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7:25 AM ET, July 16, 2018


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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Trump, Treasonous Traitor  —  The president fails to protect the country from an ongoing attack.  —  Put aside whatever suspicions you may have about whether Donald Trump will be directly implicated in the Russian investigation.  —  Trump is right now, before our eyes and those of the world …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Bustle
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: The time Putin actually enraged Trump  —  Earlier this year in the thick of his election campaign, Vladimir Putin released a propaganda video promoting Russia's “invincible” new generation of nuclear weapons.  —  Why it matters: One scene in particular caught President Trump's attention …
Angela Charlton / Associated Press:
Trump wins sympathy from Russian media ahead of summit  —  MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump is no fan of American journalists, but he might love what the Russian media are saying about him ahead of his meeting Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Michael McFaul / Washington Post:
I've been in meetings with Putin.  Here's what Trump can expect.  —  Michael McFaul is director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a Hoover fellow at Stanford University and a contributing columnist to The Post.  He is the author of “From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin's Russia.”
Discussion: Bustle
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
An unforgettable Trump scene in unforgettable Trump story  —  Two years of Donald Trump, of Russia, of federal investigations, of fake news, of Fox all come together today in a made-for-the-big-screen and destined-for-the-history-books scene.  —  The big picture: At today's Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki …
Associated Press:
Amid investigations and tensions, Trump-Putin going 1-on-1
Discussion: The Week
Washington Post:
Ahead of Putin summit, Trump faults U.S. ‘stupidity’ for poor relations with Russia
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:   World Cup 2018: The Moral Clarity of Pussy Riot's Protest
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Axios Sneak Peek
Discussion: Al Jazeera English
CBS News:
“I think the European Union is a foe,” Trump says ahead of Putin meeting in Helsinki
New York Times:
U.K. Poisoning Inquiry Turns to Russian Agency in Mueller Indictments  —  LONDON — The same Russian military intelligence service now accused of disrupting the 2016 presidential election in America may also be responsible for the nerve agent attack in Britain against a former Russian spy …
Discussion: CNN, The Week and KTLA
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Nunes: Mueller indictment tracks House Intel report  —  In a tweet Sunday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a member and former chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, boiled down special counsel Robert Mueller's new Russian election-meddling indictment to one basic lesson …
Discussion: Jamie Dupree - AJC and Breitbart
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:   The Devin Nunes fundraising geyser: $4.4 million raised in 2nd quarter from ‘tens of thousands’
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
The MAGA Trolls Meet Their Match In Sacha Baron Cohen And “Who Is America?”  —  Sacha Baron Cohen — a consummate troll himself — is a perfect foil to the current political climate of grift and trolling.  —  While many journalists have risen to the occasion of the Trump era …
Daniel Fienberg / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Who Is America?’: TV Review
Discussion: Townhall
Washington Post:
Sacha Baron Cohen still knows how to punk America, but his new show erodes what little trust we have left
Discussion: Vox and Althouse
The Daily Beast:
Russia Hawk Axed From National Security Council Right Before Trump-Putin Summit … Shortly before Donald Trump detonated a NATO summit, shanked the beleaguered British prime minister and prepped for a face-to-face love session with Vladimir Putin, his White House quietly divested itself …
Micaela Marshall / 13abc:
Arrest made in racially charged vandalism on Ogden Ave.  —  TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Toledo police arrested Patricia Edelen for spray painting racial slurs on her neighbor's home Friday night.  —  “She had multiple warrants.  She ran from the officers inside her residence.
New York Times:
$88 Million and Counting: Trump Amasses Huge Head Start for 2020 Campaign  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has raised more than $88 million for his re-election campaign over the last year and a half, giving him a dramatic head-start on prospective Democratic challengers in the 2020 race.
Ryan Lizza / Esquire:
Vanishing Point  —  As the GOP increasingly comes to resemble a personality cult, is there any red line—video tapes?  DNA evidence? a war with Germany—President Trump could cross and lose party support?  “Very doubtful,” say a dozen GOP members of Congress stuck hard behind the MAGA eight ball.
Joe Gamp / Daily Express:
Julian Assange could be EVICTED from Ecuador embassy as he's branded ‘STONE in the shoe’  —  WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange could soon be removed from the Ecuador Embassy in London as the country's new President steps up work to kick him out.  —  British ministers and foreign office officials …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
Judge Orders Los Angeles Times to Delete Part of Published Article  —  LOS ANGELES — A federal judge ordered The Los Angeles Times to remove information from a published article on Saturday, a step that legal experts said was extremely unusual and conflicted with the First Amendment.
New York Times:
White House Orders Direct Taliban Talks to Jump-Start Afghan Negotiations  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — The Trump administration has told its top diplomats to seek direct talks with the Taliban, a significant shift in American policy in Afghanistan, done in the hope of jump-starting negotiations to end the 17-year war.
Discussion: The Week
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’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
New York Times:
Tracing Guccifer 2.0's Many Tentacles in the 2016 Election  —  The message from WikiLeaks in July 2016 to a group of Russian intelligence officers who prosecutors say were posing as a Romanian hacker named Guccifer 2.0 urged swift action before the opening of the Democratic National Convention that month.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
40% vacancy: Feds release illegal immigrant families instead of filling detention centers  —  Although the beds were empty, the government was still paying for them  —  The government pays for thousands of detention beds for illegal immigrant families, but nearly 40 percent of them were sitting unused …
Associated Press:
Jared Kushner's family firm accused of pushing out tenants  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The hammering and drilling began just months after Jared Kushner's family real estate firm bought a converted warehouse apartment building in the hip, Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.
Discussion: Politico
Reuven Blau / New York Daily News:
Rent-stabilized tenants allege Kushner Cos. harassed them
Discussion: Splinter
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Schultz's 2020 ambitions give Starbucks the jitters  —  A partisan run for the White House could be bad for business, company brass and Wall Street worry.  —  Starbucks founder Howard Schultz's presidential hopes are already running into resistance from his old coffee cohort.
Discussion: Forbes
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Washington Post:
Widespread unrest erupts in southern Iraq amid acute shortages of water, electricity
Discussion: Power Line
Leah C. Stokes / Los Angeles Times:
Climate change is behind the global heat wave. Why won't the media say it?
Gerald F. Seib / Wall Street Journal:
Inside Israel's Raid to Seize Nuclear Documents in Iran
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Capitol Hill interns say Uber driver refused to take them to Trump DC hotel because they had MAGA hats
Discussion: Splinter and
Dean Weingarten / The Truth About Guns:
Gun Control Advocate Misrepresents Massachusetts Court Decision on Common Rifles
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
Immigrant kids held in shelters: 'They told us to behave, or we'd be here forever'
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Esmeralda Bermudez / Los Angeles Times:
'I'm here. I'm here.' Father reunited with son amid tears, relief and fear of what's next
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Former Fox News reporter warns that Trump team is ‘still colluding’ with the Russians
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Emily Ngo / Newsday:
The evolution of Kirsten Gillibrand
CBS News:
Transcript: Rep. Trey Gowdy on “Face the Nation,” July 15, 2018
Molly Hensley-Clancy / BuzzFeed:
Democratic Voters Want To See A Fight Against Brett Kavanaugh.  Democratic Officials Worry There's Not Much To Do.
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:
Elizabeth Denham: ‘Data crimes are real crimes’