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11:35 PM ET, August 5, 2022

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Safia Samee Ali / NBC News:
Alex Jones must pay more than $45 million in punitive damages to the family of a Sandy Hook massacre victim, jury orders  —  Alex Jones ordered to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages in defamation trial  —  A Texas jury on Friday ordered Alex Jones to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages …
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Washington Post:
Alex Jones ordered to pay $45.2 million more in punitive damages to Sandy Hook parents  —  Infowars founder Alex Jones was ordered by an Austin jury on Friday to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Sandy Hook mass shooting …
Bloomberg Law:   Alex Jones Ordered to Pay $45 Million in Punitive Damages
Jim Vertuno / Associated Press:
Economist: Alex Jones, his company worth up to $270 million
Discussion: Mediaite, HotAir and Associated Press
Parker Molloy / The Present Age:
How right-wing commentators like Alex Jones ride mainstream media outlets to fame and fortune
Sophia Smith Galer / VICE:
French Scientist's Photo of ‘Distant Star’ Was Actually Chorizo  —  Étienne Klein's tweet was liked and retweeted thousands of times before he revealed he was trolling and the photo showed a slice of sausage, not Proxima Centauri.  —  SS  —  A photo tweeted by a famous French physicist supposedly …
Discussion: CBS News and Overtime
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Toyin Owoseje / CNN:
Top scientist admits ‘space telescope image’ was actually a slice of chorizo  —  A French scientist has apologized after tweeting a photo of a slice of chorizo, claiming it was an image of a distant star taken by the James Webb Space Telescope.  Étienne Klein, a celebrated physicist …
Gloria Dickie / Reuters:
Washington DC lightning strike that killed two offers climate warning  —  Scientists say that climate change is increasing the likelihood of lightning strikes across the United States, after lightning struck at a square near the White House, leaving two people dead and two others in critical condition.
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Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. readies new $1 billion Ukraine weapons package  —  The Biden administration's next security assistance package for Ukraine is expected to be $1 billion, one of the largest so far, and include munitions for long-range weapons and armored medical transport vehicles …
New York Times:
Indiana Lawmakers Pass First Post-Roe Abortion Ban, With Limited Exceptions  —  The bill was sent to the governor despite dividing Republicans.  Some of them said the measure was too restrictive; others objected to limited exceptions for rape and incest.  —  INDIANAPOLIS …
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Mariel Padilla / The 19th:
Indiana becomes first state to pass abortion ban after Roe v. Wade reversal  —  The legislation now heads to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb's desk.  He has seven days to sign the bill, which is set to become law September 15.  —  With the passage of a near-total abortion ban Friday evening …
Discussion: MSNBC and PIX11
CBS News:
Barr says grand jury seems to be focusing on Trump and his inner circle  —  Former Attorney General Bill Barr called the newest federal grand jury subpoenas probing the Jan. 6, 202, Capitol riot “a significant event,” one that suggests that government prosecutors are probing high-ranking Trump …
Zack Sharf / Variety:
John Leguizamo Slams James Franco's Casting as Fidel Castro: 'He Ain't Latino!  How Is This Still Going On?' … John Leguizamo took to Instagram to speak out against the recent casting of James Franco as Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro in the upcoming independent film, “Alina of Cuba.”
Daniel Nichanian / Bolts:
Memphis Ousts DA and Judge Who Oversaw Its Notoriously Harsh Court System  —  Officials in Tennessee's Shelby County have drawn national scrutiny for violating the rights of Black children and for throwing the book at a Black activist who tried registering to vote.
Discussion: Reason
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Johnny Casey / The Asheville Citizen Times:
AR-15s put in all Madison County schools to enhance security in case of active shooter  —  MARSHALL - In response to the Texas school shooting that left 19 children dead May 24, the local school system and Sheriff's Office are rolling out some beefed up security measures in 2022-23, including putting AR-15 rifles in every school.
Discussion: The Daily Wire and KTVX-TV
Washington Post:
Newhouse, who voted to impeach Trump, will advance to general election in Washington district, AP projects  —  Rep. Dan Newhouse, one of the 10 Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach Donald Trump after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, has advanced to the general election …
Selene San Felice / Axios:
Florida officials speak out after state attorney Andrew Warren suspended  —  “Does my vote not count?” a sign read outside at a protest outside the Hillsborough County Courthouse Thursday evening.  — The question echoed throughout Tampa Bay, and Democrat politicians voiced their outrage.
