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8:20 PM ET, July 18, 2018


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Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Officials ‘at a Fucking Loss’ Over Latest Russia Sell Out … Current and former American diplomats are expressing disgust and horror over the White House's willingness to entertain permitting Russian officials to question a prominent former U.S. ambassador.
Discussion: New York Times, Raw Story, Vox and Mediaite
CBS News:
Trump on whether he holds Putin responsible: “I would, because he's in charge of the country”  —  President Trump told “CBS Evening News” anchor Jeff Glor Wednesday it's “true” Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, and he “would” hold Russian President Vladimir Putin responsible for interference.
Discussion: Axios, VICE News and CBS New York
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Trump Turned the Right's Biggest Russia Hawk Into a Dove  —  Not long ago, it was harder to find a more devoted Russia hawk than Wall Street Journal columnist Holman W. Jenkins.  The overriding theme of Jenkins's prodigious commentary on the subject was that Vladimir Putin posed a dire threat …
Eleanor Mueller / Politico:
White House: Trump will consider letting Russia question investor, former ambassador  —  President Donald Trump will consider allowing Russian investigators to question U.S.-born investor Bill Browder, former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and others after President Vladimir Putin floated the idea …
Toluse Olorunnipa / Bloomberg:
Putin Asked Trump to Let Russia Question McFaul, White House Says
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and Mediaite
Eliana Johnson / Politico:   Trump's Russia spin falls flat with GOP
David Remnick / New Yorker:   The Unwinding of Donald Trump
Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
Trump Appears to Say Russia Is No Longer Targeting U.S. White House Says He Was Answering a Different Question.
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Prosecutors Say Accused Russian Agent Maria Butina Appeared To Have Ties To Russian Intelligence
Discussion: Boing Boing
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Judge Orders Maria Butina, Linked To Russian Spy Agency, Jailed Ahead Of Trial
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Mohamed / The Soufan Center:   IntelBrief: The Reality of the Russian Investigation
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Alleged Russian agent Maria Butina had ties to Russian intelligence agency, prosecutors say
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Mark Zuckerberg clarifies: 'I personally find Holocaust denial deeply offensive, and I absolutely didn't intend to defend the intent of people who deny that.'  —  The Facebook founder has attracted controversy for how the social network deals with content that is offensive to many, such as Holocaust deniers
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Zuckerberg: The Recode interview  —  Everything was on the table — and after Facebook's wildest year yet, that's a really big table.  —  I had not done a formal interview with Zuckerberg since he appeared at our D: All Things Digital conference in 2010, when the company was in its early days.
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Full transcript: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Recode Decode
Heather Caygle / Politico:
House Dems unveil new midterm campaign slogan  —  House Democrats have finalized their campaign slogan heading into the last months before the midterm election: “For the People.”  —  The new motto, which Democratic leaders unveiled in a private meeting with members Wednesday morning …
Lissandra Villa / BuzzFeed News:
Almost 20 House Democrats Voted To Express Their Support For ICE
Discussion: TYT Network and Splinter
Bill Melugin / KTTV:
EXCLUSIVE: Riverside gun store confronts Sacha Baron Cohen after he comes to business in disguise  —  RIVERSIDE, CA (FOX 11) - A Riverside gun store owner has harsh words for Sacha Baron Cohen after he says he caught the actor showing up to his business in disguise and under false pretense, and it was all caught on surveillance video.
A GOP congressman once lamented not being able to call women ‘sluts’ anymore  —  (CNN)A Republican congressman from Minnesota has a long history of making deeply misogynistic comments on the radio, including lamenting that women can no longer be called “sluts.”
Michael Anton / Washington Post:
Citizenship shouldn't be a birthright  —  Michael Anton is a lecturer and research fellow at Hillsdale College and a former national security official in the Trump administration.  —  A Supreme Court confirmation fight always raises constitutional hopes and stokes constitutional fears.
Discussion: American Greatness
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
State Supreme Court removes measure to split California into three states from November ballot  —  The California Supreme Court decided Wednesday to remove from the November ballot a measure aimed at dividing California into three states.  —  In a brief order, the court said it acted …
Jeremy B. White / Politico:   Court blocks ballot initiative to divide California into three states
Ryan Browne / CNN:
Trump's military parade expected to cost nearly as much as ‘tremendously expensive’ canceled war games  —  Here's how other countries do military parades  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's military parade in DC is likely to cost nearly as much as the now canceled military exercise …
Discussion: Axios and Joe.My.God.
