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3:10 PM ET, July 22, 2018


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David Stamp / Reuters:
Trump says Carter Page documents show DoJ and FBI misled courts  —  (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Sunday that documents about his former presidential campaign adviser Carter Page confirmed with little doubt that the Department of Justice and FBI had misled the courts.
New York Times:
Without Evidence, Trump Claims Vindication From Release of Carter Page Documents  —  BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — President Trump claimed without evidence on Sunday that his administration's release of top-secret documents related to the surveillance of a former campaign aide had confirmed …
David Kris / Lawfare:
What to Make of the Carter Page FISA Applications  —  The Carter Page FISAs are out via the Freedom of Information Act.  Here are a few observations, relatively brief but still just a bit too long for Twitter.  —  First, a huge amount of information is redacted in these FISA applications …
Discussion: The Week
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
With the release of new documents, Devin Nunes's memo on Carter Page has gotten even less credible  —  Earlier this year, the political world was gripped by a stunning accusation from Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that the government's application for a warrant to surveil former Trump campaign …
Discussion: emptywheel and The Mahablog
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Carter Page was ‘more like Inspector Gadget than Jason Bourne,’ Gowdy says amid FISA release  —  Rep. Trey Gowdy said that Carter Page, the former campaign adviser to Donald Trump, was more bumbling detective than secret agent after the Justice Department on Saturday released a set of documents …
Washington Post:
Responding to FISA release, Carter Page calls spying allegations ‘ridiculous’
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Saturday night document dump
Discussion: HuffPost, Splinter and Mediaite
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
First Thoughts On the Carter Page FISA Application
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Releases Secret Carter Page Surveillance Documents at Center of Partisan Clash
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
Exclusive: Accused Russian agent Butina met with U.S. Treasury, Fed officials  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Accused Russian agent Maria Butina had wider high-level contacts in Washington than previously known, taking part in 2015 meetings between a visiting Russian official and two senior officials …
Discussion: News Agency UNIAN
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Russian billionaire with U.S. investments backed alleged agent Maria Butina, according to a person familiar with her Senate testimony  —  Maria Butina, the Russian woman charged in federal court last week with acting as an unregistered agent of her government, received financial support …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why is Mueller handing off key cases?  —  Something has been going on with Robert Mueller's investigation of people thought to have played significant roles in the Trump-Russia affair.  The special counsel, assigned to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government …
Discussion: National Review
Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
Judgment days  —  In a small Alabama town, an evangelical congregation reckons with God, President Trump and the meaning of morality  —  Clay Crum opened his Bible to Exodus Chapter 20 and read verse 14 one more time.  —  “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” it said.  —  He prayed about what he was going to do.
Discussion: Raw Story
Will Parsons / ABC News:
Top House Intel Democrat: 'The president acts like he's compromised' by Russian government  —  Responding to the way President Donald Trump conducted himself during a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Trump “acts like he's compromised” by the Kremlin.
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and Joe.My.God.
Garry Kasparov / New York Daily News:   Congress, contain Trump: We cannot let him continue to bend to Vladimir Putin
Eli Okun / Politico:
Kerry calls Trump's Helsinki performance ‘disgraceful’
Discussion: Breitbart
Grant Stern / The Dworkin Report:
Bill Browder just revealed a big secret about Putin and the Russian oligarchs  —  Scott interviews Bill Browder, the man who Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin called out in a global press conference in Helsinki at the Treason Summit with Donald Trump this week.
Andrea Chang / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold dies at 57  —  Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times restaurant critic who richly chronicled the city's vast culinary landscape and made its food understandable and approachable to legions of fans, has died.  He was 57.
Gustavo Arellano / Los Angeles Times:   We all live in Jonathan Gold's Southern California
Washington Post:
Americans give Trump negative marks for Helsinki performance, poll finds  —  By wide margins, Americans give President Trump negative marks for his conduct during a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week and for his casting doubt on U.S. intelligence conclusions that Russia interfered …
New York Times:
Democrats See Openings at State Level, Thanks to Trump Resistance  —  SANTA FE, N.M. — A polarizing president electrifies the opposition party going into his first midterm election, raising the party's hopes that it can reclaim governorships, ram through major policy change at the state level …
New York Times:
Do-It-Yourself Legislative Redistricting
Discussion: NPR
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Kavanaugh: Watergate tapes decision may have been wrong  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suggested several years ago that the unanimous high court ruling in 1974 that forced President Richard Nixon to turn over the Watergate tapes, leading to the end of his presidency, may have been wrongly decided.
Dion Nissenbaum / Wall Street Journal:
General Says Talk of More U.S.-Russia Cooperation Gives Him ‘Pause’  —  'Let's not forget that it's Russia,' said U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, who is overseeing the fight against Islamic State and the war in Afghanistan  —  KABUL—The U.S. general overseeing the fight against Islamic State …
Charles J Sykes / The Guardian:
As a conservative, I despair at Republicans' support for Trump.  His vision is not conservatism  —  It is hard to refute those who say Trumpism is a product of conservatism but refute them we must.  We are better than this  —  As Donald Trump extends his control over the Republican party …
Dennis Romero / NBC News:
Woman who lost 9 relatives in duck boat accident shares heartache, harrowing tale  —  “I felt like if I was able to get a life jacket I could've saved my babies,” Tia Coleman, who lost three children and other family members, said.  —  Survivor of Missouri duck boat tragedy speaks out
Discussion: NBC News, FOX59 and The Root
USA Today:
The super rich boost political giving ahead of November's tough midterm elections  —  WASHINGTON - Super-wealthy donors escalated their political giving this spring, led by Republicans racing to protect their party's hold on Congress in the Nov. 6 midterm elections, a USA TODAY analysis of newly filed campaign reports shows.
Patrick Kingsley / New York Times:
In First Lady's Hometown in Slovenia, the Business Is Melania  —  SEVNICA, Slovenia — Melania cake.  Melania cream.  Melania wine.  Melania tea.  Melania slippers.  Melania salami.  Melania chocolate-coated apple slices.  —  There are few products that the enterprising burghers of Sevnica …
Iran's Rouhani warns Trump about ‘mother of all wars’  —  DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday cautioned U.S. President Donald Trump about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran, saying “America should know ... war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” …
Discussion: The Week
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Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
The G.O.P. Stands By as Trump Upends American Security
Murray Brewster / CBC News:
Canada to accept up to 250 Syrian White Helmet volunteers, family after dramatic escape
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Shanita Hubbard / New York Times:
The Heartbreak of Raising a Black Daughter in a Red State
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Trump's Russia ambassador says he won't resign
Joe Heim / Washington Post:
After a tumultuous run in the White House, Sean Spicer is ready to talk now
Washington Post:
Menendez was meant to be safe. Is this how New Jersey's 46-year drought ends?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Matt Viser /
Trump's judicial legacy will last for decades — and not solely because of his Supreme Court picks
Gabriel Pogrund / Washington Post:
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Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
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Barnini Chakraborty / Fox News:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Instapundit
Washington Post:
In private, Trump vents frustration over lack of progress on North Korea
Discussion: and Axios