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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
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 …
Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
Les Moonves and CBS Face Allegations of Sexual Misconduct  —  Six women accuse the C.E.O. of harassment and intimidation, and dozens more describe abuse at his company.  —  For more than twenty years, Leslie Moonves has been one of the most powerful media executives in America.
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 …
Jeff Stein / Newsweek:
How Vladimir Putin will take down Donald Trump when he's no longer useful  —  Signs are that Vladimir Putin may already be hedging his bets on Donald Trump as a reliable tool for advancing several of Russia's key goals, including his drive to get U.S. sanctions lifted, sow chaos in America's elections …
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.
Cohen claims Trump knew in advance of 2016 Trump Tower meeting
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: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story, Mediaite and CNN
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.
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
Ari Honarvar / The Nation:   A Six-Year Old Girl Was Sexually Abused in an Immigrant Detention Center
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
‘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
Monica Burton / Eater:
The No-Tipping Point  —  Inside the twisted minds of deliberately bad tippers  —  “I don't tip because society says I have to,” says Mr. Pink, the crook played by Steve Buscemi in the 1992 Quentin Tarantino film Reservoir Dogs.  “Alright, I mean I'll tip if somebody really deserves a tip.
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.
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.
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.
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
Alex Jones slammed with 30-day ban from Facebook for hateful videos [Update]  —  But you'll probably see new content posted to Jones' and InfoWars' pages.  —  Facebook took action against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones late Thursday when it banned the InfoWars host from using his account for the next 30 days.
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 …
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
Kira Davis / RedState:
CA Police Chief: We've Arrested the Same Person 83 Times  —  There is so much ridiculous news coming out of California these days - jail time for providing plastic straws, driver's licenses for illegal aliens, sanctuary's almost too much to keep up with.
Discussion: Instapundit
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
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.
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
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
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...
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
José Olivares / The Intercept:
ICE Detainee Diagnosed With Schizophrenia Spent 21 Days in Solitary Confinement, Then Took His Own Life  —  Isaí Romero had no idea how to break the news to his parents that their son — his brother — had died.  The elderly couple, nearly 2,000 miles away in Puebla, Mexico …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Trump is using tariffs to advance a radical free-trade agenda  —  Give President Trump credit.  When he chastised NATO allies over their failure to spend adequately on our common defense, his critics said he was endangering the Atlantic alliance.  Instead, his tough stance persuaded allies …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Governor's race could pit Trump surrogate vs. #MeToo supporter, poll shows  —  Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Gwen Graham have solid leads in their party's respective primaries for governor, according to a new poll that foreshadows a general election pitting the candidate of President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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Kantele Franko / Associated Press:
10 more ex-students sue Ohio State over sex abuse by doctor
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Twitter shares experience worst single day percentage drop since 2014 after reporting declining monthly active users
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
Molly Redden / HuffPost:
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Will Pay Its Interns
Discussion: Roll Call and Splinter
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Jonathan Kauffman / San Francisco Chronicle:
SF coffee shop turns down Salesforce contract in immigration protest
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Puerto Ricans who fled to Florida after Hurricane Maria are not registering to vote
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
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
How five key voter groups view Trump
Discussion: Political Wire
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Role reversal: Architect of 2010 GOP House takeover in trouble
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire