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3:40 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 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
7 key moments from Peter Strzok's wild hearing
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Raw Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
FBI agent Strzok defiant in face of Republican interrogation
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Fireworks at Strzok hearing as GOP reps fume at anti-Trump FBI agent, threaten contempt
Discussion: Louder With Crowder
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
FBI agent: My work has never been tainted by political bias
Full text: FBI agent Peter Strzok's statement before Congress
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump creates a big, self-contradictory spectacle at NATO
Discussion: Hullabaloo, CNBC and Mashable
Axios:   Trump again calls himself “a very stable genius”
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  — Prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday dropped all criminal charges against porn star Stormy Daniels, hours after police arrested her for alleged illegal physical contact with patrons at a local strip club during a peformance there.
Discussion: VICE News, Deadline and NBC News
Stormy Daniels arrested at Ohio strip club. Her attorney calls it a setup.
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.
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.
Just Security:
Setting the Record Straight: Brett Kavanaugh's Views on Criminal Investigation of the President
Discussion: Axios
Amy Brittain / Washington Post:
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh piled up credit card debt by purchasing Nationals tickets, White House says
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
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 …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
‘Roe v. Wade’ Movie Crew Member Assaulted Reporter … A crew member of a controversial anti-abortion movie stole my notes while I reported from a shooting location in Washington, D.C. on Thursday morning.  —  It was the latest embarrassment for the production of the movie, entitled Roe v. Wade.
Discussion: New York Daily News
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, ABC News and The Daily Beast
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Paul Manafort moves to Alexandria jail, a past home to spies and terrorists
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Washingtonian
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
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Axios
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
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
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Amber Jamieson / BuzzFeed:
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Kate Aronoff / The Intercept:
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France 24:
World oil supply risks being ‘stretched to limit’: IEA
Daniel Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Five Picassos went missing from the L.A. Times. What happened to them?
Discussion: New York Times
Paul Chi / Vanity Fair:
The Rock Isn't Running for President in 2020 After All
Discussion: Joe.My.God., The Source and Mashable
USA Today:
As Trump meets Putin, we'll spotlight and resist Russian aggression: Warner & Rubio
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Discussion: AOL and Electrek
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
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Luke Barr / ABC News:
Secret Service rolls out new ways to identify and stop student attackers
Discussion: Axios and American Digest
Brad Heath / USA Today:
Baltimore police stopped noticing crime after Freddie Gray's death. A wave of killings followed.
Discussion: The Week and Instapundit
Tom McCarthy / The Guardian:
Sean Spicer contradicts Trump's Manafort claims in new book
Discussion: AOL and Raw Story