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Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Maria Butina is just the tip of the Russia iceberg  —  By day, he ran a travel agency.  Off hours, Jacob Golos worked for the Soviet Union.  Unlike some of his fictional successors, he did not pretend to be a native.  But from the time of its founding in 1927 until his death in 1943 …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Devin Nunes, Washington's Public Enemy No. 1  —  What did the FBI do in the 2016 campaign?  The head of the House inquiry on what he has found—and questions still unanswered.  —  Tulare, Calif.  —  It's 105 degrees as I stand with Rep. Devin Nunes on his family's dairy farm.
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John S. Martin / Washington Post:
The baseless, shameful campaign to discredit Rod Rosenstein  —  John S. Martin served as U.S. district judge for the Southern District of New York from 1990 to 2003 and as U.S. attorney for that district from 1980 to 1983.  —  Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein has become the latest bogeyman …
Discussion: Breitbart
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Russian Hackers Appear to Shift Focus to U.S. Power Grid  —  WASHINGTON — State-sponsored Russian hackers appear far more interested this year in demonstrating that they can disrupt the American electric utility grid than the midterm elections, according to United States intelligence officials and technology company executives.
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Trump chairs election security meeting but gives no new orders to repel Russian interference  —  President Trump chaired a meeting Friday of his most senior national security advisers to discuss the administration's effort to safeguard November's elections from Russian interference …
Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, facing sexual abuse reports, resigns from the College of Cardinals  —  Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington and longtime globe-trotting diplomat of the Catholic Church, resigned his position as a cardinal, the Vatican announced Saturday.
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Associated Press:   After decades of silence, nuns talk about abuse by priests
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.
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump policy shop filters facts to fit his message  —  'It's just another example of how we're moving to a post-fact era,' a former official says.  —  President Donald Trump's appointees in the health department have deleted positive references to Obamacare, altered a report that undermined …
Discussion: twitchy.com
Agence France-Presse:
Amsterdam ‘lawless jungle’ at night, ombudsman warns  —  Tourist hotspot Amsterdam transforms into a “lawless jungle” after dark with the police powerless to intervene against crime and violence, the city ombudsman has warned  —  Tourist hotspot Amsterdam turns into a “lawless jungle” …
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
The Case for a Trump-Russia Conspiracy Just Got a Little Stronger  —  CNN's bombshell scoop Thursday night shined a bright light yet again on the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan and raised the specter that President Donald Trump and his surrogates may have been lying …
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and CNBC
Maegan Vazquez / CNN:
Trump's ex-lawyer: Giuliani hurt Trump's case by flip-flopping on Cohen  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, substantially weakened his case against Michael Cohen by going back and forth as to whether Cohen could tell federal prosecutors the truth, said Jay Goldberg …
Ari Honarvar / The Nation:
A 6-Year-Old Girl Was Sexually Abused in an Immigrant-Detention Center  —  Separated from her mother by Trump's zero-tolerance policy, the child was forced to sign a statement confirming that she understood it was her responsibility to stay away from her abuser.
Discussion: Vox and Talking Points Memo
Josh Meyer / Politico:
Accused Russian agent met with suspected Kremlin spy  —  Mariia Butina's attorney insists the get-together was nothing more than one dinner with a prominent Russian official.  —  Accused Russian sleeper agent Mariia Butina met in January with the head of a Russian government-affiliated cultural center …
Discussion: Raw Story
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
As Affordable Housing Crisis Grows, HUD Sits on the Sidelines  —  WASHINGTON — The country is in the grips of an escalating housing affordability crisis.  Millions of low-income Americans are paying 70 percent or more of their incomes for shelter, while rents continue to rise and construction …
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
British ‘fake news’ committee says democracy is facing a crisis  —  LONDON — The “very future of democracy” is being threatened by “fake news,” a British parliamentary committee is warning, and the government response should include making tech companies legally liable and subject to algorithm audits.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
‘A different level of intensity’: Collins and Murkowski find pressure over Supreme Court lacks emotional pleas on health care  —  Last year's Republican effort to repeal Obamacare might seem quite similar to this summer's battle over the nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
War Between Kimberly Guilfoyle and Fox News Explodes Over Dueling ‘D*ck Pics’ Claims … The bitter, long-brewing war between Fox News and former Fox host Kimberly Guilfoyle has taken a very public detour into territory strangely familiar for the conservative media behemoth: hotly disputed dick-pic allegations.
