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11:30 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 …
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.”
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Blames U.S. for Poor Relations With Moscow  —  Hours before one-on-one meeting with Vladimir Putin, U.S. president tweets about many years of ‘U.S. foolishness and stupidity’  —  *President Trump Starts Private Meeting With Vladimir Putin Saying He Expects An “extraordinary relationship”
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
David Morgan / CBS News:
Trump fist-bumped Turkish leader Erdogan, said he “does things the right way”  —  In the days before his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki Monday, President Donald Trump upset relations with America's allies during a visit to the United Kingdom and a contentious meeting with NATO leaders in Brussels.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump is now repaying Putin for helping him win the presidency  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  The events of the past few days — culminating in President Trump's meeting today with Russian President Vladimir Putin — have rendered this interpretation inescapable: Trump is currently in the process …
Discussion: NBC News, Shareblue Media and Mediaite
Angela Charlton / Associated Press:
Trump wins sympathy from Russian media ahead of summit
Discussion: CNN
Justin Wise / The Hill:
‘Fox & Friends’ host: 'I don't understand' Trump tweet blaming US for bad Russia relations
Discussion: Mediaite
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Putin must wonder what else America knows about Russia
Associated Press:   The Latest: Trump, Putin meeting privately in Helsinki
Associated Press:
Amid investigations and tensions, Trump-Putin going 1-on-1
Discussion: The Week
Washington Post:
A low-profile Mattis makes no mention of Trump as he tours Europe
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Plutonium went missing in San Antonio, but the government says nothing  —  Losses of civilian nuclear material are usually disclosed but when the government loses nuclear bomb ingredients it stays mum  —  Two security experts from the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory drove to San Antonio …
Discussion: Raw Story
Michelle Martin / Reuters:
Germany: We can no longer fully rely on U.S. White House  —  BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's foreign minister said on Monday Europe could not rely on Donald Trump and needed to close ranks after the U.S. president called the European Union a “foe” with regard to trade.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
What Robert Mueller Knows—and 9 Areas He'll Pursue Next  —  The special counsel has collected a mountain of evidence in the Trump-Russia investigation, but so far only a tiny amount of it has been revealed in official indictments.  Here are nine areas where we should expect answers as the inquiry unfolds.
Emily Crane / Daily Mail:
Bombshell Bourdain interview is published one month after his suicide: Celebrity chef unloads on 'rapey, gropey and disgusting Bill Clinton and hopes Weinstein is ‘beaten to death in jail’  — Anthony Bourdain gave a lengthy, wide ranging interview to journalist Maria Bustillos for her recently launched magazine Popula
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Midwest eases its Trump swoon and flirts again with Democratic candidates  —  NEW ALBANY, Ohio — Troy Balderson, the Republican candidate for Congress, wanted to make one thing clear: He would not support President Trump on everything.  —  He would “not ever support separating families” to control immigration.
Associated Press:
Muslim candidates running in record numbers face backlash
Discussion: Axios and POLITICUSUSA
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
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.
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:
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
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.
Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:
Gowdy rules out Rosenstein impeachment  —  (R-S.C.) on Sunday ruled out the possibility of impeaching Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein  —  , saying there is not enough support for his ouster.  —  “Impeach him for what?”  Gowdy said on CBS's “Face the Nation.”  “No.”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
A Better Way to Run Schools  —  The New Orleans turnaround shows the power of giving more freedom to teachers and principals — and then holding them accountable for their performance.  —  NEW ORLEANS  —  Twelve years later, Nigel Palmer still remembers the embarrassment of his first days …
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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The Times & The Sunday Times:
Justine Greening: New Brexit referendum ‘is only way to end deadlock’
Discussion: Leave.EU
Strong retail sales report suggests robust economic growth in the second quarter
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Ro Khanna Says He'll Rally Support for Barbara Lee if She Makes Bid for Democratic Leadership
Kerin Hope / Financial Times:
Russia meddles in Greek town to push back the west
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Obamacare, once a GOP target, is now a midterm rallying cry for Democrats
Discussion: Political Wire
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
With Trump in the White House, candidates who sound like him hit the campaign trail
Washington Examiner:
The Left's dismally weak case against Brett Kavanaugh
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Peter Strzok's arrogance is the product of a corrupt FBI
Discussion: Instapundit
Associated Press:
Jared Kushner's family firm accused of pushing out tenants
Daily Mail:
Newspapers run IDENTICAL letters slamming Trump's SCOTUS pick
Joe Gamp / Daily Express:
Julian Assange could be EVICTED from Ecuador embassy as he's branded ‘STONE in the shoe’
Discussion: Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Nunes: Mueller indictment tracks House Intel report
New York Times:
White House Orders Direct Taliban Talks to Jump-Start Afghan Negotiations
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
Gerald F. Seib / Wall Street Journal:
Inside Israel's Raid to Seize Nuclear Documents in Iran
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
Immigrant kids held in shelters: 'They told us to behave, or we'd be here forever'
Discussion: Hullabaloo