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6:20 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 …
New York Times:
As Trump Struggles With Helsinki's Fallout, Congress Faces a New Charge: Complicity  —  WASHINGTON — In the nearly two years since Russia attacked the American democratic process, congressional Republicans have played conflicting roles in the drama: Some have pressed to impose sanctions …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:   Carter Page was ‘more like Inspector Gadget than Jason Bourne,’ Gowdy says amid FISA release
David Kris / Lawfare:
What to Make of the Carter Page FISA Applications
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Saturday night document dump
Discussion: NPR, Common Dreams and Daily Wire
FBI releases Carter Page surveillance warrant documents
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 …
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 …
Daniella Cheslow / NPR:
GOP Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick: ‘The President Was Manipulated By Vladimir Putin’  —  A GOP Congressman and former FBI agent says he thinks President Trump was manipulated by Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Brian Fitzpatrick told NPR's Michel Martin on All Things Considered that he drew …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Garry Kasparov / New York Daily News:   Congress, contain Trump: We cannot let him continue to bend to Vladimir Putin
Mark Murray / NBC News:
NBC/WSJ poll: Public gives Trump thumbs down on Russia, thumbs up on economy  —  ‘The more Trump gets criticized by the media, the more his base seems to rally behind him,’ pollster Fred Yang says.  —  WASHINGTON — After an eventful and tumultuous month in American politics …
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:   Donald Trump's Approval Rating Inches Higher, Buoyed by Republican Support
Washington Post:
Americans give Trump negative marks for Helsinki performance, poll finds
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: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
Eli Okun / Politico:
Gowdy: Trump advisers should consider quitting over Russia  —  The South Carolina Republican chastised Trump for inviting Putin to Washington this fall.  —  House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy chastised Donald Trump for inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington …
Discussion: Political Wire and Breitbart
Eli Okun / Politico:
Kerry calls Trump's Helsinki performance ‘disgraceful’
Discussion: Breitbart
Will Parsons / ABC News:
Top House Intel Democrat: 'The president acts like he's compromised' by Russian government
Discussion: Breitbart and Joe.My.God.
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Sanders' wing of the party terrifies moderate Dems.  Here's how they plan to stop it.  —  Party members and fundraisers gathered for an invitation-only event to figure out how to counteract the rising progressive movement.  —  Ocasio-Cortez joins Sanders to rally for Kansas Democrat, progressive values
Discussion: Common Dreams and New York Times
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.
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
The G.O.P. Stands By as Trump Upends American Security  —  In the aftermath of Helsinki, there has been outcry, but no real action, from the Republican establishment.  —  Fifty years ago, America was in agony.  Its unity at home, and its standing abroad, were deteriorating.
Discussion: Political Wire
Quint Forgey / Politico:
White House: Plane intercepted after entering ‘restricted’ Trump golf club airspace  —  A plane breached the “no fly” zone surrounding the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey Saturday, and U.S. military aircraft “intercepted the violator and escorted them from restricted airspace,” the White House said.
Discussion: Washington Post
Sacramento Bee:   US fighter jet intercepts small plane near Trump golf resort
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.
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 …
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 …
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
Why we need local journalism: Look around at how vulnerable we are right now  —  No one lives in America, exactly.  We all live somewhere in America, like the nearly 9 million of us in New York City.  —  The thing I love about local news is that it doesn't scale.
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Murray Brewster / CBC News:
Canada to accept up to 250 Syrian White Helmet volunteers, family after dramatic escape
Discussion: Al Jazeera English
New York Times:
Democrats See Openings at State Level, Thanks to Trump Resistance
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Trump's Russia ambassador says he won't resign
Discussion: Vox, Talking Points Memo and Politico
Joe Heim / Washington Post:
After a tumultuous run in the White House, Sean Spicer is ready to talk now
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Bustle
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Menendez was meant to be safe. Is this how New Jersey's 46-year drought ends?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Charles J Sykes / The Guardian:
As a conservative, I despair at Republicans' support for Trump. His vision is not conservatism
Matt Viser /
Trump's judicial legacy will last for decades — and not solely because of his Supreme Court picks
Gabriel Pogrund / Washington Post:
Dependent on trade, Mike Pence's hometown takes a hit due to Trump's tariffs
USA Today:
The super rich boost political giving ahead of November's tough midterm elections
Philip Elliott / TIME:
Koch Brothers Mount Grassroots Effort to Support Immigration
Panos Mourdoukoutas / Forbes:
Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money
Discussion: Mashable
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
The U.S. Needs to Face Up to Its Long History of Election Meddling