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7:25 PM ET, June 30, 2017

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Jason Le Miere / Newsweek:
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski say White House officials told them a negative story in the National Enquirer would be spiked if they apologized to Trump  —  Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have accused President Donald Trump of effectively blackmailing them over a story …
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A look at the ugly descent of Trump's relationship with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, from Trump's guest appearances on Morning Joe to today's tweets  —  President Trump's relationship with the hosts of the MSNBC program “Morning Joe” — which devolved into cringeworthy tweets …
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Sources: Jared Kushner told Joe Scarborough he would need to apologize to Trump in order for the National Enquirer to kill a story on his affair with Brzezinski  —  As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump used his close alliance with the National Enquirer to attack his enemies.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Trump's vulgar tweets directed at Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are the latest of a string of escalating attacks by the president on the news media
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
BuzzFeed subpoenas federal agencies for details of probe into Trump-Russia dossier, as part of discovery in libel suit filed by tech exec Aleksej Gubarev  —  Media outlet seeks to use Russian tech executive's libel suit to seek records from spy agencies.  —  Add this surprising entry …
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Katy Waldman / Slate:
How journalists line the walls on Capitol Hill, hoping to catch senators saying more than just evasive, boilerplate answers on the US health insurance bill  —  The Capitol Hill unit of the country's fake news operation—50 or so crisply attired journalists with their faces deep in their phones …
The Intercept:
During a speech at a private fundraising event in DC on Wednesday night, Trump asked the audience if he should sue CNN  —  President Donald Trump kicked off his re-election campaign's financing efforts with a major fundraiser at his own Washington hotel Wednesday night, excluding media but charging attendees $35,000 each.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook says it will identify and demote links from users who post more than 50 times a day in News Feed  —  People who post 50-plus times per day are likely sharing spam or false news, Facebook says.  —  Facebook has a new way of identifying false news and spam in users' feeds …
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Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Sources: Twitter has explored a way to let users flag tweets with false info; Twitter says there are “no current plans” for such a feature
New York Times:
Germany passes law allowing fines of up to $57M for social media companies if they do not delete illegal, racist, or slanderous content within 24 hours  —  BERLIN — Social media companies operating in Germany face fines of as much as $57 million if they do not delete illegal …
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
Greta Van Susteren parts ways with MSNBC after her 6pm show fails to gain traction  —  In an era where liberal anger is driving ratings, the former Fox anchor's 6:00 p.m. show never caught fire.  —  “Remember me?”  Greta Van Susteren crooned to the camera as she raised the curtain on her new MSNBC show on January 9.
 
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Jim Milliot / Publishers Weekly:
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
The UK government says it intends to call in the Competition and Markets Authority for a further six-month examination of Rupert Murdoch's Sky takeover bid
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