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8:00 AM ET, July 30, 2018

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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump's obsession with the “terrible” FBI building  —  Trump is obsessed with the FBI building.  For months now, in meetings with White House officials and Senate appropriators intended to discuss big-picture spending priorities, the president rants about the graceless J. Edgar Hoover Building in downtown Washington, D.C.
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Eliana Johnson / Politico:
How John Kelly became ‘chief in name only’  —  The retired Marine general was brought in to tame the president, but in the end Trump boxed him in.  —  John Kelly got the official news of his promotion a year ago the same way a select few in the Trump administration have — by presidential tweet.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
House Republicans cannot be allowed to obstruct justice
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Bannon to Kochs: ‘Shut up and get with the program’  —  'And here's the program: Ground game to support Trump's presidency,' Bannon said in an interview.  —  Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon tore into the powerful Koch political network Sunday, accusing it of undermining …
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Dan Berman / CNN:
Ginsburg suggests she has at least five more years on the Supreme Court  —  New York (CNN)Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she hopes to stay on the Supreme Court until the age of 90.  —  “I'm now 85,” Ginsburg said on Sunday.  “My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
How Trump Lost Re-election in 2020  —  A sneak peek at The Times's news analysis from Nov. 4, 2020. … In the end, it was a lot simpler than it often seemed.  —  Donald J. Trump, who spent much of the past four years as a historically unpopular president, lost his bid for re-election Tuesday.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
New York Times Publisher and Trump Clash Over President's Threats Against Journalism  —  BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Trump and the publisher of The New York Times, A. G. Sulzberger, engaged in a fierce public clash on Sunday over Mr. Trump's threats against journalism …
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
New York Times Whines: Stop Attacking Us!
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
GOP Candidate Corey Stewart's Spokesperson Called Majority-Black Cities ‘Shitholes’ … Corey Stewart, the Republican candidate for Senate in Virginia, has been shunned by his own party over his ties with neo-Confederate groups and his refusal to condemn white supremacist violence.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
G.O.P. Faces Another Midterm Threat as Trump Plays the Shutdown Card  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans, already facing a difficult election landscape, confronted a prospect on Sunday they had worked feverishly to avoid: a threat by President Trump to shut down the government over funding for a border wall.
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Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Trump willing to shut down government over border security
Discussion: Splinter
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Rudy on Mueller probe: “They don't have a goddamn thing”  —  Rudy Giuliani told me that President Trump is fed up with Robert Mueller and wants him to “put up or shut up.”  —  What he's saying: “Why don't you write a report and show us what you have, because they don't have a goddamn thing.
Discussion: CNN, POLITICUSUSA and Mediaite
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CBS News:
Giuliani says feds have 183 recordings made by Michael Cohen, Trump heard on 1
Discussion: Daily Wire and Fox News
Melia Robinson / Business Insider:
The vest vending machine at San Francisco's airport is getting mocked, but it rings up $10,000 in sales every month  — A spokesperson for San Francisco International Airport told Business Insider that the vest vending machine averages $10,000 in sales a month.
Associated Press:
Manafort trial to focus on lavish lifestyle, not collusion  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The trial of President Donald Trump's onetime campaign chairman will open this week with tales of lavish spending, secret shell companies and millions of dollars of Ukrainian money flowing through offshore bank accounts …
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New York Times:   Paul Manafort's Trial Starts Tuesday. Here Are the Charges and the Stakes.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Reporter Carl Bernstein has seen it all, from Nixon to now.  But nothing quite like Trump.  —  On July 27, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted to adopt the first of three articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, charging he had personally tried to obstruct justice in the Watergate case.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
99 Days to Go, and the 2018 Midterm Battleground Is Not What Was Expected  —  The most competitive districts are only somewhat better educated and somewhat more suburban than the country as a whole.  —  The battleground in the fight for control of the House is starting to come into focus with 99 days to go until the November election.
Sky News:
Sky Data poll: 78% think the government is doing a bad job on Brexit  —  By Harry Carr, head of Sky Data  —  British public opinion has shifted sharply against Brexit, according to a new Sky Data poll.  —  The survey reveals:  —  :: The government is haemorrhaging trust regarding the Brexit negotiations
Discussion: Politico
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Twitter's Censorship Problem Looks Like Its Here To Stay  — Twitter sparked backlash after suppressing Republican congressmen as part of an algorithm change that cracks down on “bad-faith actors”  — Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz filed an FEC complaint against Twitter and Republican …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Gateway Pundit
Politico:
‘Eye-popping’ payouts for CEOs follow Trump's tax cuts  —  The insider sales feed the narrative that corporate tax cuts enrich executives in the short term while yielding less clear long-term benefits for workers.  —  Some of the biggest winners from President Donald Trump's new tax law …
Discussion: U.S. Securities …
Stephen Chen / South China Morning Post:
Artificial intelligence, immune to fear or favour, is helping to make China's foreign policy  —  The programme draws on a huge amount of data, with information ranging from cocktail-party gossip to images taken by spy satellites, to contribute to strategies in Chinese diplomacy  —  Attention, foreign-policy makers.
CBS News:
Trump backers stand by president in face of Russia criticism — CBS poll  —  Nearly all Americans say Russian meddling in the 2018 midterm elections would be unacceptable, even if their party was the beneficiary of any interference.  But the investigation into Russian meddling …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Russia and the far right's cozy affair  —  The links among Vladimir Putin, President Trump, and segments of both the Republican Party and the American conservative movement seem bizarre.  How can this be, given the Russian president's KGB pedigree and a Cold War history during which antipathy toward …
NEWS.com.au:
Sunday Night claims links between Australian banks and Russian criminals  —  LINKS between the major Aussie banks and Russian mobsters involved with money laundering — and murder — have been revealed.  —  Aussie banks linked to 'Russian mafia'0:40  —  SUNDAY Night has made explosive claims …
Amir Tibon / Haaretz:
Saudi King Tells U.S. That Peace Plan Must Include East Jerusalem as Palestinian Capital  —  'They told the administration, “what we could do for you before Jerusalem, we won't be able to do now,"' one diplomatic source says, referring to the embassy move  —  WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia …
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Study: ‘Medicare for all’ projected to cost $32.6 trillion  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders' “Medicare for all” plan would increase government health care spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years, according to a study by a university-based libertarian policy center.  —  That's trillion with a “T.”
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Dan Rather: Trump criticism of media is ‘straight out of Orwell’  —  Veteran journalist Dan Rather said on Friday that President Trump  —  's false statements about and attacks on the media are “straight out of Orwell.”  —  The former longtime CBS News anchor told CNN's Don Lemon that Trump is …
Washington Post:
Air marshals have conducted secret in-flight monitoring of U.S. passengers for years  —  Federal air marshals have for years been quietly monitoring small numbers of U.S. air passengers and reporting on in-flight behavior considered suspicious, even if those individuals have no known terrorism links …
Discussion: CNN, The Week and HuffPost
 
