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6:35 PM ET, July 28, 2018

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New York Times:
Still Standing, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Step Back in the Spotlight  —  They have waited out, and in some cases ground down, their critics, and are ready to make a more visible push for their priorities.  —  WASHINGTON — They disappointed climate change activists who thought …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Our socialist president  —  For three months in 1917, Leon Trotsky lived in the Bronx, just south of the congressional district where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently defeated a 10-term incumbent in a Democratic primary.  Because she calls herself a democratic socialist, the word “socialism” …
Discussion: Raw Story and Cafe Hayek
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Katelyn Caralle / Washington Examiner:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez falsely claims military increased funding by $700 billion last year
Discussion: IJR
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
GOP Rep. Issa: 'Nobody's Going to be Surprised' If Trump Lied About Russia Meeting  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) appeared on Fox News for an interview with Neil Cavuto Saturday, and trashed former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen as a “turncoat,” before downplaying the potential that President Donald Trump lied …
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Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
The Case for a Trump-Russia Conspiracy Just Got a Little Stronger
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Discussion: neo-neocon
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John S. Martin / Washington Post:
The baseless, shameful campaign to discredit Rod Rosenstein
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
Tara Palmeri / ABC News:
Joint defense with Cohen over, experts hired to analyze Trump-Cohen tape: Giuliani  —  President Trump's legal team warned his former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, both publicly and privately, that he's in violation of attorney client privilege and has cautioned him against talking, Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told ABC News.
Discussion: Politico, CNBC and Mediaite
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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” …
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
Venezuela's inflation will hit 1 million percent.  Thanks, socialism.  —  According to the International Monetary Fund, by the end of the year, the annual inflation rate in Venezuela will reach 1 million percent.  —  A number like that is hard to grasp.  Simply put, a candy bar …
Hugh Bronstein / Reuters:
U.S. says farmers could get cash aid by October but will not be made whole  —  BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - U.S. farmers could receive cash payments from a planned $12 billion aid package as soon as late September, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told Reuters on Saturday …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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 …
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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.
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Capitalist Elizabeth Warren has the right antidote to socialism and Trumpism  — Warren's choice to own her capitalism is good news for the Democratic Party, and for capitalism.  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren's recent remark that she is a “capitalist to my bones” is being treated as some kind of news …
Washington Post:
‘Deleted’ families: What went wrong with Trump's family-separation effort  —  When a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to reunify migrant families separated at the border, the government's cleanup crews faced an immediate problem.  —  They weren't sure who the families were, let alone what to call them.
Joyce Karam / The National:
EXCLUSIVE: US plans to host GCC summit in October  —  Working groups will meet in August to discuss framework and agenda  —  The United States plans to host a summit for the Gulf Co-operation Council and plans are in place to hold the meeting in mid October.
New York Times:
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Scandal  —  ROME — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, from the College of Cardinals, ordering him to a “life of prayer and penance” after allegations …
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Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, facing sexual abuse reports, resigns from the College of Cardinals
Lori Rozsa / Washington Post:
Immigrant girl hides in auto shop after escaping attendants from Florida detention facility  —  The 15-year-old Honduran girl couldn't take it anymore.  She had been held in the Florida detention facility for three weeks, and it felt like a prison.  —  So when she saw an opportunity …
Scott Barrett / The Newport Daily News:
Trump supporters, opponents clash at Spicer book signing |  VIDEO  —  WARNING: This video contains strong language.  —  MIDDLETOWN — Supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump verbally clashed inside and outside Barnes & Noble on Friday evening during a book signing …
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 …
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
HHS official who made anti-Muslim comments and spread conspiracy theories resigns  —  (CNN)Ximena Barreto, a far-right political pundit who was appointed in December to a communications post at the Department of Health and Human Services, resigned on Friday, an HHS official confirmed to CNN.
Discussion: IJR, Raw Story and Politico
Washington Post:
Actually, guns do kill people, according to a new study  —  A new study published in the journal JAMA Network Open underscores an often overlooked factor in gun-policy debates: When it comes to lethality, not all guns are created equal.  —  Analyzing data on hundreds of shootings in Boston …
Discussion: Vox
CNN:
Federal judge to appoint independent monitor for detained migrant children  —  Los Angeles (CNN)A federal judge said Friday she will appoint an independent monitor to keep tabs on the conditions migrant children are kept in after they are detained along parts of the southern border.
New York Times:
U.S. Diplomats Held Face-to-Face Talks With Taliban, Insurgents Say  —  KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — In a reversal of a longstanding policy, American diplomats held face-to-face talks with Taliban representatives in Qatar a week ago without Afghan government officials present, two senior Taliban officials said on Saturday.
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter Sterne / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Did ICE detain this Mexican journalist for criticizing U.S. immigration policy?  —  Late last night, Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto and his son Oscar were released from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility in El Paso, Texas.
 
 
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Donkey herds are dwindling as hungry Venezuelans slaughter them for food
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Schumer plays long game, avoids hardball with centrist Democrats over Supreme Court pick
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Carol Rosenberg / miamiherald:
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British ‘fake news’ committee says democracy is facing a crisis
Josh Meyer / Politico:
Accused Russian agent met with suspected Kremlin spy
Discussion: Raw Story
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
‘A different level of intensity’: Collins and Murkowski find pressure over Supreme Court lacks …
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
As Affordable Housing Crisis Grows, HUD Sits on the Sidelines
Discussion: Axios
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Midterms likely to be most expensive ever as TV ads pass billion-dollar mark