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5:20 PM ET, July 13, 2018


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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 Daily Beast and The Week
Just Security:
Six Big Takeaways from Mueller's Indictment of Russian Intel Officers
Discussion: Vox, ThinkProgress and Axios
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Indicting 12 Russian Hackers Could Be Mueller's Biggest Move Yet
New York Times:
12 Russian Agents Indicted in Mueller Investigation
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 and Mashable
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller officially rebuke a major Trump conspiracy theory
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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
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: Mother Jones
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   Trump lost millions at golf courses in Scotland. U.S. voters weren't told that.
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.
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?”
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
‘Evil Has Won’  —  Pro-American Germans feel betrayed.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Guardian
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Discussion: Grist
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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Lev Facher / STAT:
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Dan Diamond / Politico:
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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
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Quiet Death of Racial Progress
Discussion: National Review and Splinter