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9:45 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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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.
Discussion: Morning Shots
Insider:
Sandy Hook parents' lawyer says Alex Jones' phone leak contains ‘intimate messages with Roger Stone’  — Alex Jones' cellphone leak includes “intimate messages” with Roger Stone, a lawyer said.  — The House committee investigating the Capitol riot wants the phone's contents, the attorney added.
Chuck Lindell / Austin American-Statesman:
Alex Jones trial verdict: Jury awards $4.1 million in first phase of Sandy Hook case
Discussion: The Texas Tribune and Vox
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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’
Discussion: The Hill
Chris Geidner / Bolts:
Florida Governor Suspends Tampa Prosecutor in Latest Attack on Abortion and Trans Rights  —  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took the extraordinary step on Thursday of suspending the locally elected prosecutor of Hillsborough County, home to Tampa.  Andrew Warren, the suspended prosecutor …
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Lawrence Mower / Tampa Bay Times:
DeSantis suspends Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren
Steve Contorno / CNN:
DeSantis suspends Tampa prosecutor who took stance against criminalizing abortion providers
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Democrats, Sinema reach deal on new taxes in Inflation Reduction Act  —  The agreement led Sinema to offer her support for the measure after days of silence.  —  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) said she would “move forward” on a revised version of Senate Democrats' health care …
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Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Republicans eyeing votes on immigration, border security in upcoming reconciliation ‘vote-a-rama’
Discussion: ABC News and FiveThirtyEight
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Viktor Orbán's racism not a deal breaker for the right in the U.S.  —  Viktor Orbán's recent racism offered Republicans an opportunity to distance themselves from the authoritarian Hungarian.  They've done the opposite.  —  Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's anti …
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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.
Alexandra Hutzler / ABC News:
Why are conservatives welcoming Hungary's divisive Viktor Orban at CPAC?
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 …
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
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
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Republicans' last-minute Cheney lifeline  —  A handful of Republican operatives are quietly mounting a last-ditch effort to rescue Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from a Trump-backed primary challenge, Axios has learned. … - Cheney — the vice chair of the House Jan. 6 committee — could be the next casualty.
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Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Former Vice President Dick Cheney rips ‘coward’ Trump in election ad for daughter Liz
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:
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Laura Bassett / Jezebel:
4,500 Tips About Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Were Punted to Trump White House, FBI Director Admits  —  Bama RushTok Is Back, Baby  —  Alex Jones Must Pay Sandy Hook Parents Over $4 Million, Jury Decides  —  Ron DeSantis Suspended a County Prosecutor Who Pledged Not to Go After Abortion Providers
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
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
James Franco To Play Fidel Castro In ‘Alina Of Cuba’; Mía Maestro Also Set Opposite Ana Villafañe  —  EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee and 2x Golden Globe winner James Franco will play Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Miguel Bardem's Alina of Cuba with Imagen Award winner Mía Maestro set …
 
 
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Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
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Discussion: HotAir
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Democrats in Congress Have Started to Win Back Voters' Trust
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
Charley Grant / Wall Street Journal:
CFPB Is Investigating Goldman Sachs's Credit-Card Practices
Discussion: CBS News, Financial Times and CNBC
San Antonio Express-News:
‘He was difficult’: Uvalde school police chief Pete Arredondo was demoted years before the massacre
ABC News:
DOJ charges current, former police officers in connection with raid that killed Breonna Taylor
Slate:
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Discussion: Washington Post
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Discussion: CBS News and Axios
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Sue Evans / Common Sense:
How Tavistock Came Tumbling Down
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jim Heintz / Associated Press:
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Michael Rezendes / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Raw Story