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4:35 AM ET, July 20, 2018


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Will Hurd / New York Times:
Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin.  What Should We Do?  —  Lawmakers must keep the American people informed of the current danger, writes a Republican congressman from Texas.  —  Mr. Hurd, a former C.I.A. officer, is a congressman from the 23rd District of Texas.
Discussion: Political Wire, The Week and Mediaite
Ilya Arkhipov / Bloomberg:
Putin Tells Diplomats He Made Trump a New Offer on Ukraine at Their Summit  — Russian leader suggested referendum in separatist regions  — Putin said to agree to let Trump mull plan before going public  —  Vladimir Putin told Russian diplomats that he made a proposal to Donald Trump …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“No Way to Run a Superpower”: the Trump-Putin Summit and the Death of American Foreign Policy  —  In the days since the Monday meeting in Helsinki, there's been an understandable frenzy over President Trump's post-summit press conference, given that he sided with the Russian President …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Adam Davidson / New Yorker:
A Theory of Trump Kompromat  —  Why the President is so nice to Putin, even when Putin might not want him to be.  —  The former C.I.A. operative Jack Devine watched Donald Trump's performance standing next to Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday, and his first thought was, “There is no way Trump is a Russian agent.”
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
White House morale tanks amid Helsinki fallout  —  Staffers are considering accelerating their departures in the wake of the president's equivocations on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.  —  President Donald Trump's disastrous performance since his news conference alongside Russian …
Discussion: Raw Story, Breitbart and Hullabaloo
Peter Montgomery / Right Wing Watch:   League Of The South Reaches Out To ‘Russian Friends’
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Resign, Mike Pompeo. Resign, John Bolton.
Discussion: CNBC, Politico and Washington Post
BuzzFeed News:
Congratulations, Mr. President: Zuckerberg Secretly Called Trump After The Election  —  In the days following Donald Trump's election victory over Hillary Clinton, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg placed a secret, previously unreported call to the president-elect during which, sources tell BuzzFeed News …
Kevin Collier / BuzzFeed News:
The Russians Who Hacked The DNC Have Targeted At Least Three 2018 Campaigns, Microsoft Says  —  The same Russian intelligence agency charged with hacking Democrats' emails in 2016 has targeted at least three candidates running for election in 2018, a Microsoft executive said.
Joe Simonson / The Daily Caller:
MSNBC And CNN Employees Dominate White House Press Briefings  —  The daily White House press briefing is meant to give a chance for reporters, from a variety of publications with their own perspectives and agendas, to ask the Trump administration various questions in the hopes of soliciting information for their respective outlets.
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:   ‘Say That Again?’: Prospect of Putin White House Visit Surprises Intelligence Chief
Washington Post:
'That's going to be special': Tensions rise as Trump invites Putin to Washington
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:   Intel chief Dan Coats sees ‘risk’ Russia will carry out assassinations in US
ABC News:
White House: Trump asked national security adviser to invite Putin to Washington for fall meeting, discussions underway
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Robert Mueller offers Tony Podesta immunity to testify against Paul Manafort: Report  —  Tony Podesta, founder of the now-shuttered Podesta Group and brother to former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, has been offered immunity by special counsel Robert Mueller to testify …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Does the mainstream media regret using all those emails allegedly stolen by Russians?
Discussion: Vox, more at Mediagazer »
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Special counsel has nearly 500 pieces of evidence for Paul Manafort trial
Greg P. /
Weird.  Mueller released an evidence list for the upcoming Manafort trial and Bernie Sanders …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Michael Collins / USA Today:
Trump's interpreter: Should she be compelled to tell what she heard during private meeting with Putin?  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. lawmakers eager to learn what went on in the private meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are demanding answers from the only other American in the room: Trump's interpreter.
Discussion: Bustle and CNN
Martin Matishak / Politico:
House Republicans defeat attempt to subpoena Trump interpreter
Hollywood Reporter:
Paramount TV President Amy Powell Fired Over Inappropriate Comments  —  She was tapped to oversee the division in 2013 and has delivered hits including ‘13 Reasons Why’ and ‘The Alienist.’  —  Five years after being tapped to lead the newly relaunched Paramount Television banner, Amy Powell is out.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Our Country Is Insane  —  I am by nature an optimist, but it is hard to maintain a positive attitude in the face of the rampant insanity that has seized control over our national life.  When I get time, I am going to write about the ritual defenestration of Papa John's pizza company …
Wall Street Journal:
Three Top FBI Cybersecurity Officials to Retire  —  Three of the top cybersecurity officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation are retiring from government service—departures that come as cyberattacks are a major concern for the country's security agencies.
