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8:40 AM 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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Scotsman:
Leader comment: A denunciation of Donald Trump  —  Sorry, we're having problems with our video player at the moment, but are working to fix it as soon as we can  —  Waiting for Video...  Donald Trump, due to arrive in the UK later today, is a racist, a serial liar, and either a sex abuser …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Mediaite
Tom Newton Dunn / The Sun:
PROTESTERS BRUSHED OFF Donald Trump ‘feels unwelcome’ in London but insists real Brits ‘love the President’
Louis Nelson / Politico:
After criticizing May, Trump says relationship with UK ‘very, very strong’
Discussion: ABC News
Tom Newton Dunn / The Sun:
TRUMP'S BOJO TIP Donald Trump says Boris Johnson would be a ‘great Prime Minister’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Gabriela Galindo / Politico:
Donald Trump, Theresa May and a ‘wrecked Brexit’
Discussion: Axios and Reuters
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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Politico:
‘Very stable’ Trump?  European leaders beg to differ  —  The president's wild shifts in tone left many NATO allies concluding no hidden strategy lies behind his unpredictability.  —  As a NATO summit he threw into chaos wrapped up Thursday, President Donald Trump cheekily declared himself a “very stable genius.”
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Ronald's out.  Donald's in.  —  President Trump's trip to Europe is being portrayed by both him and his critics as revolutionary.  He tells us that he single-handedly and miraculously got members of NATO to increase their defense spending sharply.  His critics claim that he single-handedly wrecked …
Discussion: CNN, IJR and Front Page Magazine
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
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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Washington Post:
Jared Kushner lacks security clearance level to review some of the nation's most sensitive intelligence in White House role  —  Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser and President Trump's son-in-law, lacks the security clearance level required to review some of the government's most sensitive secrets …
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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Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Republicans Thought Peter Strzok Would Be a Punching Bag.  He Just Knocked Them Out. … Those who forget the lessons of televised congressional hearings are doomed to repeat them, which is why the morning segment of the Capitol Hill show trial of veteran FBI agent and former head …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Peter Strzok just gave a hard-to-rebut defense of the objectivity of the Russia investigation's origins  —  To hear President Trump tell it, FBI agent Peter Strzok was hopelessly biased against him and his candidacy.  Trump has tweeted criticisms of Strzok repeatedly, often in personally disparaging terms …
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:   Gohmert: Watchdog Found Clinton Emails Were Sent To ‘Foreign Entity’
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The Peter Strzok fiasco wrecks the GOP's bogus conspiracy theory
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.”
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Tim Kaine / The Atlantic:
Don't Let Trump Go to War With Iran  —  Fifteen years after the U.S. entered Iraq, the president is inching us closer to another unnecessary fight.  —  The decision of the United States to wage war against Iraq in 2003 was one of the worst mistakes our country has ever made.  Was Saddam Hussein a brutal dictator?
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Congress Demands State Department Release Secret Report Busting Myth of Palestinian Refugees
Discussion: Daily Wire
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:   Trump and Putin may be about to make a terrible deal on Syria
Gary Varvel / USA Today:
Donald Trump is the president I didn't want, but now I know we need … Over the years, my caricatures of Donald Trump have evolved but not as much as my opinion of him.  —  When Trump announced he was running for president, I admit that I didn't take this millionaire, hotel magnate, reality TV show celebrity as a serious candidate.
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
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
Michelle Broder Van Dyke / BuzzFeed:
A Man Has Been Charged With A Hate Crime After Going On A Racist Tirade Against A Woman For Her Puerto Rico Shirt  —  “You should not be wearing that in the United States of America.  Are you a citizen?  Are you a United States citizen?” the man said.  —  A man who was filmed yelling …
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Chicago Tribune:
Hate crime charges filed against man caught on video confronting woman over Puerto Rico shirt
Discussion: The Week, AOL, Law & Crime and WGN-TV
Arelis R. Hernández / Washington Post:
FEMA admits failures in Puerto Rico disaster response, in after-action report  —  The Federal Emergency Management Agency experienced personnel shortages, was caught with a critical lack of aid supplies, had trouble coordinating logistics and found itself struggling to do the work …
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Frances Robles / New York Times:   FEMA Was Sorely Unprepared for Puerto Rico Hurricane, Report Says
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Senate Democrats blast former Trump attorney for ‘selling access’ to White House  —  Michael Cohen's relationship with the Swiss drug company Novartis was more extensive than the company previously disclosed, as shown in newly uncovered emails exchanged by President Donald Trump's former lawyer and the company's former top executive.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Democrats ahead in election enthusiasm, interest — and the vote  —  Democrats are more interested in the upcoming midterm elections and more enthused to vote than usual, and that helps them to an 8-point edge in the generic congressional ballot test.
Associated Press:
Detaining immigrant kids is now a billion-dollar industry  —  SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually — a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Axios
Associated Press:
Maine governor Paul LePage says he'd go to jail before he expands Medicaid  —  Maine's fiscally conservative governor says he'd rather go to jail before expanding Medicaid and putting the state in “red ink.”  Gov. Paul LePage made the remark Tuesday during a call-in on WVOM-FM.
Sally Quinn / Politico:
What Ben Bradlee Would Think of Donald Trump  —  My late husband would not have been impressed.  Nor intimidated.  He believed the truth mattered.  —  There is a big, white, two-story wall in the center of the newsroom at the Washington Post directly across from the glass-walled Ben Bradlee conference room.
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 …
Miles Parks / NPR:
A Family Of Woodchucks Ate Paul Ryan's Car  —  Winter in Wisconsin is tough.  —  So tough, in fact, that living creatures might go searching for shelter in unlikely places.  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan explained Thursday that a family of woodchucks moved into his Chevy Suburban recently …
Discussion: The Verge, Mediaite and Eschaton
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
The Trump administration kidnapped children.  Someone should go to jail.  —  The Trump administration's kidnapping — that's the proper word — of the children of would-be migrants should be seen as an ongoing criminal conspiracy.  Somebody ought to go to jail.
 
 
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Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
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New York Times:
As Trade War Persists, Mnuchin Says China Talks Have ‘Broken Down’
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Associated Press:
Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber reach Wimbledon final
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and The Root
Annie Linskey / BostonGlobe.com:
Donald Trump has long obsession with the British royal family
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Irina Ivanova / CBS News:
Worker wages drop while companies spend billions to boost stocks
Discussion: The Democrats and Florida Politics
David Dayen / Highline:
Inhuman Resources
Discussion: Mother Jones
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump is a bully. Brett Kavanaugh will stand up to him.
Emilie Ikeda / Fox News:
Migrant children being used as ‘commodity to circumvent a loophole,’ border agent says
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Battle of the Chesapeake  —  Virginia 'is turning blue …
The Daily Beast:
Obama Loses 2 Million Followers in Twitter's Crackdown on Fake Accounts
Aaron Klein / Breitbart:
EXCLUSIVE - Sheriff Joe: Sacha Baron Cohen Duped Me Posing as ‘Finnish Comedian’
Discussion: alicublog and Deadline