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9:30 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 and The Week
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Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
See a Design of the Harriet Tubman $20 Bill That Mnuchin Delayed  —  WASHINGTON — Extensive work was well underway on a new $20 bill bearing the image of Harriet Tubman when Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced last month that the design of the note would be delayed for technical reasons …
Discussion: Political Wire
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:   Louise Linton Resurfaces in New Interview: ‘It Sucks to Be Hated’
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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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 …
Washington Post:
‘Absolutely unprecedented’: Trump upends long-held views with openness to foreign assistance  —  With his declared willingness to accept help from a foreign government in an election, President Trump upended long-held views that such outside assistance is anathema in American campaigns …
Discussion: IJR
Owen Daugherty / The Hill:
Trump campaign says it will handle foreign intel offers on ‘case by case basis’
Discussion: KTVQ-TV
Ben Dooley / New York Times:
‘Flying Object’ Struck Tanker in Gulf of Oman, Operator Says, Not a Mine  —  TOKYO — One of the tankers that were attacked in the Gulf of Oman was struck by a flying object, the ship's Japanese operator said on Friday, disputing at least part of the account of United States officials who had blamed Iran for the attack.
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CNN:
US releases video it claims shows Iran removing unexploded mine from Gulf tanker  —  (CNN)The United States military on Thursday released a video that it says shows an Iranian navy boat removing an unexploded mine attached to the hull of the Japanese-owned chemical tanker Kokura Courageous.
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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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
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
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 …
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: The Week, PJ Media Home and Vanity Fair
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
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
David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
Impeach Trump?  Many California Democrats aren't convinced … Much like their elected representatives, California Democrats are divided sharply over whether Congress should move to impeach President Trump, a new poll shows.  —  Trump remains deeply unpopular in the nation's largest state …
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Illiberal Right Throws a Tantrum  —  By the tail end of the Obama administration, the culture war seemed lost.  The religious right sued for détente, having been swept up in one of the most rapid cultural shifts in generations.  Gone were the decades of being able to count …
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.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
As the Christchurch massacre trial begins, New Zealand news orgs vow to keep white supremacist ideology out of their coverage  —  As the trial of the man accused of the Christchurch mosque massacres began a few hours ago, New Zealand's major media organizations had a plan.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Federal employees turn their backs on Agriculture secretary after relocation plans announced  —  Members of the American Federation of Government Employees turned their backs on Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Thursday, apparently over plans to relocate them from Washington to the Kansas City area.
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
Doug Palmer / Politico:
Larry Kudlow: U.S. needs to ‘kick butt’ to get trade deal with China  —  White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Thursday defended President Donald Trump's combative approach to trade negotiations, but acknowledged there aren't any formal plans yet for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping …
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / New York Times:
U.S. Special Forces Battle Against ISIS Turns to Containment, and Concern  —  DEH BALA, Afghanistan — Two years ago, Pentagon officials said that American forces in the remote reaches of Afghanistan could defeat the Islamic State's offshoot here by the end of 2017.
Zachary B. Wolf / CNN:
How Jared Kushner is the ultimate test for US ethics laws  —  (CNN)No recent president has run up against the idea of financial transparency quite like Donald Trump.  —  He's fought the release of his tax returns and refused to divest his businesses, which he still frequents.
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
Michael Kruse / Politico:
The Escalator Ride That Changed America  —  Four years ago, Donald Trump stepped onto an escalator in the atrium of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York and began descending into a lobby packed with cameras.  It's safe to say the 10 or so seconds that followed are the most consequential escalator ride in American history.
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.
Kevin Burwick / MovieWeb:
Mark Hamill Wants Trump's Hollywood Star Replaced with Carrie Fisher's  —  Mark Hamill continues to advocate for a Carrie Fisher star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  However, this time he is throwing out the idea of removing Donald Trump's and replacing it with one for his late Star Wars co-star.
Angelo Codevilla / American Greatness:
A Conservative Resistance?  —  Leftists in America treat conservative voters, elected officials, and policies as illegitimate.  Should conservative Americans return the favor?  Could they?  —  Few outside the corporate leftist media took seriously Hillary Clinton's accusation …
 
 
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Anna Massoglia / OpenSecrets.org:
Trump 2020 campaign ad payments hidden by layers of shell companies
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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
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Bloomberg:
Tory Rivals Plot to Stop Boris Johnson From Winning Power in U.K.
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Sam Knight / New Yorker:
The Empty Promise of Boris Johnson
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Trump sees no national interest beyond his own
Discussion: The Atlantic, Politico and Defense One
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Washington Post:
Trump's company sells California mansion to firm linked to Indonesian billionaire, a business partner
Discussion: The Week, Fox News and Mother Jones
Wall Street Journal:
Elaine Chao Sells Vulcan Stock Holdings
Discussion: New York Times
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
Discussion: The Slot
Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed News:
The Wife Of A Republican Congressman Accused Of Misusing Campaign Funds Just Flipped And Pleaded Guilty
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
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