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8:35 PM ET, July 28, 2018

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Brent D. Griffiths / Politico:
Giuliani: Cohen and Trump's legal teams have severed ties  —  Rudy Giuliani signaled on Saturday that President Donald Trump and his legal team are severing ties to Michael Cohen, the president's longtime former personal attorney.  —  “We have complained to them that he's violated …
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
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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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Joe.My.God.
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: CNBC and Mediaite
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
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 …
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Mallory Moench / NBC News:
U.S. citizen's family was denied visas under Trump's travel ban.  Then he died by suicide.  —  Salem was one of thousands of Yemeni-Americans separated from non-U.S. citizen family members by Trump's travel ban.  —  In the early morning hours of July 18, Mahmood Salem told his family …
@thebudgetguy:
House Republicans Are In Almost Total Disarray As Summer Recess Begins  —  Consider all of the following now that the House of Representatives has left Washington until after Labor Day.  —  Paul Ryan (R-WI) is a lame duck speaker who no longer seems to care about supporting Donald Trump or Trump's legislative agenda.
Discussion: Jamie Dupree - AJC
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Wendy Siegelman:
‘US Person 2’ in the case of alleged Russian agent Maria Butina is George O'Neill—his daughter interned for Dana Rohrabacher and helped with an anti-Magnitsky event  —  New research reveals another link between alleged Russian agent Maria Butina and Pro-Russia congressman Dana Rohrabacher.
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.
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” …
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:
He Was Dow's ‘Dioxin Lawyer.’ Now He's Trump's Choice to Run the Superfund Program.  —  The lawyer nominated to run the Superfund toxic cleanup program is steeped in the complexities of restoring polluted rivers and chemical dumps.  He spent more than a decade on one of the nation's most extensive cleanups …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Eve Peyser / New York Times:
I Wanted a Dog.  I Bake Bread Instead.  —  I wanted a dog.  But my boyfriend claims to be “extremely allergic.”  So I settled for sourdough starter instead.  —  Unlike a puppy, my pet starter doesn't provide me with sweet kisses or especially cute Instagram content.  But like a dog, it is a living organism.
Jay McKenzie:
Dustin Giebel and Russia's Controlled Opposition in Action: How Unwitting and Controlled Actors on the Left Are Helping Putin Win the Information War.  —  It's easy for even casual observers of Russian active measures and disinformation efforts to note the similarities between the Alt-Right and the Kremlin.
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
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
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 …
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:
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
Mihir Zaveri / New York Times:
Grieving Orca Carries Dead Calf for More Than 3 Days: 'She's Just Not Letting Go'  —  Her dead calf resting on her nose, an orca has swum in mourning for more than three days in the Pacific Northwest.  —  The calf died Tuesday morning, half an hour after it was born off the coast of Victoria …
 
 
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New York Times:
U.S. Diplomats Held Face-to-Face Talks With Taliban, Insurgents Say
Discussion: Raw Story
Brian Doherty / Hit & Run:
Gun Control Groups Fail to Stop Distribution of Gun-Making Computer Files
Discussion: UPI and VICE News
Reid Southwick / CBC News:
Alberta man changes gender on government IDs for cheaper car insurance
Peter Sterne / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Did ICE detain this Mexican journalist for criticizing U.S. immigration policy?
Wall Street Journal:
Refugees Become Pawns in Syria's Bid for Foreign Aid
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed News:
How “Abolish ICE” Went From A Twitter Slogan To A Litmus Test
Corpus Christi Caller-Times:
City official: 5 dead in Robstown shooting
 Earlier Items: 
Hernán Lugo Galicia / miamiherald:
Donkey herds are dwindling as hungry Venezuelans slaughter them for food
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Campus Reform
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Schumer plays long game, avoids hardball with centrist Democrats over Supreme Court pick
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
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
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Trump chairs election security meeting but gives no new orders to repel Russian interference
 

 
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