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4:00 PM ET, August 8, 2022


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New Yorker:
Inside the War Between Trump and His Generals  —  How Mark Milley and others in the Pentagon handled the national-security threat posed by their own Commander-in-Chief.  —  In the summer of 2017, after just half a year in the White House, Donald Trump flew to Paris for Bastille …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
New Book Chronicles Trump's Fraught Relationship With Top Military Officials  —  Mr. Trump once asked his chief of staff why his military leadership couldn't be more like the German generals who had reported to Adolf Hitler, according to an excerpt.  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Donald J. Trump told …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Exclusive photos: Trump's telltale toilet  —  Remember our toilet scoop in Axios AM earlier this year?  Maggie Haberman's forthcoming book about former President Trump will report that White House residence staff periodically found wads of paper clogging a toilet — and believed the former president …
Shania Shelton / CNN:
Photos show handwritten notes that Trump apparently ripped up and attempted to flush down toilet
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
First on CNN: Alex Jones' texts have been turned over to the January 6 committee, source says  —  Approximately two years' worth of text messages sent and received by right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have been turned over to the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection …
Jacob Ogles / Florida Politics:
Progressive group polling finds Ron DeSantis may be in a closer race than expected … Jacob Ogles  —  Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg.
Matt Dixon / Politico:
DeSantis to headline rallies for key GOP candidates across the country
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
DeSantis, Who Remains Coy About 2024, Launches National Tour to Boost MAGA-riffic Candidates
Daniel Lewis / New York Times:
David McCullough, Best-Selling Explorer of America's Past, Dies at 89  —  His research — on Adams, Truman and so much more — was deep, his writing was lively, and his narrator's voice in documentary films was familiar to millions.  —  David McCullough, who was known to millions as an award-winning …
Discussion: Variety, The Daily Caller and TheBlaze
Glenn Rifkin / Washington Post:
David McCullough, master chronicler of American history, dies at 89  —  The two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize was a best-selling author who brought to life the grand sweep of time and place  —  David McCullough was a young researcher at the U.S. Information Agency when he walked …
Discussion: Associated Press and CBS News
Associated Press:
David McCullough, Pulitzer-winning historian, dies at 89
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Axios to Sell Itself to Cox Enterprises for $525 Million  —  The digital media company's founders, Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen and Roy Schwartz, will continue to run the company.  —  Axios, the digital media company that quickly gained traction since its founding five years ago …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Axios agrees to sell to Cox Enterprises for $525 million  —  Axios has signed a deal to sell to its most recent lead investor, Cox Enterprises, the companies announced Monday.  The cash deal values the company at $525 million, according to sources familiar with the deal.
Mattathias Schwartz / Insider:
Exclusive: Paul Manafort admits he passed Trump campaign data to a suspected Russian asset  — Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's 2016 campaign chairman, sat down for an exclusive interview with Insider.  — Manafort made his first public admission that he shared polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik …
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Maps in Four States Were Ruled Illegal Gerrymanders.  They're Being Used Anyway.  —  A Supreme Court shift, frowning on changes close to elections, gives House Republicans a big advantage in November.  —  WASHINGTON — Since January, judges in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Ohio have found …
Tamar Hallerman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Giuliani seeking to delay Fulton grand jury testimony  —  Trump's personal attorney scheduled to appear Tuesday  —  Rudy Giuliani, former President Donald Trump's personal attorney, is aiming to delay his testimony before a Fulton County special grand jury examining Georgia's 2020 elections.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Associated Press:
Lawyer: Giuliani won't testify Tuesday in Ga. election probe
Discussion: USA Today and Raw Story
Skyler Swisher / Orlando Sentinel:
‘Constitutional’ sheriff movement escapes DeSantis' scrutiny  —  Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren isn't the only elected official in Florida who has promised not to enforce laws he thinks are unconstitutional.  —  Some elected sheriffs have suggested they wouldn't enforce …
Discussion: Raw Story
Chris Geidner / Law Dork, with Chris Geidner:
Ignoring Kansas vote, Indiana bans almost all abortion
Discussion: Washington Post and claytoonz
Tim Miller / Morning Shots:
I'm Sorry, But He's Running  —  Trump's CPAC speech was his 2024 blueprint.  —  Hey y'all, it's Tim in for Charlie with your Monday Morning Shots (you might need to make it a Jägermeister after reading today's).  —  First, a few quick housekeeping items:
Discussion: Althouse
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
No One Despises MAGA Voters More Than MAGA Elites  —  1. ABP: Always.  Be.  Projecting.  —  We talk a lot about how projection is the sincerest form of Trumpism:  — The people who jeer about “cucks” turn out to be super into literal cucking.  — The people who won't stop obsessing …
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Why the ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ is no such thing  —  One of the more enduring fallacies informing discussions of the economy is that there are a couple of dials located in a vault somewhere in Washington that officials can turn this way or that to control employment, output, inflation — even the price of gasoline.
