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6:15 PM ET, July 13, 2018


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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 …
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.
David French / National Review:
Mueller's Latest Indictments Show That ‘Witches’ Are Very Real  —  Four vital takeaways from today's charges  —  Earlier today the Grand Jury for the District of Columbia charged twelve Russian intelligence officers with conspiring “to gain unauthorized access (to 'hack') …
Just Security:
Six Big Takeaways from Mueller's Indictment of Russian Intel Officers  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller released an indictment today of 12 Russian intelligence officers, accusing them of hacking the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller officially repudiate a major Trump conspiracy theory  —  Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein on Friday announced the indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officials on charges stemming from the hacking of Democrats during the 2016 election.
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.
Mueller indictments latest
Discussion: Washington Post, Axios and TheBlaze
New York Times:
12 Russian Agents Indicted in Mueller Investigation
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
U.S. Department of Justice:
Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein Delivers Remarks Announcing the Indictment …
Discussion: AOL, Shareblue Media and Mashable
Shannon Vavra / Axios:
What they're saying: Top Democrats urge Trump to cancel Putin summit
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and ThinkProgress
Washington Post:
Mueller probe indicts 12 Russians for hacking Democrats in 2016
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: ITV, New York Post and The Atlantic
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
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
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.
Discussion: Bustle
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
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
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.
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?”
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
‘Evil Has Won’  —  Pro-American Germans feel betrayed.
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CBS News:
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An Air China jet that plunged 25,000ft in an emergency descent did so after a co-pilot mistakenly …
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Read the fine print: N.J. senator sets up phony health news website to attack challenger Bob Hugin
 Earlier Items: 
Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
I Know What Incarceration Does to Families. It Happened to Mine.
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Federal auditor calls for recouping $341K Tom Price spent on flights
Discussion: 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