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Ilya Arkhipov / Bloomberg:
Putin Tells Diplomats He Made Trump a New Offer on Ukraine at Their Summit  — Russian leader suggested referendum in separatist regions  — Putin said to agree to let Trump mull plan before going public  —  Vladimir Putin told Russian diplomats that he made a proposal to Donald Trump …
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Will Hurd / New York Times:
The Republican Congress Can and Should Take the Lead on Russia  —  American strength, not weakness, is the best way to preserve a secure world in the face of adversaries like Putin.  —  Mr. Hurd, a former C.I.A. officer, is a congressman from the 23rd District of Texas.
Discussion: Mediaite
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“No Way to Run a Superpower”: the Trump-Putin Summit and the Death of American Foreign Policy  —  In the days since the Monday meeting in Helsinki, there's been an understandable frenzy over President Trump's post-summit press conference, given that he sided with the Russian President …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
'That's going to be special': Tensions rise as Trump invites Putin to Washington  —  The White House announced Thursday that Vladimir Putin has been invited to Washington this fall, even as leaders in Washington tried to fully understand what happened when President Trump and the Russian leader met earlier this week in Helsinki.
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
White House morale tanks amid Helsinki fallout  —  Staffers are considering accelerating their departures in the wake of the president's equivocations on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.  —  President Donald Trump's disastrous performance since his news conference alongside Russian …
CBS News:
CBS News poll: Most Americans disapprove of Trump's handling of Putin summit  —  Only a third of Americans (32 percent) approve of the way Donald Trump handled his summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a CBS News poll shows.  Sixty-eight percent of Republicans approve.
Peter Montgomery / Right Wing Watch:
League Of The South Reaches Out To ‘Russian Friends’  —  Amid the controversy over President Trump's recent summit with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, the neo-Confederate League of the South announced this week that it will soon be introducing a Russian language section to its website.
Adam Davidson / New Yorker:
A Theory of Trump Kompromat  —  Why the President is so nice to Putin, even when Putin might not want him to be.  —  The former C.I.A. operative Jack Devine watched Donald Trump's performance standing next to Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday, and his first thought was, “There is no way Trump is a Russian agent.”
Martin Matishak / Politico:
House Republicans defeat attempt to subpoena Trump interpreter
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Resign, Mike Pompeo. Resign, John Bolton.
Discussion: CNBC, Politico and Washington Post
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Who Heard What Trump Said to Putin? Only One Other American
Discussion: RedState, ABC News and HuffPost
Brian Bennett / TIME:
Trump Wanted a Summit With Putin. He Got Way More Than He Bargained For
Michael Collins / USA Today:
Trump's interpreter: Should she be compelled to tell what she heard during private meeting with Putin?
Discussion: Bustle, CNN and The Hill
BuzzFeed News:
Congratulations, Mr. President: Zuckerberg Secretly Called Trump After The Election  —  In the days following Donald Trump's election victory over Hillary Clinton, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg placed a secret, previously unreported call to the president-elect during which, sources tell BuzzFeed News …
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Kevin Collier / BuzzFeed News:
The Russians Who Hacked The DNC Have Targeted At Least Three 2018 Campaigns, Microsoft Says  —  The same Russian intelligence agency charged with hacking Democrats' emails in 2016 has targeted at least three candidates running for election in 2018, a Microsoft executive said.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Does the mainstream media regret using all those emails allegedly stolen by Russians?
Discussion: Vox
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
‘Say That Again?’:  Prospect of Putin White House Visit Surprises Intelligence Chief  —  The nation's intelligence chief continued on Thursday to harden his warnings about the cyberthreat from Russia and expressed surprise at hearing that President Trump planned to invite its leader …
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ABC News:
White House: Trump asked national security adviser to invite Putin to Washington for fall meeting, discussions underway
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Nation's top intel official Coats says he wishes Trump hadn't met alone with Putin
Discussion: NPR and Breitbart
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:   Intel chief Dan Coats sees ‘risk’ Russia will carry out assassinations in US
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Special counsel has nearly 500 pieces of evidence for Paul Manafort trial  —  Pictures of Paul Manafort's homes, cars, $21,000 watch and high-end clothing may be displayed for jurors at his trial beginning in Alexandria federal court next week, according to a list of nearly 500 potential exhibits published …
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Greg P. / twitchy.com:
Weird.  Mueller released an evidence list for the upcoming Manafort trial and Bernie Sanders …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Robert Mueller offers Tony Podesta immunity to testify against Paul Manafort: Report
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Kate Irby / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Nunes used political dollars for $15K in Celtics tickets, winery tours and Vegas trips  —  WASHINGTON  —  Rep. Devin Nunes used political donations to pay for nearly $15,000 in tickets to Boston Celtics basketball games as well as winery tours and lavish trips to Las Vegas …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Justice Department plans to alert public to foreign operations targeting U.S. democracy  —  The Justice Department plans to alert the public to foreign operations targeting U.S. democracy, under a new policy designed to counter hacking and disinformation campaigns such as the one Russia undertook …
Discussion: Vox and The Week
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
A New Talking Point From the Pro-Trump Fringe  —  On Wednesday morning, in the midst of yet another contentious news cycle dominated by coverage of Russian election meddling, I tweeted a kind of thought experiment: “If Trump & co. just pivoted to 'Aren't you glad Russia helped us defeat Hillary Clinton? …
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McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:   We value your privacy
Mara Siegler / Page Six:
Whoopi Goldberg and Jeanine Pirro get into explosive argument backstage at ‘The View’  —  Whoopi Goldberg and Jeanine Pirro got into an explosive argument backstage at “The View” on Thursday — after an intense on-the-air exchange got even more heated behind-the-scenes, sources exclusively tell Page Six.
