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10 things you need to know today: July 22, 2018

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DOJ publishes Carter Page surveillance applications

The Department of Justice on Saturday made public the FBI's applications for warrants to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in connection to Russian election interference. The 412-page release says the FBI "believe[d] Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government ... to undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election in violation of U.S. criminal law." Page denies such accusations and has not been charged. The heavily redacted applications were made to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and were published thanks to information requests from media outlets. Read the documents here. [The Hill, Politico]


Trump claims Carter Page documents show the FBI 'misled the courts'

President Trump raged on Twitter Saturday evening and Sunday morning in response to the Justice Department's publication of the FBI's applications for warrants to surveil Carter Page. Trump claimed the entire Russia probe is a Democratic attempt to undermine the GOP in the 2018 midterms, repeating his usual refrain of "No Collusion, No Obstruction." The "ridiculously heavily redacted" documents "confirm with little doubt that the Department of 'Justice' and FBI misled the courts," the president wrote Sunday, adding an accusation that the surveillance was an "illegal Scam" to benefit Hillary Clinton. [Reuters, The Hill]


Trader Joe's standoff in L.A. ends with 1 dead

A Los Angeles Trader Joe's store became the site of a three-hour standoff with police Saturday, ending with one woman dead, six injured, and the suspect in custody. The chaos began when a man being chased by police crashed his car outside the store, fired a gun at police pursuing him, and then barricaded himself inside the Trader Joe's. The suspect, 28-year-old Gene Atkins, was being chased by authorities after critically injuring his grandmother by shooting her seven times. He eventually surrendered, handcuffing himself for arrest. [Los Angeles Times]


Intelligence chief apologizes for his reaction to Putin visit idea

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Saturday walked back his reaction to publicly learning of plans for another Trump summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Washington this fall. "Some press coverage has mischaracterized my intentions in responding to breaking news presented to me during a live interview," Coats said. "My admittedly awkward response was in no way meant to be disrespectful or criticize the actions of the president." Coats' initial reaction was to laugh and say, "That's going to be special." The administration was reportedly in turmoil over the remark. [USA Today, CNBC]


Iran warns Trump against the 'mother of all wars'

"America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday, "and war with Iran is the mother of all wars." Rouhani issued his warning to the Trump administration at a meeting of Iranian diplomats, arguing that attempts to undermine Tehran among the Iranian public would not be successful. "You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran's security and interests," he said. President Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year, claiming future negotiations will lead to a better arrangement. [Reuters, The Hill]


Israel and Jordan evacuate Syrian volunteers

Israeli troops evacuated 422 people from Syria to Jordan overnight Saturday and Sunday at the request of the United States and several European countries. The evacuees were "White Helmet" volunteers, a civil defense group that conducts search and rescue operations, evacuations, and medical work in rebel-held areas of Syria. The group and their families were located in the Golan Heights area. Syrian government troops are advancing into the region, and the Bashar al-Assad regime considers the White Helmets a terrorist organization though they are credited with saving more than 100,000 lives. [The Associated Press, Reuters]


Flooding, landslides kill 21 in Vietnam

Flash flooding and resultant landslides caused by Tropical Depression Son Tinh have killed at least 21 people in Vietnam, state-run media reported Sunday. Authorities continue to search "for missing ones, arranging temporary accommodation for households who have lost their homes, and actively evacuating and relocating people from dangerous areas," the report said. About a dozen more people are missing. Some 15,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed, and 270,000 acres of crops are flooded. A separate storm is battering eastern China, too, and nearly 200,000 people have evacuated areas around Shanghai. [Channel News Asia, CNN]


NYPD files departmental charges against officer in Eric Garner case

The New York Police Department has filed departmental charges against Daniel Panteleo, the police officer who fatally choked Eric Garner in 2014. Panteleo was caught on camera putting Garner in a chokehold, a move prohibited by the NYPD, after he caught Garner selling untaxed cigarettes. Garner, who was black, desperately protested that he could not breathe. His death was ruled a homicide, but a grand jury declined to indict Panteleo. The NYPD decided to discipline the officer because a federal investigation has dragged on for more than three years without result. [CBS New York, ABC News]


Florida police decline to charge parking space shooter, citing Stand Your Ground law

Police in Clearwater, Florida, declined to arrest or charge a man who fatally shot another over a handicapped parking spot because they believe he is likely shielded by the state's controversial Stand Your Ground law. "I don't make the law. I enforce the law," said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri at a press conference Friday, noting the state's attorney's office will review the case and could decide to bring charges. The shooting took place at a convenience store Thursday afternoon. The victim, Markeis McGlockton, shoved the shooter, Michael Drejka, to the ground while arguing. Drejka then shot him with a handgun. [Tampa Bay Times, The Week]


Iowans search for college student who disappeared while jogging

Authorities are searching for a University of Iowa student named Mollie Tibbetts, 20, who disappeared Wednesday while out for an evening jog. Tibbetts was running in Brooklyn, a small town about halfway between Iowa City and Des Moines. She gave no indication anything was wrong before her jog, her boyfriend said. "Everything's on the table, unfortunately," said Poweshiek County Sheriff Thomas Kriegel. "We're hoping that she's somewhere with a friend, and she'll show up Monday or Tuesday, and everything will get back to normal." [KCCI 8 Des Moines, ABC News]