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6:45 AM ET, July 18, 2018


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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Senator Calls For Hearing With U.S. Interpreter In Trump-Putin Meeting  —  Congress needs to know what Trump “promised Putin on our behalf,” says Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.  —  WASHINGTON Nobody knows what President Donald Trump told Russian President Vladimir Putin in their private …
Majority of Americans think Trump mishandling Russia: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - More than half of Americans disapprove of the way U.S. President Donald Trump is handling relations with Russia, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after his controversial summit and joint news conference …
Discussion: TheBlaze and Political Wire
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
In his prepared remarks, Trump removed a line about bringing election hackers to justice  —  In preparation for a public statement meant to mitigate the damage from Monday's news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump brought four pages of handwritten notes to a meeting with congressional leaders.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Political Wire
Uri Friedman / The Atlantic:
The White House Transcript Is Missing the Most Explosive Part of the Trump-Putin Press Conference  —  It was perhaps the most explosive exchange in an incendiary press conference: Russian President Vladimir Putin appearing to frankly admit to a motive for, and maybe even to the act of …
US offers no details as Russia claims Trump and Putin reached military agreements
Discussion: The Resurgent, Hot Air and Hullabaloo
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Trump's do-over doesn't mean it's over10 minutes ago
Embassy of Russia in the USA / Посол ьство Росси и в США:
The Russian Defense Ministry is ready for the practical implementation …
Discussion: Sputnik International
Washington Post:
After Helsinki, Democrats see chance to capitalize on Trump's embrace of Russia
George F. Will / Washington Post:
This sad, embarrassing wreck of a man  —  America's child president had a play date with a KGB alumnus, who surely enjoyed providing day care.  It was a useful, because illuminating, event: Now we shall see how many Republicans retain a capacity for embarrassment.
The Daily Beast:
'Putin's Favorite Congressman' Now Engulfed in NRA Spy Case … Pro-Kremlin GOP Congressman Dana Rohrabacher met with a Putin ally in Russia in August 2015, The Daily Beast has confirmed, matching an account in Monday's blockbuster FBI affidavit against accused Russian spy Maria Butina.
Washington Post:
‘She was like a novelty’: How alleged Russian agent Maria Butina gained access to elite conservative circles  —  For nearly five years, the young Russian political-science student was an unusual fixture at the most important events of the U.S. conservative movement.
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“This Was the Nightmare Scenario”: The West Wing Revolts After Trump Embraces Putin  —  As Trump grappled with his error, Chief of Staff John Kelly went into overdrive to get Trump to walk it back.  —  As he flew home from Helsinki on Air Force One following his disastrous press conference …
Discussion: The Week, Hot Air, Bustle, Deadline and Mediaite
Joe Lieberman / Wall Street Journal:
Vote Joe Crowley, for Working Families  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hurts the party, Congress and even America.  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's surprise primary victory over Rep. Joe Crowley seems likely to hurt Congress, America and the Democratic Party.  It doesn't have to.
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and The Hill
Cambridge Analytica's Facebook data was accessed from Russia, MP says  —  The now infamous Facebook data set on tens of millions of Americans gathered by a Cambridge University scientist for a firm that went on to worked for Donald Trump's 2016 campaign was accessed from Russia, a British member of parliament tells CNN.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Scott Stedman
Thomas Rid / Politico:
What Mueller Knows About the DNC Hack—And Trump Doesn't  —  The president's bizarre obsession with “the DNC server” defies logic or even a basic understanding of what actually happened.  —  In Helsinki on Monday, President Donald Trump stood feet away from Russian President Vladimir Putin …
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:   Intel Chair: FBI, DOJ Obstructing Trump Probe in Hope of Dem Takeover in Congress
Mueller All but Ignores the Other Russian Hack Target: the GOP
Stephanie Petit /
The Queen's Not-So-Subtle Nod to Barack Obama You May Have Missed During Trump's U.K. Visit  —  Queen Elizabeth has no shortage of fancy brooches, so her choice of shiny accessory while President Donald Trump was visiting her country has raised some eyebrows for its potential hidden meaning.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Scott Bland / Politico:
Roby wins Alabama primary runoff  —  The Republican defeats former Rep. Bobby Bright.  —  Rep. Martha Roby won her Republican primary runoff Tuesday in Alabama, defeating a former Democratic congressman who gained traction attacking Roby as insufficiently supportive of President Donald Trump.
