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2:10 AM ET, July 16, 2018


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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
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: Bustle and Washington Free Beacon
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
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 …
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 …
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
It will be the most surreal US-Russia summit in history
Discussion: Bustle, WTKR-TV and AOL
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  —  Sacha Baron Cohen's new Showtime comedy is occasionally funny, but it's hard to be outrageous in a world where ideologies that used to be concealed are now proudly public.  —  Back in 2000, when Da Ali G Show premiered, people still had a modicum of shame.
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 …
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: KTLA and The Week
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Cindy Chang / Los Angeles Times:
Judge orders L.A. Times to alter story about Glendale cop, sparking protest from newspaper
Discussion: Reason and KTLA, more at Mediagazer »
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
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.
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 Daily Kos
Gerald F. Seib / Wall Street Journal:
Inside Israel's Raid to Seize Nuclear Documents in Iran  —  Agents infiltrated Tehran warehouse, extracted trove including partial warhead designs, officials say  —  TEL AVIV—Israeli agents covertly extracted documents detailing Iran's nuclear program in a dramatic 6½-hour operation …
New York Times:   How Israel, in Dark of Night, Torched Its Way to Iran's Nuclear Secrets
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
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Former Fox News reporter warns that Trump team is ‘still colluding’ with the Russians  —  Former Fox News Channel chief political correspondent Carl Cameron has a warning for America: “The Trump team were colluding with the Russians in 2016 - and they are still colluding.”
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:
Elizabeth Denham: ‘Data crimes are real crimes’  —  With the publication of an interim report on her investigation into the Brexit referendum, the information commissioner has issued a strong statement of intent against the tech giants  —  Nobody does cool, calm and collected like Elizabeth Denham does cool, calm and collected.
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 …
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.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
The Devin Nunes fundraising geyser: $4.4 million raised in 2nd quarter from ‘tens of thousands’  —  Rep. Devin Nunes has become a fundraising geyser, raising approximately $4.4 million in the second quarter from tens of thousands of grassroots contributors who are rewarding the California Republican …
Leah C. Stokes / Los Angeles Times:
Climate change is behind the global heat wave.  Why won't the media say it?  —  Last week's heat wave brought record temperatures to Southern California.  Hot winds blew fire into my community in Santa Barbara County, ripping through a dozen homes and threatening hundreds more.
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 …
Dean Weingarten / The Truth About Guns:
Gun Control Advocate Misrepresents Massachusetts Court Decision on Common Rifles  —  In an interview with Mother Jones, Brady Campaign co-president Avery Gardiner, makes the following claims about the “common use” of AR-pattern rifles in the US: … Gardiner misstates what Judge Young wrote in his opinion.
Washington Post:
Widespread unrest erupts in southern Iraq amid acute shortages of water, electricity  —  BAGHDAD — Widespread unrest is engulfing southern Iraq as Iraqis frustrated by shortages of electricity, water and jobs vent their anger, setting fire to political offices, attacking government infrastructure …
Discussion: Power Line
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Reuven Blau / New York Daily News:
Rent-stabilized tenants allege Kushner Cos. harassed them
Discussion: Splinter
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Trump Aides Scramble to Stop Him from Selling Out Syria To Putin
Discussion: Bustle, CBS New York and New York Times
The Times of Israel:
Israel strikes Hamas cell launching arson kites during Gaza ceasefire
Discussion: Jihad Watch
David Sharp / Associated Press:
C'est la vie: Canadians still visiting US despite trade flap
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Capitol Hill interns say Uber driver refused to take them to Trump DC hotel because they had MAGA hats
Discussion: and Splinter
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
Immigrant kids held in shelters: 'They told us to behave, or we'd be here forever'
Esmeralda Bermudez / Los Angeles Times:
'I'm here. I'm here.' Father reunited with son amid tears, relief and fear of what's next
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
How Putin butters up Trump
Ben Jacobs / The Guardian:
Iowa awaits Democratic presidential hopefuls - but pickings are slim
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.
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
F.B.I. Confidence in Leadership Fell in Year After Comey's Firing
Discussion: Raw Story and Lawfare
New York Times:
Warren is Preparing for 2020. So Are Biden, Booker, Harris and Sanders.
Discussion: and Althouse