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Julia Ioffe / GQ:
Now We All Know What Putin Has on Trump  —  After a summit that left most Americans stunned—but maybe not surprised—the truth is now obvious: Trump is doing Putin's bidding.  And the reasons why are clear.  GQ's Julia Ioffe on Putin's monumental win and the lasting result of Trump's Helsinki debacle.
Uri Friedman / The Atlantic:
The White House Transcript Is Missing the Most Explosive Part of the Trump-Putin Press Conference  —  It was perhaps the most explosive exchange in an incendiary press conference.  Russian President Vladimir Putin appearing to frankly admit to a motive for, and maybe even to the act of …
Washington Post:
Trump says he accepts U.S. intelligence on Russian interference in 2016 election but denies collusion  —  Seeking to quell mounting criticism after the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump on Tuesday said he accepts the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion …
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.
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Intel Chair: FBI, DOJ Obstructing Trump Probe in Hope of Dem Takeover in Congress  —  Nunes says DOJ, FBI betting on Dems killing probe  —  The chair of the House Intelligence Committee accused the FBI and Department of Justice of stonewalling a sprawling investigation into claims …
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
It's time for impeachment, says Beto O'Rourke, after Donald Trump summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin  —  WASHINGTON - Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke, who is challenging Sen. Ted Cruz, said Tuesday that he President Donald Trump's performance at a summit with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin merits impeachment.
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Trump, facing fury, says he misspoke with Putin
John R. Schindler / Observer:
Donald Trump Tosses Word-Salad, Ends His Presidency in Helsinki
Discussion: The Atlantic, CNN and USA Today
Mueller All but Ignores the Other Russian Hack Target: the GOP
CBS News:
Trump claims he misspoke about Russian meddling in Putin press conference — live updates
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Trump lashes out at media coverage of his Putin meeting
Discussion: ABC News, Breitbart and BBC
Associated Press:   Trump corrects his quote, says misspoke on Russian meddling
Trump officials embarrassed by Putin show
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump now says he accepts that Russia meddled in 2016 election
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Rep. Rohrabacher: Indictment of NRA-linked Russian is ‘stupid’
Discussion: Axios and Politico
George F. Will / Washington Post:
This sad, embarrassing wreck of a man  —  America's child president had a play date with a KGB alumnus, who surely enjoyed providing day care.  It was a useful, because illuminating, event: Now we shall see how many Republicans retain a capacity for embarrassment.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Ocasio-Cortez draws ire from Democrats: ‘Meteors fizz out’  —  Frustrated Democratic lawmakers are offering Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez some advice: Cool it.  —  Ocasio-Cortez stunned the political world with her upset primary victory last month over Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) …
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Special counsel offers immunity to five witnesses for Paul Manafort trial  —  The special counsel prosecuting Paul Manafort is seeking to give immunity to five potential witnesses in advance of his trial in Alexandria federal court next week.  —  All five have said they will not testify …
Discussion: Political Wire
Kim Zetter / Motherboard:
Top Voting Machine Vendor Admits It Installed Remote-Access Software on Systems Sold to States  —  Remote-access software and modems on election equipment ‘is the worst decision for security short of leaving ballot boxes on a Moscow street corner.’  —  The nation's top voting machine maker …
Kevin D. Williamson / Weekly Standard:
Stop Calling It ‘Treason’  —  What Trump actually did is bad enough.  —  There is loose talk of “treason,” and no one expected more from Jimmy Kimmel: He is a comedian and, as he has demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt, a fool—a reminder that “comedian” and “fool” were at one point near-synonyms in English.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Critics of Trump Have a New Word in Their Vocabulary: Treason
Discussion: BBC, Bloomberg, The Hill and Rewire.News
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
A Congressional Candidate Used to Be a Rapper.  Will It Matter?  —  RHINEBECK, N.Y. — Antonio Delgado is a lot of things: a Rhodes Scholar, a graduate of Harvard Law School, a former lawyer at one of the country's largest lobbying firms, and now the Democratic nominee for Congress …
Discussion: New Republic and Raw Story
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“This Was the Nightmare Scenario”: The West Wing Revolts After Trump Embraces Putin  —  As Trump grappled with his error, Chief of Staff John Kelly went into overdrive to get Trump to walk it back.  —  As he flew home from Helsinki on Air Force One following his disastrous press conference …
The Daily Beast:
MGM Resorts Sues Victims of Las Vegas Mass Shooting  —  MGM Resorts International has reportedly filed federal lawsuits against hundreds of victims of last year's mass shooting in Las Vegas in an apparent bid to pre-empt any compensation claims.  MGM, which owns the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino …
Rachel Crosby / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Lawsuits claim MGM has no liability to Las Vegas shooting victims
Martyn McLaughlin / Scotsman:
Donald Trump's Turnberry firm paid £50,000 by US Government for weekend visit  —  Donald Trump personally profited by more than £50,000 from his weekend stay at his loss-making Turnberry resort, with the US government footing the accommodation bill for the president and his entourage, The Scotsman can reveal.
Discussion: Washington Post, Bustle and AOL
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
The Helsinki fiasco showcases Pence's hypocrisy once again  —  The best film ever done on the Trump administration is called “The Death of Stalin.”  It is a dark but wholly brilliant comedy about how Stalin's closest henchmen maneuvered for power in the days after the death of their publicly revered but actually despised leader.
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Neck and Neck in CD48  —  6-in-10 partisan voters satisfied with their nominee  —  West Long Branch, NJ - The race for California's 48th Congressional District between Republican incumbent Dana Rohrabacher and Democratic challenger Harley Rouda is virtually tied according to the Monmouth University Poll.
Discussion: Roll Call, HuffPost and Mediaite
Trump Decided Russia Indictments Should Come Pre-Summit, Sources Say  — Rosenstein gave Trump options on the timing, two people say  — Trump now says he misspoke in his comments alongside Putin  —  President Donald Trump gave the go-ahead to announce new Russian election-hacking indictments …
Discussion: Political Wire
Patti Greco / Cosmopolitan:
The Great CNN Baby Boom  —  AN UNPRECEDENTED NUMBER OF THE NETWORK'S MOST PROMINENT WOMEN ARE PROVING THEY CAN HANDLE A MADDENING NEWS CYCLE  —  When Brianna Keilar saw her CNN colleague Pamela Brown adjust her dress  —  , she became suspicious.  “We were sitting on set …
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Fox & Friends Works Overtime to Explain Directly to Trump What He Got Wrong  —  It's no secret that Fox & Friends is President Donald Trump's preferred morning show, and perhaps banking on his watching on Tuesday, the hosts addressed him directly to explain to him how he screwed up yesterday …
Taneisha Cordell / WRCB-TV:
Warrant issued for suspect after cyclist assaulted with bottles and cans  —  Charles Peacock says three cameras on his helmet and bike were recording during his ride down Hickory Valley Road.  —  UPDATE: Chattanooga police have been able to identify the driver of the vehicle and the passenger accused …
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
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Discussion: Raw Story
CBS News:
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Discussion: Raw Story and AOL