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5:30 PM ET, July 27, 2018


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Spotted: Mueller and Trump Jr. at DCA  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller and Donald Trump Jr. were spotted both waiting for their flights this morning at the 35X gate at DCA.  This image first appeared in POLITICO Playbook PM — sign up below.  —  Sign up here for POLITICO Playbook.
POLITICO Playbook PM: Open to see the best ‘spotted’ in Playbook history  —  SPOTTED — ROBERT MUELLER and DONALD TRUMP JR. both waiting for their flights this morning at the 35X gate at DCA.  And yes, there is a photo.  Picture of the two waiting at America's worst gate
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 …
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
G.D.P. Grew at 4.1% Rate in U.S. in Latest Quarter.  Here's What That Means.  —  The Commerce Department released its initial estimate of second-quarter economic growth on Friday, providing the latest snapshot of the American economy.  —  The Numbers  —  United States gross domestic product rose …
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
Portrait of the President As a Con Man  —  The leaked tape recording of Michael Cohen and Donald Trump discussing how to handle the payoff to silence yet another extracurricular paramour, Karen McDougal, is more important, it seems to me, than has been generally acknowledged.
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Donald Trump Knew, Even If Michael Cohen Is Lying  —  You usually won't go wrong not trusting anything Michael Cohen says.  —  But if there's one person who's less trustworthy than Michael Cohen, it's Donald Trump, so when the two of them make irreconcilable claims, believing Michael Cohen isn't necessarily crazy.
The Daily Beast:
‘Dead to Each Other’: Team Trump Prepares to ‘Bury’ Michael Cohen, ‘Weakling’ and ‘Traitor’
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.
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Leslie Moonves Accused of Sexual Misconduct in Ronan Farrow Exposé  —  The CBS CEO, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, is accused of unwanted kissing and touching in a New Yorker article set to be published Friday.  —  The New Yorker is poised to publish an article by Ronan Farrow …
New York Times:
At Prayer Breakfast, Guests Seek Access to a Different Higher Power  —  WASHINGTON — With a lineup of prayer meetings, humanitarian forums and religious panels, the National Prayer Breakfast has long brought together people from all over the world for an agenda built around the teachings of Jesus.
Discussion: New Republic
GOP Rep. Jason Lewis called people on government assistance ‘parasites,’ said blacks on welfare ‘plantation’  —  GOP rep. said blacks have ‘entitlement mentality’  —  (CNN)Republican Rep. Jason Lewis has repeatedly demeaned recipients of welfare and government assistance, calling them …
Immigrant Youth Shelters: “If You're a Predator, It's a Gold Mine”  —  We obtained police reports and call logs from more than two-thirds of the shelters housing immigrant children.  Here's what they show.  —  Just five days after he reached the United States, the 15-year-old Honduran boy awoke …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Mediaite
‘If I kissed that one, would it lead to more?’  Federal housing chief investigated for sexual harassment  —  Mortgage regulator taped making suggestive comments to employee.  —  Mel Watt, the powerful regulator of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is under investigation for alleged sexual harassment of an employee.
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Venting about press, Trump has repeatedly sought to ban reporters over questions  —  President Trump has sought repeatedly to punish journalists for the way they ask him questions, directing White House staff to ban those reporters from covering official events or to revoke their press credentials …
Discussion: CNN
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Trump admin has no central strategy for election security, and no one's in charge  —  After two years of calling Russian election meddling a hoax, President Trump will preside over a meeting about election security.  —  WASHINGTON — After nearly two years of calling Russian election interference …
Discussion: Political Wire
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Facebook says it's getting close to yanking several InfoWars pages
Discussion: CNNMoney
Lauren Meier / Axios:
Special counsel releases witness list for Manafort trial  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller has filed his witness list, which includes 35 individuals who could testify against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in his upcoming trial.  —  Flashback: Earlier this week …
The Loyal Opposition:
Friday, July 27th is National Collusion Call-In Day
Discussion: The Resurgent, Mediaite and The Hill
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
‘Yep, it was mine’: Man admits growing weed but Georgia jurors refuse to convict him  —  Prosecutors in Georgia may have thought they had a slam-dunk case when the defendant confessed to police and in court, but jurors refused to convict on a felony charge for a man growing marijuana for his own personal, medicinal use.
Des Moines Register:
New political movement seeks members from left, right and center to find solutions  —  The Republican Party was born in the mid-1800s, a coalition of northern Democrats and other anti-slavery factions dedicated to equality and the Union.  —  Over time, Republican adherence …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Help us identify Trump's unknown golf partners  —  In the flood of stories about how people close to President Trump sought to leverage their relationships for personal gain earlier this year, one story didn't attract as much attention as it might otherwise have.
