DA ‘looking into’ detective's church sermon calling for execution of LGBTQ people
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Putin says U.S.-Russia relations are getting ‘worse and worse’
Discussion: National Review
Julia Wallace / Laredo Morning News:
Meet Jessica Cisneros, the 26-year-old Laredo attorney running against Cuellar in Congress
Discussion: The Daily Caller
USA Today:
‘Grim reaper’ Mitch McConnell buries plans to protect America from election interference
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Buttigieg Backs a Future Criminal Investigation Into Trump
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Matthew Zeitlin / New Republic:
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Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Senator says South Dakota lost half a billion dollars from Trump's trade war
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Media Claims Notwithstanding, Trump Is Favored To Be Re-Elected
Discussion: Observer, Fox News and The Resurgent
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Republicans dodge nasty Senate primary in North Carolina