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9:00 AM ET, July 27, 2018


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Cohen claims Trump knew in advance of 2016 Trump Tower meeting  —  (CNN)Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, claims that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton …
The Daily Beast:
‘Dead to Each Other’: Team Trump Prepares to ‘Bury’ Michael Cohen, ‘Weakling’ and ‘Traitor’ … As President Donald Trump absorbed the news that Michael Cohen, his former personal attorney and notorious “fixer,” had released a secret recording of the two of them, he did what he usually does in such situations: swore and groused loudly.
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Organization Finance Chief Called to Testify Before Federal Grand Jury  —  Longtime Trump executive Allen Weisselberg has been subpoenaed in Michael Cohen probe  —  Allen Weisselberg, a longtime financial gatekeeper for President Donald Trump, has been subpoenaed to testify …
Michael Sykes / Axios:
Cohen claims Trump knew about 2016 Trump Tower meeting ahead of time
Discussion: CNBC, Raw Story and Politico
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Cohen Says Trump Knew About Trump Tower Meeting In Advance
The Daily Beast:
Russian Hackers' New Target: a Vulnerable Democratic Senator … The Russian intelligence agency behind the 2016 election cyberattacks targeted Sen. Claire McCaskill as she began her 2018 re-election campaign in earnest, a Daily Beast forensic analysis reveals.
Elizabeth Zwirz / Fox News:
Remains of US war dead retrieved from North Korea, White House says  —  Fifty-five cases containing what were believed to be the remains of U.S. servicemen killed during the Korean War were returned Friday, the White House said.  —  The cases, each draped with the flag of the United Nations …
Associated Press:
White House says North Korea returns remains of U.S. war dead
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
Remains of 55 U.S. War Dead in North Korea Start Journey Home After 65 Years
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Polls Are Crazy  —  You want to know where the American voter is headed, and what is likely to happen in November?  Good luck.  Some omens are good.  Thus, the Washington Times cites the NBC/Wall St. Journal poll for the proposition that Americans increasingly see Democrats as extreme:
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
How five key voter groups view Trump
Discussion: Political Wire
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Second-quarter GDP jumps 4.1% for best pace in nearly four years  —  Gross domestic product grew at a solid 4.1 percent pace in the second quarter, its best pace since 2014, boosting hopes that the economy is ready to break out of its decade-long slumber.  —  The number matched expectations …
Trump Predicts Data Will Show U.S. Economy in ‘Terrific’ Shape
Discussion: Axios
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Meadows backs off impeaching Rosenstein after leadership talks  —  (R-N.C.) says he is tabling his efforts to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein  —  after having several meetings with Republican leadership, stating that he would instead pursue contempt if the Justice Department …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
After Trump's Russia Summit, Freaked-out Republicans Are Supporting Mueller Probe
Discussion: ABC News, WPIX 11 New York and Politico
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Trump's most ardent defenders are a bunch of clowns
Setting the record straight on shadow banning  —  People are asking us if we shadow ban.  We do not.  But let's start with, “what is shadow banning?”  —  The best definition we found is this: deliberately making someone's content undiscoverable to everyone except the person who posted it, unbeknownst to the original poster.
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Exclusive: Kimberly Guilfoyle Left Fox News After Investigation Into Misconduct Allegations, Sources Say  —  Sources tell HuffPost that Guilfoyle, who is dating Donald Trump Jr., engaged in emotionally abusive behavior and showed colleagues personal photos of male genitalia.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Raphael Satter / Associated Press:
Emails: Lawyer who met Trump Jr. tied to Russian officials  —  LONDON (AP) — The Moscow lawyer said to have promised Donald Trump's presidential campaign dirt on his Democratic opponent worked more closely with senior Russian government officials than she previously let on, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press.
Discussion: The Week
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
Bernie Sanders Adviser Is Assisting Special Counsel Investigation In Manafort Case  —  Tad Devine, a political operative who served at the highest levels of the Bernie Sanders campaign, will assist in the special counsel office's prosecution of Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign chairman …
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Here's The Evidence Paul Manafort Doesn't Want A Jury To See About His Work In Ukraine
Discussion: Politico
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why didn't FBI tell court about Christopher Steele bias?  —  There has been bitter debate about the release of a heavily-redacted version of the FBI's application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to wiretap onetime Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page.
Discussion: American Greatness
Egypt zoo accused of painting donkey to look like a zebra  —  A zoo in Egypt has denied painting black stripes on a donkey to make it look like a zebra after a photo of the animal appeared online.  —  Student Mahmoud Sarhan put the images on Facebook after visiting Cairo's International Garden municipal park.
