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6:40 PM ET, July 11, 2018


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Rebecca Tan / Washington Post:
When Trump attacked Germany in Brussels, his aides pursed their lips and glanced away  —  President Trump kicked off his trip to Europe with a biting critique of the United States' longtime allies, declaring at a breakfast meeting that Germany “is captive to Russia.”
Washington Post:
Trump says Germany ‘is captive to Russia’ in fiery opening salvo against NATO  —  BRUSSELS — President Trump unleashed a blistering attack Wednesday on Germany and other NATO allies, wasting no time to take the offensive before a week of high-stakes diplomacy on both sides of the former Cold War divide.
Trump Urges Doubling Target for Arms Budgets to 4%: NATO Update  — U.S. president accuses Germany of being ‘captive of Russia’  — Back in the U.S., his comments drew criticism from lawmakers  —  Donald Trump is on the offensive as leaders gathered at a two-day North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
This remarkable exchange at NATO perfectly captures Trump's ugly bad faith  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  This morning, at the NATO summit, President Trump got into an extended dust-up with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and the exchange generating the headlines is the one in which Trump ripped …
Corker: Trump rhetoric ‘diminishing’ American leadership around the world  —  Trump isn't the first to ask NATO to pay more  —  (CNN)Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker bluntly warned Wednesday that US influence around the world is “diminishing” and said that President Donald Trump's comments …
Discussion: and Townhall
Washington Post:   ‘Rubbing salt in the wounds’: Trump won't take yes for an answer at NATO
Washington Post:
Trump is poisoning NATO. Why?
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Bloomberg, CNN and BBC
John Haltiwanger / Business Insider:
White House claims John Kelly looked ‘displeased’ …
Discussion: AOL, Bustle and Mediaite
Associated Press:   No shove, but Trump body language speaks to frosty relations
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Worried about Russia? Then Keep an Eye on Germany's Former Chancellor
Discussion: Atlantic Council, Daily Wire and Axios
New York Times:
Germany ‘Captive to Russia’ for Energy, Trump Claims
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Rosenstein Asks Prosecutors to Help With Kavanaugh Papers in Unusual Request  —  WASHINGTON — Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, has asked federal prosecutors to help review the government documents of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee …
Joe Manchin: Brett Kavanaugh “has all the right qualities”  —  Red state Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who will cast a key vote during Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process, said on Talkline Communications radio Wednesday that Kavanaugh “has all the right qualities” …
Washington Post:
The elite world of Brett Kavanaugh  —  The Chevy Chase Lounge is a neighborhood joint where bartender Tim Higgins is accustomed to bantering with long-standing patrons, including a middle-aged guy named Brett who likes to pop in for a Budweiser and a burger after coaching his daughters' basketball games.
Discussion: CityLab
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
What men are trying to say when they show off their Female Relationship Résumé  —  While covering a women's rights protest once, I asked a man in the crowd if he considered himself a feminist.  He spread his arms wide.  “My mom is awesome!” he declared.  —  And that is what brings us to Brett Kavanaugh.
Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
Judge to Manafort: Don't Worry, the Jail You're Going to Knows How to Handle Terrorists, Traitors and Spies  —  The legal saga of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort took another turn Wednesday as Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) Judge T.S. Ellis has denied his bid to stay put at the jail he is currently residing at.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:   Paul Manafort to be moved from jail where prosecutors say he has ‘VIP’ treatment
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mueller team listening to Manafort's jail phone calls
Discussion: The Daily Beast
New York Times:
Battling Fake Accounts, Twitter to Slash Millions of Followers  —  Twitter will begin removing tens of millions of suspicious accounts from users' followers on Thursday, signaling a major new effort to restore trust on the popular but embattled platform.  —  The reform takes aim at a pervasive form of social media fraud.
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:   Trump, Obama and other high-profile Twitter users could see a ‘significant drop’ …
Pew Research Center:
Obama Tops Public's List of Best President in Their Lifetime, Followed by Clinton, Reagan  —  Reagan is top choice among Boomers, Silents  —  When asked which president has done the best job in their lifetimes, more Americans name Barack Obama than any other president.
Colleen Long / Associated Press:
Border Protection says NYC mayor crossed border illegally  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his security detail violated both Mexican and U.S. immigration laws by crossing the border on foot during a visit near El Paso, Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection alleges …
Wife of top Trump aide had radio show where she said women in military should expect sexual harassment  —  (CNN)Darla Shine, the wife of new White House deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine, hosted a radio show in the late 2000s where she once mocked victims of sexual harassment …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Los Angeles Times:
Papa John's founder reportedly used racial slur in conference call  —  A media agency working with Papa John's International Inc. decided to cut ties after the pizza maker's founder and chairman, John Schnatter, allegedly used a racial slur and graphic descriptions of violence against minorities …
Noah Kirsch / Forbes:
Papa John's Founder Allegedly Used N-Word On Conference Call
Daniella Greenbaum / Weekly Standard:
Here Is the Column That Business Insider Spiked  —  Defending an actress for being hired to do a job is apparently beyond the pale these days. … Scarlett Johansson is the latest target of the social-justice warrior mob.  The actress is being chastised for, well, acting.