 
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Martin Kramer:
Debunked, but still fit to print on page one
Discussion: Daily Wire
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Trump's demise has been greatly exaggerated
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
A bloody brawl erupted over Trump's Hollywood star hours after it was destroyed with a pickax
Gabriela Galindo / Politico:
Jeremy Hunt describes his Chinese wife as Japanese
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
As 2018 elections near, potential 2020 presidential candidates jockey for money
Discussion: Political Wire
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Indiana synagogue vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti
Discussion: Indianapolis Star
Robert Reich / The Guardian:
Almost 80% of US workers live from paycheck to paycheck. Here's why
 Earlier Items: 
Dara Lind / Vox:
Exclusive: Trump's travel ban is supposed to make exceptions for worthy cases.  A new lawsuit alleges it isn't.
Kevin Fallon / The Daily Beast:
Netflix Exec Breaks Silence Over Aziz Ansari Controversy: ‘Happy’ to Keep Making ‘Master of None’
David Daley / Slate:
“Emails Are the Tools of the Devil”
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
Why Is the Trump Campaign Attacking Senator Kirsten Gillibrand?
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
New Veterans Affairs chief plans to reassign, sideline Trump loyalists now in power
Discussion: Politico, Talking Points Memo and CNN
NBC News:
Judge orders Trump administration to help lawyers find ‘missing parents’ of migrant kids
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Nunes: Americans Will Be ‘Shocked’ By Other Carter Page FISA Info
Keith Griffith / Daily Mail:
What do they know?  Mystery as Russia LIQUIDATED almost ALL of its holdings in US Treasury …
Discussion: CNBC, CANNONFIRE and Political Wire
 

 
From Mediagazer:

Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
A look at the NYT's upheaval over sensitive topics like the Israel-Gaza war and management's push to emphasize neutrality, including via a probe of staff leaks

Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Robert MacNeil, who anchored evening newscasts for over two decades on PBS and delivered evenhanded, non-flashy news with Jim Lehrer, dies at 93

CNN:
Several journalists were injured Friday in an Israeli attack in central Gaza, including Sami Shehada, who lost a leg; he works for Turkish broadcaster TRT

 
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