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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: POLITICUSUSA, Splinter, Vox and WEEK-TV
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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 …
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 …
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 …
mccain.senate.gov:
SASC CHAIRMAN JOHN McCAIN ON TRUMP-PUTIN MEETING  —  Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on President Trump's meeting and press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki:
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.
ODNI Newsroom:
Statement from DNI Coats  —  The role of the Intelligence Community is to provide the best information and fact-based assessments possible for the President and policymakers.  We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing …
John Harwood / CNBC:
Trump pushed his personal agenda, not the national interest, at Putin summit  — Trump faces political and legal jeopardy from the Justice Department investigation of his 2016 campaign and Russia.  — Against that backdrop, comments that Republican Sen. Ben Sasse called “bizarre” …
Axios:
Trump's Helsinki humiliation  —  President Trump's press conference with Vladimir Putin was a disaster.  And that was the assessment of many of his GOP allies.  —  Why it matters: Trump had a chance to assert himself — and stand up for his countrymen — against foreign interference in our elections.
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.
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
Trump's Appeasement Summit with Putin  —  For decades, American historians have viewed the summit between President John F. Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, in 1961, as the worst ever between Washington and Moscow.  Kennedy described the encounter, in Vienna …
New York Times:
Republicans Rebuke Trump for Siding With Putin as Democrats Demand Action  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans across the ideological spectrum rebuked President Trump after Monday's extraordinary news conference with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, with Speaker Paul D. Ryan admonishing Mr. Trump …
LoveBreedsAccountability:
After Trump-Putin Summit, The Pearl-Clutching Media Is A Laughingstock  —  The US media, perhaps the most threatened of all the swamp parasites, are melting down because President Trump didn't start a war with Russia.  —  I'm not sure why the media thinks the rest of us don't know these things, but just to be clear...
Discussion: National Review
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   Trump and Putin vs. America
Rolf Mowatt-Larssen / Just Security:   Helsinki Summit: A Time for Choosing—Three observations by former senior CIA officer
Wall Street Journal:   The Trump First Doctrine  —  Putin respects strength but Trump showed weakness.
Politico:
Putin's Attack on the U.S. Is Our Pearl Harbor
Discussion: New York Daily News
Manu Raju / CNN:
In rebuke to Trump, senators may vote to side with US intel community
Discussion: KTLA and Jamie Dupree - AJC
Associated Press:   Wave of condemnation hits Trump after summit with Putin
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
If you work for Trump, quit now
David Frum / The Atlantic:
The Crisis Facing America
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
Trump and Putin: Some Thoughts
Discussion: Power Line and twitchy.com
John Ziegler / Mediaite:
About the Only Evidence Left that Trump Isn't Beholden to Putin is That It's Just Too Obvious
Discussion: Washington Post, neo-neocon and Vox
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The moment called for Trump to stand up for America. He chose to bow.
Discussion: Axios, MSNBC and ABC News
U.S. Department of Justice:
Russian National Charged in Conspiracy to Act as an Agent of the Russian Federation Within the United States  —  A criminal complaint was unsealed today in the District of Columbia charging a Russian national with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation within …
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Washington Post:
Maria Butina, Russian gun rights advocate, charged in U.S. with acting as Russian Federation agent
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 …
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Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Trump's Stupid ‘Where Is the DNC Server?’ Conspiracy Theory, Explained
Discussion: Gizmodo and Washington Post
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
This Is the Moment of Truth for Republicans  —  There are exactly two possible explanations for the shameful performance the world witnessed on Monday, from a serving American president.  —  Either Donald Trump is flat-out an agent of Russian interests—maybe witting, maybe unwitting …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:   After a stunning news conference, there's a newly crucial job for the American press
Andrew J. Tobias / Plain Dealer:
Southeast Ohio Republican Party leader resigns over Trump-Putin meeting  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — A county Republican Party chairman from Southeast Ohio resigned on Monday, citing President Donald Trump's meeting earlier in the day with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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