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
VP Pence tears into McCaskill, shrugs off disruptions at KC event  —  Vice President Mike Pence repeatedly tore into U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill at a raucous event Wednesday in Kansas City that highlighted both the stark political division in the country and the role the region will have in deciding …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Former Obama Officials Are Riding Out The Trump Years By Cashing In  —  The revolving door takes a spin.  —  The last 18 months have been difficult for former members of the Obama administration.  They've been replaced by a regime, which, in the words of former Domestic Policy Council …
Discussion: Common Dreams
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Once partners, ‘Game Change’ authors feuding over their shattered franchise  —  Until their split last year, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann were the golden boys of American political journalism.  Their collaboration led to a best-selling book about the 2008 presidential campaign, “Game Change …
Drew Wilson / Florida Politics:
Vern Buchanan bought yacht after voting for GOP tax bill  —  A recently filed financial disclosure shows U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan celebrated the Republican Party's successful push for tax reform in quite the lavish way.  —  According to the disclosure, Buchanan spent between $1 million …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
House passes resolution in support of NATO by unanimous voice vote  —  The House on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution expressing support for NATO as President Trump  —  roiled allies with escalating calls for increased spending from alliance members.
Discussion: IJR
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Trump keeps promoting myth about NATO debt
Discussion: Althouse
Mike Snider / USA Today:
Nabbed at airport, ex-Apple engineer was fleeing with secrets to self-driving cars, FBI says  —  Most new cars come with a range of connected options, from Bluetooth to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.  Here's how to distinguish among them and how to determine what you need.  Kim Komando, Special for USA TODAY
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:
Walmart Just Patented Audio Surveillance Technology For Listening In On Employees  —  “The sound sensors can capture audio data based on interactions between the employee and the guests, interactions between the guests, and sounds resulting from movement and/or actions of the employees and/or guests.”
David Corn / Mother Jones:
While America Sleeps: Trump's Treachery and the Russia Scandal  —  With a summit ahead, Trump works with Putin to cover up Moscow's attack on the US. … Listen to David discuss the president's cover-up of the Russia scandal on the Mother Jones Podcast.  —  In 1938, Winston Churchill published …
The Professor At The Center Of The Trump-Russia Probe Was A No-Show In Court  —  At a hearing in Palermo, Italy, Joseph Mifsud was described as “a ghost.”  —  Reporting From Palermo, Italy  —  PALERMO, Italy — Joseph Mifsud, the mysterious professor at the center of the Trump-Russia probe, was due in court in Italy on Wednesday.
Mary Ellen Klas / miamiherald:
Rick Scott and family made $550M in one transaction.  How ‘blind’ is his blind trust?  —  TALLAHASSEE  —  The reason Gov. Rick Scott's net income rose 55 percent in 2017 has to do with electric cars, China partnerships, a company turnaround, and a single transaction that resulted …
Jonathan Clegg / Wall Street Journal:
Croatia Stuns England in Extra Time to Advance to World Cup Final  —  Mario Mandzukic's 109th-minute shot into the left corner of the net sealed a 2-1 comeback win  —  MOSCOW—Rewriting history isn't supposed to be easy.  —  But from the moment they arrived at the 2018 World Cup …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Sean T. Collins / The Outline:
The only good online fandom left is Dune  —  As corporations take control of nerd culture, science fiction's most esoteric epic remains gloriously untamed.  —  Escapism in the year 2018 is a strange thing.  If you want to refresh a brain beshitted by weeks and months of workaday corruption and brutality …
Deirdre Shesgreen / USA Today:
Top Democrat Linda Sanchez says it's time for ‘generational change’ in dig at Nancy Pelosi  —  WASHINGTON — A top House Democrat said Wednesday it was time for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her two long-time deputies to step aside and make way for a younger generation of leaders.
Discussion: Townhall
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Papadopoulos' wife to testify before House Intelligence members
Daily Mail:
Melania to meet with British vets and school children …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, CNN and Bustle
New York Times:
How Germany Won Freedom for the Widow of China's Most Famous Dissident
Ryan P. Smith / Smithsonian:
How Noisy Males Control the Gnu's Cycle
Zaid Jilani / The Intercept:
Health Care Blunder Reveals Michigan Candidate for Governor's “Progressive” Branding is False Advertising
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate takes symbolic shot at Trump tariffs
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Agence France-Presse:
Sale of guillotine divides France
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Senate Confirms New Boss For Justice Department Criminal Division
 Earlier Items: 
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
Alabama Moves to Ban Sheriffs from Pocketing Jail Food Money
Discussion: Political Wire
Renter believes he was racially profiled after being confronted at apartment pool, asked to leave
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
Mollie Hemingway: Never Trumpers Way Overrepresented In Media, They Represent “Incredibly Small Fraction” Of People
Washington Post:
Can a liberal agenda that sells in the Bronx win over voters in Kansas?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Nicole Hensley / New York Daily News:
Woman calls cops on black 12-year-old boy delivering newspapers in Ohio neighborhood
Discussion: Hit & Run, AOL and The Root