Discussion: Fox News, Breitbart and AOL
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Role reversal: Architect of 2010 GOP House takeover in trouble  —  Texas Rep. Pete Sessions is at risk of losing his seat to a Trump-fueled wave.  —  DALLAS — The man who engineered the 2010 Republican takeover of the House is racing to save himself in his own election this year …
Discussion: Political Wire
Facebook's $100 billion-plus rout is the biggest loss in stock market history  —  Facebook was on track Thursday to post the largest one-day loss in market value by any company in U.S. stock market history after releasing a disastrous quarterly report.  —  With less than an hour to go in trading …
Washington Post:
A fist bump, then a rancorous call: How Trump's deal to free an American pastor in Turkey fell apart  —  President Trump thought he had a deal.  —  His NATO meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier this month had ended with a smile, a fist-bump and what Trump thought …
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Scott Walker, other GOP candidates in key Midwest states trail Democratic rivals  —  NBC/Marist polls: Democrats lead in Senate contests in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin  —  WASHINGTON — New polls in three key Midwest states show Republican Senate and gubernatorial candidates trailing …
Sissi Cao / Observer:
No More Free Lunch!  San Francisco Looks to Ban Tech Companies' Employee Cafes  —  San Francisco's working population is so homogenous that, when tech companies in the area (like Uber and Twitter) provide free lunches to employees, local restaurants are left empty.
Mark Calvey / San Francisco Business Journal:
United Airlines donates flights to reunite immigrant families  —  Several of the nation's airlines made headlines in June when they told Washington that they would not fly immigrant children separated from their families at the border.  Now United is going one step further by donating flights …
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
Mueller Examining Trump's Tweets in Wide-Ranging Obstruction Inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — For years, President Trump has used Twitter as his go-to public relations weapon, mounting a barrage of attacks on celebrities and then political rivals even after advisers warned he could be creating legal problems for himself.
Sam Levine / HuffPost:
Democrats Propose Making It Illegal To Spread False Election Information  —  Under the measure, knowingly spreading misinformation about voting criteria and election hours could be punishable by prison time.  —  Several congressional Democrats plan to introduce legislation Thursday …
Wall Street Journal:
Juncker's Trade Pitch to Trump: ‘I Can Be Stupid, as Well’  —  How bravado, flip cards and a White House ally helped European official sell U.S. president on trade detente  —  WASHINGTON—When Jean-Claude Juncker arrived the White House on Wednesday, the European Commission president …
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
The Bottom Line in Republicans' 42 Open Seats  —  With 102 days to go, Democrats remain substantial favorites for House control.  A big reason: Republicans are defending 42 open or vacant seats, a record since at least 1930.  The retirements of Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) …
Shira Ovide / Bloomberg:
How Facebook Went So Wrong So Fast  —  There are four theories, and three of them are alarming.  —  What happened?  —  That's what many of Facebook Inc.'s investors — and I — have spent the last 18 hours wondering.  On Wednesday, the company posted disappointing figures for second-quarter revenue, user growth and profits.
Ali Dukakis / ABC News:
From Russia to Bistro Bis: The Calif. congressman who dined with alleged Russian agent  —  When FBI counterintelligence agents plowed through the emails of alleged Russian agent Maria Butina's networking around Washington, they discovered her plan to arrange “friendship and dialogue dinners” with influential Americans.
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The economy's great.  That doesn't mean Trumponomics is.  —  Economic growth probably surged last quarter.  If so, expect President Trump and his supporters to crow that Trumponomics has been validated at last.  —  But that probably is the exact opposite lesson Trump, and everyone else, should take from the numbers.
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia:
Kaine, Gardner, Reed, McCain Introduce Bill To Prevent The President From Leaving NATO  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jack Reed (D-RI), and John McCain (R-AZ) introduced a bipartisan bill to explicitly prohibit the President of the United States …
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Joseph Curl / Daily Wire:
Obama Sought To Wipe Out Outdated Security Clearances Just Like Trump Wants To Do
Bloomberg Law:
Starbucks Has to Pay for Drips of Off-the-Clock Work
Discussion: Splinter
H.W. Crocker III / The American Spectator:
America's Next Civil War Will Be Worse Than Our Last
Discussion: Washington Times
Owen Daugherty / The Columbus Dispatch:
After blasting O'Connor over Pelosi, Balderson won't say if he backs Jordan
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Judge Orders Fusion GPS To Reveal Dossier Details In BuzzFeed Lawsuit
Discussion: RedState
Laura Kusisto / Wall Street Journal:
Record Drop in Foreigners Buying U.S. Homes
Arizona Republic:
Rep. Paul Gosar ‘interested in the McCain seat,’ text to Gov. Doug Ducey attorney says
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Tara Copp / Military Times:
ICE to deport wife of Marine, Iraq veteran Aug. 3
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Albert Samaha / BuzzFeed News:
Sex Between Federal Agents And Detainees Would Be Banned Under Proposed Law
Discussion: Splinter
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
In Off-The-Record Meeting, Jonathan Chait Says Part Of Him Is Glad Trump Won
Discussion: Daily Wire and Splinter
Donald Trump could be ready to order a strike against Iran, Australian Government figures say
David French / TIME:
What Democrats Don't Get About the South
Kashmir Hill / Gizmodo:
When a Stranger Decides to Destroy Your Life
Discussion: Hot Air