NBC News:
Facing deadline, government reunified 364 of 2,500-plus migrant children  —  Of 1,607 parents eligible to be reunited with their children, 719 have final orders of deportation, the government says, meaning they could be removed from the country as soon as they are reunited.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Trump judicial nominee pulled over racially charged writings  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pulled the nomination of Ryan Bounds to serve on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from the Senate floor after it became clear Thursday that a number of Republicans would oppose …
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Wall Street Journal:
Three Top FBI Cybersecurity Officials to Retire  —  Three of the top cybersecurity officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation are retiring from government service—departures that come as cyberattacks are a major concern for the country's security agencies.
Discussion: Cyberscoop
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Trump lays into the Federal Reserve, says he's ‘not thrilled’ about interest rate hikes  — President Donald Trump, in a rare statement for Oval Office holders, criticized the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates.  — He said he's “not thrilled” with rate hikes and worries …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Our Country Is Insane  —  I am by nature an optimist, but it is hard to maintain a positive attitude in the face of the rampant insanity that has seized control over our national life.  When I get time, I am going to write about the ritual defenestration of Papa John's pizza company …
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
How a Facebook Group for Sexual Assault Survivors Became a Tool for Harassment  —  LAST YEAR, AS thousands of women shared their stories of sexual assault and harassment with the hashtag #MeToo, Amanda, a 30-year-old from Oregon, was looking for a supportive place to share her own experiences.
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Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
Man Says Cardinal McCarrick, His ‘Uncle Ted,’ Sexually Abused Him for Years  —  James was 11 years old when Father Theodore E. McCarrick came into his bedroom in Northern New Jersey, looking for the bathroom.  Father McCarrick, then 39 and a rising star in the Roman Catholic church …
Marissa Martinelli / Slate:
Sacha Baron Cohen's Art-Gallery Dupe Regrets Nothing (Except Her Dress)  —  In the outrageous first episode of Who Is America?, Sacha Baron Cohen revealed that, with only a nudge, politicians like Rep. Joe Wilson and former United States Sen. Trent Lott will endorse arming toddlers.
Predrag Milic / Associated Press:
Montenegro more puzzled than affronted by Trump's attention  —  PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — World War III?  Not us, say the puzzled people of Montenegro.  —  Public officials in this tiny European nation didn't know what to say initially when U.S. President Donald Trump suggested …
John Solomon / The Hill:
One FBI text message in Russia probe that should alarm every American  —  Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, the reported FBI lovebirds, are the poster children for the next “Don't Text and Investigate” public service ads airing soon at an FBI office near you.  —  Their extraordinary texting affair …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
US, allies set to evacuate Syrian aid workers from southwest  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the United States is finalizing plans to evacuate several hundred Syrian civil defense workers and their families from southwest Syria as Russian-backed government forces close in on the area.
Deborah Yetter / Courier-Journal:
Bevin will reverse cuts to Medicaid dental, vision services, state says  —  In a surprise reversal, Kentucky officials have announced the state will rescind Medicaid cuts that eliminated dental, vision and non-emergency transportation services for nearly 400,000 Kentuckians.
New York Times:
A Democratic Blue Wave?  Don't Forget the Republicans' Big Hill  —  One seems like an unstoppable force, but a G.O.P. structural advantage may represent an immovable object.  —  Democrats are optimistic about riding a so-called blue wave to control of the House this November, and it's easy to see why.
Starbucks Newsroom:
Starbucks to Open First U.S. Signing Store  —  Starbucks Signing Store in Washington, D.C. will provide employment opportunities for Deaf and hard of hearing people as a part of the company's ongoing commitment to inclusion, accessibility and diversity  —  All Signing Store partners …
Discussion: Mashable and The Daily Caller
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
Austrian state wants to force meat-consuming Jews and Muslims to register, drawing Nazi comparisons  —  BERLIN — Nazi comparisons have become such frequent occurrences almost anywhere in the world that they rarely draw attention these days.  But in Adolf Hitler's birth country, Austria …
Discussion: Mother Jones
 
 
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