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1:25 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'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 …
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”
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
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
FBI agent Strzok defiant in face of Republican interrogation
Discussion: ABC News, Axios and Balloon Juice
Full text: FBI agent Peter Strzok's statement before Congress
Discussion: ABC News and Fox News
Committee on the Judiciary:   Cummings and Nadler Call for Release of Full Strzok Transcript
Washington Post:
GOP lawmakers threaten FBI agent Peter Strzok with contempt for refusing to answer question on Mueller probe
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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
Discussion: and Washington Post
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 …
New York Times:
Stormy Daniels Arrested at Ohio Strip Club for Touching Undercover Officers
Discussion: The Root and Althouse
Police: Stormy Daniels grabbed backside of undercover Columbus officer
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
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.
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’
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: Politico
Haley Byrd / Weekly Standard:
Ryan: ‘I Like Myself Too Much’ to Run For President
Discussion: Political Wire
Al Weaver / Washington Examiner:
Paul Ryan-backed PAC posts $51M haul as November elections approach
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Politico:   Trump economic adviser to become his new top Hill aide
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 …
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.
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 …
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
USA Today:
As Trump meets Putin, we'll spotlight and resist Russian aggression: Warner & Rubio  —  As Donald Trump meets Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, we'll be meeting with allies in Washington to show Russia its plans to divide and attack us won't work.  —  CONNECT  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee issued …
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
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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?
Tim Mak / NPR:
Russian Influence Campaign Sought To Exploit Americans' Trust In Local News
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
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
Jess Bidgood / New York Times:
What Did Baby Jessica Think of the Thai Cave Rescue? She Had No Idea It Happened
Discussion: Althouse
Brad Heath / USA Today:
Baltimore police stopped noticing crime after Freddie Gray's death. A wave of killings followed.
Discussion: Instapundit
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
As Trump rattles NATO, 42 percent of Germans now want U.S. troops out of the country
Discussion: Politico
Tom McCarthy / The Guardian:
Sean Spicer contradicts Trump's Manafort claims in new book
Discussion: AOL and Raw Story
David Beard / Poynter:
From the Coney Island Sideshow to a journalistic ‘scoop factory’