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Tampa Bay Times:
DeSantis: You're not king of Florida
Discussion: Mediaite
Henry Rosoff / PIX11:
PIX11 poll: Nadler surges ahead of Maloney in Manhattan congressional race  —  NEW YORK (PIX11) - Congressman Jerry Nadler this week surged ahead to a 9% lead in the Democratic primary that pits him against Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Attorney Suraj Patel, according …
Discussion: New York Post and Political Wire
Puck:
Kellyanne's Comeback  —  Last month I reported that veteran G.O.P. strategist (and former DeSantis hand) Susie Wiles was the lead contender to run Trump's 2024 campaign.  Wiles, who currently oversees his political operation, was a natural contender.  She's a steady presence whom Trump trusts implicitly …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
How ‘Loyal Dog’ Sean Hannity Went From King of Fox News to Has-Been  —  Hannity was once Fox's most-watched host, but now he's fallen all the way to fourth place.  What happened?  —  Oh, how the mighty have fallen.  —  During the Trump administration, Sean Hannity was on top of the world.
Discussion: TVNewser, Slate and Mediaite
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Andy Meek / Forbes:   More People Are Watching Greg Gutfeld's Late-Night Show On Fox Than Anything On CNN Or MSNBC
David Gelles / New York Times:
How Republicans Are ‘Weaponizing’ Public Office Against Climate Action  —  A Times investigation revealed a coordinated effort by state treasurers to use government muscle and public funds to punish companies trying to reduce greenhouse gases.  —  Nearly two dozen Republican state treasurers around …
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Schumer says Sinema left ‘no choice’ but to cut carried interest provision from tax and climate bill  — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats had to drop a key tax measure in order to gain Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's support for their major spending legislation.
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Scott Malone / Reuters:
Key U.S. Senator Sinema agrees to $430 billion drug, energy bill
Vladimir Kara-Murza / Washington Post:
Even from prison I can see opposition to Putin's war growing  —  PRETRIAL DETENTION CENTER NO. 5, Moscow — Every day is the same in prison, a monotonous routine from the moment we are woken up by the sounds of the Russian national anthem (the Soviet one, brought back by Vladimir Putin early in his rule) …
Discussion: Persuasion
Ellie Kaufman / CNN:
US Army is developing a tactical bra for its female soldiers  —  The US Army is developing a tactical bra for its female soldiers.  —  The bra, known as the Army Tactical Brassiere, is still in development at the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Solider Center, also known as DEVCOM, in Natick, Massachusetts.
Matthew Cantor / The Guardian:
US library defunded after refusing to censor LGBTQ authors: ‘We will not ban the books’  —  Residents of Jamestown, Michigan, voted this week to shut down town's library rather than tolerate certain LGBTQ books  —  A small-town library is at risk of shutting down after residents of Jamestown …
Bill Scher / Washington Monthly:
The Ads That Won the Kansas Abortion Referendum  —  Three months ago, after the leak of the Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, the House Pro-Choice Caucus caused a stir by, ironically, deeming the word choice to be “harmful language.”  It encouraged the use of the word decision instead.
Paul Wiseman / Associated Press:
US employers add 528,000 jobs; unemployment falls to 3.5%  —  Defying anxiety about a possible recession and raging inflation, America's employers added a stunning 528,000 jobs last month, restoring all the jobs lost in the coronavirus recession.  Unemployment fell to 3.5%, lowest since the pandemic struck in early 2020.
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Josh Boswell / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: VP Joe Biden met with two Chinese energy execs in the West Wing …
Discussion: New York Post and RedState
U.S. Department of Justice:
Alleged Russian Cryptocurrency Money Launderer Extradited to United States
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Matt Schlapp Claims He and Laura Ingraham Went ‘Undercover’ at BLM Protest
Discussion: Raw Story
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Steven Greenhouse / The Guardian:
Too radical or not radical enough? US's top labor lawyer in the spotlight
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Federal judge rules PSC election ‘unlawfully dilutes’ Black voting power
Discussion: The Hill and Georgia Recorder
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Mastriano threatens to renege on testifying to Jan. 6 panel
Discussion: Washington Examiner
NBC News:
Some top Democratic donors are disenchanted with Biden. So far, Trump has kept them from fleeing.
Discussion: Fox News, ABC News and KDFX-TV
David Wasserman / Cook Political Report:
Five House Rating Changes: Bacon Moves to Toss Up, MI-03 Moves to Lean Democrat