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4:45 AM ET, July 12, 2018


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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: CNN, RedState, Daily Wire and
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
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:
In major abortion ruling, Kavanaugh offers clues of how he might handle divisive issue on the Supreme Court
Discussion: Associated Press and Bustle
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Yes, the Supreme Court Is Undemocratic
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
The elite world of Brett Kavanaugh
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CityLab
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   ‘Ranting and raving’: The time Kavanaugh knocked Chris Ruddy
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:   What men are trying to say when they show off their Female Relationship Résumé
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.”
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.
Trump's barrage of attacks ‘beyond belief,’ reeling NATO diplomats say  —  Washington (CNN)NATO diplomats are dumbfounded by President Donald Trump's barrage of acidic rhetoric at the annual summit in Brussels on Wednesday.  —  Trump came out brawling in his first public comments …
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Power breakfast: How Trump lambasted Germany over eggs and fruit salad  —  BRUSSELS - President Donald Trump aired his grievances against one of America's closest and most powerful allies on Wednesday, deepening the growing rifts on the North Atlantic alliance and setting a contentious tone …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Joe.My.God.
Washington Post:
‘Rubbing salt in the wounds’: Trump won't take yes for an answer at NATO
Discussion: Mother Jones
Tom McTague / Politico:
Why Trump has few friends in Europe
Discussion: Politico, CBS Los Angeles and Axios
Annie Karni / Politico:   Bannon hosts Europopulists in London ahead of Trump's visit
Washington Post:
Trump is poisoning NATO. Why?
Discussion: Fox News, Bloomberg, CNN and Booman Tribune
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
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
Kelly Cohen / Washington Examiner:   Robert Mueller files request for another 100 blank subpoenas in Paul Manafort case
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Paul Manafort to be moved from jail where prosecutors say he has ‘VIP’ treatment
Discussion: Washingtonian
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Poll: Barack Obama Was the Greatest President of Our Lifetime
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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 …
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 …
Drew Wilson / Florida Politics:
Vern Buchanan bought yacht after voting for House version of GOP tax bill  —  A recently filed financial disclosure shows U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan celebrated passing the House version of the Republican tax bill in quite the lavish way.  —  According to the disclosure, Buchanan spent between $1 million …
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.
Meet The Man — And Propaganda Machine — Behind Trump's Latest Pardon  —  How Forrest Lucas — the little-known millionaire whose company name is plastered on the home stadium of the Indianapolis Colts — wields power, propaganda, and even Sharon Stone to protect Big Agriculture.
Discussion: Mediaite, Trent Loos and Hit & Run
Washington Post:
Woman arrested in assault of 91-year-old Mexican man who was told to ‘go back to your country’  —  The Fourth of July fireworks display was just beginning when Erik Mendoza realized that his 91-year-old grandfather was missing.  Thinking he might have gone for his daily walk …
Discussion:, IJR, USA Today and The Daily Beast
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.
VICE News:
Trump administration separated a 3-year-old from his father who crossed the border legally  —  ELOY, Arizona — Two days after asking for asylum at the bridge connecting Reynosa, Mexico, with McAllen, Texas, Jose was sitting in a freezing-cold holding room with his 3-year-old son, when immigration officials came in.
Discussion: Splinter
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Discussion: Axios
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
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Discussion: Mediaite
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Discussion: Splinter
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Agence France-Presse:
Sale of guillotine divides France
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller