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11:20 PM ET, August 9, 2022


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Washington Post:
Mar-a-Lago search appears focused on whether Trump, aides withheld items  —  The FBI sought a warrant after Archives officials pressed Trump's circle to return what they believed was government property, according to people familiar with the discussions  —  In the months before the FBI's dramatic move …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Why the Trump search warrant is nothing like Hillary's emails  —  The Justice Department official who oversaw the investigation of Hillary Clinton's handling of classified records says there's simply no comparing the search of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence to the case against the former secretary of State.
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Do We Believe Our Own Dogma?  —  The FBI's serving a search warrant on Donald Trump's residence is not — in spite of everything being said about it — unprecedented.  The FBI serves search warrants on homes all the time.  Donald Trump is a former president, not a mystical sacrosanct being.
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
The FBI's Mar-a-Lago ‘Raid’: It's about the Capitol Riot, Not the Mishandling of Classified Information  —  This search was almost certainly about much more than classified documents.  —  There's a game prosecutors play.  Let's say I suspect X committed an armed robbery, but I know X is dealing drugs.
Federal agents took about a dozen boxes from Mar-a-Lago, Trump lawyer says  —  Federal agents removed about a dozen boxes of materials from former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate and issued a warrant indicating the search pertained to possible violations surrounding classified information …
New York Times:
Questions swirl about what exactly the F.B.I. was looking for, and why.  —  Questions swirl about what exactly the F.B.I. was looking for, and why.  —  The search of former President Donald J. Trump's home in Florida on Monday by the F.B.I. continued to rock Washington and, more broadly …
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
What the F.B.I.'s Raid of Mar-a-Lago Could Mean for Trump  —  A former federal prosecutor and general counsel for the F.B.I. explains the process and implications of obtaining a search warrant on the home of a former President.  —  On Monday, F.B.I. agents searched the Florida home …
Trump fields calls from Republican allies to speed up 2024 bid after FBI raid
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump Search Should Just Be Garland's Opening Act
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Trump could be charged with violating the Espionage Act, former DOJ national security chief says  —  The former chief of the Justice Department's national security division said Tuesday that the search of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Fla., suggests that the former president …
Hannah Allam / Washington Post:
Simmering threat of violence comes to fore with search of Trump property  —  Calls from right for militant action in response to FBI raid span mainstream and extremist circles  —  For months, right-wing agitators with millions of followers have peddled the idea that a moment was coming soon …
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Russia's Trump Raid Tantrum Is a Spectacle You Don't Want to Miss
NBC News:
After Mar-a-Lago search, users on pro-Trump forums agitate for ‘civil war’ — including a Jan. 6 rioter
New York Post:
Judge who approved FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago once linked to Jeffrey Epstein
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
GOP discovers new standards on the mishandling of classified info
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Trump ally Rep. Scott Perry says the FBI seized his cell phone one day after Mar-a-Lago raid  —  The confiscation of Perry's phone comes one day after the FBI searched Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate  —  Bret Baier on Trump raid: There is a lot we don't know  —  EXCLUSIVE - Republican …
Jason Koebler / VICE:
This Is the Data Facebook Gave Police to Prosecute a Teenager for Abortion  —  Motherboard has obtained court documents that show Facebook gave police a teenager's private chats about her abortion.  Cops then used those chats to seize her phone and computer.
Facebook Gave Nebraska Cops A Teen's DMs So They Could Prosecute Her For Having An Abortion  —  A Nebraska teenager is facing criminal charges alleging she aborted a fetus in violation of state law, after authorities obtained her Facebook messages using a search warrant.
NBC News:
Facebook turned over chat messages between mother and daughter now charged over abortion
Discussion: Insider and Mock Paper Scissors
Eric Cortellessa / TIME:
Trump Allies Are Attacking Biden For a Plan to Hire 87,000 New IRS Agents That Doesn't Exist  —  Since news broke on Monday that the FBI searched former President Donald Trump's South Florida home, Republican members of Congress and right-wing media figures have launched a new line of attack …
Discussion: HotAir, CNBC and Breitbart
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Trump tax returns must be given to Congress, federal appeals court says in new ruling  — Tax returns of former President Donald Trump and related entities must be turned over to the House Ways and Means Committee, a federal appeals court panel said in a ruling.
Washington Post:
Why does the IRS need $80 billion?  Just look at its cafeteria.  —  This is the cafeteria at the Internal Revenue Service offices in Austin.  —  Yes, the cafeteria.  —  It's part of what the IRS calls the “Pipeline”: a 1970s-era assembly line used to process tax returns at several locations around the country.
Discussion: The Federalist
Republican Herrera Beutler falls in primary after voting to impeach Trump  —  GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler has lost her bid for reelection in a primary in Washington state, the latest blow for the group of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump early last year.
Amie Parnes / HuffPost:
I Finally Got To Date My Crush Years After Middle School.  Then The Unthinkable Happened.  —  “A woman introduced herself as a longtime friend of Jeremy's ... 'I'm so sorry if I am the first one to share the news,' she wrote.  ‘He would want you to know...’”  —  Everyone remembers their first big crush.
Elliot Ackerman / The Atlantic:
The Rivalry That Defines America  —  How the U.S. dealt with Russia in Afghanistan is informing how Russia is dealing with the U.S. in Ukraine.  —  About the author: Elliot Ackerman is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and the author of The Fifth Act: America's End in Afghanistan.
Michael Goldberg / Associated Press:
Grand jury declines to indict woman in Emmett Till killing  —  A grand jury in Mississippi has declined to indict the white woman whose accusation set off the lynching of Black teenager Emmett Till nearly 70 years ago, despite revelations about an unserved arrest warrant and an unpublished memoir by the woman, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Neera Tanden takes the wheel  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With help from Allie Bice.  —  Inside the White House, NEERA TANDEN has taken a far more assertive role in determining what papers …
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Pizzagate promoter tapped for Kremlin-backed propaganda campaign  —  Russia's state-backed media apparatus is financing four new TV programs produced by a U.S. conspiracy theorist and aimed in large part at undercutting America's image and interests in the developing world, records show.
Washington Post:
Md. governor hopeful Dan Cox says he would use state police against Biden  —  The Maryland Republican gubernatorial nominee calls the FBI search of Trump's residence ‘nothing short of communist stasi police state tactics’  —  Maryland Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Cox on Tuesday called …
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
With primary win, Becca Balint is likely to be Vermont's first female and openly gay member of Congress  —  Becca Balint, Vermont's state Senate president, has won the Democratic nomination for the state's at-large congressional seat, NBC News projects.  —  The victory makes her likely …
Discussion: The Hill and ABC News
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