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5:35 PM ET, July 13, 2018


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The Russian Hack  —  Mueller's team just announced (and announced the transfer, as I predicted) of the Russian hack indictment, naming 12 GRU officers for the hack of the Hillary campaign, the DNC, and the DCCC.  This will be a working thread.  —  Rod Rosenstein, as he did with the Internet Research Agency …
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.
New York Times:
12 Russian Agents Indicted in Mueller Investigation  —  WASHINGTON — Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, on Friday announced new charges against 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking the Democratic National Committee, the Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
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 …
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Indicting 12 Russian Hackers Could Be Mueller's Biggest Move Yet  —  In some ways, special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for their hacking and attack on the 2016 presidential election is Mueller's least surprising move yet—but it might also be his single most significant.
House conservatives prep push to impeach Rosenstein  —  House conservatives are preparing a new push to oust Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to three conservative Capitol Hill sources — putting the finishing touches on an impeachment filing even as Rosenstein announced …
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
A Swing-State Election Vendor Repeatedly Denied Being Hacked by Russians.  The New Mueller Indictment Says Otherwise.  —  Shortly before the 2016 presidential election, Russian military hackers tried to trick employees of VR Systems, a Florida-based e-voting vendor, into downloading computer …
Roger Stone says he does not believe he is the unnamed person in the indictment
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Week
Mueller indictments latest
Discussion: Washington Post, Axios and TheBlaze
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Trump Told Russia To Get Clinton's Emails. The Same Day, They Obeyed.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Buckle Up, Folks  —  TPM's Tierney Sneed is at the DOJ …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller officially rebuke a major Trump conspiracy theory
Washington Post:
Mueller probe indicts 12 Russians for hacking Democrats in 2016
Shannon Vavra / Axios:
What they're saying: Top Democrats urge Trump to cancel Putin summit
Discussion: ABC News, ThinkProgress and Vox
U.S. Department of Justice:
Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein Delivers Remarks Announcing the Indictment …
Discussion: AOL and Mashable
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.
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:   Amid the Trumpian Chaos, Europe Sees a Strategy: Divide and Conquer
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump tries to defuse bomb he threw at U.K.'s Theresa May
Foreign Policy:
Trump Fumed, but NATO Members Got What They Wanted
Discussion: Just Security and Associated Press
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
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
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
Adam Davidson / New Yorker:
Where Did Donald Trump Get Two Hundred Million Dollars to Buy His Money-Losing Scottish Golf Club?  —  Between meeting the Queen of England and Vladimir Putin, President Trump will spend this weekend at Turnberry, the golf course he bought in 2014 and rechristened Trump Turnberry.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Mother Jones
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   Trump lost millions at golf courses in Scotland. U.S. voters weren't told that.
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
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?”
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 …
London Evening Standard:
Donald Trump London protest news: Nearly 250,000 protesters march against president's visit  —  Follow our live blog for all the latest updates on the Donald Trump protests in London  —  POPULAR VIDEOS  —  ES News Email  —  Enter your email address Please enter an email address Email address …
Discussion: CBS News and Splinter
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Pence family gas stations left costly environmental legacy  —  GARDEN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence turns nostalgic when he talks about growing up in small-town Columbus, Indiana, where his father helped build a Midwestern empire of more than 200 gas stations that provided an upbringing on the …
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.
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.
Nate Lanxon / Bloomberg:
WeWork Tells Employees Meat Is Permanently Off the Company Menu  — Founder tells staff the company will no longer pay for meat  — Startup's internal summer event will feature no red meat, pork  —  Co-working giant WeWork Cos. thinks it can save the environment quicker than Elon Musk.
Discussion: Grist
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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
‘Evil Has Won’  —  Pro-American Germans feel betrayed.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Guardian
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
Poll: Kavanaugh Draws Cooler Reviews Than Trump's Last SCOTUS Pick
Discussion: Fox News
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Pelosi calls for delay in leadership elections to thwart fellow Dems
Discussion: Political Wire
Ted Thornhill / Daily Mail:
An Air China jet that plunged 25,000ft in an emergency descent did so after a co-pilot mistakenly …
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Newt Gingrich / Fox News:
GOP could win big in November thanks to Democrats' radical, unrealistic immigration stance
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Lev Facher / STAT:
Read the fine print: N.J. senator sets up phony health news website to attack challenger Bob Hugin
Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Federal auditor calls for recouping $341K Tom Price spent on flights
Discussion: Axios
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
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Discussion: Kennebec Journal … and Axios
Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
What the Yale Law School Freakout Says About the Opposition to Kavanaugh
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“An Amateur Boxer Up Against Muhammad Ali”: Washington Fears Trump Will Be No Match for Putin in Helsinki
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Quiet Death of Racial Progress
Discussion: National Review and Splinter