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6:35 PM ET, July 21, 2018


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New York Times:
Tabloid Company, Aiding Trump Campaign, May Have Crossed Line Into Politics  —  Federal authorities examining the work President Trump's former lawyer did to squelch embarrassing stories before the 2016 election have come to believe that an important ally in that effort …
Trump attorneys waive privilege on secret recording about ex-Playmate payment  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's lawyers have waived attorney-client privilege regarding a secretly recorded conversation he had in September 2016 with his former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen in which they discussed payments …
Discussion: Althouse, NPR, Vox and Fox News Insider
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
FBI seizes records from Trump lawyer Michael Cohen
Washington Post:
Trump's Putin fallout: Inside the White House's tumultuous week of walk-backs  —  Executive time began early on Thursday, just after sunrise.  —  Feeling exasperated and feisty as he awoke in the White House residence, President Trump fired off his grievances on Twitter about how the media had been covering his Helsinki summit.
Associated Press:
Inside Trump's isolation after Putin summit, walkbacks  —  BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Facing condemnation from allies and foes alike on Capitol Hill, President Donald Trump was outnumbered even in the Oval Office.  Top aides gathered to convince the president to issue a rare walk-back of the comments …
New York Times:   Trump Doubles Down on Russia. The Spies Shake Their Heads in Disbelief.
Alexander Gabuev / Foreign Policy:
The Kremlin Is Celebrating Helsinki. For Now.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Russia continues to shape narrative of Helsinki summit
Discussion: Brookings
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
Ecuador Will Imminently Withdraw Asylum for Julian Assange and Hand Him Over to the UK.  What Comes Next?  —  Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno traveled to London on Friday for the ostensible purpose of speaking at the 2018 Global Disabilities Summit (Moreno has been confined to a wheelchair since being shot in a 1998 robbery attempt).
Discussion: Mother Jones, Raw Story and RT
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Releases Secret Carter Page Surveillance Documents at Center of Partisan Clash  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has disclosed a previously top-secret set of documents related to the wiretapping of Carter Page, the onetime Trump campaign adviser who was at the center …
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
There Is a Revolution on the Left.  Democrats Are Bracing.  —  DETROIT — For Rachel Conner, the 2018 election season has been a moment of revelation.  —  A 27-year-old social worker, Ms. Conner voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primaries, spurning the more liberal Bernie Sanders, whom many of her peers backed.
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:   Democratic socialism rising in the age of Trump
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   Centrist Dems begin arguing against far-left agenda as 2020 play
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Michael Cohen privately questions Trump's fitness to be president  —  Friends of Michael Cohen have noticed that since Trump's Helsinki press conference with Vladimir Putin he's been more openly questioning Trump's fitness to be president.  “It's one thing for him [Cohen] …
Discussion: Mediaite, Political Wire and CNBC
Enjoli Francis / ABC News:
Gunman in parking space shooting not charged because of ‘Stand Your Ground’ law  —  A man who was captured on surveillance video fatally shooting another man in Clearwater, Florida, during a parking-spot spat as his young son watched nearby will not be arrested or charged by police, according to Pinellas County Sheriff.
Elana Schor / Politico:
Kavanaugh inches closer to confirmation hearing with new filing  —  Trump's nominee turned over biographical information, previously delivered speeches, published writings, interviews, past court filings and other related documents.  —  Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh formally returned …
Tony Mauro / National Law Journal:   Kavanaugh Got a White House Call the Afternoon Kennedy Called It Quits
Vladimir Soldatkin / Reuters:
Lavrov tells Pompeo: free Russian woman accused in U.S. of espionage  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign minister told his U.S. counterpart on Saturday that a woman arrested in the United States on accusations she was a Russian agent had been detained on “fabricated charges” and should be released.
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Nazis and anti-Semites slip through GOP primaries, causing headaches for party  —  Arthur Jones is an avowed member of the American Nazi Party, a Holocaust denier and a sympathizer of the Ku Klux Klan.  —  He also is the Republican candidate challenging Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Inside Bannon's Plan to Hijack Europe for the Far-Right … LONDON—Steve Bannon plans to go toe-to-toe with George Soros and spark a right-wing revolution in Europe.  —  Trump's former White House chief advisor told The Daily Beast that he is setting up a foundation in Europe called …
Michael Gordon / The Charlotte Observer:
A mother and her son turned up for a domestic-violence case.  Then ICE arrested them.  —  A Charlotte woman and her 16-year-old son, who are both involved in a domestic-violence dispute, were arrested in the Mecklenburg courthouse by federal immigration agents after they turned up for a hearing, their attorneys said.
Discussion: Bustle and Splinter
Luke O'Brien / HuffPost:
How Pizzagate Pusher Mike Cernovich Keeps Getting People Fired  —  He just took down director James Gunn.  Now he's using a trollish rumor about a sex tape to go after journalists.  —  Mike Cernovich was celebrating on Friday, at least for a few hours.  Disney had just fired James Gunn …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Got $250?  You Can Go to Sean Spicer's Book Party  —  WASHINGTON — Typically, an author's colleagues have a house party to launch a book, or gather in a local pub.  —  Not Sean Spicer, who served six months as President Trump's embattled press secretary and is now the author …
Mitchell Armentrout / Chicago Sun-Times:
Mark Janus quits state job for conservative think tank gig after landmark ruling  —  Less than a month after he won a Supreme Court case to preserve his First Amendment rights as a state worker not to pay union fees, Mark Janus has announced he's quitting his job for a position with the conservative …
Max Jaeger / New York Post:
Sheriff who backed Roy Moore allegedly had sex with teen girl  —  The Alabama sheriff who threw his support behind accused jailbait-chaser Roy Moore's failed Senate bid is now under investigation for allegedly having sex with an underage girl.  —  SEE ALSO
Discussion: ThinkProgress and WHNT-TV
Wall Street Journal:
The Trade Casualties Mount  —  Peter Navarro says the harm is a ‘rounding error.’ He's out of touch.  —  President Trump is escalating his trade rhetoric, threatening China and Europe with more tariffs on more goods if they don't agree to his terms.  Mr. Trump says winning these trade wars is …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Maya Salam / New York Times:
Women, Stop Volunteering for Office Housework!  —  Gender Letter is a weekly take on news and culture.  Sign up here to get future installments delivered to your inbox.  Tell us what you think at  —  I'm an enthusiastic person — earnest and hungry, starving really …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Week in Pictures: A Bit Red in Helsinki Edition
Jeffrey T. Lewis / Wall Street Journal:
Mnuchin Says He 'Wouldn't Minimize' Chance of Tariffs on All Chinese Imports
Discussion: Axios
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Six times, a SAPD lieutenant has been fired. Will he get his job back again?
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Bethany Mandel / New York Post:
It's no crime to be happy in the age of Trump
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Israel Cements Right-Wing Agenda in a Furious Week of Lawmaking
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Midterm history 101: Trump's win a boost to chances for Senate Democratic incumbents
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
A Top Bernie Sanders Adviser Is Named In The Evidence List For Paul Manafort's Trial
New York Times:
Trump Endorsement in Georgia Race Surprised, and Frustrated, Some Republicans
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Atlantic
Andrew Jeong / Wall Street Journal:
North Korea Signals Reluctance on Reunions, Nuclear Program