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12:35 AM ET, June 14, 2019


 Top Items: 
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 …
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 …
Sarah Sanders leaving White House post after fraught tenure
Steven Overly / Politico:
Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with Trump as tariffs loom
Discussion: One America News Network and Axios
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 …
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.
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Democrats delete from presidential debate stage a Montana governor, a Massachusetts congressman and a Florida mayor
Discussion: Political Wire and Politico
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 …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Republican blocks bill requiring campaigns to alert FBI to foreign assistance
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
‘Absolutely unprecedented’: Trump upends long-held views with openness to foreign assistance
Discussion: IJR and Outside the Beltway
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.
Washington Post:
Oil tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman, U.S. Navy says
US releases video it claims shows Iran removing unexploded mine from Gulf tanker
Discussion: News Breaking
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Trump sees no national interest beyond his own  —  It was shocking enough to hear President Trump declare publicly that he is open for business with foreign adversaries who have dirt to offer on his political opponents.  But in doing so, he has also revealed a disturbing truth about himself.
Discussion: The Atlantic, ABC News and CBS News
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:   Hill push to battle foreign election interference is stuck at McConnell roadblock
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 …
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
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
New York Ends Religious Exemptions For Required Vaccines  —  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Thursday ending vaccination exemptions based on religious beliefs, the latest attempt to address the growing measles outbreak, the worst the U.S. has experienced in decades.
Discussion: WNEP-TV and Vox
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 …
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.
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: Vanity Fair
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.
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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: The Root and Fox News
David Axe / The Daily Beast:
America Is Stuck With a $400 Billion Stealth Fighter That Can't Fight  —  The planes have had several previously unreported ‘category 1’ flaws—military parlance for issues that can prevent a pilot from accomplishing their mission.  —  Here's something the public didn't know until today …
Discussion: Townhall, Politico and Defense News
Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
I Think I Know Why Trump Faved That Tweet About Rihanna  —  At 12:40 a.m. on June 12, in the year of our Lord 2019, President Donald J. Trump “liked” the following tweet, perhaps suggesting that he, too, stans a work/life balance queen. … It's not the first tweet Trump has liked …
Chas Gillespie / McSweeney's:
Every NIMBY's Speech At a Public Hearing  —  Friends, neighbors, it's good to see all of you.  I know you, you know me, and just seeing all of your faces at this city council meeting reminds me why I love living in this town.  Because I feel comforted by stasis and regularity …
The Economist:
Donald Trump's presidency has moved America left  —  The Right Nation was last this enthusiastic about left-wing policies in 1961  —  Americans are more in favour of “big-government” policies today than at any point in the last 68 years.  That is the conclusion of James Stimson …
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Ben Guarino / Washington Post:
USDA research agencies will move to Kansas City region despite opposition
Discussion: Axios and Front Page Magazine
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Trump to America: Who's Going to Stop Me?
Sam Knight / New Yorker:
The Empty Promise of Boris Johnson
Lara Seligman / Foreign Policy:
Top WMD Official Quietly Leaves Pentagon
Discussion: Bloomberg and Defense One
James Orenstein / New York Times:
I'm a Judge. Here's How Surveillance Is Challenging Our Legal System.
Pia Deshpande / Politico:
Anita Hill says she could see herself voting for Biden
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Nunes Says He Has Finally Seen Mueller ‘Scope Memo’
Discussion: RedState
Washington Post:
Trump's company sells California mansion to firm linked to Indonesian billionaire, a business partner
Discussion: Fox News, The Week and Mother Jones
 Earlier Items: 
The Daily Beast:
House Dems Do What They Do Best After Trump Invites Foreign Election Interference: Shrug
Discussion: Politico
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNN:
First on CNN Business: 600 companies including Walmart, Costco and Target warn Trump on tariffs
Discussion: Newser and KTVQ-TV
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Brace for a Voter-Turnout Tsunami