Hernán Lugo Galicia / miamiherald:
Donkey herds are dwindling as hungry Venezuelans slaughter them for food  —  A few years ago, there were so many donkeys, or burros, in the Venezuelan state of Falcón that they were a problem — herds everywhere, causing highway crashes and blocking airport runways.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Campus Reform
Walter Kirn / Harper's:
Illiberal Values  —  Coming of age in the Seventies as a Midwesterner, a Mormon, and a resident of a town of about five hundred people, I didn't get to meet a lot of outspoken liberals, but those I did meet made strong impressions on me.  I was too young to understand the intricacies of their politics …
CNN:
Sanctions on Russia's Rusal could be lifted, Mnuchin says  —  Pompeo hearing gets heated over what Trump told Putin  —  (CNN)The Trump administration is looking into lifting sanctions against a major Russian aluminum company founded by one of Vladimir Putin's closest allies.
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Reuters:   Putin says Trump can ‘be my guest’ in Moscow, White House welcomes idea
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Schumer plays long game, avoids hardball with centrist Democrats over Supreme Court pick  —  The top Democrat in the Senate has vowed to fight President Trump's Supreme Court nominee with everything he's got.  Just don't expect him to crack down on his red-state Democrats who go rogue and back Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Corpus Christi Caller-Times:
City official: 5 dead in Robstown shooting  —  ROBSTOWN — Five people are dead after two shootings along the same stretch of road.  —  About 7 p.m. Friday, Robstown police were called to the Retama Manor nursing home in the 600 block of East Avenue J, City Secretary Herman Rodriguez said.
Erin Powell / KUSA-TV:
Trump's portrait isn't on display in the Colorado Capitol, but Putin's briefly was  —  President Donald Trump's portrait will be added to the state capitol once enough money is raised to make it happen.  So far, no one has donated.  —  DENVER — There's a blank space on the Colorado Capitol's wall of presidential portraits.
Carol Rosenberg / miamiherald:
Guantánamo prison commander: We've gotten no word of incoming prisoners  —  GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, CUBA  —  The commander in charge of Guantánamo prison operations said Friday that he has received no orders to prepare for new war on terror detainees, leaving uncertain …
Dan Diamond / Politico:
HHS official who spread conspiracy theories forced out  —  Ximena Barreto — a Donald Trump political appointee who used social media to spread conspiracy theories about a supposed pizza shop sex ring and made other inflammatory remarks — was escorted from Health and Human Services Department …
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
Kim Brooks / New York Times:
Motherhood in the Age of Fear  —  Women are being harassed and even arrested for making perfectly rational parenting decisions.  —  CHICAGO — I was on my way home from dropping my kids off at preschool when a police officer called to ask if I was aware there was an outstanding warrant for my arrest.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Precinct Data Shows Rich, White Neighborhoods Flipping Democratic in 2016.  Will It Last?  —  Republicans have been the party of the rich and Democrats the party of the poor for about as long as political scientists have collected data on American elections.  —  That might not be quite so true anymore, at least among white voters.
 
 
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Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
When the World Opened the Gates of China
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Midterms likely to be most expensive ever as TV ads pass billion-dollar mark
Lili Bayer / Politico:
Viktor Orbán: Commission is EU elite ‘failure’
Discussion: Index and One America News Network
Paul Crookston / Washington Free Beacon:
Anti-Kavanaugh Campaign Makes Extensive Use of ‘Dark Money’ Donations
Discussion: Washington Post
TYT Investigates / TYT Network:
Giuliani, Bolton Repeatedly Met With Group Formerly Designated a Cult-Like Terror Organization
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:
As Carr Fire Kills 2 in California, Firefighters Reflect on a Job Now ‘Twice as Violent’
Discussion: NPR and Balloon Juice
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump administration fails to comply with court order, keeps kids locked up
Mike Elk / Payday Report:
Help a Freelance Labor Reporter Afford Summer Vacation in Appalachia
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Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Sheldon Silver, Ex-New York Assembly Speaker, Gets 7-Year Prison Sentence
Discussion: Gothamist
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Bill Clinton Heckled By Angry Prostitutes In Amsterdam
Discussion: Breitbart, Joe.My.God. and PinkNews
Lauren Meier / Axios:
Special counsel releases witness list for Manafort trial
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
‘They Spit When I Walked in the Street’: The ‘New Anti-Semitism’ in France
 

 
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Wes Davis / The Verge:
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