Claudia Lauer / Associated Press:
Philadelphia to further limit cooperation with ICE  —  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia will stop giving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement access to a real-time arrest database, saying the agency is misusing the information to conduct sweeps in which otherwise law-abiding immigrants are also being caught up.
Discussion: Axios
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
‘They Spit When I Walked in the Street’: The ‘New Anti-Semitism’ in France  —  PARIS — The solemn boulevards and quiet side streets of the 17th Arrondissement in Paris suggest Jewish life in France is vibrant: There is a new profusion of kosher groceries and restaurants, and about 15 synagogues, up from only a handful two decades ago.
Justin C. Dearborn / ClickHole:
While I Don't Relish Gutting Newspaper Payrolls, Unfortunately Sometimes It's Necessary So That I Can Have Slightly More Money  —  In today's increasingly difficult media landscape, there aren't always easy solutions to the challenges publishers face.  Earlier this week, Tronc …
John Harwood / CNBC:
This is the cost of President Trump's ‘America first’ policy  —  The day President Trump took office, he declared a change in America's direction.  Since then he has shaken one international structure after the other.  This is how Trump's policies will affect the United States' relationship with the world.
The White House:
President Donald J. Trump to Award the Medal of Honor  —  President Donald J. Trump will award the Medal of Honor to Technical Sergeant John A. Chapman, United States Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry.  Sergeant Chapman's spouse, Valerie Nessel, and family will join the President …
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Jason Guerrasio / Business Insider:
The MoviePass outage was caused by the company temporarily running out of cash, and it borrowed $5 million to turn the service back on  — On Friday, MoviePass' owner, Helios and Matheson, disclosed it had borrowed $5 million, according to a new SEC filing.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Putting Tonight's Revelation Into Perspective  —  Let me briefly try to place the significance of tonight's news in a fuller context.  We seem to have the first positive evidence that President Trump knew in advance about the Trump Tower meeting.  That's hardly shocking.
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: CBS News, Fox News, Breitbart and AOL
Malia Wollan / New York Times:
How to Have Sex in a Canoe  —  “Three words: center of gravity,” says James Raffan, former executive director of the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario.  To avoid capsizing, bodies should stay low in the hull, especially if you intend to make any lateral rocking movements.
Discussion: Althouse
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) …
Discussion: The Resurgent
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
How five key voter groups view Trump  —  President Trump's approval rating among five key voter groups shows how tough it will be for Republicans to keep control of the House in the midterm elections.  —  Data: SurveyMonkey online poll among a total sample of 52,211.  Margin of error of ±1.5 percentage points.
Discussion: Political Wire
Media Matters for America:
Fox segment dismisses racial justice protests, guest claims “there is nothing worse than being called a racist”  —  VIDEO ››› July 27, 2018 ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF  —  From the July 27 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends First:  —  Loading the player reg...
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Puerto Ricans who fled to Florida after Hurricane Maria are not registering to vote  —  THE BIG IDEA: Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico last September and prompted a mass exodus of more than 100,000 residents to the mainland United States.  The Category 4 storm destroyed …
Associated Press:
Return of possible remains marks 1st step in Korea diplomacy  —  President Donald Trump thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday for “fulfilling a promise” to return the remains of U.S. soldiers missing from the Korean War, as a U.S. military plane made a rare trip into North Korea to retrieve 55 cases said to contain remains.
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC News
Daniel Horowitz / Conservative Review:
Government data shows the entire ‘family separation’ crisis was built of lies  —  Now that the truth has come out about separating families at the border, the media has lost interest in the story and is on to the next hotness.  It turns out that the people for whom they created biblical levels …
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
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Kira Davis / RedState:
CA Police Chief: We've Arrested the Same Person 83 Times
Discussion: Instapundit
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Twitter shares experience worst single day percentage drop since 2014 after reporting declining monthly active users
Monica Burton / Eater:
The No-Tipping Point  —  Inside the twisted minds of deliberately bad tippers
Cristina Maza / Newsweek:
Corruption case begins against Kazakh couple that allegedly laundered money through Trump Tower
Aaron Rodriguez / CREW:
Federal Court Rules that CREW and PEER Records Lawsuit Against Pruitt and EPA May Proceed
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Governor's race could pit Trump surrogate vs. #MeToo supporter, poll shows
Discussion: Breitbart
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Behold the Amazonian eco-warrior drag queen
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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José Olivares / The Intercept:
ICE Detainee Diagnosed With Schizophrenia Spent 21 Days in Solitary Confinement, Then Took His Own Life
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jonathan Kauffman / San Francisco Chronicle:
SF coffee shop turns down Salesforce contract in immigration protest
Zach Dorfman / Politico:
How Silicon Valley Became a Den of Spies
Discussion: East Bay Times and Breitbart
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Second-quarter GDP jumps 4.1% for best pace in nearly four years
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Role reversal: Architect of 2010 GOP House takeover in trouble
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire

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