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5:45 PM ET, July 12, 2018


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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
F.B.I. Agent at Center of Russia Probe Turns Tables on G.O.P.  —  WASHINGTON — The embattled F.B.I. agent who oversaw the opening of the Russia investigation mounted an aggressive personal defense on Thursday, rejecting accusations that he let his private political views bias his official actions …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
7 key moments from Peter Strzok's wild hearing  —  This post has been updated.  —  FBI agent Peter Strzok had his moment on an extremely hot seat Thursday morning in a contentious hearing that quickly devolved into angry yelling, interjections and parliamentary maneuvering.
Discussion: Power Line, Fox News, CNN, The Hill and Raw Story
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Strzok's House Judiciary Hearing Plunges Into Absolute Chaos As Lawmakers Exchange Heated Barbs  —  Thursday's House Judiciary Committee testimony from FBI agent Peter Strzok descended into absolute chaos shortly after the opening statements.  —  Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) was the first to question the agent.
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The Peter Strzok fiasco wrecks the GOP's bogus conspiracy theory  —  There are times when you watch what's happening in American politics and come to believe you've fallen through the rabbit hole, to a place where everything is upside down.  Today was one of those times …
Eli Watkins / CNN:
Gohmert asks Peter Strzok how he looked into his 'wife's eye' during affair
Discussion: Vox and Political Wire
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Fireworks at Strzok hearing as GOP reps fume at anti-Trump FBI agent, threaten contempt
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 …
Trump's whiplash NATO summit  —  Donald Trump unleashed havoc at NATO on Thursday, threatening to pull out if America's allies don't boost military spending then praising the alliance as a “fine-tuned machine.”  —  The president disoriented NATO leaders for the entire two-day meeting …
Associated Press:   After NATO chaos, Trump met by protest, pomp in Britain
Hailey Fuchs / Yale Daily News:
A sports junkie who ate pasta with ketchup: Law school friends reflect on Kavanaugh's time at YLS  —  In the days following the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh '87 LAW '90 to the U.S. Supreme Court, Democrats have condemned President Donald Trump's pick as an enemy of the left.
Senator Tammy Baldwin:
After reviewing this nominee's record, I know why powerful special …
Discussion: CNN
Just Security:
Setting the Record Straight: Brett Kavanaugh's Views on Criminal Investigation of the President
Discussion: Axios
North Koreans Are No Show at U.S. War Dead Talks, Yonhap Reports  — American officials kept waiting on militarized border  — Latest sign of tension after Pompeo's visit last weekend  —  North Korean officials didn't show up for a planned meeting with U.S. counterparts to discuss returning …
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
North Korean officials no-show for meeting about U.S. troop remains
CBS News:
Stormy Daniels arrested while performing at Ohio strip club  —  Porn actress Stormy Daniels was arrested at an Ohio strip club and is accused of letting patrons touch her in violation of a state law, her attorney said early Thursday.  While Daniels was performing Wednesday night at Sirens …
Stormy Daniels arrested at Ohio strip club. Her attorney calls it a setup.
Latest News Releases:
Trump Administration Completes Reunification for Eligible Children Under Age 5  —  Under order of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, the departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Homeland Security (DHS), and Justice (DOJ) have been reunifying alien minors under 5 years old …
Molly Hensley-Clancy / BuzzFeed:
The ACLU Wants To Do What The NRA Does: Get People To Vote
Discussion: Political Wire
Tim Mak / NPR:
Russian Influence Campaign Sought To Exploit Americans' Trust In Local News  —  Russia's information attack against the United States during the 2016 election cycle sought to take advantage of the greater trust that Americans tend to place in local news.  —  The information operatives …
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Want Roe v. Wade to Stand  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the U.S. Senate prepares to hold confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the public is strongly opposed to any attempts to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that made abortion legal nationwide.
Katherine Clarke / Wall Street Journal:
Michael Cohen Purchases New York City Apartment for $6.7 Million  —  Donald Trump's former personal lawyer financed the purchase with a mortgage from the developers, according to public records  —  Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former personal lawyer who is under federal investigation …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Trump wants tough new Air Force One paint job  —  President Trump wants to update the paint job on the next version of Air Force One, ditching the iconic robin's-egg blue (which he calls a “Jackie Kennedy color") for a bolder, “more American” look.  —  The big picture …
The next Air Force One could be red, white and blue
Discussion: Fortune, Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Lisa W. Foderaro / New York Times:
Ocasio-Cortez Highlights How Third-Party Quirks Can Muddle Elections  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's political star has risen so high, she can win a primary election without trying — or apparently even knowing.  —  Last month, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, 28, unleashed a political tsunami of sorts …
Lisa W. Foderaro / New York Times:
Ocasio-Cortez Confronts Crowley Over His ‘Third-Party Challenge’
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Paul Manafort moves to Alexandria jail, a past home to spies and terrorists  —  Paul Manafort has moved, over his objections, to a new jail with a history of illustrious guests.  —  Officials confirm the former Trump campaign chairman was booked Thursday morning into the Alexandria Detention Center …
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
What America could do with European levels of military spending  —  President Trump excoriated the country's European allies over their defense budgets on Wednesday, demanding they increase their military spending to levels closer to the United States.  —  But if the United States instead tried lowering …
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
House GOP to bring Dem ‘abolish ICE’ bill up for vote  —  House GOP leaders plan to bring a Democratic measure calling for the abolishment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to the House floor, hoping to force Democrats into a difficult vote.  —  The Democratic bill …
Discussion: Townhall and Politico
Hamilton Nolan / Splinter:
You Have to Understand That This Is All an Investment  —  Here is who ultimately wields power in our political system: Rich people.  And here is what they care about above all else: Tax cuts.  Politics is an investment that pays off.  The proof is in the numbers.
Discussion: ITEP, Common Dreams and Vox
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
How Sacha Baron Cohen Duped Ted Koppel for His Showtime Show  —  The veteran broadcaster, who was tricked into an interview (but didn't sign a release), explains how it happened to him.  —  Like vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and radio host Joe Walsh, veteran broadcast journalist Ted Koppel …
The chief wanted perfect stats, so cops were told to pin crimes on black people, probe found  —  The indictment was damning enough: A former police chief of Biscayne Park and two officers charged with falsely pinning four burglaries on a teenager just to impress village leaders with a perfect crime-solving record.
Discussion: IJR and Law & Crime
Saleha Mohsin / Bloomberg:
Treasury Struggles to Keep Staff in Unit at Heart of Trade War  — International affairs office has lost about 20 career staffers  — Departures come as Trump escalates trade tensions abroad  —  About 20 career staff have quit the U.S. Treasury Department's international affairs unit …
Brad Heath / USA Today:
Baltimore police stopped noticing crime after Freddie Gray's death.  A wave of killings followed.  —  BALTIMORE - Just before a wave of violence turned Baltimore into the nation's deadliest big city, a curious thing happened to its police force: officers suddenly seemed to stop noticing crime.
Discussion: The Week and Instapundit
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Nunes leaves in middle of hearing following questions on Russia probe  —  Democrats on the House Rules Committee expressed frustration when House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes  —  (R-Calif.) was allowed to leave a panel hearing on a bill before they could ask questions …
Discussion: Hill Reporter and CNN
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Trump's top Hill aide leaving White House amid Supreme Court battle  —  Marc Short, Trump's director of legislative affairs, is leaving later this month to join a D.C. consulting firm and teach at UVA.  —  President Donald Trump's legislative affairs director is heading for the exits …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Paul Ryan's pathetic excuse for not challenging Trump on trade, explained  —  This is not how Congress works.  —  Speaking to reporters Thursday morning at the Economic Club of Washington, House Speaker Paul Ryan had three clear messages on trade: He thinks the Trump administration's trade wars …
Discussion: MSNBC and Politico
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Carvell Wallace / Slate:
My Niece Wears Her MAGA Hat to Family Parties
Discussion: Daily Wire
ICE detainee passes away at Georgia hospital
Discussion: CNN and ThinkProgress
Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Women Test Mexico's ‘Macho’ Political Culture With Big Electoral Gains
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Immigrants find noncitizen voter registration easy
Martin Longman / Washington Monthly:
Winning Is Not Enough  —  Democrats are feeling cautiously optimistic …
Emily Dreyfuss / Wired:
Judd Legum Wants to Fix News With a Newsletter
Kate Aronoff / The Intercept:
Andrew Cuomo's Biggest Donors Rake in Millions From ICE
 Earlier Items: 
France 24:
World oil supply risks being ‘stretched to limit’: IEA
Daniel Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Five Picassos went missing from the L.A. Times. What happened to them?
Discussion: New York Times
Hell for Elon Musk Is a Midsize Sedan
Discussion: AOL and Electrek
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
What Happens if the Gender Gap Becomes a Gender Chasm?
Tom McCarthy / The Guardian:
Sean Spicer contradicts Trump's Manafort claims in new book
Discussion: Political Wire, AOL and Raw Story
Tom Burgis / Financial Times:
Tower of secrets: the Russian money behind a Donald Trump skyscraper
Discussion: Raw Story