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11:00 AM ET, July 23, 2018


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Austin Ramzy / New York Times:
Trump Threatens Iran on Twitter, Warning Rouhani of Dire ‘Consequences’  —  President Trump threatened Iran late Sunday, warning of severe “consequences,” as rhetoric between the two countries' presidents escalated dramatically.  —  Mr. Trump, in an all-caps message on Twitter addressed …
NBC News:
NBC/WSJ poll: Trump is stronger with the base, weaker with the middle  —  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 — The good news for President Trump in the latest NBC …
Discussion: Raw Story, MSNBC and Washington Times
Mark Murray / NBC News:
NBC/WSJ poll: Public gives Trump thumbs down on Russia, thumbs up on economy
Edmund DeMarche / Fox News:
Trump warns Iran's Rouhani to stop the threats or suffer historic consequences
Discussion: Vox, The Atlantic and RedState
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
How a Trump Decision Revealed a G.O.P. Memo's Shaky Foundation  —  WASHINGTON — When President Trump declassified a memo by House Republicans in February that portrayed the surveillance of a former campaign adviser as scandalous, his motivation was clear: to give congressional allies …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
FISA warrant application supports Nunes memo  —  The weekend release of a highly-redacted version of the FBI's application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to wiretap onetime Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page has renewed the argument over the Nunes memo …
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:   Confirmed: DOJ Used Materially False Information To Secure Wiretaps On Trump Associate
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Associated Press Lies About the FISA Application
Christine Todd Whitman / Los Angeles Times:
Calling my fellow Republicans: Trump is clearly unfit to remain in office  —  President Trump's disgraceful performance in Helsinki, Finland, and in the days since is an indication that he is not fit to remain in office.  Trump's 2016 “America First” platform might be more aptly named …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump: ‘I gave up nothing’ during Putin meeting  —  President Donald Trump wrote online Monday that he “gave up nothing” during negotiations last week with Russian President Vladimir Putin, insisting that the media has continued to paint an unfairly negative picture of the bilateral summit in Finland.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump denies report he's frustrated with NKorea
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and Joe.My.God.
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
Tronc Cuts Daily News Newsroom in Half; Ousts Editor in Chief  —  The meeting lasted less than a minute.  By the time it was over, reporters and editors at The Daily News had been told that the newsroom staff was being cut in half and that the editor in chief, Jim Rich, was out of a job.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Massive job cuts expected at the Daily News  —  The struggling Daily News is expected to begin another massive round of layoffs on Monday, The Post has learned.  —  The cuts at the teetering tabloid, which some insiders feared would range as high as 70 percent of staff …
New York Daily News Layoffs Ax Half The Newsroom Staff
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Wavering Rand sets off Supreme Court spectacle  —  The Kentucky Republican says he's genuinely undecided on whether to back Brett Kavanaugh.  His vote could be decisive.  —  Rand Paul is one of a handful of senators who'll determine whether Brett Kavanaugh lands on the Supreme Court …
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Rand Paul to ask Trump to revoke security clearance of ex-CIA chief Brennan
Tod Lindberg / Weekly Standard:   Why the success of the Federalist Society is unlikely to be replicated.
Daniel W. Drezner / Washington Post:
Anton's creed is not just racist; it is patently un-American.  —  Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a regular contributor to PostEverything.  —  Michael Anton is the author of the infamous …
Michael Anton / Claremont Institute:
Birthright Citizenship: A Response to My Critics
Discussion: The Federalist and Power Line
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
GOP Lawmaker Jason Spencer Strips Down, Screams ‘N-Word’ on Sacha Baron Cohen's ‘Who Is America?’ … This past week, Jason Spencer, a Republican state representative from Georgia, revealed that Sacha Baron Cohen had tricked him into shouting “provocative language” during what he thought was a real anti-terrorism training video.
Discussion: Mother Jones, AOL, Bustle and The Blast
Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times:
Trump's former campaign chairman faces trial in first court test of special counsel prosecution … With his well-coiffed hair, tailored suits and keen ability to charm the powerful, Paul S. Manafort spent decades wheeling and dealing with U.S. politicians and foreign despots …
Risks pile up for Trump as Manafort heads to trial
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Post:
Cuomo had the MTA waste $30M on tunnel vanity project  —  Gov. Cuomo ordered the cash-strapped MTA to waste up as much as $30 million on his latest vanity project — retiling two city tunnels in the state's blue-and-gold color scheme — instead of using the dough for desperately needed subway repairs, The Post has learned.
The Daily Beast:
John Kelly Signed Off on a ‘Purge’ of Scott Pruitt Loyalists From EPA … The Trump White House has moved quickly to force out a trio of staffers loyal to former, scandal-plagued Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.
Michael R. Pompeo / US Department of State:
U.S. Department of State  —  Search Input  —  Supporting Iranian Voices  —  Remarks  —  Secretary of State  —  Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library  —  Simi Valley, CA  —  SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you all.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.
Discussion: Power Line
Rebecca Traister / New York Magazine:
Leader of the Persistence … It was unremittingly hot at the farm in Natick, Massachusetts, where 1,500 people had gathered on the Sunday after the Fourth of July.  Remarkably, this crowd had assembled under a blistering sun not for a free concert, or outdoor theater, or even a protest, exactly.
Liz Alderman / New York Times:
Portugal Dared to Cast Aside Austerity.  It's Having a Major Revival.  —  At a time of mounting uncertainty in Europe, the country has defied critics who insisted on austerity as the answer to the Continent's economic and financial crisis.  —  LISBON — Ramón Rivera had barely gotten …
Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
Gowdy: If There Was Evidence That President Trump Committed Any Crime, “Adam Schiff Would Have Leaked It”  —  Rep. Trey Gowdy told FNC's Bret Baier on FOX News Sunday that while there are documents he has not seen, he knows that if there were any evidence that President Trump committed any crime …
Fox News:
Rep. Trey Gowdy on Helsinki summit fallout
Discussion: Townhall, HuffPost and IJR
Karen Ruiz / Daily Mail:
PICTURED: Hillary Clinton dining with Harvey Weinstein after her loss  —  Photos of Hillary Clinton having dinner with longtime pal Harvey Weinstein weeks after her election loss have emerged.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Why the left needs to wise up to the growing Trump-Russia scandal
Mike Ewing / WGN-TV:
Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson hands out cash to potential voters
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / The Daily Beast:
Meet the U.S. Officials Who Now Lobby for China
New York Times:
The Children of Flint Were Not ‘Poisoned’
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
They Vowed to Fix the Subway a Year Ago. On-Time Rates Are Still Terrible.
Rory Carroll / The Guardian:
Trump's zero-tolerance policy turns basement into pop-up ‘dungeon’
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Just How Far Will the Left Go?
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 Earlier Items: 
Hans von Spakovsky / The Daily Signal:
The Clinton State Department's Major Security Breach That Everyone Is Ignoring
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Trump again reverses course on Russian interference, calls it ‘all a big hoax’
Discussion: Slate, CNN, POLITICUSUSA, Mediaite and Raw Story
Alexandra Hutzler / Newsweek:
Southern Nationalist Group Creates Russian Language Website Page To Foster Relationship Between the ‘Two Natural Allies’
New York Times:
Lawmakers, Lobbyists and the Administration Join Forces to Overhaul the Endangered Species Act
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: World leaders turning Trump tricks against him
Discussion: RT