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1. Data dump

Donald Trump’s campaign has cut ties with some pollsters after leaked internal figures from late March showed the president trailing in key battleground states, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

The data, first obtained by ABC News, revealed a double-digit lead for former Vice President Joe Biden in Pennsylvania, 55-39, and in Wisconsin, 51-41, with Biden also up 7 points in Florida. The Trump campaign told ABC News more recent polls show huge swings in Trump’s favor.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos, Trump said his internal polls “show I’m winning everywhere,” and when asked about reports of polls showing Biden ahead of him in key states, he claimed that “those polls don’t exist.”

When internal polls leak, it’s an indication there’s concern inside a campaign, ABC News Political Director Rick Klein says on “Start Here.”

“These numbers don’t typically come out,” Klein tells us. “It means that someone is worried about the strategy. In this instance, I believe there are people in the Trump orbit who think the president himself isn’t listening.”

2. Hong Kong protests

An estimated 2 million people in Hong Kong — more than one-quarter of the population — took to the streets this weekend, according to organizers, in a massive protest over a proposed law that would allow suspected criminals to be sent to China for prosecution.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam suspended work on the bill in the wake of the demonstrations and apologized in a statement from the government, pledging “to adopt a most sincere and humble attitude to accept criticisms and make improvements in serving the public.”

“As of now,” ABC News’ Bob Woodruff says from Hong Kong, “the extradition law will sit quietly, so this huge march had a very big impact.”

PHOTO: Thousands of protesters march through the street as they take part in a new rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong, June 16, 2019. AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of protesters march through the street as they take part in a new rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong, June 16, 2019.

3. ‘Treason’

The president has accused The New York Times of “a virtual act of Treason” for reporting that the U.S. is waging a cyber invasion into Russia’s power grid.

“We’re talking about a defensive posture by the U.S. military,” ABC News’ Lana Zak explains. “According to The New York Times, the United States is actually putting its own code within key Russian targets.”

Trump said the article was “not true,” but the Times cites administration officials who said they think the president wasn’t fully briefed on U.S. Cyber Command’s reported efforts. ABC News has not independently confirmed the report.

4. ‘Beyond upsetting’

A confrontation last month between police in Phoenix and a young couple has sparked outrage, including from the city’s mayor, after officers investigating a shoplifting were seen on video pointing guns at the family.

“There’s a mother holding two children, both under the age of 5,” ABC News’ Zachary Kiesch says, describing the bystander video. “There’s officers with their guns drawn threatening to shoot her.”

The couple was handcuffed, but no charges were filed. The incident is under investigation, according to Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams, and the officers involved were placed on desk duty.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego issued an apology for the incident on Sunday: “There is no situation in which this is ever close to acceptable. As a mother myself, seeing these children put in such a terrifying position is beyond upsetting.”

PHOTO: Cell phone video shows officers from the Phoenix Police Department sweep-kicking handcuffed Dravon Ames, May 27, 2019.Obtained by ABC News

Cell phone video shows officers from the Phoenix Police Department sweep-kicking handcuffed Dravon Ames, May 27, 2019.

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At the age of 13, Tom Sweeney was diagnosed with leukemia. From then on, his main goal was to survive. Graduating from high school would just be a bonus.

“I want to be an inspiration to other people, but I didn’t think this many people would be interested in little old me,” Sweeney told ABC Philadelphia station WPVI.

PHOTO: Tom Sweeney graduated from Philadelphia Performing Arts charter school on time Friday, June 14, 2019, despite being diagnosed with leukemia as a 13-year-old.WPVI

Tom Sweeney graduated from Philadelphia Performing Arts charter school on time Friday, June 14, 2019, despite being diagnosed with leukemia as a 13-year-old.

While spending countless hours at home and in the hospital fighting the disease, Sweeney not only managed to graduate from high school on time, but with honors — and he was crowned prom king.

“Proud, proud, humble, just love — I can’t explain it,” Sweeney’s dad, Tom Sr., told WPVI. “It is just a dream.”

Wet, stormy forecast ahead from Plains to Northeast

Over the weekend, at least 20 tornadoes were reported in eight states — North Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Indiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Illinois — as much of the U.S. braces for a wet, stormy week ahead.

