"Number one, they should go after the leakers in intelligence. I don’t mean the White House stuff where they’re fighting over who loves me the most, OK? It’s just stupid people doing that."
* by Brianna Sacks on BuzzFeed
"Breaking story after story, two great American newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post, are resurgent, with record readerships. One has greater global reach and fifth-generation family ownership; the other has Jeff Bezos as its deep-pocketed proprietor and a technological advantage. Both, however, still face an existential foe."
* by James Warren on Vanity Fair
"On Monday, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner spoke to a group of congressional interns as part of an ongoing, off-the-record summer lecture series. During the question-and-answer portion of the event, Kushner may have inadvertently offered some insight into the negotiating tactics he is using in the Middle East."
* by Ashley Feinberg on WIRED
"You think this is bad? Wait until the Trump White House faces a real international crisis! You’ve no doubt heard this warning. Here’s the problem with that: An extraordinary constellation of complex global crises is boiling over right now in real time — and they are being exacerbated by President Trump and his team."
* by David Rothkopf on The Washington Post
"We can no longer defer our response to this crisis. North Korea has demonstrated, time and again, that it may upend the tenuous armistice along the 38th parallel at any moment and drag the United States and our allies into a devastating conflict. What the United States needs now is swift action backed by a realistic strategy to secure the denuclearization and reunification of the Korean Peninsula."
* by Sen. Ted Cruz on The Washington Post
"In the past few months, tens of thousands of anti-government protesters have twice taken to the streets in dozens of cities, breathing new life into an opposition movement that was struggling to survive in the wake of the pro-Putin euphoria that swept Russia following the seizure of Crimea in 2014."
* by Marc Bennetts on POLITICO.eu
"Ukraine has suffered wave after wave of cyber-attacks since the 2014 Revolution of Dignity and the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. The mounting democratic and pro-Western sentiment of the Ukrainian reformers terrified the Kremlin. In a blatant attempt to influence the Ukraine elections, Russian hackers targeted Ukraine’s voting infrastructure. Since then, Ukraine has faced an unrelenting storm of Russian aggression, much of which was in the cyber sphere."
* by Dmytro Shymkiv, deputy head of the presidential administration of Ukraine and secretary of the National Reform Council, on The Washington Times
"The Trump administration’s bombast toward Iran is, in a sense, par for the course. US foreign policy is littered with absurd, tragic, and hugely destructive foreign wars that served no real purpose except the pursuit of some misguided strand of official propaganda. How else, in the end, to explain America’s useless and hugely costly entanglements in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and many other conflicts?"
* by Jeffrey Sachs on Project Syndicate