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Devon and Varsha discuss this administration’s feeble efforts to reunite parents and kids that they forcibly separated, Trump’s treasonous week & his triple negative excuse, Devon’s time at San Diego Comic Con, and the real-life episode of “The Americans” that we’re currently living through.

Key Articles

  1. Trump-Putin Summit Is Over. The Head-Scratching? Not So Much by The New York Times Staff (NYTimes)
  2. A Besieged Trump Says He Misspoke on Russian Election Meddling by Mark Landler and Maggie Haberman (NYTimes)
  3. Trump Says He Laid Down the Law in His Latest Account of His Meeting With Putin by Mark Landler and Elleen Sullivan (NYTimes)
  4. White House attempts to clarify Trump’s response to whether Russia is still targeting U.S. elections by John Wagner and Felicia Sonmez (WaPo)
  5. From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered by David E. Sanger and Matthew Rosenberg (NYTimes)
  6. White House: Trump opposes Putin’s request to interview current and former American officials by Karoun Demirjian and John Wagner (WaPo)
  7. Trump to Invite Putin to Washington, Blindsiding His Intelligence Chief by Mark Landler (NYTimes)
  8. What we learned from Trump’s worst foreign policy week ever by Alex Ward (Vox)
Family Reunification
  1. Judge temporarily halts deportation of reunified families by Elliot Spagat and Colleen Long (WaPo)
  2. Facing deadline, government reunified 364 of 2,500-plus migrant children by Julia Ainsley and Jacob Soboroff (NBC News)

Action Items

  1. Yates: Startling reality is president isn’t all in for our nation The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) – on the importance of Rosenstein in the Special Council Investigation

Dickwad of the Week

  1. Mariia Butina, Who Sought ‘Back Channel’ Meeting for Trump and Putin, Is Charged as Russian Agent by Matt Apuzzo, Katie Benner, and Sharon LaFraniere (NYTimes)
  2. Maria Butina, explained: the accused Russian spy who tried to sway US politics through the NRA by Andrew Prokop (Vox)