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2:15 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
POLITICO Playbook: How it really happened: the Inflation Reduction Act
Five US States Will Decide If the 2024 Election Can Be Stolen
Discussion: Dispatches From Exile
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 …
Mattathias Schwartz / Insider:
Paul Manafort in his first in-depth interview since going to prison for Trump: 'I don't apologize'
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Catherine Lucey / Wall Street Journal:   Biden Schedule Is Heavy on Delaware, Light on Press Interviews and Golf
Washington Post:
Biden visits flood-stricken Kentucky ahead of bill signings this week
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 …
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
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: claytoonz
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.
Jack Ewing / New York Times:
Electric Cars Too Costly for Many, Even With Aid in Climate Bill  —  Battery-powered vehicles are considered essential to the fight against climate change, but most models are aimed at the affluent.  —  Policymakers in Washington are promoting electric vehicles as a solution to climate change.
Discussion: The Verge, Washington Post and CNBC
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 …
Discussion: BizPac Review, Mediaite and Insider
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 …
Alexander Vindman / Foreign Affairs:
Stop Tiptoeing Around Russia … For the last three decades, the United States has bent over backward to acknowledge Russia's security concerns and allay its anxieties.  The United States has done so at the expense of relations with more willing partners in Eastern Europe—Ukraine in particular.
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 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.
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.
Washington Post:
Abortion bans complicate access to drugs for cancer, arthritis, even ulcers  —  Some chronically ill women face questions about critical medications that could be used to end a pregnancy.  —  Becky Hubbard, 46, has decided to get sterilized so that she can go back on the only medication …
Discussion: Eschaton
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
Popular Information:
The people behind the bizarre non-profit trying to kill Biden's climate agenda  —  This story is being published in partnership with FWIW, a newsletter tracking digital spending, strategy, and trends in our elections.  —  For more than a week, a group called United for Clean Power has run …
Discussion: FWIW, Mother Jones, NPR and CBS News
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
DeSantis to hit campaign trail to rally support for Trump-endorsed candidates: ‘Unite and win’  —  Turning Point Action organizing rallies featuring DeSantis to rally support for ‘key conservative candidates’  —  Ron DeSantis announces plan for Florida to take on ESG
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Hannah Kuchler / Financial Times:
BioNTech and Pfizer to begin clinical trial of vaccine for new Covid variants
Discussion: WTOP News and Bloomberg
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Consumers' expectations of future inflation decreased significantly in win for the Federal Reserve
Discussion: UPI and New York Post
Washington Post:
Iraq broils in dangerous 120-degree heat as power grid shuts down
New York Times:
Biden Appeared to Overstate the Role of Al Qaeda's Leader
The New York Times Company:
Carlos Lozada Joins The Times As Opinion Columnist
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Washington Post:
Strangers huddled together under a tree. Then lightning struck.
Discussion: WTOP News
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Nancy Pelosi's Childlike Diplomacy Mirrors America's Childlike Posture Toward China
David Horowitz / Front Page Magazine:
IRS: Gestapo in the Making
German Lopez / New York Times:
A Drop in Murders  —  Despite the grim headlines, 2022 is less violent so far than last year.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Brittany Gibson / Politico:
‘Nobody wants a runoff’: Georgia braces for chance of overtime — again
Discussion: New Republic
Nathan Layne / Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump-backed Michigan attorney general candidate involved in voting-system breach, documents show