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3:40 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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Brian Flood / The Wrap:
In a statement, the National Enquirer says it had no knowledge of discussions between the White House and Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski  —  “We have no knowledge of any discussions between the White House and Joe and Mika about our story, and absolutely no involvement in those discussions," COO says
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.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Donald Trump and his allies believe he's gained a tactical advantage in his war with the media, thanks to CNN resignations and Sarah Palin's NYT libel suit
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 …
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.
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.
Eugene Wei / Remains of the Day:
Internet has ushered in an age of “distributed truth”, widely spreading little known knowledge that used to be confined offline  —  Apparently, for years, Nora Ephron, who was once married to Carl Bernstein, would openly tell people that Deep Throat was FBI Associate Director Mark Felt.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
DirecTV Now, AT&T's OTT pay TV service, adds 35+ local TV stations affiliated with ABC, NBC, and Fox  —  DirecTV Now, AT&T's over-the-top pay TV service, is adding more than 35 local TV stations affiliated with ABC, NBC and Fox starting next week — more than doubling its local broadcast footprint since launching last November.
 
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