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10:20 AM ET, July 20, 2018


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Will Hurd / New York Times:
Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin.  What Should We Do?  —  Lawmakers must keep the American people informed of the current danger, writes a Republican congressman from Texas.  —  Mr. Hurd, a former C.I.A. officer, is a congressman from the 23rd District of Texas.
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Are Republicans Covering for Trump, or for Themselves?  —  If the N.R.A. was compromised by Russia, the whole party's in trouble.  —  Of all the interlocking mysteries of the Trump-Russia scandal, one that I've found particularly perplexing is the utter servility of congressional Republicans …
Discussion: USA Today, CNN and Mother Jones
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.”
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 …
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 …
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 …
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Poll: Half of Americans Think Trump Acted ‘Treasonous’ in Helsinki … President Donald Trump has repeatedly defended his extraordinary performance at a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday in Helsinki, dismissing the “many haters” who wanted to see “a boxing match.”
Discussion: Media Matters for America and CNN
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What we've learned this week
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, CNN and HuffPost
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Resign, Mike Pompeo. Resign, John Bolton.
Discussion: BloombergQuint and CNBC
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Trump says he's ‘ready’ to put tariffs on all $505 billion of Chinese goods imported to the US  — President Donald Trump has indicated he is willing to put tariffs on all $505 billion of Chinese goods the U.S. imports.  — The rhetoric marks ramps up the U.S-China trade war another step …
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Trade war shakes up Senate races in Trump states  —  President Trump's tariffs are introducing a new, wildly unpredictable issue into the midterm elections, thanks to their heavy impact on states with critical Senate races as well as their likely role in House races across the country.
Discussion: CNBC
CNBC:   Stock futures fall after Trump says he's ‘ready to go’ to $500 billion in tariffs on China
Blake Hounshell / Politico:
Why I'm No Longer a Russiagate Skeptic  —  Facts are piling up, and it's getting harder to deny what's staring us in the face.  —  When I wrote, back in February, that I was skeptical that President Donald Trump would ever be proved to have secretly colluded with Russia to sway the 2016 election in his favor, I mistyped.
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
McConnell issues Supreme Court ultimatum  —  The Senate GOP leader is vowing to squeeze Democrats with a vote on Brett Kavanaugh right before the midterms if they don't back down on their demand for documents.  —  Mitch McConnell has a warning for Democrats demanding copious documents …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:   Russian firm indicted in special counsel probe cites Kavanaugh decision to argue that charge should be dismissed
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The Brennan factor revisited  —  Following former Obama administration CIA Director John Brennan on Twitter, we see his animus nakedly on display.  He is demented by hatred.  Is this really the public role a former Director of the CIA is to be playing?  Below is his most recent effusion on Twitter.
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:   Brennan and the 2016 Spy Scandal
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
A New Talking Point From the Pro-Trump Fringe
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
Jessica Sager / Page Six:
Roseanne Barr on Valerie Jarrett tweet: ‘I thought the b—h was white’  —  Roseanne Barr spoke out relatively unapologetically about the vile Valerie Jarrett tweet that got her “Roseanne” reboot canceled: “I thought the b—h was white!”  —  In a video posted to Barr's YouTube page …
Discussion: The Root and Althouse
New York Times:
Bill Shine, Trump's Top Communicator, Was Questioned by Federal Prosecutors  —  WASHINGTON — Bill Shine, a former co-president of Fox News hired this month as President Trump's communications chief, brought conservative credentials and heavy baggage with him into the White House.
NBC 6 South Florida:
Father of Parkland School Shooting Survivors Killed in North Lauderdale Armed Robbery  —  North Lauderdale Robbery Surveillance Video  —  The father of two Parkland school shooting survivors was fatally shot at his own North Lauderdale convenience store during a robbery, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office.
Discussion: Townhall and TheBlaze
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
Tiny, Faraway Countries and Us  —  Montenegro is in the news, much to its discomfort.  President Trump cast doubt on collective security, which is the crux of NATO: “You know, Montenegro is a tiny country with very strong people. .   . .  They are very aggressive people.
Predrag Milic / Associated Press:   Montenegro more puzzled than affronted by Trump's attention
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: Engadget, Vox and The Week
Desmond Butler / Yahoo:   Rosenstein defends charging foreign agents US can't arrest
Hollywood Reporter:
Paramount TV President Amy Powell Fired Over Inappropriate Comments  —  She was tapped to oversee the division in 2013 and has delivered hits including ‘13 Reasons Why’ and ‘The Alienist.’  —  Five years after being tapped to lead the newly relaunched Paramount Television banner, Amy Powell is out.
