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8:05 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 …
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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 …
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.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Peter Strzok just gave a hard-to-rebut defense of the objectivity of the Russia investigation's origins  —  To hear President Trump tell it, FBI agent Peter Strzok was hopelessly biased against him and his candidacy.  Trump has tweeted criticisms of Strzok repeatedly, often in personally disparaging terms …
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Republicans Thought Peter Strzok Would Be a Punching Bag.  He Just Knocked Them Out. … Those who forget the lessons of televised congressional hearings are doomed to repeat them, which is why the morning segment of the Capitol Hill show trial of veteran FBI agent and former head …
Discussion: Washington Post
Eli Watkins / CNN:
Gohmert asks Peter Strzok how he looked into his 'wife's eye' during affair
Discussion: Political Wire
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:   Strzok's House Judiciary Hearing Plunges Into Absolute Chaos As Lawmakers Exchange Heated Barbs
Tom Newton Dunn / The Sun:
TRUMP'S BREXIT BLAST I told May how to do Brexit but she wrecked it — the US trade deal is off, says Donald Trump  —  In a world-exclusive interview with The Sun, the US President said Theresa May had ignored his advice by opting for a soft Brexit strategy  —  DONALD Trump today accuses …
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Tom Newton Dunn / The Sun:
PROTESTERS BRUSHED OFF Donald Trump ‘feels unwelcome’ in London but insists real Brits ‘love the President’
Zachary Basu / Axios:
In photos: Trump arrives in United Kingdom to visit with Prime Minister, Queen
Discussion: ABC News
Miles Parks / NPR:
A Family Of Woodchucks Ate Paul Ryan's Car  —  Winter in Wisconsin is tough.  —  So tough, in fact, that living creatures might go searching for shelter in unlikely places.  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan explained Thursday that a family of woodchucks moved into his Chevy Suburban recently …
Discussion: Mediaite and Eschaton
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Paul Ryan: My car was eaten by animals  —  House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said he hasn't driven in several years and when he went to check if his car still worked, he discovered a family of woodchucks had eaten all the wiring.  —  Mr. Ryan, as speaker, has a security detail that drives him.
Discussion: HuffPost and The Week
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Paul Ryan's pathetic excuse for not challenging Trump on trade, explained
Discussion: MSNBC and Politico
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 …
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Politico:
Trump's whiplash NATO summit
Associated Press:   After NATO chaos, Trump met by protest, pomp in Britain
Washington Post:
‘Whiplash’: Inside Trump's NATO ambush, a signature spectacle casting allies as bit players
Discussion: ABC News, New York Times, CNBC and Axios
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.
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Aaron Klein / Breitbart:
EXCLUSIVE - Sheriff Joe: Sacha Baron Cohen Duped Me Posing as ‘Finnish Comedian’  —  Speaking in a Breitbart News interview, Joe Arpaio, the former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, detailed allegedly being duped into an interview with Sacha Baron Cohen, who Arpaio says posed as a famous comedian from Finland.
Discussion: Deadline
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Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:   How Sacha Baron Cohen Duped Ted Koppel for His Showtime Show
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Democrats ahead in election enthusiasm, interest — and the vote  —  Democrats are more interested in the upcoming midterm elections and more enthused to vote than usual, and that helps them to an 8-point edge in the generic congressional ballot test.
Bloomberg:
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 …
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Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
North Korean officials no-show for meeting about U.S. troop remains
Associated Press:
Trump tweets ‘very nice note’ from Kim Jong Un
Discussion: ABC News
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Jared Kushner lacks security clearance level to review some of the nation's most sensitive intelligence in White House role  —  Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser and President Trump's son-in-law, lacks the security clearance level required to review some of the government's most sensitive secrets …
Frances Robles / New York Times:
FEMA Was Sorely Unprepared for Puerto Rico Hurricane, Report Says  —  The Federal Emergency Management Agency's plans for a crisis in Puerto Rico were based on a focused disaster like a tsunami, not a major hurricane devastating the whole island.  The agency vastly underestimated how much food …
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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 …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Manafort moved to Alexandria jail
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 …
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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 …
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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: Vox, Townhall and twitchy.com
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 …
miamiherald:
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
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 …
 
 
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Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
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Steven Overly / Politico:
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Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Nunes leaves in middle of hearing following questions on Russia probe
Discussion: Hill Reporter and CNN
Saleha Mohsin / Bloomberg:
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Brad Heath / USA Today:
Baltimore police stopped noticing crime after Freddie Gray's death. A wave of killings followed.
Discussion: The Week and Instapundit
Tom McCarthy / The Guardian:
Sean Spicer contradicts Trump's Manafort claims in new book
Discussion: AOL, Raw Story and Political Wire