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7:15 PM ET, August 4, 2022


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Anna Merlan / VICE:
A Copy of Alex Jones' Cellphone Will Be Turned Over to the January 6 Committee ‘Immediately’  —  The phone data was accidentally given to a lawyer for the parents of children killed at Sandy Hook.  —  Anna Merlan  —  After Wednesday's revelation that an attorney for Alex Jones accidentally turned …
Matt Labash / Slack Tide:
Mr. Jones and Me  —  Is the Alex Jones joke over?  Or is it still on the rest of us?  —  In my former incarnation as a serial profile writer, I developed a high tolerance - and sometimes even an affinity - for rogues, creeps, and colorful liars.  Which is why it makes sense that I'd get along with Alex Jones, if only for an evening.
Chuck Lindell / Austin American-Statesman:
Alex Jones trial verdict: Jury awards $4.1 million in first phase of Sandy Hook case  —  Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones must pay the parents of Sandy Hook victim Jesse Lewis damage awards totaling $4.1 million, an Austin jury determined Thursday — far below the $150 million requested.
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Alex Jones Trial Live Updates: Jurors Award $4.1 Million in Damages
Associated Press:
Jan. 6 panel has asked for Alex Jones' texts, Sandy Hook attorney says
Exclusive: Trump lawyers in talks with Justice Department about January 6 criminal probe  —  (CNN)Former President Donald Trump's legal team is in direct communication with Justice Department officials, the first sign of talks between the two sides as the criminal probe into January 6, 2021 …
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Trump likely to be criminally charged in DOJ election probe along with other former White House officials, Obama AG Holder says  — Former President Donald Trump “probably” will be indicted on criminal charges along with former White House officials as part of a Justice Department investigation …
Discussion: Political Wire
Lawrence Mower / Tampa Bay Times:
DeSantis suspends Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren  —  “Our government is a government of laws, not a government of men,” DeSantis said.  —  TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren for not prosecuting certain crimes.
Steve Contorno / CNN:
DeSantis suspends Tampa prosecutor who took stance against criminalizing abortion providers  —  (CNN)Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday suspended Tampa's elected prosecutor, Andrew Warren, for pledging not to use his office to go after people who seek and provide abortions or on doctors …
Wray: Allegations ‘troubling’ about FBI agent covering up Hunter Biden information  —  FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Thursday that allegations of an FBI agent's partisan social media posts and efforts to suppress information in the investigation into Hunter Biden's business activities were “deeply troubling.”
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
'It's crazy': FBI Director Christopher Wray expresses deep concern for rising violence in US  —  Wray called election and politically motivated violence “almost a 365-day phenomenon,” an outgrowth of the country's deep divide.  —  WASHINGTON - FBI Director Christopher Wray …
Discussion: Washington Times
Spencer Brown / Townhall:
'What Are Y'all Doing?': Cruz Scorches FBI Director for Targeting Patriotic Symbols
Emma Graham-Harrison / The Guardian:
Hey, that's my house: US aid worker realises Zawahiri villa is his old home  —  The Kabul property hit by a US drone was familiar.  It turned out Dan Smock had something in common with al-Qaida's leader  —  Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul  —  he balcony in Kabul where the head of al-Qaida was killed was a spot Dan Smock knew well.
Luis Martinez / ABC News:
How the Hellfire missiles took out al-Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri with minimal collateral damage
Discussion: The Dispatch
Washington Post:
As monkeypox strikes gay men, officials debate warnings to limit partners  —  Sex is a major driver of the global outbreak.  But health officials and longtime HIV activists say calls for abstinence don't work.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Thousands of gay men clad in leather, latex …
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Monkeypox is ‘a public health emergency,’ U.S. health secretary declares
Democrats Plan Saturday Vote On Inflation Reduction Act  —  Passing the bill would represent a partial fulfillment of a major part of Joe Biden's domestic policy agenda.  —  WASHINGTON ― Senate Democrats plan to hold a procedural vote Saturday on their major domestic policy bill known …
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Republicans eyeing votes on immigration, border security in upcoming reconciliation ‘vote-a-rama’
Discussion: ABC News and FiveThirtyEight
Schumer's office says he plans to hold vote on tech antitrust bill
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
A.B. Stoddard / The Bulwark:
The Distinct Shame of Senate Republicans  —  Think about what Republican senators must have known when they voted not to convict Trump during the second impeachment.  —  Watching the House Select Committee on January 6th hearings I was struck by one overriding question.
