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12:55 PM ET, July 13, 2018

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Tom Newton Dunn / The Sun:
TRUMP'S BREXIT BLAST I told May how to do Brexit but she wrecked it — the US trade deal is off, says Donald Trump  —  In a world-exclusive interview with The Sun, the US President said Theresa May had ignored his advice by opting for a soft Brexit strategy  —  DONALD Trump today accuses …
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Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump tries to defuse bomb he threw at U.K.'s Theresa May  —  The president claims he wasn't criticizing May in an explosive interview with The Sun.  —  President Donald Trump on Friday claimed he had not criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May in an explosive interview with The Sun …
Discussion: ABC News
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump denies he criticized British prime minister after criticizing her  —  Experience  —  Preview expires in In partnership with  —  London (CNN)President Donald Trump denied Friday that he criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May, the day after a British tabloid published an interview with him in which he did just that.
Politico:
Full text: Theresa May's opening statement at Trump press conference
Discussion: Front Page Magazine and Axios
William Davies / New York Times:
Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and the Rise of Radical Incompetence
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Highlights from Trump and Theresa May's joint press conference
Discussion: Politico
David Smith / The Guardian:
With criticism of May's Brexit, Trump detonates a diplomatic grenade
Discussion: Politico
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Giuliani says Mueller probe results should be dismissed after Strzok testimony  —  President Trump's lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani said Friday that congressional testimony by FBI agent Peter Strzok demonstrated such a bias against Trump that the results of the investigation being led …
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Jeremy Stahl / Slate:
The Peter Strzok Hearing Was a Total Fiasco, but One Moment Was Particularly Unreal  —  On Thursday, the House Oversight and Government Reform and the House Judiciary committees held a joint hearing on the Clinton email investigation in which they questioned FBI agent Peter Strzok.
Discussion: NBC News, MSNBC, Washington Post and Vox
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Things will not be okay  —  Human beings often choose self-delusion over painful reality, and so in the days and weeks to come, we will hear reassurances that the NATO alliance is in good shape.  After all, there have been spats in the past — over the Suez crisis in 1956, Vietnam in the 1960s and '70s …
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Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Ronald's out.  Donald's in.  —  President Trump's trip to Europe …
Discussion: CNN, IJR and Front Page Magazine
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's comments on European immigration mirror white nationalist rhetoric
Discussion: Bustle
Amy Chua / Wall Street Journal:
Kavanaugh Is a Mentor To Women  —  I can't think of a better judge for my own daughter's clerkship.  —  Judge Brett Kavanaugh's jurisprudence will appropriately be dissected in the months ahead.  I'd like to speak to a less well-known side of the Supreme Court nominee: his role as a mentor for young lawyers, particularly women.
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Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:   What the Yale Law School Freakout Says About the Opposition to Kavanaugh
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:   Trump is a bully. Brett Kavanaugh will stand up to him.
Politico:
Mueller indicts 12 Russians for hacking into DNC  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russians on Friday, and accused them of hacking into the Democratic National Committee to sabotage the 2016 presidential election.  —  The indictments, announced by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein …
Discussion: Axios, more at Techmeme »
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Bloomberg:   Mueller Indicts 12 Russian Spies for Hacking in 2016 Campaign
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Federal auditor calls for Tom Price to pay $341K for flights  —  Former HHS Secretary Tom Price took 20 trips that violated federal requirements, according to a federal auditor that urged the department in a Friday report to recover at least $341,000 from him.
