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2:35 PM ET, July 13, 2018

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Bloomberg:
Mueller Indicts 12 Russian Spies for Hacking in 2016 Campaign  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking offenses related to the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, Bloomberg News reports.  —  The announcement came only three days before President Donald Trump …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Mueller indicts 12 Russians for DNC hacking days before Trump-Putin summit  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian military officials on Friday and accused them of hacking into two Democratic Party computer systems to sabotage the 2016 presidential election.
ABC News:
Mueller indicts 12 Russian intel officers for hacking Democrats  —  A federal grand jury on Friday returned a new indictment against a dozen Russians as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Washington Post:
Mueller probe indicts 12 Russians for hacking Democrats in 2016  —  A dozen Russian intelligence officers have been charged with conspiring to hack Democrats during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a new indictment in the probe led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Buckle Up, Folks  —  TPM's Tierney Sneed is at the DOJ for the press conference which is starting momentarily.  There were hints that it was a new Mueller indictment to be announced.  And it is.  More soon.  —  We'll have running updates in this post.  —  12:04 PM: Unconfirmed reports …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
U.S. Department of Justice:
Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein Delivers Remarks Announcing the Indictment …
Discussion: Mashable
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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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 …
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump tries to defuse bomb he threw at U.K.'s Theresa May
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Foreign Policy:
Trump Fumed, but NATO Members Got What They Wanted
Discussion: Just Security and Associated Press
William Davies / New York Times:
Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and the Rise of Radical Incompetence
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: The Daily Caller and Bustle
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Highlights from Trump and Theresa May's joint press conference
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: MSNBC, NBC News, Washington Post and Vox
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
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 …
BBC:
Fatal Novichok dose ‘came from bottle’ in victim's house  —  Novichok that poisoned a couple in Wiltshire came from a small bottle found in the home of one of the victims, police say.  —  A bottle was found in a search at Charlie Rowley's Amesbury house and was tested by scientists at Porton Down, the Metropolitan Police said.
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 …
Discussion: DCist
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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
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.
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
Ted Thornhill / Daily Mail:
An Air China jet that plunged 25,000ft in an emergency descent did so after a co-pilot mistakenly turned off air-conditioning systems in a bid to conceal his e-cigarette smoke  —  The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said in a press conference in Beijing that the drama was triggered …
Discussion: Daily Wire
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 …
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 and Politico
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 and Bustle
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
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 …
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
 
 
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