Alexander Burns / New York Times:   Martha Roby, Former Trump Critic, Wins Alabama House Runoff
Russia ready to send request to US over questionings in Browder case  —  Browder donated $400,000 to US Democrats, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office says  —  /TASS/.  The Russian Prosecutor General's Office is ready to send a request for the questioning of staffers of US intelligence services …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Special counsel offers immunity to five witnesses for Paul Manafort trial  —  The special counsel prosecuting Paul Manafort is seeking to give immunity to five potential witnesses in advance of his trial in Alexandria federal court next week.  —  All five have said they will not testify …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Mueller seeks immunity for five witnesses against Manafort
Discussion: The Atlantic and Daily Kos
Just Security:
Exclusive: Trump White House's Intelligence Chief Is Leaving  —  Michael Barry, the senior National Security Council director for intelligence programs, is leaving the White House, according to two government officials.  —  Barry's departure adds to the growing list of vacant senior NSC positions since …
Trump Decided Russia Indictments Should Come Pre-Summit, Sources Say  — Rosenstein gave Trump options on the timing, two people say  — Trump now says he misspoke in his comments alongside Putin  —  President Donald Trump gave the go-ahead to announce new Russian election-hacking indictments …
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Putin Jet Trespassed in NATO Airspace on Way to Summit, Estonia Says  —  MOSCOW — Even before his plane touched down in Finland for a summit meeting with President Trump, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who was widely seen as coming out ahead at the meeting, had notched a victory in the air, the Estonian authorities say.
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Russia Liquidates Its US Treasury Holdings  —  Last month we showed that as Trade Wars began in April, the world's central banks and other official institutions dumped more Treasuries than in any month since January 2016, some $48.3BN, perhaps over concerns of others selling first, and precipitating a sharp move higher in yields.
Elena Schneider / Politico:
‘These guys need to wake up’: House Republicans badly outraised in midterms  —  A whopping 56 Republican House incumbents raised less money than Democratic challengers in the second quarter.  —  An unusually large number of House Republican incumbents were outraised by their Democratic opponents …
Discussion: Washington Post and Splinter
New York Times:
I.R.S. Will No Longer Force Kochs and Other Groups to Disclose Donors  —  The Trump administration will end a longstanding requirement that certain nonprofit organizations disclose the names of their large donors to the Internal Revenue Service, a move that will allow some political groups …
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Ali Breland / The Hill:
Sparks fly at hearing on anti-conservative bias in tech   Find
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Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Trump's do-over doesn't mean it's over   Find
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Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Martha Roby, Former Trump Critic, Wins Alabama House Runoff   Find
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Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
After Putin Meeting, Trump Voters Mostly Dig In. But Cracks Are Showing.   Find
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Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Putin Jet Trespassed in NATO Airspace on Way to Summit, Estonia Says   Find
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Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Neck and Neck in CD48  —  6-in-10 partisan voters satisfied with their nominee   Find
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Ali Breland / The Hill:
Sparks fly at hearing on anti-conservative bias in tech10 minutes ago
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Neck and Neck in CD48  —  6-in-10 partisan voters satisfied with their nominee
Discussion: HuffPost and Roll Call
Karen Jowers / Military Times:
Survey: Military binge drinking drops, but this service stood out in a bad way
Ffrommer / Federal Baseball:
Bregman making DC debut 50 years after grandfather recruited Senators owner who would move team to Texas
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Who Needs Small Donors When You Have Friends? Ask Gov. Cuomo.
Discussion: Washington Times and Sludge
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
The Biggest Spender of Political Ads on Facebook? President Trump
Discussion: Mashable and Gizmodo
Why Trump's GOP critics never go nuclear
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
The Helsinki fiasco showcases Pence's hypocrisy once again
Lou Raguse / KARE-TV:
Day care provider who hanged toddler sentenced to probation
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Brett Tingley / Mysterious Universe:
Egypt Will Open Giant Black Mystery Sarcophagus Despite Warnings
Emily Kassie / New York Times:
Sexual Assault Inside ICE Detention: 2 Survivors Tell Their Stories
Julia Ioffe / GQ:
Now We All Know What Putin Has on Trump
Martyn McLaughlin / Scotsman:
Donald Trump's Turnberry firm paid £50,000 by US Government for weekend visit
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post, AOL and Bustle