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4:40 PM ET, July 13, 2018


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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Mueller indicts 12 Russians for DNC hacking as Trump-Putin summit looms  —  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.
Roger Stone says he does not believe he is the unnamed person in the indictment  —  Roger Stone tells CNN following today's indictment that he does not believe that he is the unnamed person in the indictment who is described as having communicated with Guccifer 2.0 in 2016.
Discussion: The Week and The Daily Caller
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Charges against Russian intelligence officers intensify spotlight on Trump adviser Roger Stone  —  A federal indictment filed Friday accusing a dozen Russian military intelligence officers of conspiring to hack Democrats during the 2016 campaign spotlights communications between Roger Stone …
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Buckle Up, Folks  —  TPM's Tierney Sneed is at the DOJ …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
New York Times:
12 Russian Agents Indicted in Mueller Investigation
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
A Swing-State Election Vendor Repeatedly Denied Being Hacked by Russians.  The New Mueller Indictment Says Otherwise.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein Delivers Remarks Announcing the Indictment …
Discussion: AOL and Mashable
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 …
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, Vox and Washington Post
Fox News Insider:
Wounded Marine Vet: ‘Disgraceful’ & ‘Disgusting’ for Dem Rep to Suggest Strzok Deserves Purple Heart
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Why is Trump undermining NATO and the EU?  He just told us.  —  Trump's UK press conference was the best guide he's offered to his doubts about Europe.  —  After a disastrous (unless you're Vladimir Putin) NATO summit, President Donald Trump swung by the United Kingdom to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May.
Discussion: New York Post, The Atlantic and CNN
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 …
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:   Amid the Trumpian Chaos, Europe Sees a Strategy: Divide and Conquer
Foreign Policy:
Trump Fumed, but NATO Members Got What They Wanted
Discussion: Just Security and Associated Press
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump tries to defuse bomb he threw at U.K.'s Theresa May
Discussion: Axios, Politico and ABC News
Full text: Donald Trump-Theresa May press conference
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 …
Dominic Patten / Deadline:   Harvey Weinstein Gang Try To Walk Back Sex For Jobs Interview; Journo Says “May” Have Gotten Quote Wrong - Update
Alex Stedman / Variety:
Scarlett Johansson Exits Trans Film ‘Rub and Tug’ Amid Backlash  —  Scarlett Johansson has exited the drama film “Rub and Tug” a little more than a week after her casting sparked backlash amid trans groups and activists, a source with knowledge of the situation confirms to Variety.
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 …
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.”
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.
Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
What the Yale Law School Freakout Says About the Opposition to Kavanaugh  —  When President Trump announced last Monday that he had chosen Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy, his little speech rang out like a starter pistol.  Instantly every activist, party hack …
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.
Andrea Chamblee / Washington Post:
John went into the Capital Gazette on a Thursday.  The rest is a daze.  —  Andrea Chamblee is the widow of Annapolis Capital Gazette sportswriter John McNamara.  —  The text messages that begin arriving on June 28 end my ordinary life.  “Where does your husband work?”  “What's happening in Annapolis?”
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.
William Davies / New York Times:
Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and the Rise of Radical Incompetence  —  Like America's president, Brexiteers resent the very idea of governing as complex and based in facts.  —  Mr. Davies is the author of the forthcoming “Nervous States: How Feelings Took Over the World.”
Washington Post:
Trump's tough words for Merkel and May raise questions about his relationships with female leaders
Discussion: The Sun, Politico and VICE News
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.
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
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London Evening Standard:
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Discussion: CBS News and Splinter
Heather Caygle / Politico:
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Discussion: Political Wire
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Discussion: Axios
Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed:
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David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
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Discussion: Kennebec Journal … and Axios
Minky Worden / Politico:
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Dana Hedgpeth / Washington Post:
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Discussion: DCist
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Quiet Death of Racial Progress
Discussion: National Review and Splinter