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9:30 AM ET, July 22, 2018


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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Releases Secret Carter Page Surveillance Documents at Center of Partisan Clash  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has disclosed a previously top-secret set of documents related to the wiretapping of Carter Page, the onetime Trump campaign adviser who was at the center …
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.
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 …
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Saturday night document dump  —  We are familiar with the Friday afternoon document dump.  It's a standard tool of political scandal management.  What are we to make of the Saturday night document dump by which the Department of Justice delivered the heavily redacted documents comprising …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
DOJ Releases Carter Page FISA Applications  —  In an unprecedented move, the Department of Justice has released 412 pages of top-secret documents related to surveillance conducted against former Trump campaign chairman Carter Page.  —  The documents include an October 2016 application …
Discussion: Breitbart
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
The FISA Documents Used To Wiretap Carter Page Just Dropped
Discussion: Washington Post and Instapundit
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
First Thoughts On the Carter Page FISA Application
Discussion: Washington Times
Jfarrell / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch Obtains Carter Page FISA Court Documents
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
Brad Heath / USA Today:
FBI releases FISA records on Carter Page surveillance
Discussion: HuffPost
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.
Pete Wells / New York Times:   Jonathan Gold, Food Critic Who Celebrated L.A.'s Cornucopia, Dies at 57
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:   Jonathan Gold didn't just elevate the art of food writing and restaurant criticism …
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and
Elana Schor / Politico:
Kavanaugh inches closer to confirmation hearing with new filing
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 …
Vladimir Soldatkin / Reuters:   Lavrov tells Pompeo: free Russian woman accused in U.S. of espionage
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Russia Seeks Release of Woman Accused of Being Covert Agent
Discussion: Spectator USA, NPR, Axios and Foreign Policy
Washington Post:
In private, Trump vents frustration over lack of progress on North Korea  —  When he emerged from his summit with Kim Jong Un last month, President Trump triumphantly declared that North Korea no longer posed a nuclear threat and that one of the world's most intractable geopolitical crises had been “largely solved.”
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Trump Signals Consequences for Michael Cohen Over Secret Recording  —  BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — President Trump lashed out at his longtime lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, on Saturday, suggesting that there could be legal consequences for Mr. Cohen's decision to record a discussion they had two months …
Trump attorneys waive privilege on secret recording about ex-Playmate payment
Discussion: Althouse and NPR
Salt Lake Tribune:
By Ambassador Jon M. Huntsman  —  • In the wake of President Donald Trump's recent summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Salt Lake Tribune columnist Robert Gehrke wrote a column arguing why U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon M. Huntsman, Utah's former governor, should resign his diplomatic post immediately.
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Political Wire
Luke O'Brien / HuffPost:
How Pizzagate Pusher Mike Cernovich Keeps Getting People Fired  —  He just took down director James Gunn.  Now he's using a trollish rumor about a sex tape to go after journalists.  —  Mike Cernovich was celebrating on Friday, at least for a few hours.  Disney had just fired James Gunn …
Barnini Chakraborty / Fox News:
The dating swamp: How finding love in DC may be impossible for young Trump and GOP staffers  —  Trying to find love in D.C. can be tricky.  If you're a young Trump administration staffer, it might be near impossible.  —  GOP employees and other right-wingers have been complaining that dating …
Discussion: Raw Story and Instapundit
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.
CBS Los Angeles:
Woman Dies During Standoff At Silver Lake Trader Joe's, Suspect Taken Into Custody  —  STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — One woman is dead after a gunman entered the Trader Joe's grocery store in Silver Lake, barricading himself inside with multiple hostages.  —  The suspect, described initially …
Los Angeles Times:   Tense standoff at Trader Joe's in Silver Lake after gunman opens fire; he and bystanders inside store
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Dan Coats Denies Criticism of Trump Over Putin White House Visit  —  WASHINGTON — The nation's top intelligence official played down on Saturday his seemingly astonished reaction this week to the news that President Trump planned to invite President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to Washington.
Steve Holland / Reuters:
U.S. intelligence chief Coats says no disrespect intended toward Trump over Russia summit news
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why is Mueller handing off key cases?
Discussion: National Review
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
The U.S. Needs to Face Up to Its Long History of Election Meddling
John Eligon / New York Times:
Nine of Her Family Members on a Missouri Duck Boat Died. Somehow, She Survived.
Grace Carr / The Daily Caller:
Woman Decides To Become A Man.  Now She's Accused Of ‘Mansplaining’ And ‘Male Heterosexual Privilege’
Marc Morano / Climate Depot:
New Gallup Poll: Americans do not even mention global warming as a problem - 36 ‘problems’ cited, but not climate
Charles J. Sykes / New York Times:
Republicans, Don't Just Tweet About It. Do Something.
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Conservative columnist: ‘I would take Obama back in a nanosecond’
Report: Rand Paul spent donor money on trips abroad, clothes shopping
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Indicted Russian troll factory finds an ally in Trump's SCOTUS nominee
James Hibberd /
Fantastic Beasts panel gets political at Comic-Con: ‘Impeach Trump!’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Nazis and anti-Semites slip through GOP primaries, causing headaches for party
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Michael Cohen privately questions Trump's fitness to be president
Discussion: Mediaite
Enjoli Francis / ABC News:
Gunman in parking space shooting not charged because of ‘Stand Your Ground’ law
Discussion: New York Times