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9:55 PM ET, July 11, 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 …
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: The Daily Caller and CityLab
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Brett Kavanaugh Was a Mistake  —  Donald Trump picked the judge who's most inclined to say the president can't be indicted.  Pro tip: That makes him look guilty.  —  To be perfectly clear on the obvious point: Brett Kavanaugh is a lovely man and presumably a good father with a lovely family.
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.”
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Bull: 1, China Shop: 0  —  Get out the fainting couches!  President Trump is in Europe, and once again he is saying the unsayable.  The occasion is the NATO summit that began today in Brussels.  Trump fired an opening salvo that included two themes, as reported by Bloomberg.
Discussion: CNN, Fox News and Bloomberg
Heather Hurlburt / New York Magazine:
There Is No Cleaning Up the Foreign-Policy Mess Trump Is Making  —  Too much coverage in the run-up to this week's NATO Summit treated the conflict between President Trump and European leaders like a four-alarm fire - as if maybe it could be put out.  Or at least tamped down to a smolder, so that maybe Moscow wouldn't notice.
Washington Post:
‘Rubbing salt in the wounds’: Trump won't take yes for an answer at NATO  —  BRUSSELS — For a president who loves declaring victory, the NATO summit here Wednesday could have provided a perfect opportunity.  —  After a year of haranguing by President Trump, Western leaders had agreed …
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Trump is poisoning NATO. Why?
Tom McTague / Politico:
Why Trump has few friends in Europe
Discussion: Politico and Axios
NATO:   Issued by the Heads of State and Government participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe.My.God.
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.
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 …
Matt Steecker / Press & Sun-Bulletin:
‘You call the police’: Man who took Tom Reed sign charged after GPS tracks him down  —  A leader of a group that regularly protests against U.S. Rep. Tom Reed has been charged with petit larceny after being accused of stealing campaign signs.  —  Following the disappearance of campaign signs …
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 …
Washington Post:
In major abortion ruling, Kavanaugh offers clues of how he might handle divisive issue on the Supreme Court  —  Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh has only one major abortion ruling in his 12 years on the federal bench, but that forceful opinion will define the coming debate on what his elevation …
Discussion: Politico, Bustle and HuffPost
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
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
House GOP appropriators block funding for gun violence research  —  House Republican appropriators Wednesday rejected a proposal to designate millions of dollars for the CDC for gun violence research, voting 32-20 to keep the language out of a fiscal 2019 spending bill.
Discussion: Axios
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 …
Discussion: Forbes, NBC News, TheBlaze and CNBC
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:
Walmart's Newly Patented Technology For Eavesdropping On Workers Presents Privacy Concerns  —  “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.”
Discussion: Splinter
Sohrab Ahmari / Commentary Magazine:
German Wobbliness on Russia Is Real  —  And it long predates Trump.  —  The latest NATO summit got underway in Brussels this week, and President Trump brought all of his signature rhetorical subtlety to the Belgian capital.  Off the bat at a meeting Wednesday with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg …
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: ACLU
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Tickets for Sean Spicer book launch party going for up to $1,000  —  Sean Spicer's book is hitting shelves later this month, and those who want to attend the opening launch party should be prepared to shell out some money.  —  Organizers are selling tickets for the former White House press …
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
Alabama Moves to Limit Sheriffs From Pocketing Jail Food Money  —  Alabama's governor has begun to cut off a gravy train for the state's sheriffs: the unspent money for prisoners' meals that the sheriffs have long been allowed to keep for themselves.  —  The practice, born of a bickered …
Discussion: NPR
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
‘Ranting and raving’: The time Kavanaugh knocked Chris Ruddy  —  Records from Kenneth Starr's office suggest Kavanaugh didn't think much of Ruddy, who has become one of Trump's top surrogates.  —  Two decades ago, as Brett Kavanaugh labored on independent counsel Ken Starr's team …
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 …
New York Times:
Kushner's Firm Deepens Ties to Those With Business in Washington  —  Eighteen months into Jared Kushner's White House tenure, his family's real estate firm is deepening its financial relationships with institutions and individuals that have a lot riding on decisions made by the federal government.
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: Bustle and The Daily Caller
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Al Weaver / Washington Examiner:
Senate sends Trump a warning shot on tariffs
Discussion: National Review
Daily Mail:
Melania to meet with British vets and school children …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, CNN and Bustle
Jonathan Clegg / Wall Street Journal:
Croatia Stuns England in Extra Time to Advance to World Cup Final
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Zaid Jilani / The Intercept:
Health Care Blunder Reveals Michigan Candidate for Governor's “Progressive” Branding is False Advertising
Agence France-Presse:
Sale of guillotine divides France
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Snider / USA Today:
Nabbed at airport, ex-Apple engineer was fleeing with secrets to self-driving cars, FBI says
Discussion: Washington Post, Engadget and Bloomberg
David Corn / Mother Jones:
While America Sleeps: Trump's Treachery and the Russia Scandal
New York Times:
How Trump's Trade War Went From 18 Products to 10,000
Daniella Greenbaum / Weekly Standard:
Here Is the Column That Business Insider Spiked
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
This remarkable exchange at NATO perfectly captures Trump's ugly bad faith
Discussion: New York Times, ABC News and Politico
Rachel Chason / Washington Post:
Nancy Floreen to run for Montgomery County executive as an independent
Sean T. Collins / The Outline:
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