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11:15 AM ET, July 11, 2018


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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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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.
Meridith McGraw / ABC News:
Trump issues blistering attacks on Germany at NATO breakfast: ‘Germany is controlled by Russia’
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Scott Neuman / NPR:
Trump Unloads On NATO Secretary-General, Germany Over Defense Spending
Discussion: TheBlaze and Daily Wire
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:   AP FACT CHECK: Trump keeps promoting myth about NATO debt
Molly K. McKew / Politico:
‘They Will Die in Tallinn’: Estonia Girds for War With Russia
Trump and Merkel Exchange Barbs in Showdown Over Russia Pipeline
Discussion: HuffPost, CNN and CNBC
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
Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:   Trump opens NATO summit with blast at allies, accuses Germany over ties to Russia
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 …
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
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Voters oppose abolishing ICE
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 …
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Brett Kavanaugh was no ‘attack dog’ for Kenneth Starr  —  Among the absurd attacks the Left will hurl at Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the coming weeks is the claim that, as one CNN talking head put it, Kavanaugh supposedly was independent counsel Kenneth Starr's partisan “attack dog” against the Clintons.
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 …
Michelle Hackman / Wall Street Journal:   The All-Boys High School Producing GOP Bigwigs
What's Missing from the Supreme Court  —  America's top justices are less like the rest of America than ever before.  —  If Brett Kavanaugh's swift, steady climb up the American legal ladder clears one more rung, the Supreme Court of the United States will have a majority of justices …
Discussion: Washington Post and Breitbart
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.
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: Vox, Bustle, Los Angeles Times and Axios
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 and CNN
Jamie Tarabay / CNN:
Pompeo's North Korea meeting went ‘as badly as it could have gone’  —  Kim Jong Un snubbed Mike Pompeo, source says  —  (CNN)It began with great expectations, an eagerly-anticipated meeting with a reclusive leader, and a gift bag that included an Elton John CD.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:   Trump's neediness is at the core of his diplomacy
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Splinter
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 …
Page Six:
Hope Hicks is looking for a job in the Big Apple  —  Hope Hicks is back in New York, we're told.  —  President Trump's former White House communications director has returned to the city after spending time with her family in Greenwich, Conn., following her departure from the White House in March.
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 …
Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
Ohio State and Jim Jordan: Why sexual abuse claims against men aren't taken seriously  —  The #MeToo era has raised the nation's consciousness about the prevalence of sexual harassment against women in many areas.  But a new abuse scandal is a reminder of how differently some people still respond to sexual misconduct against men.
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
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.
Associated Press:
Analysis: Dems meet Supreme Court pick with mixed message  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, says it's all about health care.  Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., worries about the impact on the special counsel investigation.  And Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. …
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 …
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Tom DiChristopher / CNBC:
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The Charlotte Observer:
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 Earlier Items: 
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The Confusion of Jonah Goldberg, Pt. IX
Discussion: The Federalist
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Saritha Prabhu / USA Today:
The Democratic Party left me behind — and I'm not alone
Greece, Russia to expel diplomats in Macedonia tussle ahead of NATO summit
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
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Gov. Matt Bevin's ‘disturbing’ West End comments spark outrage
Discussion: Raw Story