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9:45 PM ET, July 18, 2018


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Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Officials ‘at a Fucking Loss’ Over Latest Russia Sell Out … Current and former American diplomats are expressing disgust and horror over the White House's willingness to entertain permitting Russian officials to question a prominent former U.S. ambassador.
Discussion: Raw Story, Vox and Mediaite
New York Times:NEW!
From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered  —  WASHINGTON — Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election.
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:20 minutes ago
As Russians describe ‘verbal agreements’ at summit, U.S. officials scramble for clarity  —  Two days after President Trump's summit with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, Russian officials offered a string of assertions about what the two leaders had achieved.
Discussion: ABC News and The Mahablog
CBS News:
Trump on whether he holds Putin responsible: “I would, because he's in charge of the country”  —  President Trump told “CBS Evening News” anchor Jeff Glor Wednesday it's “true” Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, and he “would” hold Russian President Vladimir Putin responsible for interference.
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump's Russia spin falls flat with GOP  —  The more President Donald Trump talks about Russia, the more Republicans cringe.  —  The president's effort to clean up his disastrous Monday news conference is falling flat on Capitol Hill — and White House aides are doing little to assuage an increasingly frustrated GOP.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Trump Turned the Right's Biggest Russia Hawk Into a Dove  —  Not long ago, it was harder to find a more devoted Russia hawk than Wall Street Journal columnist Holman W. Jenkins.  The overriding theme of Jenkins's prodigious commentary on the subject was that Vladimir Putin posed a dire threat …
New York Times:
In His Latest Account of His Meeting With Putin, Trump Says He Laid Down the Law
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Trump's worst moment since Charlottesville
Discussion: ABC News, NPR and Axios
Toluse Olorunnipa / Bloomberg:
Putin Asked Trump to Let Russia Question McFaul, White House Says
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and Mediaite
Associated Press:   Trump talks tougher, now says he warned Putin on meddling
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Trump versus US intelligence on Russian election interference20 minutes ago
Discussion: New York Times, KTLA and
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Mark Zuckerberg clarifies: 'I personally find Holocaust denial deeply offensive, and I absolutely didn't intend to defend the intent of people who deny that.'  —  The Facebook founder has attracted controversy for how the social network deals with content that is offensive to many, such as Holocaust deniers
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Zuckerberg: The Recode interview  —  Everything was on the table — and after Facebook's wildest year yet, that's a really big table.  —  I had not done a formal interview with Zuckerberg since he appeared at our D: All Things Digital conference in 2010, when the company was in its early days.
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
Facebook to Remove Misinformation That Leads to Violence10 minutes ago
Katherine Stewart / New York Times:
What Was Maria Butina Doing at the National Prayer Breakfast?  —  America's Christian nationalists have been finding common cause with the Russian government for a while now.  —  Ms. Stewart writes regularly about the political activities of evangelicals and other religious groups.
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Judge Orders Maria Butina, Linked To Russian Spy Agency, Jailed Ahead Of Trial
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and What The Fuck …
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Prosecutors Say Accused Russian Agent Maria Butina Appeared To Have Ties To Russian Intelligence
Discussion: Boing Boing
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Alleged Russian agent Maria Butina had ties to Russian intelligence agency, prosecutors say
Heather Caygle / Politico:
House Dems unveil new midterm campaign slogan  —  House Democrats have finalized their campaign slogan heading into the last months before the midterm election: “For the People.”  —  The new motto, which Democratic leaders unveiled in a private meeting with members Wednesday morning …
Lissandra Villa / BuzzFeed News:
Almost 20 House Democrats Voted To Express Their Support For ICE
Discussion: TYT Network and Splinter
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
State Supreme Court removes measure to split California into three states from November ballot  —  The California Supreme Court decided Wednesday to remove from the November ballot a measure aimed at dividing California into three states.  —  In a brief order, the court said it acted …
Jeremy B. White / Politico:   Court blocks ballot initiative to divide California into three states
Michael Anton / Washington Post:
Citizenship shouldn't be a birthright  —  Michael Anton is a lecturer and research fellow at Hillsdale College and a former national security official in the Trump administration.  —  A Supreme Court confirmation fight always raises constitutional hopes and stokes constitutional fears.
Discussion: Splinter and American Greatness
Bill Melugin / KTTV:
EXCLUSIVE: Riverside gun store confronts Sacha Baron Cohen after he comes to business in disguise  —  RIVERSIDE, CA (FOX 11) - A Riverside gun store owner has harsh words for Sacha Baron Cohen after he says he caught the actor showing up to his business in disguise and under false pretense, and it was all caught on surveillance video.
