The latest Trump scandal would have destroyed any other president | Jonathan Freedland

Audio released of president discussing buying a model’s story will change little. Both in the US and UK, too many voters don’t seem to care

Shall we cast our minds back to the more innocent era of 1992, when the presidential campaign of a young southern governor by the name of Bill Clinton was nearly derailed by claims that he’d had an extramarital affair with a former lounge singer by the name of Gennifer Flowers?

As it happens, Clinton survived that episode – he and Hillary appeared jointly on 60 Minutes, as Hillary famously explained: “You know, I’m not sitting here, some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette”, but it was a close-run thing.

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Serena Williams hits out at frequency of her anti-doping tests

• American player complains about number of tests
• ‘I’m the one getting tested the most. Discrimination? I think so’

Serena Williams has again hit out at the frequency with which she is selected for anti-doping tests. The Wimbledon runner-up took to Twitter on Tuesday night after she received another visit from a tester.

Williams wrote: “And it’s that time of the day to get ‘randomly’ drug tested and only test Serena. Out of all the players it’s been proven I’m the one getting tested the most. Discrimination? I think so. At least I’ll be keeping the sport clean.”

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Double Negative: Trump, Putin, and the Destruction of Political Intelligence

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There has been a lot of action the past two weeks relating to the Trump-Russia saga, but does any of it matter? This week on Intercepted: Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen analyzes the fallout from the Trump-Putin summit, what Putin actually wants from Trump, and the indictment of 12 Russian GRU officers. The Intercept’s Micah Lee offers a technical analysis of the special council Robert Mueller indictment of the Russian intelligence operatives who the U.S. Justice Department alleges cyber-attacked the Democrats and election software providers. Jeremy argues that Trump is sort of right about stripping security clearances from former senior CIA officials, but for all the wrong reasons. NYU professor Nikhil Pal Singh talks about the ahistorical analogies used to describe Trump and l’affaire Russia, the “far more consequential threats to U.S. democracy” than what is on cable news 24/7. Experimental electronic musician Oneohtrix Point Never discusses his Russian roots, Steve Bannon’s favorite book, and the inspiration for his cinematically dystopic album, “Age Of.”

Transcript coming soon. 

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Democrats look for balancing act to win key Ohio district from Republicans

Danny O’Connor, 31, hopes to defeat Troy Balderson by wooing activists who oppose Trump as well as moderate Republicans

For observers of politics in the Trump era, the script in Ohio is familiar. A special election pits a young and energetic Democrat against an underwhelming Republican, in an area where many conservatives look askance at Donald Trump.

Related: ‘It’s pretty lonely out here’: why John Kasich is willing to criticize Trump

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