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5:25 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, Vox, CNN and The Hill
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.
FBI agent Peter Strzok passionately defends himself at fiery House hearing  —  (CNN)Embattled FBI agent Peter Strzok faced off with House Republicans Thursday at a fiery and raucous hearing where he forcefully defended his actions in the Hillary Clinton email and Russia investigations amid sharp attacks …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Fireworks at Strzok hearing as GOP reps fume at anti-Trump FBI agent, threaten contempt
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:   The Peter Strzok fiasco wrecks the GOP's bogus conspiracy theory
Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
Gowdy and FBI agent Strzok in angry exchange over anti-Trump texts: LIVE UPDATES
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 …
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 interests in Washington selected Judge Brett Kavanaugh to work on the Supreme Court for them, not the people of Wisconsin.  —  At a time when so many in Washington are working to overturn the law of the land …
Discussion: CNN
Just Security:
Setting the Record Straight: Brett Kavanaugh's Views on Criminal Investigation of the President
Discussion: Axios
Newt Gingrich / Fox News:
Trump's Supreme Court pick is part of a grand strategy
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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  —  SEOUL — North Korean officials did not turn up to a Thursday meeting with the U.S. military about repatriating the remains of the war dead, according to a U.S. official with knowledge of the situation.
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 …
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Prosecutors drop criminal case against porn star Stormy Daniels hours after strip-club arrest
Discussion: The Daily Caller, New Republic and NPR
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
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 …
Renae Reints / Fortune:
Trump Wants to Make Air Force One Look “More American”
Discussion: Breitbart
The next Air Force One could be red, white and blue
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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’
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Manafort moved to Alexandria jail  —  Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was moved Thursday to a jail in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington, to await a criminal trial set to open later this month, jail officials confirmed.  —  U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III …
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Paul Manafort moves to Alexandria jail, a past home to spies and terrorists
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 …
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
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
Tom McCarthy / The Guardian:
Sean Spicer contradicts Trump's Manafort claims in new book  —  Exclusive: Trump's former press secretary describes Manafort as impactful and describes the president as ‘a unicorn, riding a unicorn over a rainbow’  —  Dreamily envisioning Donald Trump as “a unicorn, riding a unicorn over a rainbow” …
Discussion: Political Wire, AOL and Raw Story
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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: ThinkProgress and CNN
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 focused on taking back power …
Emily Dreyfuss / Wired:
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Kate Aronoff / The Intercept:
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Daniel Miller / Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: New York Times
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Discussion: AOL and Electrek
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
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Tom Burgis / Financial Times:
Tower of secrets: the Russian money behind a Donald Trump skyscraper
Discussion: Raw Story