A GOP congressman once lamented not being able to call women ‘sluts’ anymore  —  (CNN)A Republican congressman from Minnesota has a long history of making deeply misogynistic comments on the radio, including lamenting that women can no longer be called “sluts.”
Ryan Browne / CNN:
Trump's military parade expected to cost nearly as much as ‘tremendously expensive’ canceled war games  —  Here's how other countries do military parades  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's military parade in DC is likely to cost nearly as much as the now canceled military exercise …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Axios
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Special counsel still investigating Roger Stone  —  Stone: Think I'm probably person in indictment  —  Washington (CNN)Robert Mueller's special counsel's office appears to still be investigating Trump adviser Roger Stone and working on a case in court involving one of his former associates.
Foreign Policy:
State Department Silent on MH17 Anniversary Following Trump-Putin Firestorm  —  The department prepared to criticize Russia's role in the 2014 downing of a civilian airliner over Ukraine, but the statement was never released.  —  Every year since a Russian missile downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 …
Ben Lefebvre / Politico:
Interior watchdog opens probe of land deal linking Zinke, Halliburton chairman  —  The Interior Department's internal watchdog has launched a full investigation into a real estate deal involving a foundation established by Ryan Zinke and developers including Halliburton Chairman David Lesar …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
American Conservatives Played A Secret Role In The Macedonian Fake News Boom Ahead Of 2016  —  A joint investigation by BuzzFeed News and partners has uncovered new information that rewrites the story of the fake news boom in the Macedonian town of Veles.  —  A week before Election Day in 2016 …
CBS News:
Trump wrongly says queen reviewed guard for 1st time in 70 years  —  President Trump claimed Tuesday that during his visit to England, Queen Elizabeth II reviewed her Guard of Honor for the first time in 70 years — but she's only been queen for 65 years.  And as any royal-watcher knows …
Discussion: Sputnik International
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
A Stabbing On Samish Island: The Radicalization Of Lane Davis  —  Lane Davis was a far-right, pro-Trump media figure looking for his big break.  Then he stabbed his father to death.  —  Nearly everyone on Samish Island knew Chuck Davis, a bighearted retiree who lived in the handsome gray shingle house …
CBS Philly:
Bacon Is Bad For Your Mental Health, Say Researchers  —  According to researchers at Johns Hopkins, people who eat meats cured with nitrates are three times more likely to experience a manic episode.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Now the party of Trump, GOP's midterm pitch is protecting him  —  Subscribe to McClatchy's Beyond the Bubble show on iTunes here or Stitcher.  —  WASHINGTON — Headed into a election that's expected to favor Democrats, a top GOP Senate strategist says Republicans are counting …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and POLITICUSUSA
Washington Post:
Trump's tariffs on Mexico are causing layoffs in the United States  —  POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — When a Mexican company bought Mid Continent Nail Corp. in 2012, workers at the factory here feared it was the beginning of the end.  Their jobs, they suspected, would be given to lower-paid workers in Mexico …
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
Judge denies Manafort's request to suppress evidence  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request by President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort to suppress evidence seized by the FBI from his home as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe …
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Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
Facebook to Remove Misinformation That Leads to Violence   Find
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Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Trump versus US intelligence on Russian election interference   Find
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Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Queen of England wore brooch from Obama to mark Trump's UK visit   Find
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The Texas Tribune:
Immigrant infants too young to talk called into court to defend themselves
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
IA-03: Young Moves From Lean Republican to Toss Up
Discussion: Political Wire
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Senate Confirms Trump Court Pick With Record Of Attacking Voting Rights
Solange Azor / Teen Vogue:
Lady Parts Justice League Fights Anti-Abortion Stigma With Humor
Discussion: Townhall, and Daily Wire
Eric Garcia / Roll Call:
Gosar Endorses Ward Over McSally in Arizona Senate Race
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Michelle Obama wades into the midterms
Discussion: and Breitbart
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Ann Coulter Calls for FBI to be ‘Disbanded’
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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
A Critical Factor In 2020: Democrats Make Significant Cut To Caucus States
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Brooke Medina / Civitas Institute:
CIVITAS POLL: Budd Leads in NC-13 Congressional Race
Michelle Michelle Choi / KHOU-TV:
Husband shoots home invasion suspect holding wife at gunpoint
Discussion: Breitbart
Jason Villalba / TribTalk:
It's time to impeach the president
Discussion: HuffPost and Mediaite