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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.
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Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump to watch military parade at Windsor Castle  —  BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Europe (all times local):  —  Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II will welcome President Donald Trump and his wife Melania at Windsor Castle where they will watch …
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
The Russian pipeline to Germany that Trump is so mad about, explained  —  BERLIN — When German officials headed to the NATO summit in Brussels this week, they were already prepared for what they considered to be an inevitable attack by President Trump over their low defense spending.
Discussion: Mediaite
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
NATO summit: Trump accuses Germany of being a ‘captive of Russia’  —  Brussels (CNN)President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused fellow NATO ally Germany of being beholden to Russia because it buys energy from Moscow, in pointed remarks ahead of a summit of the military alliance in Brussels.
Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:
Trump opens NATO summit with blast at allies, accuses Germany over ties to Russia … President Trump kicked off his two-day visit with NATO allies by doing exactly what many of them feared, worsening tensions within the alliance by claiming that Germany, a bulwark of the transatlantic democratic order …
Scott Neuman / NPR:
Trump Unloads On NATO Secretary-General, Germany Over Defense Spending
Discussion: TheBlaze and Daily Wire
Meridith McGraw / ABC News:
Trump issues blistering attacks on Germany at NATO breakfast: ‘Germany is controlled by Russia’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Molly K. McKew / Politico:
‘They Will Die in Tallinn’: Estonia Girds for War With Russia
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:   AP FACT CHECK: Trump keeps promoting myth about NATO debt
David M. Herszenhorn / Politico:
Trump rips into Germany at NATO chief breakfast
Discussion: Axios and Wall Street Journal
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Senate votes to support NATO ahead of Trump summit
Bloomberg:
Trump and Merkel Exchange Barbs in Showdown Over Russia Pipeline
Discussion: HuffPost, CNN and CNBC
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Judge Kavanaugh's Former Clerks: Diverse, and Deployed to Vouch for Him  —  WASHINGTON — Part of the White House public relations campaign to win confirmation of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court began only seconds after President Trump nominated him, when Judge Kavanaugh gave …
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Michelle Hackman / Wall Street Journal:   The All-Boys High School Producing GOP Bigwigs
Politico:
What's Missing from the Supreme Court
Discussion: Washington Post and Breitbart
Julie O'Brien / Washington Post:
I don't know Kavanaugh the judge. But Kavanaugh the carpool dad is one great guy.
Kenneth Lovett / New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Ocasio-Cortez with another surprise election win - in a district she wasn't even running in … Things are going so well for insurgent Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that she's winning primaries she didn't even enter.  —  In addition to recently …
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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Center Is Sexier Than You Think  —  Enough about the Freedom Caucus.  Enough about the Democratic Socialists of America.  They're flamboyant players in our political debate, but they're extremes: More politicians — and most Americans — occupy the expansive territory in between.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Melanie Zanona / The Hill:   New Dem star to rattle DC establishment
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 …
Evan Real / Hollywood Reporter:
Sarah Palin Says Sacha Baron Cohen Duped Her in “Sick” Interview  —  “Mock politicians and innocent public personalities all you want, if that lets you sleep at night, but HOW DARE YOU mock those who have fought and served our country.”  —  Sarah Palin on Tuesday took to Facebook to reveal …
Discussion: NBC News
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Sarah Palin:
Yup - we were duped.  Ya' got me, Sacha.  Feel better now?  —  I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick “humor” of the British “comedian” Sacha Baron Cohen, enabled and sponsored by CBS/Showtime.
VICE News:
EXCLUSIVE: The Russian pop star who set up Don Jr.'s infamous Trump Tower meeting tells all  —  In an exclusive interview with VICE News Tonight on HBO, airing Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. EST, Emin Agalarov, a Moscow-based real estate developer and pop star, responds for the first time to allegations …
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New York Times:
Trump Administration Returns to ‘Catch and Release’ of Migrants  —  WASHINGTON — The government said on Tuesday that it would release hundreds of migrant families wearing ankle bracelet monitors into the United States, effectively returning to the “catch and release” policy that President Trump promised to eliminate.
Discussion: Bustle, Los Angeles Times and Axios
Anna Palmer / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump comes out swinging at NATO summit  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP mostly dispensed with the niceties this morning in Brussels, and threw verbal bombs at Germany and NATO during his first day in Europe.  —  AT A MORNING BREAKFAST …
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NBC News:
Michael Flynn says new lobbyist job announcement was ‘misunderstanding’
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
Brett Kavanaugh and the Mueller Investigation: What Do His Writings Really Say?  —  I think I am on safe ground in saying that when Brett Kavanaugh and I presented our papers at the Minnesota Law Review symposium in October 2008—his on separation of powers and mine on (of all things) …
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Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Pence launches Midwest damage control mission  —  With anxiety rising over Trump's trade policies, the vice president is stumping for endangered incumbents and reassuring big GOP donors.  —  CHICAGO — Vice President Mike Pence begins a campaign swing through the Midwest on Wednesday designed …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Lisa Fain / Washington Post:
A taste of Chipotle's new menu items proves: It's no Taco Bell  —  Americans' love for Taco Bell, the nation's large Tex-Mex fast-food chain, must be vexing for Chipotle Mexican Grill, which has long prided itself on its whole and responsibly sourced ingredients.
Samuel Smith / Christian News, The Christian Post:
Paula White: There's a Difference Between Jesus as a Refugee and Those Who Enter the US Illegally … Amid the hysteria surrounding the separation of immigrant families who recently entered the United States illegally, one of President Donald Trump's spiritual advisers, Paula White …
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Inside Mueller's New Army … Chelsea Manning, Iranian extortionists, and Hillaryland's original hacker—they've all been targets for prosecutors that now work for Team Mueller.  —  As special counsel Robert Mueller's probe has quietly chugged along, outraging the president and encircling …
Brooke Medina / Civitas Institute:
CIVITAS POLL: McCready Leads in NC-09 Congressional Race  —  RALEIGH, N.C. - In the latest Civitas Poll, Democrat congressional candidate Dan McCready leads Republican Mark Harris by 7 points.  —  The poll, conducted July 5-8, 2018, surveyed 543 likely voters in North Carolina's 9thcongressional district …
Discussion: Political Wire
US Department of State:
Background Briefing With Senior State Department Official  —  Special Briefing ert Brussels, Belgium  —  MODERATOR: So [Senior State Department Official] is just going to talk on background as a State Department official a little bit about the Secretary's meetings today and some of what …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Trump Officials Slash Grants That Help Consumers Get Obamacare  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it was slashing grants to nonprofit organizations that help people obtain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the latest step in an escalating attack …
The Daily Beast:
Government Told Immigrant Parents to Pay for DNA Tests to Get Kids Back, Advocate Says … DALLAS—U.S. government officials recently told four immigrant women that they must pay for DNA tests in order to be reunited with their children, according to the shelter that housed the women.
Tom DiChristopher / CNBC:
OPEC's oil output jumps in June as Saudi Arabia opens the taps to tame crude prices  — Saudi Arabia's oil production jumped by nearly 500,000 barrels per day in June as it aims to put more supply into the market to tame the cost of crude.  — Output from the 15-member producer group OPEC …
Discussion: BloombergQuint
 
 
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