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NY State Attorney General:
Attorney General James Takes Action to Force Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and Ivanka Trump to Comply with Ongoing Investigation Into Trump Organization's Financial Dealings  —  Motion to Compel Filed After Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Jr.,  —  and Ivanka Trump Refuse to Provide Sworn Testimony
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Washington Post:
N.Y. attorney general alleges Trump's business inflated property values, wealth statements  —  NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Letitia James alleged on Tuesday that former president Donald Trump's business inflated the value of his properties and misstated his personal worth in representations …
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
NY AG says investigation into Trump and his business found ‘significant evidence’ suggesting fraud
Matthew Yglesias / Grid News:
The case for a better way to poll  —  Issue polling makes America seem very liberal.  Combining party trust polling would help explain why Republicans win elections.  —  Editor-at-Large  —  In recent years, progressives have invested heavily in crafting a narrative which holds …
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Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Sen. Mark Kelly supports change to Senate's filibuster rule for voting-rights legislation  —  Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., will support a change to the filibuster rule, The Arizona Republic has learned, showing for the first time a willingness to bend on an issue that has tied the Senate in knots …
Discussion: The Hill, NPR and The Guardian
Spencer / Declaration for American Democracy:   National Pro-Democracy Coalition Calls On Senate Democrats To Hold The Floor Until The Freedom To Vote Act: John R. Lewis Act Is Passed
CNN:
Exclusive: Eric Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle's phone records subpoenaed by January 6 committee  —  Washington (CNN)The House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol has subpoenaed and obtained records of phone numbers associated with one of former President Donald Trump's children …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What reporters want to ask Biden at his presser
Discussion: The Hill
Jonathan Lemire / Politico:
How Biden's first year became a tale of two presidencies  —  One year ago, President Joe Biden stood in front of a U.S. Capitol that still bore the wounds of an insurrectionist siege, taking the oath of office at a time when the nation faced its greatest array of crises in nearly a century.
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Politico:
Biden's favorite columnists revolt
Discussion: Vanity Fair, The Hill and IJR
Politico:
Biden plans giveaway of 400M masks as Omicron surges
Keith Griffith / Daily Mail:
Police said the male suspect (pictured) is believed to be homeless and fled through the back door before calming walking down an alley  —  The architectural design student from Pacific Palisades was alone in the Croft House store on La Brea Avenue in LA's upscale Fairfax neighborhood when a man entered around 1:50 p.m. and stabbed her.
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Senate President Stuart Adams tested positive for COVID twice Tuesday before publicly announcing he was negative  —  Acknowledgment of positive tests came after Tribune inquiries, records request.  —  (Francisco Kjolseth |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Elder Gerrit W. Gong …
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
How many people has Murdoch killed during pandemic?  —  We'll never know … Subscribe to PRESS RUN  —  After spending much of 2020 and the first half of 2021 raging against mask mandates and whining about how forcing workers to get vaccinated represented the trampling of individual liberties …
Discussion: Press Watch
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New York Times:   Why Trump and DeSantis Are Talking About Australia
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
Florida could shield whites from ‘discomfort’ of racist past  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill pushed by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that would prohibit public schools and private businesses from making white people feel “discomfort” when they teach students or train employees …
Washington Post:
The long slide: Inside Biden's declining popularity as he struggles with multiple crises  —  The second week of August began as a time for vacation for President Biden and some of his team.  Then Afghanistan imploded.  The reports out of Kabul were harrowing: Images of desperate Afghan nationals clinging …
Discussion: HotAir and Politico
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Firearms, a drone and 30 days of supplies: New details of Oath Keepers Jan. 6 weapons cache  —  Oath Keepers planning to violently subvert the 2020 election stockpiled 30 days of supplies and a cache of rifles and ammunition just outside of Washington, D.C., prosecutors alleged in a late-night court filing.
Discussion: Raw Story
Sarah Longwell / The Bulwark:
The Republican Parallel Universes Strategy  —  And how Democrats can break through it.  —  Shortly after the 2020 election I was chatting with a Republican strategist who'd done some work for several vulnerable-seeming GOP candidates who ultimately won their races, outperforming Donald Trump by several points.
Fredreka Schouten / CNN:
Plans to close all but one polling place in a rural Georgia county reverberate through a battleground state  —  (CNN)Election officials in a rural Georgia county are weighing plans to close all but one polling place ahead of this year's elections, alarming local voting and civil rights groups.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Administration Knew the Afghan Air Force Would Collapse after a U.S. Withdrawal  —  On the menu today: A declassified special-inspector-general report proves that the Pentagon and the Biden administration were warned in January 2021 that Afghanistan's air force did not have the capabilities to survive after a U.S. withdrawal.
John Archibald / al.com:
Police in this tiny Alabama town suck drivers into legal ‘black hole’  —  Ramon Perez came to court last month ready to fight the tickets he'd been handed by Brookside police, including one for rolling through a stop sign and another for driving 48 mph in a 40 zone.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Omicron Is in Retreat  —  What's next?  —  The latest Omicron developments continue to be encouraging.  New Covid-19 cases are plummeting in a growing list of places.  The percentage of cases causing severe illness is much lower than it was with the Delta variant.
United States Department of State:
Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy  —  The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:  —  Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv as part of our close and continued coordination with Ukraine following …
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BBC:
Ukraine: Blinken in Kyiv urges Russia to take peaceful path
Stephen Hudak / Orlando Sentinel:
Sources: State health officer Pino placed on administrative leave after vaccination email  —  Dr. Raul Pino, who became a trusted voice of the pandemic response in the nation's tourist capital, has been placed on administrative leave from his post as the state's chief health officer …
The Dworkin Report:
Lev Parnas just explained how Rudy Giuliani acquired Russian disinformation for Trump  —  Scott and Grant interview Lev Parnas, a former political associate of President Trump and a close confidant to his lawyer Rudy Giuliani.  This is the first part of a special two-part interview with Lev Parnas …
Laura Reiley / Washington Post:
Biden renewed a free program to feed needy kids.  Most states haven't even applied.  —  At its height, Pandemic-EBT fed millions of low-income students.  Now it's faltering as burdened administrators opt out.  —  Odessa Davis worked three jobs to get by, until the pandemic shutdowns …
Aadi Nair / Reuters:
Athletes warned against speaking up on human rights at Beijing Games  —  Athletes travelling to next month's Beijing Olympics were warned on Tuesday about speaking up on human rights issues while in China for their own safety by speakers at a seminar hosted by Human Rights Watch.
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
The curious case of the clerk and the racist texts  —  “Why is a prominent federal judge hiring a law clerk who said she hates Black people?” asked the headline on a column I wrote in October.  Now, the story has resurfaced, with a surprising, belated — and, in my view, ultimately unconvincing …
Discussion: The Daily Signal and Reason
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Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
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Luke Rosiak / The Daily Wire:
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Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Biden Year One Approval Ratings Subpar, Extremely Polarized
Discussion: HotAir and The Hill
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Denounces ‘Bums,’ ‘Crackheads,’ and ‘Anti-Social Parasites’ In Monologue on the Homeless
Discussion: HillReporter.com and Fox News
New Lines Magazine:
The Big Business of Uyghur Genocide Denial