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7:01 PM ET, August 5, 2022

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Michael Levenson / New York Times:
Live Updates: Jurors Are Told That Alex Jones Earned Millions With Infowars  —  One expert lays out evidence that Mr. Jones tried to hide his wealth with personal loans and shell companies.  Jurors, who already awarded more than $4 million in compensatory damages, are deliberating …
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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 …
Jim Vertuno / Associated Press:
Economist: Alex Jones, his company worth up to $270 million  —  Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his company Free Speech Systems are worth up to $270 million, an economist testified Friday to a jury trying to determine if Jones should have to pay punitive damages to the family of a 6-year-old killed …
Discussion: Mediaite, CBS News and HuffPost
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: 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 …
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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Kate Davidson / Politico:
Summers warns of ‘economic distress’ as Fed's Powell holds out hope
Courtenay Brown / Axios:
U.S. adds whopping 528,000 jobs in July as labor market booms
Discussion: Associated Press, CBS News and Deadline
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.
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New York Times:
Republicans Begin Adjusting to a Fierce Abortion Backlash  —  After Kansans voted to preserve abortion access, Republicans who once said the economy reigns supreme are acknowledging the issue will be a centerpiece in the fall campaigns.  —  Republican candidates, facing a stark reality check …
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Office of the Texas Governor:
Governor Abbott Announces First Bus Of Migrants Arrives In New York City
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 …
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 …
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: Political Wire
Washington Post:
White House summons Chinese ambassador as crisis escalates  —  Ambassador Qin Gang was called to the White House after China launched ballistic missiles in response to a visit to Taiwan by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  —  The White House has summoned China's ambassador to condemn …
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Associated Press:
China halts climate, military ties over Pelosi Taiwan visit
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 Hill and The Daily Wire
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Hellenica
Erin Mansfield / USA Today:
Trump PAC formed to push debunked voter fraud claims paid $60K to Melania Trump's fashion designer  —  The payments to Hervé Pierre Braillard offer a window into the many ways Trump, who is not a candidate for office, is allowed to use his PAC money.  —  The fund affiliated …
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Mastriano threatens to renege on testifying to Jan. 6 panel  —  Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano is threatening to pull out of a scheduled interview with the Jan. 6 select committee, teeing up a legal fight with the panel.  —  In a letter sent to the House committee on Aug. 5 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
David Wasserman / Cook Political Report:
Five House Rating Changes: Bacon Moves to Toss Up, MI-03 Moves to Lean Democrat  —  Kansas's emphatic rejection of an amendment to roll back abortion protections confirmed House Democrats' fall message: they'll use Dobbs to squeeze pro-life Republicans in Biden-won seats like Rep. Don Bacon …
John J. Pitney, Jr / The Bulwark:
Democrats Are Running as Opposition Party  —  Usually the out-party runs as the opposition to the White House.  This year, the Supreme Court and Trump have made it possible for Democrats to run as a check on Republican extremism.  —  In a typical midterm election, the party not holding …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Alleged Russian Cryptocurrency Money Launderer Extradited to United States  —  Defendant Extradited from Greece to Face Charges Stemming from the Operation of BTC-e, an Illicit Bitcoin Exchange Alleged to Have Received Deposits Valued at Over $4 Billion  —  The alleged operator …
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.
Gideon Taaffe / Media Matters for America:
Fox News is ramping up its campaign against PA Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman  —  The network's new wave of attacks on Fetterman comes after a Fox News poll showed him leading Fox favorite Mehmet Oz by double digits  —  Fox News is in attack mode after its own polling showed …
Discussion: Washington Examiner, IJR and Fox News
Michael Brendan Dougherty / National Review:
The Leader of the Opposition  —  Will conservatives look back on the last two years and longer and recognize that DeSantis was their leader even while Trump was still in office?  —  By announcing the suspension of a state attorney who publicly pledged not to enforce state laws …
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.”
Discussion: KDFX-TV, Fox News, The Wrap, MovieWeb and KTLA
 
 
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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Matt Schlapp Claims He and Laura Ingraham Went ‘Undercover’ at BLM Protest
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael del Castillo / Forbes:
Every U.S. Crypto Exchange (And Binance) Is Being Investigated By The SEC, Says Senator Lummis Staffer
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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: Georgia Recorder and The Hill
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
Polly Politico / Politico:
The NRA's Shadowy Supreme Court Lobbying Campaign
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Andy Meek / Forbes:
More People Are Watching Greg Gutfeld's Late-Night Show On Fox Than Anything On CNN Or MSNBC
Gus Garcia-Roberts / Washington Post:
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Insider:
Former Trump advisor Peter Navarro suggests Jared Kushner faked his cancer diagnosis for sympathy to sell his memoir
Discussion: Mediaite
Colleen Kelleher / WTOP News:
3rd person struck by lightning near White House dies
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Gannett reports disastrous financial results; layoffs are coming
Alec Dent / The Dispatch:
The New Right Finds a Home at the Intersection of Populism and Elitism
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Michael Kruse / Politico:
'There's Never Been Anybody Like Him in the United States Senate'
Discussion: CBS News