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7:30 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 …
New York Times:
With May's Government Teetering, Trump Gives It a Shove  —  LONDON — President Trump put his brand of confrontational and disruptive diplomacy on full display Thursday, unsettling NATO allies with a blustering performance in Brussels and then, in a remarkable breach of protocol …
Discussion: CNN, CNBC, NBC News, The Week and TheBlaze
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
Tom Newton Dunn / The Sun:
MIGRANTS ‘HARM UK’ Donald Trump says Britain is ‘losing its culture’ because of immigration
Discussion: Townhall
Washington Post:
Trump blasts Prime Minister Theresa May in interview published during his first official visit to Britain
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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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 …
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 …
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.”
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
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The Peter Strzok fiasco wrecks the GOP's bogus conspiracy theory
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.
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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Senator Tammy Baldwin:
After reviewing this nominee's record, I know why powerful special …
Discussion: CNN
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: 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
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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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:   Trump and Putin may be about to make a terrible deal on Syria
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
Gohmert: Watchdog Found Clinton Emails Were Sent To ‘Foreign Entity’  —  A member of the House Committee on the Judiciary said during a hearing Thursday that a government watchdog found that nearly all of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails were sent to a foreign entity and that the FBI didn't follow-up on that finding.
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.
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.
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
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
Irina Ivanova / CBS News:
Worker wages drop while companies spend billions to boost stocks  —  Six months after the Tax Cut and Jobs Act became law, there's still little evidence that the average job holder is feeling the benefit.  —  Worker pay in the second quarter dropped nearly one percent below its first-quarter level …
Discussion: The Democrats and Florida Politics
Aaron Klein / Breitbart:
EXCLUSIVE - Sheriff Joe: Sacha Baron Cohen Duped Me Posing as ‘Finnish Comedian’  —  Speaking in a Breitbart News interview, Joe Arpaio, the former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, detailed allegedly being duped into an interview with Sacha Baron Cohen, who Arpaio says posed as a famous comedian from Finland.
Discussion: alicublog and Deadline
Emilie Ikeda / Fox News:
Migrant children being used as ‘commodity to circumvent a loophole,’ border agent says  —  Border patrol agents say they are alarmed by the growing number of migrants illegally crossing the border with children, who are not their own.  —  MCALLEN, Texas - Border patrol agents say they are alarmed …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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 …
miamiherald:
The chief wanted perfect stats, so cops were told to pin crimes on black people, probe found  —  The indictment was damning enough: A former police chief of Biscayne Park and two officers charged with falsely pinning four burglaries on a teenager just to impress village leaders with a perfect crime-solving record.
Discussion: Splinter, Law & Crime and IJR
 
 
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Annie Linskey / BostonGlobe.com:
Donald Trump has long obsession with the British royal family
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Congress Demands State Department Release Secret Report Busting Myth of Palestinian Refugees
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David Dayen / Highline:
Inhuman Resources
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump is a bully. Brett Kavanaugh will stand up to him.
Andrew Blake / Washington Times:
Sen. Cory Gardner: Russia ought to be named a state sponsor of terror
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Battle of the Chesapeake  —  Virginia 'is turning blue …
The Daily Beast:
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