Discussion: Breitbart
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
U.S. Treasury Sanctions Notorious Virtual Currency Mixer Tornado Cash  —  WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned virtual currency mixer Tornado Cash, which has been used to launder more than $7 billion worth of virtual currency since its creation in 2019.
Jake Offenhartz / Gothamist:
‘Baffling and traumatizing’: Queens man arrested at Rockaway Beach after off-hours swim  —  Andre Velasquez arrived at Rockaway Beach on Friday afternoon hoping to beat the sweltering heat with a cool swim in the open ocean.  —  Instead, he was escorted from the sand in handcuffs …
Ben Domenech / The Transom:
The GOP's Red Wave Gets Tangled Up In Blue  —  You go to war with the candidates you have  —  With the Senate primary season almost entirely in the books, the concerns about the candidate slate, their lack of funding, and the backlash against the Supreme Court's abortion decision have Republicans …
U.S. Department of Justice:
United States Obtains Warrant for Seizure of Airplane of Sanctioned Russian Oligarch Andrei Skoch, Worth Over $90 Million  —  The United States of America has been authorized to seize an Airbus A319-100 (the Airbus) owned and controlled by sanctioned Russian oligarch Andrei Skoch …
Discussion: New York Post and Associated Press
New York Times:
In Lawsuits, Ex-Employees Offer Harsh Portrait of Project Veritas  —  One former employee described the conservative group as having a “highly sexualized” atmosphere where drinking and drug use were commonplace.  —  The conservative group Project Veritas has for years sought …
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Consumers' expectations of future inflation decreased significantly in win for the Federal Reserve  — A New York Fed survey showed that respondents in July expected inflation to run at a 6.2% pace over the next year and a 3.2% rate for the next three years.
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
In Wisconsin, G.O.P. Voters Demand the Impossible: Decertifying 2020  —  Donald Trump's supporters have turned anger over his defeat two years ago, and the false notion that it can still be reversed, into central campaign issues ahead of the battleground state's primary.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Biden Is on a Roll That Any President Would Relish.  Is It a Turning Point?  —  White House aides say the string of victories compares favorably to the two-year legislative record of most any other modern president.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden strode out of the White House early Sunday with a jaunty step and a huge grin.
Daniella Silva / NBC News:
Travis McMichael sentenced to life in prison for federal hate crimes in killing of Ahmaud Arbery  —  McMichael's father, Greg McMichael, and neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, also are scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on Monday.  The three men already are serving life sentences for murder on state charges.
Howard Fischer / Arizona Daily Star:
GOP governors group to spend at least $11 million on Arizona's race  —  The Republican Governors Association is going to put at least $11 million into commercials to ensure that Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's successor is of the same political party.  —  But don't look for that money …
Discussion: Political Wire
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David Petraeus / The Atlantic:
Afghanistan Did Not Have to Turn Out This Way  —  If we are to sustain our position as the leader …
Discussion: The Hill and New York Times
Thea Dunlevie / Washington Examiner:
Beware of Russia's destabilizing Savior complex in the Black Sea
Discussion: Politico and NPR
Jack Ewing / New York Times:
Electric Cars Too Costly for Many, Even With Aid in Climate Bill
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Iraq broils in dangerous 120-degree heat as power grid shuts down
Washington Post:
Strangers huddled together under a tree. Then lightning struck.
Discussion: WTOP News
Nomaan Merchant / Associated Press:
One year after Afghanistan, spy agencies pivot toward China
Washington Post:
Abortion bans complicate access to drugs for cancer, arthritis, even ulcers
Discussion: Eschaton
Popular Information:
The people behind the bizarre non-profit trying to kill Biden's climate agenda
Discussion: FWIW
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Exclusive: Rachel Maddow Gives Her First Interview as She Steps Back From the Nightly Grind and Revs Up for Her Next Act