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Special counsel still investigating Roger Stone  —  Stone: Think I'm probably person in indictment  —  Washington (CNN)Robert Mueller's special counsel's office appears to still be investigating Trump adviser Roger Stone and working on a case in court involving one of his former associates.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
American Conservatives Played A Secret Role In The Macedonian Fake News Boom Ahead Of 2016  —  A joint investigation by BuzzFeed News and partners has uncovered new information that rewrites the story of the fake news boom in the Macedonian town of Veles.  —  A week before Election Day in 2016 …
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
A Stabbing On Samish Island: The Radicalization Of Lane Davis  —  Lane Davis was a far-right, pro-Trump media figure looking for his big break.  Then he stabbed his father to death.  —  Nearly everyone on Samish Island knew Chuck Davis, a bighearted retiree who lived in the handsome gray shingle house …
Foreign Policy:
State Department Silent on MH17 Anniversary Following Trump-Putin Firestorm  —  The department prepared to criticize Russia's role in the 2014 downing of a civilian airliner over Ukraine, but the statement was never released.  —  Every year since a Russian missile downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 …
Kantele Franko / Associated Press:
Rep. Jim Jordan interviewed in doctor sex abuse inquiry  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, who used to coach wrestling at Ohio State University, was interviewed by a law firm investigating allegations that a now-dead team doctor sexually abused male athletes there decades ago, his spokesman confirmed Wednesday.
Discussion: Politico and Axios
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Now the party of Trump, GOP's midterm pitch is protecting him  —  Subscribe to McClatchy's Beyond the Bubble show on iTunes here or Stitcher.  —  WASHINGTON — Headed into a election that's expected to favor Democrats, a top GOP Senate strategist says Republicans are counting …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and POLITICUSUSA
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
Judge denies Manafort's request to suppress evidence  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request by President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort to suppress evidence seized by the FBI from his home as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe …
Ben Lefebvre / Politico:
Interior watchdog opens probe of land deal linking Zinke, Halliburton chairman  —  The Interior Department's internal watchdog has launched a full investigation into a real estate deal involving a foundation established by Ryan Zinke and developers including Halliburton Chairman David Lesar …
Washington Post:
Trump's tariffs on Mexico are causing layoffs in the United States  —  POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — When a Mexican company bought Mid Continent Nail Corp. in 2012, workers at the factory here feared it was the beginning of the end.  Their jobs, they suspected, would be given to lower-paid workers in Mexico …
Tess Bonn / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker regrets appearing on Alex Jones's radio show  —  (R-Fla.) on Wednesday said he regrets his appearance on a radio show hosted by Infowars founder Alex Jones.  —  “I would not go back on Alex Jones's show,” Gaetz told Hill.TV co-hosts Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on “Rising.”
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Senate Confirms Trump Court Pick With Record Of Attacking Voting Rights  —  More than 200 civil rights groups opposed Andrew Oldham, but every Republican voted to make him a lifetime federal judge.  —  WASHINGTON The Senate voted on Wednesday to confirm another one of President Donald Trump's …
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
A Critical Factor In 2020: Democrats Make Significant Cut To Caucus States  —  A quiet but significant shift across a handful of states could reshape the Democratic nominating process ahead of 2020: The party is now poised to see a historic reduction in the number of states that use caucuses …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Ann Coulter Calls for FBI to be ‘Disbanded’  —  Like some left-wing figures, right-wing columnist Ann Coulter also called for abolishing a law enforcement agency this week.  Only in her case, it wasn't ICE, but rather, the nation's top law enforcement agency.  —  “It's time to disband the FBI,” Coulter said.
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Trump has a tough sell recruiting Iranian-Americans in campaign against Tehran
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
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Discussion: Political Wire
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Discussion: Townhall, Daily Wire and
Eric Garcia / Roll Call:
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Michelle Obama wades into the midterms
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Trump loyalists at VA shuffling, purging employees before new secretary takes over
Discussion: Vox and Talking Points Memo
Alex Marshall / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Ben Myers / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Who Lives in Education Deserts?
Discussion: The Atlantic and The 74
Brooke Medina / Civitas Institute:
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Obama Decries the Political Habits That Drove His Career
Discussion: Daily Wire
Michelle Michelle Choi / KHOU-TV:
Husband shoots home invasion suspect holding wife at gunpoint
Discussion: Breitbart
Jason Villalba / TribTalk:
It's time to impeach the president
Discussion: HuffPost and Mediaite
CBS News:
Trump wrongly says queen reviewed guard for 1st time in 70 years
Discussion: Sputnik International