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9:00 AM ET, July 17, 2018


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Washington Post:
‘Very much counter to the plan’: Trump defies advisers in embrace of Putin  —  Administration officials had hoped that maybe, just maybe, Monday's summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladmir Putin would end differently — without a freewheeling 46-minute news conference …
Trump officials embarrassed by Putin show  —  President Trump sucking up to Vladamir Putin after the summit in Helsinki yesterday was such an unbelievable, indelible moment that many deflated White House officials didn't even bother to defend or explain it.  —  Between the lines …
Discussion: Political Wire and Washington Post
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Own Team: He ‘Looked Incredibly Weak’ Next to Putin … Donald Trump's much-anticipated meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday offered him yet another opportunity to defy those who've criticized his coziness with the Russian leader.  —  But on a global stage, Trump didn't just cower …
Discussion: Splinter, Bustle, POLITICUSUSA, WEEK-TV and Vox
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Sheds All Notions of How a President Should Conduct Himself Abroad  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump, who gleefully defies the norms of presidential behavior, went somewhere in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday where none of his predecessors have ever gone: He accepted the explanation …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Trump Shows the World He's Putin's Lackey  —  Maybe the president is exactly as compromised as he looks.  —  No matter how low your expectations for the summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on Monday, it was hard not to be staggered by the American president's slavish and toadying performance.
Douglas Schoen / Fox News:
Putin eats Trump's lunch in Helsinki — This is no way to win against Russia  —  Monday in Helsinki, President Trump left many deeply disappointed in his approach to his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.  —  There was nothing inherently wrong with Trump's summit with Putin.
Wall Street Journal:
The Trump First Doctrine  —  Putin respects strength but Trump showed weakness.  —  Donald Trump left for Europe a week ago with his reputation enhanced by a strong Supreme Court nomination.  He returned Monday with that reputation diminished after a tumultuous week of indulging what amounts to the Trump First Doctrine.
Discussion: Politico
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
The Republican Party Is Now the Blame America Party … At some point in the last week or so, “Make America Great Again” became “Blame America First.”  —  What we saw on Monday from Helsinki is why conservatives (like me) can't back Trump—even with two Supreme Court picks.
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and Washington Post
New York Times:
Mariia Butina, Who Sought ‘Back Channel’ Meeting for Trump and Putin, Is Charged as Russian Agent  —  WASHINGTON — A Russian woman who tried to broker a pair of secret meetings between candidate Donald J. Trump and the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, during the 2016 presidential campaign …
Washington Post:
Trump just colluded with Russia.  Openly.  —  THE ENDURING image of the U.S.-Russia summit in Helsinki on Monday will be that of President Trump standing next to Vladi­mir Putin and suggesting he found Mr. Putin's “powerful” denial at least as persuasive as the U.S. intelligence community's …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why Trump doesn't admit Russian election interference  —  Was Russia's effort to interfere in the 2016 election the most important issue on the table at President Trump's Helsinki summit with President Vladimir Putin?  No. But it's not an unimportant issue either, and Trump knew the American press is obsessed with it.
Max Boot / Washington Post:
We just watched a U.S. president acting on behalf of a hostile power
Discussion: CNN, NewsBusters and HuffPost
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Come home, Ambassador Huntsman, your country needs you
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and Fox News
U.S. Department of Justice:
Russian National Charged in Conspiracy to Act as an Agent of the Russian Federation Within the United States
Rolf Mowatt-Larssen / Just Security:   Helsinki Summit: A Time for Choosing—Three observations by former senior CIA officer
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Trump's Helsinki Disgrace
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump replaces national pride with personal vanity
Discussion: CBS News, Raw Story and Hot Air
After Trump-Putin Summit, The Pearl-Clutching Media Is A Laughingstock
Discussion: National Review
Trump's Helsinki humiliation
Putin's Attack on the U.S. Is Our Pearl Harbor
Discussion: New York Daily News
John Harwood / CNBC:   Trump pushed his personal agenda, not the national interest, at Putin summit
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
If you work for Trump, quit now
Charles J. Sykes / Weekly Standard:
A New Servility  —  Donald Trump's atrocious performance …
Anton Troianovski / Washington Post:
Putin's view triumphs in Helsinki as Trump questions U.S. intelligence
New York Times:
Who Is Bill Browder, Kremlin Foe Singled Out in Putin's Offer?
Discussion: HuffPost
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   Trump and Putin vs. America
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Putin, in Fox News interview, denies having dirt on Trump, calls meddling charge ‘utterly ridiculous’
Beck Dorey-Stein / New York Times:
I Was a White House Stenographer.  Trump Wasn't a Fan.  —  On Friday, at a news conference with Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain a reporter asked President Trump about disparaging comments he had made about her to The Sun newspaper.  He denied ever having said them and declared …
Discussion: Raw Story
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Trump's ‘Missing DNC Server’ Is Neither Missing Nor a Server … Donald Trump turns to right-wing conspiracy theories when he's cornered, and he was cornered on Monday.  Standing feet away from Vladimir Putin at a press conference following their Helsinki tete-a-tete, a reporter challenged Trump …
The Daily Beast:
‘Fox & Friends’ Host Tells Trump: You Got It Wrong With Putin  —  If President Trump wasn't taking the intense and widespread criticism of his weak Monday performance alongside Vladimir Putin seriously—maybe this will be the wake-up call he needs.  Brian Kilmeade, one of the hosts …
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
Legal Experts Say Manafort Could Be Cutting Plea Deal as Judge Suddenly Delays Proceedings  —  The judge overseeing Paul Manafort's federal court case on charges of tax evasion and bank fraud in Virginia delayed proceedings in a surprise move on Monday afternoon.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
One Country, Two Radically Different Narratives  —  The United States is one country, but Americans are living in two separate worlds.  —  In one version of America, the country is headed in the totally wrong direction.  Billionaires control politics.  Foreign governments meddle in elections.
David Morgan / Reuters:
U.S. Treasury moves to protect identities of ‘dark money’ political donors  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury said on Monday that it will no longer require certain tax-exempt organizations including politically active nonprofit groups, such as the National Rifle Association and Planned Parenthood …
Discussion: Axios
Wall Street Journal:
Publishing Executives Argue Facebook Is Overly Deferential to Conservatives  —  Critique comes just before social-media executives are to appear before House committee  —  At a private meeting late last week, some publishing executives criticized Facebook Inc. FB -.04% for being overly accommodating …
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Discussion: Daily Wire
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
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The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Axios
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