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Akhil Reed Amar / New York Times:
A Liberal's Case for Brett Kavanaugh  —  The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next Supreme Court justice is President Trump's finest hour, his classiest move.  Last week the president promised to select “someone with impeccable credentials, great intellect, unbiased judgment …
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David Brooks / New York Times:
It Took a Village to Raise Kavanaugh  —  In the weeks ahead, we're going to spend a lot of time going over Brett Kavanaugh's biography — where he's from and what he's written.  But that's not the most important way to understand the guy.  —  Kavanaugh is the product of a community.
Discussion: Althouse
Politico:
How a private meeting with Kennedy helped Trump get to ‘yes’ on Kavanaugh  —  While he was eager to keep the suspense alive, the president was always leaning toward Kennedy's former clerk.  —  After Justice Anthony Kennedy told President Donald Trump he would relinquish his seat on the Supreme Court …
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
How Brett Kavanaugh Will Gut Roe v. Wade  —  President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court on Monday night, ending feverish speculation over who would replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy and become the fifth vote to undo the bulk of Kennedy's liberal legacy.
New York Times:
Brett Kavanaugh Is Trump's Pick for Supreme Court  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday is to nominate Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, a politically connected member of Washington's conservative legal establishment, to fill Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
After Kavanaugh, the Deluge  —  In the second year of his presidency, Donald Trump has become more and more willing to act Trumpishly rather than deferring to the official wisdom of his party.  But with his second Supreme Court nomination, notwithstanding all the head-fakes …
Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court Pick, Is Probably the End of Abortion Rights and Same-Sex Marriage
Discussion: New York Times, NPR, Reason and Bustle
Cass R. Sunstein / Bloomberg:   The Test for Judge Kavanaugh
Monique O. Madan / miamiherald:
New Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh has ties to big Florida moments
Discussion: CBS Miami
Liz Goodwin / BostonGlobe.com:
Susan Collins is no maverick with GOP judicial nominees
Discussion: Politico
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters:
ABC's Nightline Blasts ‘Controversial’ Nominee Before He's Even Announced!
Discussion: The Last Tradition
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court pick, has sided with broad views of presidential powers
Associated Press:
All 12 boys, coach rescued from flooded Thai cave  —  MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — All 12 boys and their soccer coach have been rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand, the Thai navy SEALs said Tuesday, ending an 18-day ordeal that riveted people around the world.
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Fox News:
Entire Thai soccer team, coach freed from cave after daring rescue, Navy says  —  A dramatic three-day rescue of a Thai youth soccer team from a flooded cave came to end on Tuesday when the last boy and coach were plucked from the underground cavern more than two weeks after they were trapped inside, Navy officials said.
Discussion: CNBC, Townhall and New York Times
Adam Entous / New Yorker:
Israeli, Saudi, and Emirati Officials Privately Pushed for Trump to Strike a “Grand Bargain” with Putin  —  During a private meeting shortly before the November, 2016, election, Mohammed bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, floated to a longtime American interlocutor what sounded, at the time, like an unlikely grand bargain.
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David J. Kramer / Washington Post:
Putin is about to con Trump in Helsinki. Here's how.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Trump Poised to Enter NATO Meeting as Wild Card Among Allies
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Tim Ryan weighs new challenge to Pelosi amid Democratic unrest  —  Joe Crowley's primary defeat is fueling a rapid push to overhaul House Democratic leadership.  —  Rep. Tim Ryan is considering taking on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi again in November despite previously ruling out the idea …
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William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
Dick Durbin's Supreme Sacrifice  —  Trading Democratic Senate seats to block Trump's nominee.  What could go wrong?  —  In Tennyson's hands the light brigade's disastrous frontal assault on Russian troops in the Crimean War produced some stirring verse.  But suicidal charges are less advised for political parties.
Washington Post:
Giuliani works for foreign clients while serving as Trump's attorney  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani continues to work on behalf of foreign clients both personally and through his namesake security firm while serving as President Trump's personal attorney — an arrangement experts say raises conflict …
Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
Woman beats a 91-year-old Mexican man with a brick, tells him to ‘go back to your country’  —  The Los Angeles Fourth of July fireworks display was just beginning when Erik Mendoza realized his 91-year-old grandfather was missing.  Thinking he might have gone for his daily walk …
Courier-Journal:
Hecklers spoil another Mitch McConnell meal by blaring ‘Fight The Power’  —  Provided by Ben Norton, Louisville Courier Journal  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may need to start ordering takeout in Louisville.  —  The Kentucky Republican abruptly left Sarino …
Discussion: Eater
Mina Al-Oraibi / The National:
Mike Pompeo: Qassem Soleimani is causing trouble in Iraq and Syria ... we need to raise the cost for him  —  US Secretary of State speaks exclusively to The National about America's commitment to Gulf security  —  United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on a mission to garner …
Lorne Cook / Associated Press:
EU official criticizes Trump over attitude toward allies  —  BRUSSELS (AP) — A senior European Union official lashed out Tuesday at President Donald Trump, lambasting the U.S. leader for his constant criticism of European allies and urging him to remember who is friends are when he meets Russian President Vladimir Putin next week.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Trump says Putin meeting ‘may be the easiest of them all’
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Brutal poll: Democrats' Senate dream slips away  —  To win the Senate, Democrats need to keep all 10 seats they're defending in states that President Trump won in 2016 — plus pick up two more seats.  —  Why it matters: That's not happening.  A new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll of key states shows Dems …
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
NBC's Capitol Hill Reporter Demonstrates Why So Many Dislike the Press  —  Every time I criticize the mainstream press, I am treated to a saccharine lecture on how wrong I am to cast aspersions about America's most valuable profession.  “You don't understand,” I am informed.
David Kopel / Reason:
Judge Kavanaugh and the Second Amendment  —  The text, history, and tradition methodology applied to D.C.'s unusually restrictive gun laws.  —  No nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court has had such a detailed record on Second Amendment as does Brett Kavanaugh.
Discussion: Gun Free Zone
Sage Lazzaro / Refinery29:
Feminist Apparel CEO Fires Entire Staff After They Learn He's An Admitted Sexual Abuser  —  The employees of the popular clothing company Feminist Apparel thought they were creating tools for the resistance.  The online store's viral shirts and accessories — which feature sayings like …
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
After Moscow Trip, Ron Johnson Says Election Meddling Overblown  —  One of the Republican senators back from a trip to Moscow is suggesting that Congress went too far in punishing Russia for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.  —  “I've been pretty upfront that the election interference …
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Daily Wire, Law & Crime and MSNBC
NBC News:
Secret tape recordings rock Georgia governor race  —  Georgia GOP gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle can be heard saying the Republican primary had devolved into “who could be the craziest.”  —  ATLANTA — Another secret recording is shaking up Georgia's Republican primary runoff in the governor's race.
Discussion: Political Wire
Gabriela Galindo / Politico:
Theresa May's ministers ‘run away’  —  Germany and Britain  —  German and British papers all led with the double-resignation of senior Brexiteers David Davis and Boris Johnson.  The former Brexit and foreign ministers resigned within hours of each other, dealing a harsh blow …
 
 
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USA Today:
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Lara Seligman / Foreign Policy:
Pentagon Says It Won't Pay for Housing of Immigrants
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Luke Harding / The Guardian:
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Washington Post:
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Discussion: Associated Press and Axios
Adia Robinson / ABC News:
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The Babylon Bee:
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
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