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8:35 PM ET, August 4, 2022

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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Jury finds Alex Jones caused $4 million in damages to two Sandy Hook parents  —  New York (CNN Business)Right-wing talk show host Alex Jones will have to pay the parents of a Sandy Hook shooting victim a little more than $4 million in compensatory damages, a jury decided Thursday …
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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.
Discussion: Morning Shots
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 …
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Alex Jones Trial Live Updates: Jurors Award $4.1 Million in Damages  —  A jury said Alex Jones must pay $4 million to the parents of a boy killed at Sandy Hook.  —  AUSTIN, Texas — A jury in Texas awarded the parents of a child killed in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School …
Chuck Lindell / Austin American-Statesman:
Alex Jones trial verdict: Jury awards $4.1 million in first phase of Sandy Hook case
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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
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Cheney says DOJ not prosecuting Trump if there's evidence could call into question the US as ‘nation of laws’  —  Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney said if the Justice Department does not prosecute former President Donald Trump for his role in the insurrection at the US Capitol and …
Discussion: The Hill
Bolts:
Florida Governor Suspends Tampa Prosecutor in Latest Attack on Abortion and Trans Rights  —  “He's not only stripping away our personal liberties, but he is removing those who have the guts to stand up to him,” responded a Democratic lawmaker.  —  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took …
Discussion: leg.state.fl.us and The Hill
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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
Washington Post:
Amid ‘mixed race’ speech blowback, Orban echoes Trump in Dallas  —  Viktor Orban addressed U.S. conservatives, who have praised his hard-right stances on migration and homosexuality as he veers toward authoritarianism  —  DALLAS — It was a Trump rally with a Hungarian accent.
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David Smith / The Guardian:
Orbán urges Christian nationalists in Europe and US to ‘unite forces’ at CPAC
Alexandra Hutzler / ABC News:
Why are conservatives welcoming Hungary's divisive Viktor Orban at CPAC?
Politico:
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.”
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Spencer Brown / Townhall:
'What Are Y'all Doing?': Cruz Scorches FBI Director for Targeting Patriotic Symbols
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
'It's crazy': FBI Director Christopher Wray expresses deep concern for rising violence in US
Discussion: Washington Times
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 …
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Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Monkeypox is ‘a public health emergency,’ U.S. health secretary declares
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Republicans eyeing votes on immigration, border security in upcoming reconciliation ‘vote-a-rama’  —  Sen. James Lankford says he intends to put forward a vote on Title 42.  —  Democrats need Sinema's vote to pass inflation bill  —  Senate Republicans are looking to line up a number …
Discussion: ABC News and FiveThirtyEight
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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.
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Luis Martinez / ABC News:
How the Hellfire missiles took out al-Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri with minimal collateral damage
Discussion: The Dispatch
Washington Post:
Four critically injured after lightning strike near the White House  —  The four adults were found at the center of the Lafayette Square just before 7 p.m. Thursday.  —  Four people were hospitalized with critical injuries Thursday evening after an apparent lightning strike in Lafayette Square …
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 …
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Olivia Olander / Politico:
U.S. orders aircraft carrier to remain in the region amid China-Taiwan tensions  —  The Pentagon has directed the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to remain in the area near Taiwan “to monitor the situation” as China launches missiles in the region, the White House announced on Thursday.
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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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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
Joseph G. Allen / New York Times:
Here's What School Covid Policies Should Look Like This Year  —  Dr. Allen is an associate professor and director of the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  He has written for Times Opinion previously about pandemic school closures and difficult outstanding questions about Covid.
Slate:
The Big Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Another Jan. 6 Has One Potentially Fatal Flaw  —  On Wednesday, the Senate Rules Committee took a crucial step in acting to fix an almost 150-year-old statute that governs presidential elections to try to prevent a replay of the sort of attack on democracy we saw on Jan. 6, 2021.
Discussion: Washington Post
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Democrats in Congress Have Started to Win Back Voters' Trust  —  Republicans still retain an edge on economic issues — but it's shrinking  —  Congressional Democrats are trailing their Republican counterparts in voter trust on key issues such as the economy and inflation …
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
Democracy Now:
Breaking: Ex-Black Panther Albert Woodfox Dies at 75; Survived 43 Years in Solitary Confinement  —  This is viewer supported news.  Please do your part today.  —  This is viewer supported news.  Please do your part today.  —  Albert Woodfox, who was held in solitary confinement longer …
Discussion: The Guardian and CBS News
 
 
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