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1:10 PM ET, July 16, 2018

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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 …
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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 …
Justin Wise / The Hill:
‘Fox & Friends’ host: 'I don't understand' Trump tweet blaming US for bad Russia relations  —  “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade on Monday questioned why President Trump  —  would send a tweet blaming the U.S. for poor relations with Russia before his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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”
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.”
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
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Fox's Hannity, Carlson to get first interviews with Trump after Putin summit
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Angela Charlton / Associated Press:
Trump wins sympathy from Russian media ahead of summit
Discussion: CNN
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: The time Putin actually enraged Trump
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Putin must wonder what else America knows about Russia
Associated Press:
Amid investigations and tensions, Trump-Putin going 1-on-1
Discussion: The Week
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
What Will Happen When Trump Meets Putin in Helsinki?
Discussion: NBC News, Common Dreams and Vox
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
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Maria Bustillos / Popula:
Bourdain Confidential  —  Anthony Bourdain had started smoking again, was the first thing I noticed as he sat down with me last February.  He was a bit hung over from a recent working trip to south Louisiana for Cajun Mardi Gras; “Harder partying than I'm used to, I gotta say,” he said, laughing.
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.
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
MySanAntonio.com:
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 …
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.
Politico:
FCC sends Sinclair mega-deal to likely doom  —  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Monday he has “serious concerns” about Sinclair Broadcast Group's acquisition of Tribune Media, saying he would send the transaction through a lengthy administrative process often viewed as a deal-killer.
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
Associated Press:
Muslim candidates running in record numbers face backlash  —  SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A liberal woman of color with zero name recognition and little funding takes down a powerful, long serving congressman from her own political party.  —  When Tahirah Amatul-Wadud heard …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Axios
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Midwest eases its Trump swoon and flirts again with Democratic candidates
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
Kevin Nicholson / Fox News:
I'm running for Senate as a Republican.  My Democrat parents are so furious they're backing my opponent  —  My decision to be a Democrat was never a decision.  It was just expected of me.  It was understood.  Born into a family of Democrats, my grandfather would often spend weekends talking …
Tory Newmyer / Reuters:
The Finance 202: Trump's trade offensive is producing brutal local headlines  —  THE TICKER … President Trump's trade war is serving up a public relations migraine for the administration in local press across the country.  —  Coverage from the front lines of where the tariffs …
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.
Discussion: The Root
New York Times:
He Preyed on Men Who Wanted to Be Priests.  Then He Became a Cardinal.  —  As a young man studying to be a priest in the 1980s, Robert Ciolek was flattered when his brilliant, charismatic bishop in Metuchen, N.J., Theodore E. McCarrick, told him he was a shining star, cut out to study in Rome and rise high in the church.
Tamar Auber / Mediaite:
Rob Reiner's Shock and Awe Earns a Measly $41,000 on Opening Weekend  —  Director Rob Reiner's new movie Shock and Awe, about journalists during the Iraq War, debuted this weekend... to disappointing numbers.  —  According to the movie's description on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is …
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.
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.
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:
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 …
 
 
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Most Trump Voters Say MS-13 Is A Threat To The Entire U.S.
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Harriet Sherwood / The Guardian:
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BBC:
Iran nuclear deal: US rejects EU plea for sanctions exemption
Discussion: Sputnik International
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Maxine Waters on Trump: He doesn't even know how to spell his wife's name
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Breitbart
The Times & The Sunday Times:
Justine Greening: New Brexit referendum ‘is only way to end deadlock’
Discussion: Leave.EU
CNBC:
Strong retail sales report suggests robust economic growth in the second quarter
 Earlier Items: 
Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:
Gowdy rules out Rosenstein impeachment
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Schultz's 2020 ambitions give Starbucks the jitters
Discussion: Forbes
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: Common Dreams and Raw Story
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
The MAGA Trolls Meet Their Match In Sacha Baron Cohen And “Who Is America?”
New York Times:
White House Orders Direct Taliban Talks to Jump-Start Afghan Negotiations
Discussion: The Week and The Daily Caller