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8:30 PM ET, July 15, 2018


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CBS News:
“I think the European Union is a foe,” Trump says ahead of Putin meeting in Helsinki  —  Coming off a contentious NATO summit and a trip to the U.K. in which he seemed to undercut the government of America's closest ally, President Trump took aim at another Western institution just days …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Putin must wonder what else America knows about Russia  —  When Russian President Vladimir Putin sits down at the table in Helsinki on Monday, he will surely have in the back of his mind some intelligence worries that have nothing to do with the U.S. president seated across from him.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Rand Paul on Russian election meddling: ‘We all do it’  —  Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday sought to justify Russia's interference in America's 2016 presidential race, claiming that all countries meddle in foreign elections.  —  “I think really we mistake our response if we think it's about accountability from the Russians.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, CNN, The Week and Breitbart
CBS News:
Trump on Putin meeting: “I go in with low expectations”
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
Gowdy to Trump: Ask Putin where “we can pick up the 25 Russians” indicted in Mueller probe
Discussion: Mother Jones and Bustle
New York Times:
Just Sitting Down With Trump, Putin Comes Out Ahead
Brett Samuels / The Hill:   Rand Paul on Russia indictments: We should focus on protecting elections instead of ‘witch hunt on the president’
New York Times:
U.K. Poisoning Inquiry Turns to Russian Agency in Mueller Indictments  —  LONDON — The same Russian military intelligence service now accused of disrupting the 2016 presidential election in America may also be responsible for the nerve agent attack in Britain against a former Russian spy …
New York Times:
Warren is Preparing for 2020.  So Are Biden, Booker, Harris and Sanders.  —  RENO, Nev. — During a campaign-style tour of the West late last month, Senator Elizabeth Warren did not announce she was running for president.  But in private events and public speeches, her message about 2020 was as clear as it was rousing.
Discussion: and Althouse
Ben Jacobs / The Guardian:   Iowa awaits Democratic presidential hopefuls - but pickings are slim
The Daily Beast:
White House Retaliates Against CNN by Cancelling Interview  —  The White House cancelled an interview with CNN in retaliation for an interaction between President Trump and a network reporter at a press conference in London.  CNN had secured an interview with national security adviser John Bolton …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Fox News' Howard Kurtz on Trump-CNN Flap: Jim Acosta Was ‘Trying to Hijack the Question’
Eleanor Busby / The Independent:
Elon Musk calls British diver who helped rescue Thai schoolboys ‘pedo guy’ in Twitter outburst  —  ‘Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it’  —  POPULAR VIDEOS  —  Elon Musk has called a British diver who helped rescue schoolboys from a flooded cave in Thailand ‘pedo guy’ on Twitter.
Zeynep Tufekci / New York Times:
What Elon Musk Should Learn From the Thailand Cave Rescue
Jill Serjeant / Reuters:
U.S. lawmakers shown backing fake kindergarten gun scheme in Sacha Baron Cohen satire
Discussion: Common Dreams
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Former Fox News reporter warns that Trump team is ‘still colluding’ with the Russians  —  Former Fox News Channel chief political correspondent Carl Cameron has a warning for America: “The Trump team were colluding with the Russians in 2016 - and they are still colluding.”
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Maura Lerner / Star Tribune:
He, she or ze?  Pronouns could pose trouble under University of Minnesota campus policy  —  Draft policy would punish those who ignore personal pronoun preferences.  —  Using the wrong pronoun could turn into a firing offense at the University of Minnesota.
Discussion: RedState
John Hinderaker / Power Line:   Gender Follies at the University of Minnesota
Cindy Chang / Los Angeles Times:
Judge orders L.A. Times to alter story about Glendale cop, sparking protest from newspaper  —  A federal judge on Saturday ordered the Los Angeles Times to remove information from an article that described a plea agreement between prosecutors and a Glendale police detective accused of working …
Discussion: Reason and KTLA, more at Mediagazer »
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
World Cup 2018: The Moral Clarity of Pussy Riot's Protest  —  On Sunday, in the fifty-second minute of the final game of the World Cup, four women dressed in Russian police uniforms charged the field, briefly disrupting the match.  They were members of the Russian protest-art group Pussy Riot.
