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1:15 AM ET, July 23, 2018


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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
How a Trump Decision Revealed a G.O.P. Memo's Shaky Foundation  —  WASHINGTON — When President Trump declassified a memo by House Republicans in February that portrayed the surveillance of a former campaign adviser as scandalous, his motivation was clear: to give congressional allies …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Associated Press Lies About the FISA Application  —  The Associated Press carries on a daily vendetta against the Trump administration, systematically misleading the American people in articles that appear in hundreds or thousands of newspapers.  Thus, it is no surprise that the AP's story …
Discussion: Slate, Fox News and USA Today
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Carter Page was ‘more like Inspector Gadget than Jason Bourne,’ Gowdy says amid FISA release
Discussion: Mediaite
Austin Ramzy / New York Times:
Trump Threatens Iran on Twitter, Warning of Dire ‘Consequences’  —  President Trump threatened Iran late Sunday, warning of severe “consequences”, as rhetoric between the two countries' presidents escalated dramatically.  —  Mr. Trump, in an all-caps message on Twitter addressed …
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 “war with Iran is the mother of all wars”, but did not rule out peace between the two countries.
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and Breitbart
Associated Press:
Pompeo calls Iran religious leaders ‘hypocritical holy men’
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump's Approval Rating Inches Higher, Buoyed by Republican Support  —  In the latest WSJ/NBC News poll, the president's job approval rose to 45% but remains among the lowest of any modern president at this point his first term  —  WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump's approval rating …
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 …
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
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Chris Wallace on Interviewing Putin, and Why He Isn't Afraid to Visit Russia
Discussion: Mediaite
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Why is Mueller handing off key cases?
Emily Stewart / Vox:
America's top spy downplays “awkward” response to Trump's Putin invite as Helsinki fallout continues
Discussion: CBS News and ABC News
Garry Kasparov / New York Daily News:   Congress, contain Trump: We cannot let him continue to bend to Vladimir Putin
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 …
Francis Wilkinson / Bloomberg:
The Accused Russian Agent as Trump Republican
Discussion: Mediaite and Hullabaloo
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Russian billionaire with U.S. investments backed alleged agent Maria Butina, according …
Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
Gowdy: If There Was Evidence That President Trump Committed Any Crime, “Adam Schiff Would Have Leaked It”  —  Rep. Trey Gowdy told FNC's Bret Baier on FOX News Sunday that while there are documents he has not seen, he knows that if there were any evidence that President Trump committed any crime …
The Daily Beast:
John Kelly Signed Off on a ‘Purge’ of Scott Pruitt Loyalists From EPA … The Trump White House has moved quickly to force out a trio of staffers loyal to former, scandal-plagued Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Anton / Claremont Institute:
Birthright Citizenship: A Response to My Critics  —  expected the reaction to a recent op-ed I published calling for the end of birthright citizenship to be cantankerous.  I even expected it to be hysterical—from the Left.  I did not expect self-described “conservatives” …
Discussion: Power Line
Tim Higgins / Wall Street Journal:
Tesla Asks Suppliers for Cash Back to Help Turn a Profit  —  Electric-car company, in memo, requests supplier returns meaningful portion of money spent since 2016  —  Tesla Inc. TSLA -2.08% has asked some suppliers to refund a portion of what the electric-car company has spent previously …
Rebecca Traister / New York Magazine:
Leader of the Persistence … It was unremittingly hot at the farm in Natick, Massachusetts, where 1,500 people had gathered on the Sunday after the Fourth of July.  Remarkably, this crowd had assembled under a blistering sun not for a free concert, or outdoor theater, or even a protest, exactly.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: World leaders turning Trump tricks against him  —  World leaders are learning to play President Trump using his own set of predictable negotiating tricks.  The most vivid example of this: French President Emmanuel Macron bragging to Trump that he was jamming him by stealing “The Art of the Deal” techniques, Axios has learned.
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
Luis Martinez / ABC News:
US commander in Middle East hesitant to cooperate with Russians in Syria on refugees  —  The commander of U.S. military forces in the Middle East has expressed reservations about America possibly working with Russia in Syria to help Syrian refugees return to their war-torn nation …
Dion Nissenbaum / Wall Street Journal:   General Says Talk of More U.S.-Russia Cooperation Gives Him ‘Pause’
Samantha J. Gross / Dallas Morning News:
Defending Donald Trump, First Baptist's Robert Jeffress compares him to ‘known womanizer’ Ronald Reagan  —  Rev. Robert Jeffress went on Fox News Friday night to defend President Donald Trump amid the news that the president's longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, recorded him discussing payment of a Playboy model.
Alexandra Hutzler / Newsweek:
Southern Nationalist Group Creates Russian Language Website Page To Foster Relationship Between the ‘Two Natural Allies’  —  The League of The South, an organization described by analysts as a neo-confederate hate group, has launched a Russian language page on their website to explore shared ideas on “Southern nationalism.”
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Julie Watson / Associated Press:
Family, home still unfamiliar to Honduran baby
Discussion: The Guardian
Karen Ruiz / Daily Mail:
PICTURED: Hillary Clinton dining with Harvey Weinstein after her loss
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
New York City's Young Inmates Are Held in Isolation Upstate, Despite Ban
Discussion: Splinter
New York Times:
Lawmakers, Lobbyists and the Administration Join Forces to Overhaul the Endangered Species Act
Wall Street Journal:
China's Global Building Spree Runs Into Trouble in Pakistan
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Jeff Seldin / Voice of America:
Estonia Spy Chief: Network of Operatives Pushing Russian Agenda in West
Quint Forgey / Politico:
White House: Plane intercepted after entering ‘restricted’ Trump golf club airspace
Discussion: Axios and Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Olivia Goldhill / Quartz:
“Nanette” and why a new wave of comedians don't want to be funny
Discussion: and Althouse
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Kavanaugh: Watergate tapes decision may have been wrong
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
Why we need local journalism: Look around at how vulnerable we are right now
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
The G.O.P. Stands By as Trump Upends American Security
Patrick Kingsley / New York Times:
In First Lady's Hometown in Slovenia, the Business Is Melania
Discussion: Bustle
Grant Stern / The Dworkin Report:
Bill Browder just revealed a big secret about Putin and the Russian oligarchs
Charles J Sykes / The Guardian:
As a conservative, I despair at Republicans' support for Trump. His vision is not conservatism
Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
Judgment days  —  In a small Alabama town, an evangelical …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story