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4:45 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 …
CNN:   Doug Mastriano, Trump ally and candidate for governor in Pennsylvania, to appear before January 6 committee Tuesday
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
Associated Press:
David McCullough, Pulitzer-winning historian, dies at 89
Discussion: NPR, National Review and Deadline
Glenn Rifkin / Washington Post:
David McCullough, master chronicler of American history, dies at 89
Discussion: CBS News and
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 …
Associated Press:
Lawyer: Giuliani won't testify Tuesday in Ga. election probe  —  Rudy Giuliani will not appear as scheduled Tuesday before a special grand jury in Atlanta that's investigating whether former President Donald Trump and others illegally tried to interfere in the 2020 general election in Georgia, his lawyer said.
Discussion: USA Today and Raw Story
Tamar Hallerman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Giuliani seeking to delay Fulton grand jury testimony
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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.
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 …
Matt Dixon / Politico:
DeSantis to headline rallies for key GOP candidates across the country
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
This is what happens when the party in charge cares about governing  —  There have been pieces of legislation that were more difficult to birth than the Inflation Reduction Act the Senate passed Sunday — but not many.  —  This legislation went through so many deaths and reincarnations …
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Why the ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ is no such thing
Discussion: Breitbart
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
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 …
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.
Catherine Lucey / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Schedule Is Heavy on Delaware, Light on Press Interviews and Golf
Discussion: RedState
David Petraeus / The Atlantic:
Afghanistan Did Not Have to Turn Out This Way  —  A year after the chaotic scenes at Kabul airport, the outcome of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan is heartbreaking and tragic for many Afghans and devastating for their country.  The Afghan government that fell, leading to the return of the Taliban …
Discussion: NPR, The Hill and New York Times
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
DMFI PAC endorses Sean Patrick Maloney in NY-17 House primary
Office of Governor Pete Ricketts:
Gov. Ricketts Releases Statement on Potential Special Session to Amend Nebraska's Abortion Laws
Discussion: Jezebel
Thea Dunlevie / Washington Examiner:
Beware of Russia's destabilizing Savior complex in the Black Sea
Discussion: Politico and NPR
Howard Fischer / Arizona Daily Star:
GOP governors group to spend at least $11 million on Arizona's race
Discussion: Political Wire
Jack Ewing / New York Times:
Electric Cars Too Costly for Many, Even With Aid in Climate Bill
Discussion: The Verge, CNBC and Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Daniella Silva / NBC News:
Travis McMichael sentenced to life in prison for federal hate crimes in killing of Ahmaud Arbery
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