Emily Ngo / Newsday:
The evolution of Kirsten Gillibrand  —  Gillibrand once held more conservative views on guns and immigration, but in her nine years as New York's junior senator, she has swung steadily to the left on those and other issues.  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand describes her shift from defender …
Micaela Marshall / 13abc:20 minutes ago
Arrest made in racially charged vandalism on Ogden Ave.  —  TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Toledo police arrested Patricia Edelen for spray painting racial slurs on her neighbor's home Friday night.  —  “She had multiple warrants.  She ran from the officers inside her residence.
New York Times:
How Israel, in Dark of Night, Torched Its Way to Iran's Nuclear Secrets  —  TEL AVIV — The Mossad agents moving in on a warehouse in a drab commercial district of Tehran knew exactly how much time they had to disable the alarms, break through two doors, cut through dozens of giant safes …
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Capitol Hill interns say Uber driver refused to take them to Trump DC hotel because they had MAGA hats  —  Congressional interns said that an Uber driver refused to take them to President Trump  —  's Washington, D.C., hotel because they had “Make America Great Again” hats.
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
Immigrant kids held in shelters: 'They told us to behave, or we'd be here forever'  —  BOSTON — When the 8-year-old stepped off a plane here earlier this month with freshly cut bangs and a shelter-issued sweatsuit, she was met by crowds and television cameras and finally …
Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:
Elizabeth Denham: ‘Data crimes are real crimes’  —  With the publication of an interim report on her investigation into the Brexit referendum, the information commissioner has issued a strong statement of intent against the tech giants  —  Nobody does cool, calm and collected like Elizabeth Denham does cool, calm and collected.
Dean Weingarten / The Truth About Guns:
Gun Control Advocate Misrepresents Massachusetts Court Decision on Common Rifles  —  In an interview with Mother Jones, Brady Campaign co-president Avery Gardiner, makes the following claims about the “common use” of AR-pattern rifles in the US: … Gardiner misstates what Judge Young wrote in his opinion.
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David Sharp / Associated Press:
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Dean Weingarten / The Truth About Guns:
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The Times of Israel:
Israel strikes Hamas cell launching arson kites during Gaza ceasefire
Discussion: Jihad Watch
David Sharp / Associated Press:
C'est la vie: Canadians still visiting US despite trade flap
Esha Ray / New York Daily News:
Judge overseeing Michael Cohen evidence releases 883,634 more items to prosecutors
Esmeralda Bermudez / Los Angeles Times:
'I'm here. I'm here.' Father reunited with son amid tears, relief and fear of what's next
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
How Putin butters up Trump
CBS News:
Transcript: Rep. Trey Gowdy on “Face the Nation,” July 15, 2018
Molly Hensley-Clancy / BuzzFeed:
Democratic Voters Want To See A Fight Against Brett Kavanaugh.  Democratic Officials Worry There's Not Much To Do.
 Earlier Items: 
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Major Chain in Canada Pulls Ivanka Trump's Clothing
Discussion: Axios and HuffPost
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
F.B.I. Confidence in Leadership Fell in Year After Comey's Firing
Discussion: Raw Story and Lawfare
Steve Bannon's Call To Arms: You're Going To Have To Fight For Your Country
Jerry Brewer / Washington Post:
Some might call Audi Field opening tasteful. Others might say underwhelming.
David Siders / Politico:
Mayors muscle into 2020 presidential race
CBS News:
Western allies plan White Helmets evacuation from Syria
Discussion: Politico
Barrett Wilson / Quillette:
I Was the Mob Until the Mob Came for Me