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A region stretching from the Plains to the Northeast could see local rainfalls of 4 total inches this week, which comes on the heels of five tornadoes in Indiana and half a foot of rain in southern Texas, which experienced flash flooding.

PHOTO: Early Monday, severe storms and heavy rain blanketed much of the U.S.ABC News

Early Monday, severe storms and heavy rain blanketed much of the U.S.

Heavy rain is expected from this storm system, with flood alerts Monday morning stretching from Illinois to New Jersey.

PHOTO: A wide patch of flood watches have been issued for Monday morning.ABC News

A wide patch of flood watches have been issued for Monday morning.

Severe storms are likely Monday from the Plains into the mid-Atlantic, including damaging wind, hail and heavy rain for cities including Washington and Philadelphia.

PHOTO: Severe storms are forecast Monday in the mid-Atlantic region.ABC News

Severe storms are forecast Monday in the mid-Atlantic region.

PHOTO: Some spots could see 4 inches of rain this week.ABC News

Some spots could see 4 inches of rain this week.

Some areas in the eastern half of the U.S. this week could see half a foot of rain, leading to more flooding.

1 killed, 7 injured in Philadelphia graduation party shooting

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PHILADELPHIA – Authorities in Philadelphia say one person has been killed and at least seven others have been shot during a graduation party.

KYW-TV reports the shooting occurred Sunday shortly before 10:30 p.m. near South 70th Street and Reed Bird Place. Authorities say four teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17 suffered gunshot wounds to their legs. Four adults in their 20s were shot in various parts of their body.

Police said the one fatality was an adult.

The shooting is one of numerous homicides that occurred amid a rash of gunfire around the city that also wounded a number of other people throughout the weekend.

Authorities have not provided a motive for the shooting.

No arrests have been made in the shooting.

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Trump asks Mulvaney to leave room during ABC interview due to coughing | TheHill

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: ‘Just call the FBI’ MORE was so bothered by his chief of staff’s coughing during an interview in the Oval Office with ABC News that he asked his top aide to leave the room.

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“And let’s do that over, he’s coughing in the middle of my answer,” Trump told Stephanopoulos, referring to his chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw White House mulling restoring daily press briefing with Sanders replacement: report MORE.

“I don’t like that, you know, I don’t like that,” Trump continued, referring to Mulvaney’s coughing. 

“Your chief of staff,” Stephanopoulos clarified. 

“If you’re going to cough, please leave the room. You just can’t, you just can’t cough. Boy oh boy,” Trump said.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment. 

Trump proceeded to answer Stephanopolous’s question by saying he wanted people to see his “financial statement,” calling it phenomenal.” 

Trump added the decision is “not up to me, it’s up to lawyers.” 

Corona: COSTCO Shooting Update…Deceased Victim Identified – Inland Empire Sports & News

The Riverside County Coroners Office has identified the deceased male as 32 year-old Kenneth French from Riverside.

On June 14, 2019, at 7:46 P.M. Corona Police Officers were sent to Costco Wholesale located at 480 N. McKinley Street, Corona regarding a shooting inside the business.

The investigation has revealed this was an isolated occurrence within the store and was not an uncontained active shooter incident as the preliminary information had been communicated to initial officers. As the investigation is still on-going, the names of involved persons are not being released at this time.

Investigation has confirmed an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department Officer was shopping at Costco with his family. Without provocation, a male unknown to the officer’s family assaulted the officer while the officer was holding his young child. This attack resulted in the officer firing his weapon, striking the male and two of the male’s family members.

The family members are being treated at local hospitals and are in critical condition. The off duty officer was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released. The off duty officer’s child was not injured during this incident.

he officer’s gun was the only weapon involved in the incident, contrary to earlier reports. As is standard procedure in such investigations, the Corona Police Department is working closely with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office who will be evaluating the facts and circumstances of this incident.

If you witnessed this incident and have not provided your statement to the police, please contact Lieutenant Newman at 951-817-5788 or email Robert.Newman@CoronaCA.gov.

Press Release Provided By the Corona Police Department

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Donald Trump talks health care, Abe Lincoln and Richard Nixon in television interview

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump says health care will be a focus of his re-election campaign and that his administration will release its plan to replace Obamacare in a couple of months

“We already have the concept of the plan, but it’ll be less expensive than Obamacare by a lot,” Trump said in a wide-ranging television interview that aired Sunday night on ABC News’ 20/20.  “And it’ll be much better health care.”

