Updated Jul 15, 2018

Pompeo: Trump meeting with Putin puts America "in a better place"

Mike Pompeo on a visit to Mexico. Photo: Carlos Tischler/Getty Images

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he believes President Trump should remain firm in his commitment to meet with Russian President Vladmir Putin next week saying it "puts America in a better place" despite 12 Russian military intelligence officials being indicted in the Mueller investigation into election meddling, reports CNN.

Why it matters: Pompeo saying Trump should still meet with Putin runs opposite of what Democratic leaders have said following news of the indictments came down. In the time since the indictments, Trump has not criticized Putin or Russia, instead targeting the Obama administration on Twitter asking "why didn't they do something about it?"

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Trump administration backs Oracle in Google fight

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The Trump administration is siding with Oracle in the database giant's dispute with Google before the Supreme Court — a move that comes as Oracle's founder hosts a high-dollar fundraiser for the president.

Why it matters: Billions of dollars — and, Google argues, the future of software innovation — are at stake as a long-running copyright dispute between the two giant companies heads to the Supreme Court next month.

Established VCs turn to "super angels" to grow their network

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Thanks to companies like AngelList and Carta that make it easier than ever to set up small VC funds, a new generation of so-called “super angels” is cropping up — and established venture funds are backing them.

Why it matters: Just like the boom in scout programs a number of years ago, it’s all about the deal flow.

Scoop: Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout

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Deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates will be reassigned as a senior adviser to Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, the National Security Council said Thursday — and a senior White House official said that the administration "rejects" the rumors that she is "Anonymous."

Why it matters: Coates has battled claims that she is the still-unknown Trump administration official that penned a New York Times op-ed and book critical of President Trump.