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4:55 PM ET, July 15, 2018


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CBS News:
“I think the European Union is a foe,” Trump says ahead of Putin meeting in Helsinki  —  Coming off a contentious NATO summit and a trip to the U.K. in which he seemed to undercut the government of America's closest ally, President Trump took aim at another Western institution just days …
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Theresa May says Donald Trump told her to sue the European Union  —  May revealed the “suggestion” Trump made to her on handling Brexit negotiations.  —  When United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May and Donald Trump met Friday, the US president had a “suggestion” on handling Brexit negotiations.
Daily Mail:
My deal is the only Brexit deal …
Axios:   Trump adds EU to list of foes, alongside China and Russia
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Rand Paul on Russian election meddling: ‘We all do it’  —  Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday sought to justify Russia's interference in America's 2016 presidential race, claiming that all countries meddle in foreign elections.  —  “I think really we mistake our response if we think it's about accountability from the Russians.
Discussion: CNN, The Week, Breitbart and New York Times
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
‘I find it hard to believe’ Putin didn't know about Russian interference in U.S. election: White House national security adviser  —  President Donald Trump's top national security adviser said he finds it “hard to believe” Vladimir Putin didn't know about top Russian military intelligence …
CBS News:
Trump on Putin meeting: “I go in with low expectations”  —  President Trump is keeping expectations in check in advance of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to an interview with “CBS Evening News” anchor Jeff Glor.  “I go in with low expectations,” Mr. Trump said.
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
Gowdy to Trump: Ask Putin where “we can pick up the 25 Russians” indicted in Mueller probe  —  Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, says President Trump should ask Russian President Vladimir Putin where exactly “we can pick up the 25 Russians” who have indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Why Trump gives Putin a pass on Mueller revelations  —  President Trump no longer doubts the basic intelligence assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election — he just seems incapable of taking it seriously, and tells staff that is simply what nations do, several sources close to Trump tell me.
Discussion: The Guardian
Brett Samuels / The Hill:   Rand Paul on Russia indictments: We should focus on protecting elections instead of ‘witch hunt on the president’
New York Times:
Just Sitting Down With Trump, Putin Comes Out Ahead
Associated Press:   Summit fever: Trump reaches for big moment with Putin
Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:
Kevin de León wins endorsement of California Democrats in rebuke of Dianne Feinstein … California Democratic Party leaders took a step to the left Saturday night, endorsing liberal state lawmaker Kevin de León for Senate over Democratic icon Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Molly Hensley-Clancy / BuzzFeed:   Democratic Voters Want To See A Fight Against Brett Kavanaugh.  Democratic Officials Worry There's Not Much To Do.
Taryn Luna / Sacramento Bee:   California Democrats endorse de León for US Senate race, snubbing Feinstein
Jill Serjeant / Reuters:
U.S. lawmakers shown backing fake kindergarten gun scheme in Sacha Baron Cohen satire  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In Sacha Baron Cohen's provocative new comedy show, American politicians are filmed backing a fictitious program to teach kindergartners how to use guns to defend themselves in school shootings.
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:   Sacha Baron Cohen Convinces GOP Congressmen to Arm Toddlers in ‘Who Is America?’ Premiere
Eleanor Busby / The Independent:
Elon Musk calls British diver who helped rescue Thai schoolboys ‘pedo guy’ in Twitter outburst  —  ‘Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it’  —  POPULAR VIDEOS  —  Elon Musk has called a British diver who helped rescue schoolboys from a flooded cave in Thailand ‘pedo guy’ on Twitter.
Zeynep Tufekci / New York Times:
What Elon Musk Should Learn From the Thailand Cave Rescue
Discussion: The Guardian
Cindy Chang / Los Angeles Times:
Judge orders L.A. Times to alter story about Glendale cop, sparking protest from newspaper  —  A federal judge on Saturday ordered the Los Angeles Times to remove information from an article that described a plea agreement between prosecutors and a Glendale police detective accused of working …
Discussion: Reason and KTLA, more at Mediagazer »
The Times & The Sunday Times:
Royal family ‘snub’ Donald Trump during UK visit  —  Queen left to go it alone as Charles and William avoid president  —  Prince Charles and Prince William were unwilling to meet Donald Trump on his visit to Britain, leaving the Queen to greet the US president alone.
New York Times:
How Israel, in Dark of Night, Torched Its Way to Iran's Nuclear Secrets  —  TEL AVIV — The Mossad agents moving in on a warehouse in a drab commercial district of Tehran knew exactly how much time they had to disable the alarms, break through two doors, cut through dozens of giant safes …
New York Times:
Warren is Preparing for 2020.  So Are Biden, Booker, Harris and Sanders.  —  RENO, Nev. — During a campaign-style tour of the West late last month, Senator Elizabeth Warren did not announce she was running for president.  But in private events and public speeches, her message about 2020 was as clear as it was rousing.
Discussion: Althouse
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Gender Follies at the University of Minnesota  —  The University of Minnesota has published in draft form a new “gender identity” policy.  The Star Tribune headlines: “He, she or ze?  Pronouns could pose trouble under University of Minnesota campus policy.” … Gender nazis love to get people fired.
Maura Lerner / Star Tribune:   He, she or ze? Pronouns could pose trouble under University of Minnesota campus policy
The Daily Beast:
White House Retaliates Against CNN by Cancelling Interview  —  The White House cancelled an interview with CNN in retaliation for an interaction between President Trump and a network reporter at a press conference in London.  CNN had secured an interview with national security adviser John Bolton …
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Major Chain in Canada Pulls Ivanka Trump's Clothing  —  OTTAWA — Canada's largest full-line department store chain, the Hudson's Bay Company, has pulled clothing, shoes and other merchandise bearing Ivanka Trump's fashion brand from its website and said it would wind down their sale in its stores across the country.
Discussion: Axios and HuffPost
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Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:
Elizabeth Denham: ‘Data crimes are real crimes’
France wins World Cup final against Croatia
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
F.B.I. Confidence in Leadership Fell in Year After Comey's Firing
Discussion: Raw Story and Lawfare
Melissa Klein / New York Post:
Charter school CEOs get massive paychecks thanks to private donors
Steve Bannon's Call To Arms: You're Going To Have To Fight For Your Country
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Jerry Brewer / Washington Post:
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David Siders / Politico:
Mayors muscle into 2020 presidential race
CBS News:
Western allies plan White Helmets evacuation from Syria
Discussion: Politico
Tom Odula / Associated Press:
Obama in ancestral home Kenya to launch sister's project
Barrett Wilson / Quillette:
I Was the Mob Until the Mob Came for Me
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Kamala Harris, fabulist
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Howard Cohen / miamiherald:
He said he was ‘going to burn down the building with all the f— Jews,’ Miami Beach cops say
Discussion: RT
Piers Morgan / Daily Mail:
PIERS MORGAN up close and VERY personal with Trump on Air Force One