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Free advice to the president: Michael Smerconish, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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NEFARIOUS OR NAIVE?

General Michael Hayden on report of Jared Kushner seeking line to Kremlin – Michael Smerconish, CNN.

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Is the alleged Jared Kushner idea to set up a “back channel” communication with Moscow: 

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A SECRET CHANNEL?

Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin: Ellen Nakashima, Adam Entous and Greg Miller, The Washington Post.

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"EVERYTHING IS IN PLAY"

Trump Pushing Big White House Changes as Russia Crisis Grows: Michael Bender and Peter Nicholas, The Wall Street Journal.

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RAMADAN 2017

9 questions about the Muslim holy month you were too embarrassed to ask: Jennifer Williams, Vox.

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THE FACE OF MONTANA

Don’t Judge Montana for a Single Body Slam: Sarah Vowell, The New York Times.

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AT HIS OWN WAKE

Tormented by an incurable disease, John Shields knew that dying openly and without fear could be his legacy, if his doctor, friends and family helped him: Catherine Porter, The New York Times Magazine

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DATELINE TEHRAN

‘Beautiful Military Equipment’ Can’t Buy Middle East Peace: Mohammad Javad Zarif, foreign minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, New York Times.

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THE CONGRESSMAN

Greg Gianforte elected next U.S. congressman for Montana: Billings Gazette.

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JARED IN FOCUS

Investigators are focusing on Jared Kushner as part of their Russian probe: Matt Zapotosky, Sari Horwitz, Devlin Barrett and Adam Entous, The Washington Post.

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NO TV DIAGNOSES

Psychiatry’s “Goldwater Rule” has never met a test like Donald Trump – The psychiatric debate over diagnosing Trump, explained: Brian Resnick, Vox.