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9:20 AM ET, July 12, 2018


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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” …
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 …
Fox News:
Trump dubs himself ‘stable genius,’ calls NATO summit a success  —  President Trump pronounced the NATO summit a success and himself a “stable genius” in a freewheeling press conference that followed a sometimes tense meeting of the western alliance.  —  Trump spoke to international reporters …
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.”
Sam Meredith / CNBC:   Trump says NATO allies have agreed to increase their defense spending after crisis meeting
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's huge self-contradiction on Russia at NATO
Discussion: Washington Press
Macron and Merkel Play Down Trump's Spending Claims: NATO Update
Discussion: and BloombergQuint
New York Times:
As President Trump Bashes NATO, Republicans Are Largely Silent
Discussion: The Guardian, ABC News and TheBlaze
Tom McTague / Politico:
Why Trump has few friends in Europe
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Power breakfast: How Trump lambasted Germany over eggs and fruit salad
Discussion: Mother Jones and Joe.My.God.
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
President Trump declares NATO a ‘fine-tuned machine’ at conclusion of summit
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
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 …
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Rosenstein Asks Prosecutors to Help With Kavanaugh Papers in Unusual Request
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
MSNBC's Katy Tur: Is It ‘Appropriate’ to Take Originalist View of Constitution Since Americans Are More Progressive Now?
Discussion: Hot Air
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Yes, the Supreme Court Is Undemocratic
Discussion: Washington Post and Breitbart
Stormy Daniels arrested at Ohio strip club.  Her attorney calls it a setup.  —  (CNN)Adult film actress Stormy Daniels was arrested early Thursday at an Ohio strip club for allegedly touching patrons on stage in violation of state law.  —  Daniels, who gained notoriety …
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 …
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 …
Police: Stormy Daniels grabbed backside of undercover Columbus officer  —  COLUMBUS - Adult film actress Stormy Daniels was arrested in Columbus, Ohio.  —  That's according to her attorney Michael Avenatti who tweeted the news early Thursday morning.  —  Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford …
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 …
Discussion: Politico
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:   North Korean officials no-show for meeting about U.S. troop remains
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Week
Committee on the Judiciary:
Cummings and Nadler Call for Release of Full Strzok Transcript  —  Hundreds of GOP Questions Show Extensive Interference with Mueller Investigation  —  Washington, D.C. (July 11, 2018)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform …
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
FBI agent Peter Strzok to publicly testify on Capitol Hill about anti-Trump texts
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 …
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
Discussion: Off the Kuff
Trump again calls himself “a very stable genius”  —  President Trump reiterated one of his most famous self-assessments during a press conference at the NATO summit Thursday, calling himself a “very stable genius” after a Croatian reporter asked if he'd change his tone on Twitter regarding the alliance once he'd left.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Annabelle Dickson / Politico:
UK Brexit secretary: I will ‘deputize’ in Brexit negotiations
David Beard / Poynter:
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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 …
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.
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Haley Byrd / Weekly Standard:
What Comes Next For The Effort to Curb Trump's Trade Powers?
Discussion: The Week
Fredrick Kunkle / Washington Post:
TSA agents cannot be sued over allegations of abuse, federal court rules
Discussion: Axios and TheBlaze
Media Matters for America:
UPDATED: NewsBusters promoted a white nationalist piece that claimed Black people are “a threat to all” they encounter
Max Boot / Washington Post:
I hardly questioned American exceptionalism. Soccer changed that.
Tom McCarthy / The Guardian:
Sean Spicer contradicts Trump's Manafort claims in new book
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Trump's top Hill aide leaving White House amid Supreme Court battle
Discussion: Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Libby Brooks / The Guardian:
Petition asks for Trump Baby balloon to be flown over Scottish golf course
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
Grant Stern / The Dworkin Report:
Pre-med student just exposed Trump's lice-infested ICE detention camps are far worse than we feared
Nate Madden / Conservative Review:
Jordan accuser emailed a widow a picture of her husband's killer over a business disagreement
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Shepard Smith Torches Trump Over NATO Remarks: Could ‘Turn Back the Global Clock Centuries’
Meet The Man — And Propaganda Machine — Behind Trump's Latest Pardon
Discussion: Mediaite and Trent Loos
Matt Steecker / Press & Sun-Bulletin:
‘You call the police’: Man who took Tom Reed sign charged after GPS tracks him down
Pew Research Center:
Obama Tops Public's List of Best President in Their Lifetime, Followed by Clinton, Reagan