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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Senator Calls For Hearing With U.S. Interpreter In Trump-Putin Meeting  —  Congress needs to know what Trump “promised Putin on our behalf,” says Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.  —  WASHINGTON Nobody knows what President Donald Trump told Russian President Vladimir Putin in their private …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Tanks His Own Putin Walk-Back During One of the ‘Worst Moments of His Presidency’ … It was approaching mid-morning on Tuesday, and Donald Trump's team had one choice: He had to clean up the mess he had left for them following his disastrous press conference abroad.  If they had to beg, so be it.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
In his prepared remarks, Trump removed a line about bringing election hackers to justice  —  In preparation for a public statement meant to mitigate the damage from Monday's news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump brought four pages of handwritten notes to a meeting with congressional leaders.
Financial Times:
Trump, Putin and the betrayal of America  —  Donald Trump's press conference with Vladimir Putin this week is likely to go down as one of the signature moments of his presidency.  In an appalling display, the US president refused to endorse the verdict of his own intelligence agencies …
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:   The Likeliest Explanation for Trump's Helsinki Fiasco
Rick Klein / ABC News:   The Note: Trump's do-over doesn't mean it's over
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump returns to touting his summit with Putin a day after doing damage control
A case study in Trump's GOP mind control
Discussion: Bloomberg, Washington Post and CNBC
US offers no details as Russia claims Trump and Putin reached military agreements
Discussion: KTLA, The Resurgent and Hullabaloo
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.
Sophie Tatum / CNN:
Trump seems to question US commitment to defending all NATO allies  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump seemingly questioned the United States' commitment to defending all NATO allies in an interview that aired Tuesday evening.  —  At the end of a major international trip with three stops …
Discussion: Political Wire
Rod Dreher / The American Conservative:
Dying For Montenegro
Discussion: City Journal
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 …
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
After Putin Meeting, Trump Voters Mostly Dig In.  But Cracks Are Showing.  —  Maybe it was the F.B.I.'s fault for unnerving him.  Or maybe the White House staff had left President Trump ill-prepared before his stunning remarks in Helsinki Monday, when he sided with Russia over his own intelligence agencies.
New York Times:
A Besieged Trump Says He Misspoke on Russian Election Meddling  —  WASHINGTON — Under unrelenting pressure from congressional Republicans, his own advisers and his allies on Fox News, President Trump abruptly reversed course on Tuesday and claimed he had misspoken during a news conference …
The Daily Beast:
'Putin's Favorite Congressman' Now Engulfed in NRA Spy Case … Pro-Kremlin GOP Congressman Dana Rohrabacher met with a Putin ally in Russia in August 2015, The Daily Beast has confirmed, matching an account in Monday's blockbuster FBI affidavit against accused Russian spy Maria Butina.
Joe Lieberman / Wall Street Journal:
Vote Joe Crowley, for Working Families  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hurts the party, Congress and even America.  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's surprise primary victory over Rep. Joe Crowley seems likely to hurt Congress, America and the Democratic Party.  It doesn't have to.
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and The Hill
NBC News:
Trump revised one sentence from Helsinki.  Here's everything else he didn't fix.  —  First Read is your briefing from “Meet the Press” and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  WASHINGTON — If Tuesday was supposed to be a clean-up job …
Scott Bland / Politico:
Roby wins Alabama primary runoff
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Martha Roby Wins Alabama House Runoff After Reconciling With Trump
Discussion: NPR and Roll Call
Cambridge Analytica's Facebook data was accessed from Russia, MP says  —  The now infamous Facebook data set on tens of millions of Americans gathered by a Cambridge University scientist for a firm that went on to worked for Donald Trump's 2016 campaign was accessed from Russia, a British member of parliament tells CNN.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Scott Stedman
National Journal:
Wave Alert: House Democrats Setting Fundraising Records  —  Republicans are getting beaten badly on the financial front.  It's an ominous sign for their chances of holding a House majority.  —  To understand why House Democrats are still in strong position to retake the majority, simply follow the money.
Elena Schneider / Politico:
‘These guys need to wake up’: House Republicans badly outraised in midterms
Discussion: Washington Post and Splinter
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 …
Discussion: Power Line
Thomas Rid / Politico:   What Mueller Knows About the DNC Hack—And Trump Doesn't
Stephanie Petit /
The Queen's Not-So-Subtle Nod to Barack Obama You May Have Missed During Trump's U.K. Visit  —  Queen Elizabeth has no shortage of fancy brooches, so her choice of shiny accessory while President Donald Trump was visiting her country has raised some eyebrows for its potential hidden meaning.
Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
Stop calling it ‘meddling.’ It's actually information warfare.  —  That's the appropriate use of the word “meddling.”  It is not, however, an appropriate word to use when referring to the ongoing Russian attacks on American democracy that gained prominence in the 2016 presidential election …
Discussion: BloombergQuint
Majority of Americans think Trump mishandling Russia: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - More than half of Americans disapprove of the way U.S. President Donald Trump is handling relations with Russia, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after his controversial summit and joint news conference …
Discussion: CNBC, TheBlaze and Political Wire
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump's migrant fiasco diverts millions from health programs  —  HHS is forced to prioritize migrant crisis over medical research and other goals.  —  The health department has quietly dipped into tens of millions of dollars to pay for the consequences of President Donald Trump's border policy …
Washington Post:
'It's just not wise': In past year, Trump's company repeatedly paid property taxes late  —  President Trump's company missed deadlines to pay property-tax bills in five states over the past year — and those delays cost the company $61,800 extra in penalties, interest and missed discounts …
Just Security:
Exclusive: Trump White House's Intelligence Chief Is Leaving  —  Michael Barry, the senior National Security Council director for intelligence programs, is leaving the White House, according to two government officials.  —  Barry's departure adds to the growing list of vacant senior NSC positions since …
David Kopel / Reason:
Ninth Circuit upholds preliminary injunction against magazine confiscation in California  —  The courts continue to block a California law to confiscate magazines over 10 rounds.  —  Today the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal district count injunction against a California law …
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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
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Discussion: HuffPost and Roll Call
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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
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Discussion: Washington Times and Sludge
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
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Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
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Discussion: BloombergQuint, Mashable and Gizmodo
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Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Special counsel offers immunity to five witnesses for Paul Manafort trial