The lawyer using Trump tactics to battle Trump. Supreme Court decision striking down sports betting law not likely to affect Utah. Sen. Mike Lee in Jerusalem as U.S. moves its embassy.
Happy Tuesday. A few weeks ago, few Americans had heard of Michael Avenatti. But the California lawyer who is representing an adult film star is using tactics made famous by President Donald Trump as he parlays a narrow dispute about a one-night stand into a news-cycle-dominating assault on the president of the United States. He taunts his opponents. He uses Twitter to make explosive accusations. And he is omnipresent on cable news. [WaPost]
Topping the news: The U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down a federal restriction on sports betting is not expected to affect Utah, a state with a long history of opposition gambling. [Trib]
-> Utah’s Sen. Orrin Hatch said he would introduce legislation to set a standard for sports betting and protect consumers after the Supreme Court’s decision. [Trib]
-> Sen. Mike Lee was on hand at the unveiling of the new U.S. Embassy in Israel on Monday, a move he said was long overdue. Relocating the U.S.’s official presence from Tel Aviv, though, sparked protests that left dozens dead and thousands wounded. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @ChuckGrassley: “Since the WH leaks like a sieve will 1 of the leakers tell me Does @POTUS do his own tweeting? Or does someone help him? Or does he dictate into the microphone? He’s much more prolific than I am”
-> From @StephenAtHome: “If all sports gambling is legal, what’s gonna stop Trump from using that almanac he stole from Marty McFly?”
Happy Birthday: To State Sen. Evan Vickers.
In other news: The Utah Supreme Court heard arguments in a lawsuit over whether people can sue over sexual assault allegations that happened decades earlier. [APviaTrib]
-> Robert Gehrke writes about the Utah Supreme Court case revolving around Terry Mitchell, a woman who alleges federal prosecutor Richard Warren Roberts sexually abused her in 1981 while representing the then-16-year-old in a murder trial. [Trib]
-> The libertarian-leaning Libertas Institute released a 7,000-word rebuttal to an anti-medical-marijuana analysis released last week by Kirton McConkie, a Mormon church law firm, saying it has “little substance.” [Trib]
-> In a lawsuit filed by The Tribune, a 3rd District judge will decide whether the police at Brigham Young University, a private school, should be subject to Utah’s open records law. [Trib]
-> A man who drew graffiti while visiting Zion National Park allegedly turned himself in to park authorities after a professional photographer captured the vandalism and posted it on Facebook. [Trib]
-> The driver of a Tesla that crashed at 60 mph in South Jordan told police that the sedan’s semi-autonomous Autopilot feature was engaged when it crashed. [APviaTrib]
-> Renee Grant, a sex trafficking survivor, has overcome addiction and is now working as a counselor for victims of sex trafficking. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley depicts a “ruffing” of the Fourth Estate. [Trib]
Nationally: President Donald Trump recorded a video for the embassy move to Jerusalem but didn’t attend, instead sending his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who are Jewish. [NYTimes]
-> Foreign policy experts say Trump’s lack of a coherent strategy is confusing to allies and detrimental to U.S. relations with other countries. [Politico]
-> First lady Melania Trump underwent a kidney surgery that was described as a successful procedure with no complications. [CNN]
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— Thomas Burr and Connor Richards