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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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New York Times:
N.Y. Attorney General Outlines Pattern of Possible Fraud at Trump Business  —  The attorney general, Letitia James, released new details of her investigation into whether the company misrepresented the value of its assets, but her office did not file a lawsuit.
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
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: NBC News and NPR
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Matthew Yglesias / Grid News:   The case for a better way to poll
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
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Senate Democrats will try to force ‘talking filibuster’ on two partisan election bills
Michael Lee / Fox News:
Schumer to propose talking filibuster in last-minute attempt to persuade Manchin, Sinema
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:
Jan. 6 committee on verge of obtaining some records Trump has tried to shield  —  The Jan. 6 select committee is on the verge of obtaining several pages of Donald Trump's White House records that the former president has tried to shield from congressional investigators.
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
Henry Foy / Financial Times:   EU struggles to define a trigger for Russia sanctions
Shannon Pettypiece / NBC News:
White House warns Russian invasion of Ukraine may be imminent
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: Politico
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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.
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 …
Politico:
Biden plans giveaway of 400M masks as Omicron surges  —  The Biden administration is planning to distribute hundreds of millions of free, high-quality masks through pharmacies and community health centers, a White House official said Wednesday.  —  The 400 million newly available masks …
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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 …
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.
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
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.
Politico:
Biden's favorite columnists revolt  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With Allie Bice.  —  Even JENNIFER RUBIN thinks JOE BIDEN is in trouble.  —  “Biden needs a reset.  Here's how he can do it,” …
Discussion: Vanity Fair, The Hill and IJR
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 …
Vanessa Chalmers / New York Post:
Man's agonizing penis pain is found to be rare side effect of COVID  —  A man's agonizing penis pain was blamed on COVID infection, as docs warned of the rare side effect.  —  Writing in a medical journal, the Iranian team described how the virus led to blood clotting in the poor man's shaft.
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
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.
New York Times:
André Leon Talley, Editor and Fashion Industry Force, Dies at 73  —  Called “a creative genius,” he was the rare Black editor at the top of a field that was mostly white and notoriously elitist.  —  André Leon Talley, the larger-than-life fashion editor who shattered …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Biden Year One Approval Ratings Subpar, Extremely Polarized  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — During his first year in office, an average of 48.9% of Americans approved of the job President Joe Biden was doing.  Biden's job approval ratings started relatively strong at 57%, but by September had plunged to 43%.
Discussion: HotAir and The Hill
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.
 
 
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