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7:00 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 …
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
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
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.”
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” …
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
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 …
Sam Meredith / CNBC:
Trump says NATO allies have agreed to increase their defense spending after crisis meeting  —  President Donald Trump said NATO allies had committed to raising their defense spending beyond 2 percent on Thursday morning, following a flurry of public diatribes against key members of the 29-nation bloc.
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 …
Discussion:, CNBC and Breitbart
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
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Bull: 1, China Shop: 0
Washington Post:
Trump is poisoning NATO. Why?
Discussion: CNN, Fox News, FOX 61 and Booman Tribune
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.
Tom McTague / Politico:
Why Trump has few friends in Europe
Annabelle Dickson / Politico:
UK Brexit secretary: I will ‘deputize’ in Brexit negotiations
Annie Karni / Politico:   Bannon hosts Europopulists in London ahead of Trump's visit
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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Nate Madden / Conservative Review:
Jordan accuser emailed a widow a picture of her husband's killer over a business disagreement
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Greece ‘orders expulsion of two Russian diplomats’
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
$111 Billion in Tax Cuts for the Top 1 Percent
Discussion: Common Dreams, ITEP and Vox
Meet The Man — And Propaganda Machine — Behind Trump's Latest Pardon
Discussion: Mediaite and Trent Loos
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
House GOP appropriators block funding for gun violence research
Discussion: Axios
 Earlier Items: 
Sohrab Ahmari / Commentary Magazine:
German Wobbliness on Russia Is Real
VICE News:
Trump administration separated a 3-year-old from his father who crossed the border legally
Discussion: Splinter
Matt Steecker / Press & Sun-Bulletin:
‘You call the police’: Man who took Tom Reed sign charged after GPS tracks him down
Tunku Varadarajan / Politico:
Croatia one step away from making history
New York Times:
Kushner's Firm Deepens Ties to Those With Business in Washington
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:
Walmart's Newly Patented Technology For Eavesdropping On Workers Presents Privacy Concerns
Discussion: Splinter
New York Times:
How Germany Won Freedom for the Widow of China's Most Famous Dissident