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Fox PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Trump says 'I'm not pro-Russia,' hits ex-CIA chief Brennan for calling Putin news conference 'treasonous'
President Trump denied that he was "pro-Russia" and slammed former CIA Director John Brennan in an interview with Fox News after the ex-intelligence chief described Trump's news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin as "treasonous."

Trump Tanks His Own Putin Walk-Back During One of the ‘Worst Moments of His Presidency' (The Daily Beast)
US offers no details as Russia claims Trump and Putin reached military agreements (CNN Politics)

Washington Post PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Onetime political foe Rand Paul stands as Trump's fiercest defender on Russia
The U.S. senator from Kentucky doubled down on his defense of Trump's summit and his vitriol for the president's critics, as the bond between the two noninterventionists solidifies.

Drudge ReportJul 17, 2018

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Politics - U.S. SenateJul 17, 2018
Time for Republicans to Grow a Spine
Some Republicans say President Trump embarrassed himself and the country in his meeting with Vladimir Putin. Here's what they can do about it.

Reuters PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Trump, seeking to calm political storm over Putin summit, says he misspoke
U.S. President Donald Trump tried on Tuesday to calm a storm over his failure to hold Russian President Vladimir Putin accountable for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, saying he misspoke in a joint news conference in Helsinki.

‘Disastrous for America': Fears of Trump GOP critic realized in summit with Putin (Washington Post Politics)

New York Times PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Dan Coats, the Intelligence Chief, Finds His Voice. Will It Anger Trump?
Mr. Coats has emerged to more publicly defend the intelligence agencies — under a president who has long denigrated them.

National Security Council's Intelligence Chief Is Leaving as John Bolton Cleans House (The Daily Beast)
GOP senator proposes resolution backing US intelligence agencies (CNN Politics)

CNN PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Wisconsin voters talk Trump after Russia summit
CNN traveled to a pivotal swing state to gauge what voters there had to say about President Donald Trump's time in office, on the heels of his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Washington Post PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Trump says he accepts U.S. intelligence on Russian interference in 2016 election but denies collusion
He had come under heavy criticism for not publicly challenging the Russian president's assertion at a joint news conference that the Kremlin did not interfere with the election.

BBC PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Brexit vote: Government defeats EU customs union bid
MPs reject a proposal to form a customs union if the UK and the EU do not agree a trade deal.

It's Official: The Brexit Campaign Cheated Its Way to Victory (The Daily Beast)
Vote Leave: Brexit campaign 'broke electoral law' in referendum (BBC Politics)

CNN PoliticsJul 17, 2018
5 words that reveal Trump still isn't convinced Russia meddled in the 2016 election
President Donald Trump had one clear mission when he spoke to the press Tuesday afternoon before meeting with a handful of congressional Republicans: Clean up the damage he did on Monday when he broke with the intelligence community by suggesting that Russia might not have been behind the 2016 election interference and arguing that there was blame on both sides of the matter.

CNN PoliticsJul 17, 2018
The Point: What the Democratic Party's civil war in California actually means
Over the weekend, the California Democratic party formally endorsed state legislator Kevin De Leon over Sen. Dianne Feinstein, as the two run against one another this November.

Feinstein snub underscores California Democratic Party's hard shift to left (Fox Politics)

Washington Post PoliticsJul 17, 2018
In some toss-up House districts, Democrats have outraised GOP incumbents
The Democrats are seeing a surge of individual donations, indicating grass-roots support, but a lot of that cash is getting eaten up by their initial primary push.

CNN PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Senate beefing up NATO oversight group
The Senate group that acts as the liaison to NATO is appointing and announcing new members following President Donald Trump's tumultuous appearance at the annual NATO summit in Brussels and his meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

As Trump Walks Back Russia Comments, Senate Summons Pompeo for Hearing on Helsinki (Foreign Policy)
Jury convicts ex-N.Y. state senate leader of soliciting bribes (Reuters Politics)

Drudge ReportJul 17, 2018
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The Daily BeastJul 17, 2018
70 Democrats Outraised Their GOP House Opponents Last Quarter
REUTERS/Carlos BarriaAs the second financial quarter drew to a close this year, more than 70 Democratic challengers had outraised their Republican opponents, according to Federal Election Commission filings provided by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

That total includes more than 50 Republican incumbents as well and the phenomenon is taking place in districts where GOP members are already considered endangered.

In California alone, where Democrats are hopeful they can defeat Republican incumbents in districts that Hillary Clinton won in 2016, there are ten Democratic challengers who have raised more than their opponents. That includes Katie Hill, in California's 25th district, who raised a little over $1 million compared to Rep. Steve Knight's (R-CA) $319,000 raised.

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New York Times PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Can a Pro-Coal Democrat in West Virginia Carve a Path for His Party?
Richard Ojeda, a populist Democrat riding a wave of labor activism, is making a deep-red House district look flippable, and may show his party a way to win in Trump country.

Washington Post PoliticsJul 17, 2018
New Air Force One will be painted red, white and blue, Trump says
"It's going to be the top of the line, the top in the world," Trump told CBS News.

New York Times PoliticsJul 17, 2018
The Biggest Spender of Political Ads on Facebook? President Trump
A new study based on Facebook data provides a picture of who is placing political ads on the social network ahead of the midterm elections. President Trump tops the list.

Washington Post PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Obama's South Africa speech, annotated
Former president Barack Obama spoke of Mandela as an example of a great statesman.

CNN PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Why Netanyahu liked what he saw from Trump in Helsinki
Donald Trump went into his meeting Monday with Vladimir Putin in Finland deeply concerned about national security. It wasn't the security of American citizens, however, but rather those of Israel that the US President appeared to have on his mind.

Washington Post PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Obama cautions against the politics of xenophobia and the rejection of facts in South Africa speech
Obama's speech sought to point voters to more Mandela-like leaders.

Reuters PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Trump tries to calm political storm over Putin summit, says he misspoke
U.S. President Donald Trump tried on Tuesday to calm a storm over his failure to hold Russian President Vladimir Putin accountable for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, saying he misspoke in a joint news conference in Helsinki on Monday.

Reuters PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Trump says he has confidence in U.S. agencies on Russia, misspoke in Helsinki
U.S. President Donald Trump, grappling with a torrent of criticism over his performance at a Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said on Tuesday he misspoke at their joint news conference and meant to say he saw no reason why it was not Russia that interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

Fox PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Manafort motion to change trial venue rejected by Judge TS Ellis III
A federal judge denied former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's request on Tuesday to reallocate his trial outside of Washington D.C. Manafort's attorneys asked that the upcoming trial be moved from Alexandria, Virginia, located inside the Capital region, to Roanoke.

Judge denies motion by Trump ex-campaign chief to move Virginia trial (Reuters Politics)
Judge turns down Manafort's bid to move Virginia trial (Politico)

CNN PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Biden: Trump's news conference with Putin 'beneath the office of the President'
President Donald Trump's news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin was "beneath the office of the President," former Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday.

Trump hits ex-CIA Director Brennan in Tucker Carlson interview for calling Putin news conference 'treasonous' (Fox Politics)

Fox PoliticsJul 17, 2018
New IRS policy allows some tax-exempt groups to veil donors
The Trump administration is lifting requirements that some tax-exempt groups disclose the identities of their donors to federal tax authorities.

Washington Post PoliticsJul 17, 2018
In thinly veiled barbs at Trump, Obama laments ‘strongman politics' and leaders who lie
The former president delivered remarks in South Africa at an event honoring the late Nelson Mandela.

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CNN PoliticsJul 17, 2018
White House opted for Russia indictments before Putin meeting
The White House told the Justice Department not to hold off on announcing the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers until after President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to sources familiar with the meeting.

Washington Post PoliticsJul 17, 2018
After Helsinki, Democrats see chance to capitalize on Trump's embrace of Russia
Democratic strategists have counseled candidates and party leaders to focus on ‘kitchen table' issues. Now, they say, the political ground may have shifted.

Washington Post PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Rep. Linda T. Sánchez announces run for House Democratic Caucus chair
The future of the position was suddenly rendered uncertain after Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) was upset by 28-year-old political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in their June primary election.

BBC PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Jo Swinson says Tories broke Brexit vote agreement
Jo Swinson says Tory chairman Brandon Lewis broke an agreement not to take part in a Brexit vote.

PoliticoJul 17, 2018
Illegal immigration is a ‘crisis,' says Trump's border security boss

CNN PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Linda Sánchez launches bid for Democratic caucus chair
California Rep. Linda Sánchez announced on Tuesday that she plans to run for the position of House Democratic Caucus Chair, launching a bid to take over Rep. Joe Crowley's leadership role following his stunning primary defeat last month.

New York Times PoliticsJul 17, 2018
After Putin Meeting, Trump Voters Mostly Dig In. But Cracks Are Showing.
President Trump has said his admirers will stand by him through anything. Now, a stunning news conference with the Russian president has provided a singular test case.

CNN PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Democrats want Trump's interpreter to testify before Congress
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire, is calling on President Donald Trunp's interpreter from his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to testify before Congress.

CNN PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Trump, facing fury, says he misspoke with Putin
President Donald Trump was upbeat immediately after his news conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, but by the time he returned stateside, his mood had soured considerably amid sustained fury at his extraordinary embrace of the Russian leader.

CNN PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Senators considering what their options are after Trump-Putin summit
Senators in both parties said Tuesday there are a broad set of ideas under consideration to push back against President Donald Trump aligning with President Vladimir Putin at their summit in Helsinki.

PoliticoJul 17, 2018
Sánchez announces bid for Democratic Caucus chair

Washington Post PoliticsJul 17, 2018
'Morally repugnant': Homeland Security advisory council members resign over immigration policies
The move this week came in protest of the Trump administration's practice of separating immigrant families at the border, which it has since halted.

Reuters PoliticsJul 17, 2018
U.S. move to protect 'dark money' donors raises Russia concerns
A U.S. Treasury Department decision to safeguard the identities of so-called "dark money" donors to politically active nonprofit groups spawned warnings on Tuesday that the policy could inadvertently aid foreign actors, including Russia.

Reuters PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Rebuking Trump's embrace of Putin, U.S. lawmakers look to punish Russia
U.S. President Donald Trump faced outrage on Tuesday for his failure to hold Russia accountable for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, and some U.S. lawmakers threatened action in Congress to punish Moscow and show support for U.S. intelligence agencies.

Fox PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Ohio GOP leader resigns over Trump-Putin Helsinki summit
A Republican Party chairman in an Ohio county announced his abrupt resignation Monday, citing President Trump's Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin and a "matter of conscience" as reasons behind his decision.

Democracy NowJul 17, 2018
Meet the Reporter Dragged from Trump-Putin Press Conference for Trying to Ask About Nuclear Treaty
Before Monday's highly anticipated joint press conference with President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, one of the reporters was forcibly removed from the room. Sam Husseini was credentialed to cover the summit for The Nation magazine, and earlier in the day he tweeted, "The issue isn't Trump. The issue isn't Putin. The issue is the issues: Nuclear threats, Syria, etc." Before Trump and Putin spoke at the press conference, video shows Husseini holding a piece of paper that reads "Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty." A security official aggressively tries to take the sign from him. We speak with Husseini about his arrest and the questions he was trying to raise. "It wasn't a protest," he says. "It was just an attempt to do serious, aggressive journalism, which I think is what we need."

The Daily BeastJul 17, 2018
The Republican Party Is Now the Blame America Party
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastAt some point in the last week or so, "Make America Great Again" became "Blame America First."

What we saw on Monday from Helsinki is why conservatives (like me) can't back Trump—even with two Supreme Court picks.

So much of what constitutes Trumpism directly contradicts everything that Reagan conservatives came to believe. Drawing a moral equivalence between Vladimir Putin's Russia and the United States of America is an obvious, if disgusting, example.

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The Daily BeastJul 17, 2018
Russia's Plan to Buy Off the GOP Began Before the Rise of Trump
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThere is no shortage of bombshell angles to this Maria Butina indictment, announced by the Justice Department on Monday just hours after Donald Trump helped make Russia great again in Helsinki.

There's the allegation that she was trying to arrange a meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin in 2016, which the Times chose to emphasize. There's the bit about her relationship with the National Rifle Association, and how she allegedly sought to use or work with the NRA to expand her influence in American politics (The Daily Beast was the first to report on all this in detail, back in early 2017).

There's more. But I'll tell you what popped out at me as I read through the affidavit filed by the FBI agent in charge of investigating her. It was in paragraph 18, bottom of page 5, stating that Butina wrote an email to "U.S. Person 1" to suggest a plan by which she would work herself into the good graces of "POLITICAL PARTY 1." What popped out at me was the date. She wrote this email on March 24, 2015.

Fox PoliticsJul 17, 2018
Rand Paul sides with Trump on Russia, says critics 'motivated' by dislike of president
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Monday expressed his approval of President Donald Trump's handling of Russia, joining a tiny minority of dovish Republicans embracing the president's approach after a controversial press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Politics - U.S. SenateJul 16, 2018
Trump Trusts Putin's Denial, but Seven U.S. Intelligence Groups Blame Russia for Election Meddling
On Monday, President Trump continued to cast doubt on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, the consensus position of American intelligence agencies and both parties on Capitol Hill.

Reuters PoliticsJul 16, 2018
U.S. Treasury moves to protect identities of 'dark money' political donors
The U.S. Treasury said on Monday that it will no longer require certain tax-exempt organizations including politically active nonprofit groups, such as the National Rifle Association and Planned Parenthood, to identify their financial donors to U.S. tax authorities.

Washington Post PoliticsJul 16, 2018
‘Very much counter to the plan': Trump defies advisers in embrace of Putin
"Everyone around Trump" pushed him to take a strong stand against Putin over Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. He ignored the advice.

PoliticoJul 16, 2018
Trump second-guessed DNI Coats on cybersecurity before sit-down with Putin

Democracy NowJul 16, 2018
Debate: Is Trump-Putin Summit a "Danger to America" or Crucial Diplomacy Between Nuclear Powers?
As President Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, we host a debate on U.S.-Russia relations. In Washington, D.C., we speak with Joe Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept. Greenwald calls the Trump-Putin meeting "excellent" and adds that President Obama also sought diplomacy with Russia. Cirincione calls the summit "a danger to America and to the West."

BBC PoliticsJul 16, 2018
Justine Greening's call for new Brexit referendum rejected by No 10
Ex-minister Justine Greening's call for a new vote is rejected by Downing Street.

Fox PoliticsJul 15, 2018
California Dems snub Sen. Dianne Feinstein for long shot rival, in 'clear-eyed rejection' of party establishment
The California Democratic Party issued a stunning rebuke of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Saturday by decisively handing its official endorsement to state Sen. Kevin de Leon, her long shot Democratic challenger.

Politics - U.S. HouseJul 10, 2018
Who Might the Court Fight Help in the Midterms? Democrats. And Republicans.
President Trump's new Supreme Court nominee could help Republicans hold or expand control in the Senate, even as it helps Democrats' chances to take the House.

Foreign PolicyJul 10, 2018
The Trump-Putin Summit's Potential Nuclear Fallout
When the U.S. and Russian presidents meet in Helsinki, the biggest risk won't be on everyone's radar.
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