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Henry Kissinger: ‘We are in a very, very grave period’  —  It was not hard to entice Henry Kissinger to meet for lunch.  Though he is 95, and moves very slowly, the grand consigliere of American diplomacy is keen to talk.  He hops on and off planes to see the likes of Russia's Vladimir Putin …
Discussion: Political Wire and Washington Post
Terry Gross / NPR:
Reporter Shows The Links Between The Men Behind Brexit And The Trump Campaign  —  Carole Cadwalladr's investigation into Cambridge Analytica's role in Brexit led her to Russian connections and the Trump campaign.  She says British investigators are working “closely with the FBI.”  —  TERRY GROSS, HOST:
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.
Zachary / Media Matters for America:
Study: NY Times, Wash. Post quote more than twice as many Republicans as Democrats in political coverage  —  Throughout May and June, two of the nation's leading newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post, quoted Republicans at more than twice the rate of Democrats in their political news coverage.
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 …
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Young voters make up significant portion of new registrations in key states since Parkland shooting  —  Young voters are flocking to register to vote in key battleground states in the wake of the February school shooting at a Parkland, Fla. high school, according to a new analysis from Democratic data firm TargetSmart.
New York Daily News:
City releases first of thousands of files linked to the Central Park Five case  —  One of New York's deepest wounds was reopened Thursday night when a trove of documents detailing the infamous Central Park Five case was released, renewing the debate over how far the city should have gone …
Discussion: The Root
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Robert Mueller offers Tony Podesta immunity to testify against Paul Manafort: Report  —  Tony Podesta, founder of the now-shuttered Podesta Group and brother to former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, has been offered immunity by special counsel Robert Mueller to testify …
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.
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Who Heard What Trump Said to Putin?  Only One Other American  —  WASHINGTON — Marina Gross, the only other American in the room during President Trump's meeting on Monday with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, was the interpreter for Laura Bush at the Russian resort of Sochi in 2008 …
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
The Progressive Hawaii Senator Reshaping the 2020 Race, Without Even Running  —  As young, Twitter-friendly Democrats in the Senate go, Brian Schatz is slightly unusual: He really, seriously, definitely has no interest in running for president in 2020.  But, slowly and beneath the radar …
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.
Megan Specia / New York Times:
Inside That Black Sarcophagus in Egypt?  3 Mummies (and No Curses)  —  When a black granite sarcophagus was found at the bottom of a pit in Alexandria, Egypt, last week, the discovery immediately prompted questions and theories ranging from the sensible to the supernatural.
Kansas City Star:
Eight confirmed dead after duck boat capsized on Table Rock Lake, sheriff says  —  At least eight people were killed and many are missing after a strong wind burst capsized and sank a pleasure boat Thursday night on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Mo.  —  Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader …
Todd S. Purdum / The Atlantic:
Trump's Troubling Helsinki Remarks: Bizarre—and Historic?  —  Whether Donald Trump is president for four years or eight, whatever history's ultimate judgment of him, and however he tries to explain it away, his remarks in Helsinki absolving Vladimir Putin of interference in the 2016 election …
Discussion: Vox
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Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
Republicans should be repulsed
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
Daniel Horowitz / Conservative Review:
Sanctuary cities reward crime wave with voting rights for illegals
Discussion: Breitbart
Purges: A Growing Threat to the Right to Vote
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Elizabeth Landers / CNN:
Trump's advocate in Congress reflects on last day in the White House
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Why NATO Matters  —  Column: The Atlantic alliance is crucial to American deterrence
Sulome Anderson / Washington Post:
My dream job? Freelance foreign correspondent. Here's why I've decided to give it up.
Kaweewit Kaewjinda / Associated Press:
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Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
U.S. Rebuffed at U.N. on North Korea Sanctions Enforcement
Rebecca Rosenberg / New York Post:
Husband-and-wife duo busted in high-end Russian hooker ring
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Joe Simonson / The Daily Caller:
MSNBC And CNN Employees Dominate White House Press Briefings
NBC News:
Facing deadline, government reunified 364 of 2,500-plus migrant children
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
‘60 Minutes’ Boss Hired Law Firm Over #MeToo Story
John Solomon / The Hill:
One FBI text message in Russia probe that should alarm every American
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit