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It's noon. It's time for a break. Here's what people are reading on today:

Trump Resists Mueller Interview, Leaving Difficult Decision On Subpoena Before Fall Elections
Chris Megerian, David Willman @
President Trump appears to be closing the door on an interview with the special counsel as his lawyer Rudy Giuliani sets new demands. The question is whether Mueller will try to compel the president's testimony with a subpoena.

Trump Aides Face Calls To Resign After President’s Appearance With Putin - Politico

Top aides to President Donald Trump faced calls from critics to resign after the U.S. leader publicly sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin and against the U.S. intelligence community over charges that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election.

Fire Near Yosemite Explodes As Officials Mourn Firefighter Killed On Front Lines
Doug Smith @
A dangerous forest fire burning near Yosemite National Park exploded overnight to 4,300 acres, forcing the closure of Highway 140 into the park and prompting evacuations of nearby communities, officials said.

Trump: ‘i Don’t See Any Reason Why’ Russia Would Have Interfered With Election - Politico

The comment is the latest instance of President Donald Trump breaking with the U.S. intelligence community. | Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images

Preparing To Meet Putin, Trump Calls The European Union A 'foe'
Laura King, Eli Stokols @
Trump describes the European Union as a "foe" as he prepares for his first formal summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, adding fresh disparagement of some of America's closest allies after his disruptive visits to NATO headquarters and the United Kingdom.

Trump-putin Press Conference Leaves Members Of Both Parties Reeling - Politico

President Donald Trump avoided rebuking Russian President Vladimir Putin for Russia's interference in the 2016 election, and even suggested the countries work together on cybersecurity. | Antti Animo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva via AP