David Smith / The Guardian:
Orbán urges Christian nationalists in Europe and US to ‘unite forces’ at CPAC  —  Hungary's prime minister delivers opening address to American conservatives at CPAC in Texas  —  Viktor Orbán, the autocratic leader of Hungary, has urged Christian nationalists in Europe and the US to …
Jim Heintz / Associated Press:
WNBA's Griner convicted at drug trial, sentenced to 9 years  —  KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner was convicted Thursday in Russia of drug possession and sentenced to nine years in prison following a politically charged trial that came amid soaring tensions between Moscow …
The White House:
Statement by President Joe Biden on the Sentencing of Wrongfully Detained American Brittney Griner
ABC News:
DOJ charges current, former police officers in connection with raid that killed Breonna Taylor  —  The department is investigating the Louisville Police Department.  —  U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday that the Department of Justice has filed charges against four former …
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
G.O.P. Governors Cause Havoc by Busing Migrants to East Coast  —  Thousands of migrants have been arriving on buses sent by the governors of Texas and Arizona.  Many have ended up in homeless shelters and on the streets.  —  WASHINGTON — Lever Alejos arrived in the nation's capital last week …
Josh Hammer / Newsweek:
Why Is Everyone Talking About the Claremont Institute?  —  , NEWSWEEK OPINION EDITOR AND HOST, “THE JOSH HAMMER SHOW”  —  On Wednesday, Elisabeth Zerofsky of The New York Times Magazine published a lengthy essay titled, “How the Claremont Institute Became a Nerve Center of the American Right.”
Discussion: New York Times
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Delays Minuteman III Missile Test Amid Tensions Over Taiwan  —  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered the delay to avoid further inflaming relations with China, a defense official said  —  What's Next for Taiwan as U.S.-China Tensions Rise … The Biden administration postponed …
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
‘Never seen it this bad’: America faces catastrophic teacher shortage  —  Rural school districts in Texas are switching to four-day weeks this fall due to lack of staff.  Florida is asking veterans with no teaching background to enter classrooms.  Arizona is allowing college students to step in and instruct children.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Trumpists are winning.  Here are 3 hidden reasons to fear them.  —  As the noxious dust settles from this week's GOP primaries, some big storylines are coming into view: The Trumpists are ascendant, and in their hands, the threat of Trumpism will far outlast Donald Trump himself.
Discussion: CBS News and Axios
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Former Vice President Dick Cheney rips ‘coward’ Trump in election ad for daughter Liz  — Former Vice President Dick Cheney assailed ex-President Donald Trump as a “coward” and a threat to America in a new campaign ad for his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.
John F. Harris / Politico:
How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Will Have The Last Laugh on Samuel Alito  —  Justice Samuel Alito, in drafting Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, said he and the other justices who joined him in ending a constitutional right to abortion had no ability to foresee what the political implications would be.
Saja Hindi / Denver Post:
The results are in — again: Tina Peters lost her GOP primary election for secretary of state nomination  —  County clerks conducted a recount that confirmed initial results  —  A recount of votes in the GOP primary for Colorado secretary of state shows what election officials knew to be true …
Discussion: The Hill
San Antonio Express-News:
‘He was difficult’: Uvalde school police chief Pete Arredondo was demoted years before the massacre  —  Eight years before Uvalde school police Chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo led a disastrous law enforcement response to a mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, he was demoted …
Associated Press:
Primaries bring big losses for incumbent GOP state lawmakers  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As Wisconsin's longest-serving Assembly speaker, Republican Robin Vos has presided over efforts to restrict abortions, weaken unions, expand gun rights and push back against COVID-19 mandates.
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Democrats in Congress Have Started to Win Back Voters' Trust
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
A key ingredient to flip the House: A wave of Latino GOP candidates
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
Trump testimony expected soon in NY civil investigation
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Senate GOP escalates its attack on Google over email spam
Discussion: Gizmodo
Charley Grant / Wall Street Journal:
CFPB Is Investigating Goldman Sachs's Credit-Card Practices
Discussion: CBS News, CNBC and Financial Times
Josh Barro / Very Serious:
Kansas Provides a Roadmap for Democrats on Abortion
The Big Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Another Jan. 6 Has One Potentially Fatal Flaw
Discussion: Washington Post
Associated Press:
After Supreme Court ruling, it's open season on US gun laws
Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Yousef Munayyer / The Nation:
Why Can't AIPAC Defend Israel?
Sue Evans / Common Sense:
How Tavistock Came Tumbling Down
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Peter Stone / The Guardian:
MyPillow chief spends tens of millions in fresh crusade to push Trump's big lie
Discussion: Raw Story
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
As Iran Talks of Nuclear Advances, Negotiations With U.S. Restart
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The GOP is sick. It didn't start with Trump — and won't end with him.
Michael Rezendes / Associated Press:
Seven years of sex abuse: How Mormon officials let it happen
Discussion: Raw Story