Discussion: Cyberscoop
Predrag Milic / Associated Press:
Montenegro more puzzled than affronted by Trump's attention  —  PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — World War III?  Not us, say the puzzled people of Montenegro.  —  Public officials in this tiny European nation didn't know what to say initially when U.S. President Donald Trump suggested …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Justice Department plans to alert public to foreign operations targeting U.S. democracy  —  The Justice Department plans to alert the public to foreign operations targeting U.S. democracy, under a new policy designed to counter hacking and disinformation campaigns such as the one Russia undertook …
Discussion: Engadget, Vox and The Week
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
What Stays on Facebook and What Goes?  The Social Network Cannot Answer  —  Facebook was once the most nimble company of its generation.  The speed at which it adapted to every challenge was legendary.  It needed only about a decade to go from a dorm-room start-up to the largest …
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
How a Facebook Group for Sexual Assault Survivors Became a Tool for Harassment
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
‘60 Minutes’ Boss Hired Law Firm Over #MeToo Story … One of television's most powerful men, 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager, hired a law firm that boasts about “killing stories” for a Washington Post investigation into him, three sources familiar with the matter told The Daily Beast.
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
Man Says Cardinal McCarrick, His ‘Uncle Ted,’ Sexually Abused Him for Years  —  James was 11 years old when Father Theodore E. McCarrick came into his bedroom in Northern New Jersey, looking for the bathroom.  Father McCarrick, then 39 and a rising star in the Roman Catholic church …
NBC News:
Facing deadline, government reunified 364 of 2,500-plus migrant children  —  Of 1,607 parents eligible to be reunited with their children, 719 have final orders of deportation, the government says, meaning they could be removed from the country as soon as they are reunited.
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
A New Talking Point From the Pro-Trump Fringe  —  On Wednesday morning, in the midst of yet another contentious news cycle dominated by coverage of Russian election meddling, I tweeted a kind of thought experiment: “If Trump & co. just pivoted to 'Aren't you glad Russia helped us defeat Hillary Clinton? …
Kansas City Star:
Eight confirmed dead after duck boat capsized on Table Rock Lake, sheriff says  —  At least eight people were killed and many are missing after a strong wind burst capsized and sank a pleasure boat Thursday night on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Mo.  —  Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader …
Rebecca Rosenberg / New York Post:
Husband-and-wife duo busted in high-end Russian hooker ring  —  A flamboyant husband-and-wife pimp team orchestrated a high-end prostitution ring through a website called Russian Dolls, Manhattan authorities said Wednesday.  —  Yevgen Rizanov and Ksenia Khodukina, both 29 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
John Solomon / The Hill:
One FBI text message in Russia probe that should alarm every American  —  Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, the reported FBI lovebirds, are the poster children for the next “Don't Text and Investigate” public service ads airing soon at an FBI office near you.  —  Their extraordinary texting affair …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Terry Gross / NPR:
Reporter Shows The Links Between The Men Behind Brexit And The Trump Campaign  —  Carole Cadwalladr's investigation into Cambridge Analytica's role in Brexit led her to Russian connections and the Trump campaign.  She says British investigators are working “closely with the FBI.”  —  TERRY GROSS, HOST:
Chequers mate  —  Parliament will soon break for the holidays.  If swimming, sangria and siestas fail to soothe MPs' nerves, Mrs May will face defeat in the autumn, as EU negotiators wring out concessions that make the deal even less palatable to its critics.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
U.S. Rebuffed at U.N. on North Korea Sanctions Enforcement  —  Signaling new tensions over North Korea at the United Nations, Russia and China on Thursday blocked disciplinary steps sought by the United States to stop what it called rampant cheating on North Korea's petroleum imports.
NBC 6 South Florida:
Father of Parkland School Shooting Survivors Killed in North Lauderdale Armed Robbery  —  North Lauderdale Robbery Surveillance Video  —  The father of two Parkland school shooting survivors was fatally shot at his own North Lauderdale convenience store during a robbery, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office.
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Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
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Rebecca Rosenberg / New York Post:
Husband-and-wife duo busted in high-end Russian hooker ring   Find
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Joe Simonson / The Daily Caller:
MSNBC And CNN Employees Dominate White House Press Briefings   Find
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Washington Post:
Drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to get fast review
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
‘Best Professor.’ ‘Very Evenhanded.’ ‘Great Hair!’: Brett Kavanaugh, as Seen by His Law Students
Associated Press:
US, allies set to evacuate Syrian aid workers from southwest
Hadas Gold / CNNMoney:
Rupert Murdoch's summer of good fortune
Starbucks Newsroom:
Starbucks to Open First U.S. Signing Store
Discussion: Mashable and The Daily Caller
Annie Snider / Politico:
EPA staff worried about toxic chemical exposure — for Pruitt
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump is smashing the hopes of oppressed people everywhere
 Earlier Items: 
Marissa Martinelli / Slate:
Sacha Baron Cohen's Art-Gallery Dupe Regrets Nothing (Except Her Dress)
New poll: Kemp has big lead over Cagle - especially following Trump endorsement
Zahra Hirji / BuzzFeed News:
The Government Lost Control At A Former Nuclear Weapons Plant. Now 42 Workers Are Paying The Price.
Deborah Yetter / Courier-Journal:
Bevin will reverse cuts to Medicaid dental, vision services, state says
Sarah Smarsh / New York Times:
Liberal Blind Spots Are Hiding the Truth About ‘Trump Country’
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
Austrian state wants to force meat-consuming Jews and Muslims to register, drawing Nazi comparisons
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Trump lays into the Federal Reserve, says he's ‘not thrilled’ about interest rate hikes