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11:25 PM ET, July 12, 2018

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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
White House Orders Broader Access to Files About F.B.I. Informant  —  WASHINGTON — The White House has rebuffed concerns among American intelligence and law enforcement officials and ordered that more lawmakers be given access to classified information about an informant the F.B.I. used …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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 …
Discussion: Vox
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
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 …
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 …
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
Gohmert: Watchdog Found Clinton Emails Were Sent To ‘Foreign Entity’  —  A member of the House Committee on the Judiciary said during a hearing Thursday that a government watchdog found that nearly all of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails were sent to a foreign entity and that the FBI didn't follow-up on that finding.
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 …
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’  —  The US President says he will be largely staying away from the capital to avoid huge street protests, saying ‘when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?’
Scotsman:   Leader comment: A denunciation of Donald Trump
New York Times:
With May's Government Teetering, Trump Gives It a Shove
Discussion: CNN, HuffPost and TheBlaze
Tom Newton Dunn / The Sun:
MIGRANTS ‘HARM UK’ Donald Trump says Britain is ‘losing its culture’ because of immigration
Discussion: Townhall
Kimiko De Freytas-Tamura / New York Times:
Big Protests Greet Trump's Visit to Britain
Zachary Basu / Axios:
In photos: Trump arrives in United Kingdom to visit with Prime Minister, Queen
Discussion: ABC News
Washington Post:
Trump blasts Prime Minister Theresa May in interview published during his first official visit to Britain
Associated Press:   The Latest: White House says Trump ‘likes and respects’ May
Politico:
‘Very stable’ Trump?  European leaders beg to differ  —  The president's wild shifts in tone left many NATO allies concluding no hidden strategy lies behind his unpredictability.  —  As a NATO summit he threw into chaos wrapped up Thursday, President Donald Trump cheekily declared himself a “very stable genius.”
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Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Things will not be okay  —  Human beings often choose self-delusion over painful reality, and so in the days and weeks to come, we will hear reassurances that the NATO alliance is in good shape.  After all, there have been spats in the past — over the Suez crisis in 1956, Vietnam in the 1960s and '70s …
Gary Varvel / USA Today:
Donald Trump is the president I didn't want, but now I know we need … Over the years, my caricatures of Donald Trump have evolved but not as much as my opinion of him.  —  When Trump announced he was running for president, I admit that I didn't take this millionaire, hotel magnate, reality TV show celebrity as a serious candidate.
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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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: The Verge, Mediaite and Eschaton
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Paul Ryan: My car was eaten by animals
Discussion: The Week and HuffPost
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: alicublog and Deadline
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Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
How Sacha Baron Cohen Duped Ted Koppel for His Showtime Show
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Slate
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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Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Facebook Proves It Isn't Ready To Handle Fake News  —  Facebook says it knows the truth is messy; what it doesn't know is how to clean up all the fake news it is helping to spread.  —  On Wednesday afternoon Facebook invited a handful of journalists to its New York offices for shrimp cocktail …
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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 …
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: Splinter, Law & Crime and IJR
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.
Associated Press:
Detaining immigrant kids is now a billion-dollar industry  —  SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually — a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds.
Discussion: Axios and ThinkProgress
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
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 …
Emilie Ikeda / Fox News:
Migrant children being used as ‘commodity to circumvent a loophole,’ border agent says  —  Border patrol agents say they are alarmed by the growing number of migrants illegally crossing the border with children, who are not their own.  —  MCALLEN, Texas - Border patrol agents say they are alarmed …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sophie Tatum / CNN:
George W. Bush ‘disturbed’ by current US immigration debate  —  Bush: Disturbed by current immigration debate  —  Washington (CNN)Former President George W Bush said he is “disturbed” by the immigration debate taking place in the United States because it “undermines the goodness of America.”
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 …
Andrew Blake / Washington Times:
Sen. Cory Gardner: Russia ought to be named a state sponsor of terror  —  Sen. Cory Gardner, Colorado Republican, said Thursday that he believes Russia is worthy of being designated a state sponsor of terrorism.  —  The chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee …
 
 
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump is a bully. Brett Kavanaugh will stand up to him.
Associated Press:
Maine governor Paul LePage says he'd go to jail before he expands Medicaid
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Trump and Putin may be about to make a terrible deal on Syria
Discussion: Foreign Policy
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Battle of the Chesapeake  —  Virginia 'is turning blue …
The Daily Beast:
Obama Loses 2 Million Followers in Twitter's Crackdown on Fake Accounts
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The bizarre media hoopla over Alan Dershowitz's social life in Martha's Vineyard, explained
Carvell Wallace / Slate:
My Niece Wears Her MAGA Hat to Family Parties
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Hamilton Nolan / Splinter:
You Have to Understand That This Is All an Investment
Discussion: ITEP and Common Dreams
Martin Longman / Washington Monthly:
Winning Is Not Enough  —  Democrats are feeling cautiously optimistic …
Discussion: Washington Post
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Nunes leaves in middle of hearing following questions on Russia probe
Discussion: Hill Reporter and CNN