Trump, who will formally kick off his re-election campaign in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday, offered no details of his health care plan, but suggested he was in favor of continuing insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

In April, Trump suggested he would not push for a vote in Congress to replace Obamacare until after the 2020 elections. But in the TV interview, he told interviewer George Stephanopoulos that his administration would definitely unveil its Obamacare replacement plan before the election.

Asked what his pitch to voters would be next year, Trump said he also would emphasize safety, security and the economy.

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During the hour-long program, portions of which were released last week, Trump touched on a number of other topics:

—Trump said he uses Twitter to get out his message and bypass what he calls “a very unfair press.”

“If I don’t use social media, I do not get the word out,” he said.

Told that even some of his supporters wish he’d cut back on his tweets, Trump said, “I have some people that do say that.” But other people “would be very unhappy if I ever stopped,” he said.

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—Trump claimed that no other president has been treated as badly by the press as he has. Not even Abraham Lincoln.

“Abraham Lincoln was treated supposedly very badly, but nobody’s been treated badly like me,” he said.

—Trump insisted he never planned to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and that Richard Nixon was part of the reason.

Mueller concluded in his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election that Trump had ordered White House counsel Don McGahn to fire Mueller but that McGhan had refused. But Trump said he wasn’t going to fire Mueller.

“You know why? Because I watched Richard Nixon go around firing everybody, and that didn’t work out too well,” he said.

He apparently was referring to Nixon’s so-called “Saturday night massacre,” which happened on October 20, 1973.

Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox. When Richardson refused and resigned, Nixon then ordered Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire Cox. Ruckelshaus refused and also resigned. Nixon then told Solicitor General Robert Bork to fire Cox, who did as Nixon asked.

Regardless, the chain of events was highly damaging to Nixon.

—Trump suggested former President Barack Obama knew about what he said was an effort in the FBI to undermine his presidential campaign.

Asked if Obama was behind that effort, Trump hedged. But, “I would say that he certainly must have known about it because it went very high up in the chain.”

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Pelosi flexes muscle over party in impeachment debate, but ‘dam’ could collapse

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has wielded her power to quash a faction of Democrats rallying for President Trump’s impeachment, but frustrated members within the party say the president is one misstep away from “that dam collapsing,” according to a Sunday report.

Since reassuming leadership over the house, Pelosi has thwarted her party’s liberal wing from going forward with impeachment proceedings, encouraging them to instead focus on other issues like health care.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reflects on President Donald Trump's statement that he would accept assistance from a foreign power. 

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reflects on President Donald Trump’s statement that he would accept assistance from a foreign power. 
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“I don’t think there’s anything more divisive we can do than to impeach a president of the United States, and so you have to handle it with great care,” Pelosi told CNN on Sunday. “It has to be about the truth and the facts to take you to whatever decision has to be there.”

Some lawmakers say their deference to Pelosi is out of respect for the speaker’s political expertise, and agree that impeachment would do more harm than good.

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“She is the single smartest strategist that we’ve ever had…People are not wanting to second guess her because she’s been right on so many fronts,” Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., told the Washington Post.

But other Democratic lawmakers, like Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., admit they toe the party line out of fear.

“One, you want to be a team player and support the leader’s position, but secondly you’re worried about your own self and…what can happen if you don’t follow along,” Schrader told the paper.

Some argue that President Trump’s defiance of congressional investigators will eventually break the divide between moderate Democrats and its liberal wing.

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Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., described Pelosi’s hold over Democrats as “fragile” because “we’re kind of one event, one piece of explosive testimony, one action by Trump away from that dam collapsing.”

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The Democrats’ pro-impeachment camp howled this week after Trump said in an interview with ABC that he’d be willing to listen if a foreign government had dirt on an opponent. Yet despite the familiar refrain of impeachment, Pelosi didn’t budge an inch on impeachment after Trump’s comments.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

Trump campaign parts ways with pollsters after leak

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President Donald Trump’s campaign is ending its relationship with pollsters Brett Lloyd, Mike Baselice and Adam Geller. | Alex Brandon/AP Photo

The Trump campaign is cutting ties with three pollsters after damaging internal polling results were leaked to the media, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The leak, which showed that Trump trailed Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential contest in several states, prompted a swell of negative headlines, causing a headache for Trump’s advisers and annoying the president himself. It comes as Trump is preparing to announce his re-election bid during a rally in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday.

