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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 …
Parker Molloy / The Present Age:
How right-wing commentators like Alex Jones ride mainstream media outlets to fame and fortune
Jim Vertuno / Associated Press:
Economist: Alex Jones, his company worth up to $270 million
Discussion: Mediaite, HuffPost and The Daily Wire
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Al Jazeera and The Daily Caller
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Colleen Kelleher / WTOP News:
3rd person struck by lightning near White House dies
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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
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
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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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
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
Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:
Kremlin says Griner swap must be discussed without publicity
 Earlier Items: 
Polly Politico / Politico:
The NRA's Shadowy Supreme Court Lobbying Campaign
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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