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12:55 PM ET, July 12, 2018


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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 threatens to pull out of NATO  —  U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to break with NATO and conduct American security unilaterally — if allies do not rapidly meet higher military spending targets, NATO officials and diplomats said.  —  Officials inside the room …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump leaves European allies spinning after NATO summit  —  BRUSSELS — President Trump left allies in a state of irritation, confusion and — for some, relief — after a NATO summit during which I'm told he was privately charming in some of his one-on-ones but bombastic and threatening in larger meetings.
Discussion: Washington Post, Raw Story and The Week
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump creates a big, self-contradictory spectacle at NATO
Discussion: CNBC and Axios
Axios:   Trump again calls himself “a very stable genius”
New York Times:
As President Trump Bashes NATO, Republicans Are Largely Silent
Discussion: The Guardian, TheBlaze and ABC News
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
FBI agent: My work has never been tainted by political bias
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:   Strzok's House Judiciary Hearing Plunges Into Absolute Chaos As Lawmakers Exchange Heated Barbs
Full text: FBI agent Peter Strzok's statement before Congress
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Committee on the Judiciary:   Cummings and Nadler Call for Release of Full Strzok Transcript
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 …
Just Security:
Setting the Record Straight: Brett Kavanaugh's Views on Criminal Investigation of the President  —  An important dimension of the Senate's consideration of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court involves the judge's views of a president's immunities from legal process such as criminal indictment and prosecution.
Hailey Fuchs / Yale Daily News:
A sports junkie who ate pasta with ketchup: Law school friends reflect on Kavanaugh's time at YLS
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.  —  (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 …
Police: Stormy Daniels grabbed backside of undercover Columbus officer
New York Times:
Stormy Daniels Arrested at Ohio Strip Club for Touching Undercover Officers
Discussion: The Root and Althouse
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 and The Week
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
North Korean officials no-show for meeting about U.S. troop remains
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Koreans Are No-Shows at Meeting to Discuss U.S. Soldiers' Remains
Discussion: MSNBC
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 …
Trump economic adviser to become his new top Hill aide  —  Shahira Knight, a top economic adviser to President Donald Trump who played a central role in shepherding the Republicans' tax bill through Congress, will be named the White House's legislative affairs director, according to two people familiar with the decision.
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 …
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 …
Al Weaver / Washington Examiner:
Paul Ryan-backed PAC posts $51M haul as November elections approach
Discussion: Political Wire
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: National Review and Political Wire
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 …
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
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: AOL and Raw Story
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: Instapundit
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 …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jay Reeves / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Government reopens probe of Emmett Till slaying  —  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal killing in Mississippi shocked the world and helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago.
Jess Bidgood / New York Times:
What Did Baby Jessica Think of the Thai Cave Rescue?  She Had No Idea It Happened  —  The dramatic rescue this week of the Thai soccer team trapped in a watery warren deep below the ground was perilous, gripping and impossible to avoid — a saga equal parts Jules Verne and Baby Jessica …
Discussion: Althouse
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Seung Lee / Mercury News:
Sen. Feinstein failed to disclose husband's Facebook stock before Zuckerberg testified: report
Discussion: Sludge
USA Today:
As Trump meets Putin, we'll spotlight and resist Russian aggression: Warner & Rubio
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Discussion: Electrek
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
After Trump's pardon, Oregon ranchers catch a ride home on Pence ally's private jet
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Mediaite
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Nunes leaves in middle of hearing following questions on Russia probe
Discussion: Hill Reporter and CNN
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
What Happens if the Gender Gap Becomes a Gender Chasm?
Luke Barr / ABC News:
Secret Service rolls out new ways to identify and stop student attackers
Discussion: Axios and American Digest
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Bonilla / FIRE:
Kansas officials demand University of Kansas remove American flag artwork
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
As Trump rattles NATO, 42 percent of Germans now want U.S. troops out of the country
Discussion: Politico
David Beard / Poynter:
From the Coney Island Sideshow to a journalistic ‘scoop factory’
Libby Brooks / The Guardian:
Trump baby balloon not allowed to fly over Scottish golf course
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
Grant Stern / The Dworkin Report:
Pre-med student just exposed Trump's lice-infested ICE detention camps are far worse than we feared
Thomas Wright / Politico:
Trump Backed Brexit. Then He Used It As Leverage.
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Power breakfast: How Trump lambasted Germany over eggs and fruit salad