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8:30 AM ET, July 12, 2018


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Trump threatens to pull out of NATO  —  U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to break with NATO and conduct American security unilaterally — if allies do not immediately meet higher military spending targets, NATO officials and diplomats said.  —  Trump warned of “grave consequences” …
Washington Post:
Trump upends NATO summit, demanding immediate spending increases or he will ‘do his own thing’  —  BRUSSELS — President Trump upended the NATO summit here Thursday by calling an emergency meeting of leaders and threatening that if all member countries do not immediately increase …
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.”
Fox News:
Trump dubs himself ‘stable genius,’ calls NATO summit a success  —  President Trump pronounced the NATO summit a success and himself a “stable genius” in a freewheeling press conference that followed a sometimes tense meeting of the western alliance.  —  Trump spoke to international reporters …
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Power breakfast: How Trump lambasted Germany over eggs and fruit salad
Discussion: Mother Jones and Joe.My.God.
Sam Meredith / CNBC:
Trump says NATO allies have agreed to increase their defense spending after crisis meeting
Discussion: The Week
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
President Trump declares NATO a ‘fine-tuned machine’ at conclusion of summit
Discussion: Washington Post
Tom McTague / Politico:
Why Trump has few friends in Europe
New York Times:
As President Trump Bashes NATO, Republicans Are Largely Silent
Discussion: ABC News, TheBlaze and Fox News
Washington Post:
‘Rubbing salt in the wounds’: Trump won't take yes for an answer at NATO
New York Times:
NATO Summit Live Updates: Trump Calls U.S. Ties to NATO ‘Very Strong’
Discussion: Washington Post
Heather Hurlburt / New York Magazine:
There Is No Cleaning Up the Foreign-Policy Mess Trump Is Making
Sohrab Ahmari / Commentary Magazine:   German Wobbliness on Russia Is Real
NATO:   Issued by the Heads of State and Government participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council …
Amy Brittain / Washington Post:
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh piled up credit card debt by purchasing Nationals tickets, White House says  —  Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh incurred tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt buying baseball tickets over the past decade and at times reported liabilities …
Kevin Daley / The Daily Caller:
What Kavanaugh Was Secretly Caught Doing Hours After Trump's Nomination Will Silence The Critics  —  President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday night.  —  His nomination has set off a generational fight over the future of the high court.
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 …
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh lauded late Chief Justice Rehnquist for dissenting in Roe vs. Wade and supporting school prayer … Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, gave a revealing speech last fall in which he lauded former Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist …
Discussion: The Week
Megan Brenan / Gallup:   Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Want Roe v. Wade to Stand
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Yes, the Supreme Court Is Undemocratic
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
In major abortion ruling, Kavanaugh offers clues of how he might handle divisive issue on the Supreme Court
Discussion: Associated Press and Bustle
Stormy Daniels arrested at Ohio strip club.  Her attorney calls it a setup.  —  (CNN)Adult film actress Stormy Daniels was arrested early Thursday at an Ohio strip club for allegedly touching patrons on stage in violation of state law.  —  Daniels, who gained notoriety …
Everett Rosenfeld / CNBC:
Stormy Daniels arrested in Ohio while performing, her attorney says  —  Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who has made headlines for an alleged affair with Donald Trump, was arrested in Columbus, Ohio, according to her attorney.  —  Michael Avenatti, who has represented Daniels …
CBS News:
Stormy Daniels arrested while performing at Ohio strip club  —  Porn actress Stormy Daniels was arrested at an Ohio strip club and is accused of letting patrons touch her in violation of a state law, her attorney said early Thursday.  While Daniels was performing Wednesday night at Sirens …
Discussion:, Fox News, NBC News and CBS Dallas
Tom Burgis / Financial Times:
Tower of secrets: the Russian money behind a Donald Trump skyscraper  —  One October day in 2007, a celebrity real estate developer in a greatcoat and powder-blue tie alighted from a stretch limousine in Toronto's financial district.  Before a bank of photographers, he took hold of a golden shovel.
Discussion: Raw Story
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Beto O'Rourke's torrid fundraising leaves Ted Cruz in the dust, with another $10 million in last 3 months  —  WASHINGTON — Democrat Beto O'Rourke raised an eye-popping $10.4 million in the last three months — catching up to Sen. Ted Cruz's six-year haul in just over 15 months as he seeks to topple the Republican darling.
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Beto O'Rourke to report huge $10.4 million fundraising haul in second quarter of 2018  —  Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, says he raised a stunning $10.4 million in the second quarter of 2018. … Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Texas …
Discussion: Off the Kuff
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
North Korean officials no-show for meeting about U.S. troop remains  —  SEOUL — North Korean officials did not turn up to a Thursday meeting with the U.S. military about repatriating the remains of the war dead, according to a U.S. official with knowledge of the situation.
North Koreans Are No Show at U.S. War Dead Talks, Yonhap Reports
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
After Backlash, Fox News' Jeanine Pirro Doesn't Appear on Bill O'Reilly's Show  —  Pirro had been scheduled to appear on the former Fox News host's digital show Tuesday night.  —  Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who now runs an eponymous website and hosts a daily online news show …
Thomas Wright / Politico:
Trump Backed Brexit.  Then He Used It As Leverage.  —  Under this president, the ‘special relationship’ isn't so special anymore.  —  When President Trump visits the United Kingdom on Friday, he will find the special relationship in its worst shape since the Suez Crisis of 1956.
Annabelle Dickson / Politico:
UK Brexit secretary: I will ‘deputize’ in Brexit negotiations
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Trump wants tough new Air Force One paint job  —  President Trump wants to update the paint job on the next version of Air Force One, ditching the iconic robin's-egg blue (which he calls a “Jackie Kennedy color") for a bolder, “more American” look.  —  The big picture …
Tal Kopan / CNN:
Trump administration to turn away far more asylum seekers at the border under new guidance  —  Washington (CNN)The Trump administration is implementing a new asylum policy at the border that will result in potentially thousands of asylum seekers being turned away before they can plead their case in court.
David Beard / Poynter:
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Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Shepard Smith Torches Trump Over NATO Remarks: Could ‘Turn Back the Global Clock Centuries’  —  President Donald Trump “upended world order” and could “turn back the global clock centuries” said Fox News anchor Shepard Smith in a blistering 10-minute opening to his show on Wednesday regarding the President's multiple anti-NATO tirades.
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Trump again calls himself “a very stable genius”
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Nate Madden / Conservative Review:
Jordan accuser emailed a widow a picture of her husband's killer over a business disagreement
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Discussion: Axios
VICE News:
Trump administration separated a 3-year-old from his father who crossed the border legally
Discussion: Splinter
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Discussion: Splinter
Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
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Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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