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12:30 PM ET, July 14, 2018


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Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
‘Warning Lights Are Blinking Red,’ Top Intelligence Officer Says of Russian Attacks  —  WASHINGTON — The nation's top intelligence officer said on Friday that the persistent danger of Russian cyberattacks today was akin to the warnings the United States had of stepped-up terror threats ahead of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
After being told of Russia indictments, Trump still aspired to be friends with Putin  —  HELSINKI — Before he embarked on a week of transatlantic diplomacy, President Trump sat down with Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who previewed for the boss an explosive development …
Discussion: Breitbart and ABC News
Alicia Cohn / The Hill:
Trump on Russia indictment: Why didn't Obama do something?  —  on Saturday reacted to the indictment of 12 Russian military officers “for conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election” by blaming former President Obama and the “deep state.”  —  “The stories you heard …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:   Thanks to Robert Mueller, Trump and Putin Now Have a Summit Agenda
House conservatives prep push to impeach Rosenstein
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Russian Hackers Kept DNC Backdoor Longer Than Anyone Knew
David Von Drehle / Washington Post:
Mueller stood up to Putin. Now it's Trump's turn.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Conservatives moving to impeach Rosenstein soon: report
Russia Indictment 2.0: What to Make of Mueller's Hacking Indictment  —  The indictment Friday morning of 12 Russian military intelligence officials in connection with the 2016 election hacks and the resulting distribution of purloined emails was not a total surprise.
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Ignore the spin — still no evidence of Trump collusion  —  “They caught the witches.”  Those were the celebratory words of John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton  —  's 2016 presidential campaign, in response to the indictment Friday of 12 Russian military intelligence officers for hacking efforts linked to the 2016 election.
Roger Stone's messages suggest he is unnamed person in new Russia indictment
Washington Post:
How the Russians hacked the DNC and passed its emails to WikiLeaks
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Trump Invited the Russians to Hack Clinton. Were They Listening?
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
In Trump's U.K. Visit, Some See ‘Infomercial’ for Money-Losing Golf Resort  —  GLASGOW — On Monday, President Trump will have a closely watched meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, just days after the announcement that 12 Russian military intelligence officers had been indicted …
Libby Brooks / The Guardian:
Thousands protest across Scotland as Trump plays golf
Discussion: CNN, Associated Press and Common Dreams
Adam Davidson / New Yorker:
Where Did Donald Trump Get Two Hundred Million Dollars to Buy His Money-Losing Scottish Golf Club?
Discussion: Bloomberg and Mother Jones
Jack Aitchison / dailyrecord:
Greenpeace buzz Donald Trump with paraglider at Turnberry resort with President inside
Discussion: HuffPost
CBS News:
Maryland told its voter registration vendor financed by Russian oligarch  —  Top Maryland officials say the FBI told them this week that the state's voter registration platform was purchased by a Russian oligarch in 2015, without state officials knowing.  The FBI did not indicate a breach occurred …
Discussion: The Intercept
Jayne Miller / WBAL:   Maryland voter registration system runs on software owned by Russian-financed firm, I-Team learns
Ovetta Wiggins / Washington Post:
Election system firm with Maryland contract has ties to Russian oligarch, FBI tells state
Discussion: Axios
Jennifer Hassan / Washington Post:
‘Did Donald Trump just WALK IN FRONT OF THE QUEEN?’  —  LONDON — It's generally quite difficult to upstage the queen of England, but President Trump might have managed to do so.  —  Trump and Queen Elizabeth II met Friday as part of his working visit to the United Kingdom.
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
From Truman to Trump, Queen Elizabeth Has Met 12 U.S. Presidents
Discussion: Althouse and Bustle
Foreign Policy:
White House Official Who Advocated for Refugees Sacked and Escorted From Office  —  Jennifer Arangio had clashed with Stephen Miller and other hard-line aides to Trump.  —  A senior White House official, Jennifer Arangio, was fired Thursday and escorted from her office …
Daniel Dale / Toronto Star:
Trump has said 1,340,330 words as president.  They're getting more dishonest, a Star study shows  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump's words are getting more dishonest over time, the Star has found in the first detailed statistical analysis of his inaccurate statements in office.
Discussion: Political Wire
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Should Democrats Have Saved Their Filibuster for the New Court Fight?  —  WASHINGTON — In the days leading up to the vote on Judge Neil M. Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court in the spring of 2017, Senator Susan Collins approached Senator Michael Bennet on the Senate floor with an urgent plea.
Washington Post:
The Trump administration has a new argument for dismantling the social safety net: It worked.  —  Republicans for years have proclaimed the federal government's decades-old War on Poverty a failure.  —  “Americans are no better off today than they were before the War on Poverty began in 1964 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Axios
New York Times:
Cleaning Toilets, Following Rules: A Migrant Child's Days in Detention  —  A portrait of life in the shelters for the children detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.  —  Do not misbehave.  Do not sit on the floor.  Do not share your food.  Do not use nicknames.  Also, it is best not to cry.
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Trump falsely claims CNN did not cover him refusing question from Acosta at UK press conference  —  on Saturday falsely claimed that CNN did not report on his snub of the network's White House correspondent Jim Acosta at an international news conference the previous day.
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
America First, America Hated, America Alone  —  Trump intends to bring about the collapse of the liberal international order, in its commitment to open societies and its institutions.  —  Some near-forgotten anniversaries are worth commemorating.  One hundred years ago — Bastille Day …
Discussion: Reuters
Talia Lavin / Village Voice:
Elon Musk and the Cult of the Celebrity Savior … On Wednesday, Elon Musk — celebrity tech genius, aspiring space mogul, and Tesla chief — made a dramatic announcement: He was going to help the people of Flint, Michigan. … It was an unexpected development in an ongoing crisis …
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Eric Adler / Kansas City Star:
Missouri governor signs law banning marriage of 15-year-olds
FROM THIS EPISODE  —  President Trump visits England to meet …
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Feds Collect Record Individual Income Taxes Through June; Still Run $607B Deficit
Wall Street Journal:
McDonald's Pulls Salads From 3,000 Restaurants Amid Cyclospora Illnesses
Emma Dumain / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Speculation grows SC's Clyburn may run for U.S. House speaker
Discussion: RedState
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Kyle Olson / The American Mirror:
Speech problems mar Pelosi appearance: Says tax cut will add ‘2 children dollars more’ to deficit
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
New EPA Chief Is Already Facing 2 Ethical Problems In His First Week, Echoing Scott Pruitt
Garrett M. Graff / New York Times:
The Real F.B.I. Election Culprit
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Trump's ambassador lobbied Britain on behalf of jailed right-wing activist Tommy Robinson
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit