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6:00 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 …
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.
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.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Putin must wonder what else America knows about Russia  —  When Russian President Vladimir Putin sits down at the table in Helsinki on Monday, he will surely have in the back of his mind some intelligence worries that have nothing to do with the U.S. president seated across from him.
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Theresa May says Donald Trump told her to sue the European Union
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Why Trump gives Putin a pass on Mueller revelations
Discussion: IJR and 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
Daily Mail:
My deal is the only Brexit deal …
Associated Press:   Summit fever: Trump reaches for big moment with Putin
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 …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Fox News' Howard Kurtz on Trump-CNN Flap: Jim Acosta Was ‘Trying to Hijack the Question’
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
Who Is America?  (2018) |  First Look |  Sacha Baron Cohen SHOWTIME Series … WHO IS AMERICA? is a half-hour series from comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, in his return to series television for the first time in more than a decade in the genre he created first in Da Ali G Show.
Jill Serjeant / Reuters:
U.S. lawmakers shown backing fake kindergarten gun scheme in Sacha Baron Cohen satire
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:   Sacha Baron Cohen Convinces GOP Congressmen to Arm Toddlers in ‘Who Is America?’ Premiere
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: and Althouse
Ben Jacobs / The Guardian:   Iowa awaits Democratic presidential hopefuls - but pickings are slim
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
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 »
Maura Lerner / Star Tribune:
He, she or ze?  Pronouns could pose trouble under University of Minnesota campus policy  —  Draft policy would punish those who ignore personal pronoun preferences.  —  Using the wrong pronoun could turn into a firing offense at the University of Minnesota.
Discussion: RedState
John Hinderaker / Power Line:   Gender Follies at the University of Minnesota
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 …
Emily Ngo / Newsday:
The evolution of Kirsten Gillibrand  —  Gillibrand once held more conservative views on guns and immigration, but in her nine years as New York's junior senator, she has swung steadily to the left on those and other issues.  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand describes her shift from defender …
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
World Cup 2018: The Moral Clarity of Pussy Riot's Protest  —  On Sunday, in the fifty-second minute of the final game of the World Cup, four women dressed in Russian police uniforms charged the field, briefly disrupting the match.  They were members of the Russian protest-art group Pussy Riot.
Alexandra Arriaga / Chicago Sun Times:
Black woman says CVS manager called police because she had wrong coupon  —  Camilla Hudson wanted to use a manufacturer's coupon at CVS on North Broadway on Friday night, but a manager who said he'd never seen a coupon like that called the police, she said in a Facebook post.
Discussion: Joe.My.God., The Root and WGN-TV
CBS News:
Transcript: Rep. Trey Gowdy on “Face the Nation,” July 15, 2018  —  The following is a transcript of the interview with Rep. Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina and chairman of the House Oversight Committee, that aired Sunday, July 15, 2018, on “Face the Nation.”
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
How Putin butters up Trump
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Former Fox News reporter warns that Trump team is ‘still colluding’ with the Russians
Discussion: Raw Story
Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:
Elizabeth Denham: ‘Data crimes are real crimes’
France wins World Cup final against Croatia
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Major Chain in Canada Pulls Ivanka Trump's Clothing
Discussion: Axios and HuffPost
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
F.B.I. Confidence in Leadership Fell in Year After Comey's Firing
Discussion: Raw Story and Lawfare
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CBS News:
Western allies plan White Helmets evacuation from Syria
Discussion: Politico
Tom Odula / Associated Press:
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