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As a result of the leak, the Trump campaign is ending its relationship with Brett Lloyd, Mike Baselice and Adam Geller, according to the person. It will continue working with its other pollsters, Tony Fabrizio and John McLaughlin.

Lloyd is the head of the Polling Company, a firm started by Kellyanne Conway in 1995. Conway is now a senior White House adviser to Trump and is no longer formally connected to the company. Baselice is the founder of Baselice & Associates, a national research firm. Geller is the founder and CEO of National Research Inc., and has done polling for former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.

There is widespread speculation within the reelection campaign that Geller and Baselice, who still enjoy the confidence of top Trump aides, will join the pro-Trump super PAC.

Word of the campaign’s 17-state internal poll — conducted by Fabrizio and showing the president falling behind Biden in key states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — began showing up in the media almost two months ago, when The New York Times initially mentioned it in an article. POLITICO subsequently published an article last month detailing some of the poll’s results for the first time.

When the Times published a story early last week adding more details about the polling and revealing that Trump had instructed aides to downplay it, Trump advisers’ frustrations with the leaks reached a fever pitch.

Trump publicly pushed back on the Times report, denying the existence of “phony polls” and adding, “We are winning in every single state that we’ve polled.” When ABC News obtained the polling data on Friday, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale confirmed it, but dismissed it as outdated.

The Trump campaign declined to comment for this article. NBC News first reported the decision to cut ties with the pollsters.

Alex Isenstadt contributed to this story.

Corona: COSTCO Shooting Update…Deceased Victim Identified – Inland Empire Sports & News

The Riverside County Coroners Office has identified the deceased male as 32 year-old Kenneth French from Riverside.

On June 14, 2019, at 7:46 P.M. Corona Police Officers were sent to Costco Wholesale located at 480 N. McKinley Street, Corona regarding a shooting inside the business.

The investigation has revealed this was an isolated occurrence within the store and was not an uncontained active shooter incident as the preliminary information had been communicated to initial officers. As the investigation is still on-going, the names of involved persons are not being released at this time.

Investigation has confirmed an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department Officer was shopping at Costco with his family. Without provocation, a male unknown to the officer’s family assaulted the officer while the officer was holding his young child. This attack resulted in the officer firing his weapon, striking the male and two of the male’s family members.

The family members are being treated at local hospitals and are in critical condition. The off duty officer was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released. The off duty officer’s child was not injured during this incident.

he officer’s gun was the only weapon involved in the incident, contrary to earlier reports. As is standard procedure in such investigations, the Corona Police Department is working closely with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office who will be evaluating the facts and circumstances of this incident.

If you witnessed this incident and have not provided your statement to the police, please contact Lieutenant Newman at 951-817-5788 or email Robert.Newman@CoronaCA.gov.

Press Release Provided By the Corona Police Department

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Philadelphia shooting: At least 8 shot, 1 killed at Philadelphia graduation party

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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross briefing reporters lateo n June 16, 2019 on several people being shot at graduation party

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At least eight people were shot at a graduation party in the Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood and at least one of them was killed, CBS Philly reports. It happened shortly after 10 p.m. on a dead end street, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross told reporters.

He said four juveniles between 15 and 17 years old suffered gunshot wounds, mostly to the legs, and all were expected to recover.

Four adults were also shot, in various parts of their bodies, and one was pronounced dead at a hospital, he said. All the others suffered what were believed to be non-life-threatening wounds. All the adults were believed to be in their twenties.

Ross said there were about eight or nine shots fired.

No arrests have been made.

It was unclear how many shooters there were or if the shooter or shooters escaped on foot or in a vehicle.

There was no word on what prompted the shooting. There was no indication of any sort of trouble in the area beforehand, Ross said, adding that police were concerned about retaliation and planned to step up patrols.

The shooting culminated another weekend filled with gun violence in Philadelphia, CBS Philly said. More than a dozen people were shot since late Friday night before the graduation party, in nearly every pocket of Philadelphia, even on I-76.