Discussion: Axios
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Health Secretary Tom Price Wasted $341,000 on Improper Travel, Inquiry Finds
Discussion: Political Wire
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
White House Orders Broader Access to Files About F.B.I. Informant  —  WASHINGTON — The White House has rebuffed concerns among American intelligence and law enforcement officials and ordered that more lawmakers be given access to classified information about an informant the F.B.I. used …
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Dana Hedgpeth / Washington Post:
Don't drink the water if you live in parts of Northeast and Northwest Washington  —  D.C. residents who live in parts of Northwest and Northeast should not drink the water until further notice, officials said, after a problem arose at a pumping station.  —  The warning came from D.C. Water …
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Prince Of Petworth / PoPville:   DC Water issues boil water advisory if you live in the shaded areas on this map and/or lost pressure last night
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Sacha Baron Cohen's Latest Victim Is GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz: ‘They Totally Got Me’ … The latest confirmed victim of Sacha Baron Cohen's hilarity-inducing antics appears to be freshman Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).  —  That is, according to Gaetz himself.  —  Initially contacted …
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Trump lost millions at golf courses in Scotland.  U.S. voters weren't told that.  —  WASHINGTON  —  President Donald Trump's pair of golf resorts in Scotland have steadily lost money, with losses calculated at $23 million the last year his company reported figures to United Kingdom officials.
NBC News:
Pentagon goes into ‘damage control’ mode to reassure NATO allies  —  “One thing you need in this alliance is predictability,” one diplomatic official said.  —  Between NATO and Putin meetings, what is Trump's strategy?  —  WASHINGTON — Hours after President Donald Trump departed NATO …
Barack Obama:
This week, I'm traveling to Africa for the first time since I left office - a continent of wonderful diversity, thriving culture, and remarkable stories.  —  I was proud to visit sub-Saharan Africa more times than any other sitting President, and I'll return this week to visit Kenya and South Africa.
Discussion: Axios, Front Page Magazine and Mashable
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Quiet Death of Racial Progress  —  How can we stop backsliding toward inequality?  —  Over the past few months, I've been trying to write a comforting column.  The thesis was going to be that even though Donald Trump is doing his best to inflame racial division, we are still making gradual progress …
Discussion: National Review and Splinter
Charles Davis / The Daily Beast:
Jill Stein's Recount Cash Pays for Her Russia Legal Defense … Money that Jill Stein raised to recount votes in 2016 swing states is being used by her campaign to pay for legal bills stemming from the investigation of Russian interference in the last presidential election.
Discussion: Front Page Magazine and Raw Story
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
ME-02: Poliquin Moves From Lean Republican to Toss Up  —  Rep. Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) has proven an elusive Democratic target.  In both 2014 and 2016, Democrats touted promising polls and swore they could turn Poliquin's wealth and Wall Street past against him.
Discussion: Axios and Kennebec Journal …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“An Amateur Boxer Up Against Muhammad Ali”: Washington Fears Trump Will Be No Match for Putin in Helsinki  —  All American Presidents adore the pageantry of summits, none more so than Donald Trump, who is addicted to the idea of himself as one of the great men making history with a capital “H.”
Discussion: Spectator USA
Foreign Policy:
Trump Fumed, but NATO Members Got What They Wanted  —  Think the NATO summit was a complete dumpster fire?  Think again.  —  He ranted, he threatened, he rebuked.  —  U.S. President Donald Trump did just about everything he could to spoil the NATO summit in Brussels this week.
Discussion: Just Security and Associated Press
Daniella Greenbaum / Washington Post:
The social media mob is a danger to society  —  Daniella Greenbaum is a writer living in New York.  —  As an opinion columnist for Business Insider until my resignation Thursday, I had grown accustomed to strong reactions from readers when I wrote about Hamas (I'm not a fan) or the problems with accusations of cultural appropriation.
Politico:
‘Kiss my you know what’: Schumer hamstrung in SCOTUS fight  —  The Democratic leader has little sway over the Democrats he needs the most.  —  Chuck Schumer says he's going to fight Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court with “everything I've got.”  To do so, he'll need to get centrist Democrats to hold the line.
Lev Facher / STAT:
Read the fine print: N.J. senator sets up phony health news website to attack challenger Bob Hugin  —  W  —  ASHINGTON — It has headlines and bylines, an original story 834 words long, and links to 10 articles from other outlets concerning health policy and drug pricing in New Jersey.
Discussion: Political Wire
Taki / Spectator USA:
Harvey Weinstein: ‘I offered acting jobs in exchange for sex, but so does everyone - they still do’ … He used to ring me via his assistants and make me wait on hold.  It was normal; he was, after all, the biggest Hollywood tycoon of them all.  This time he called me directly …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 
 
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