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12:40 AM ET, August 10, 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.
NBC News:
Trump's legal team was in talks with DOJ this spring over records stored at Mar-a-Lago, attorney says  —  Donald Trump's legal team was in discussions with the Justice Department as recently as early June about records stored at the former president's Mar-a-Largo home that FBI agents searched on Monday …
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 …
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Conservatives Believe Trump Is Above the Law  —  A former president's home was raided by federal law enforcement yesterday, reportedly over possession of classified documents.  Although prosecution of former heads of state has occurred in other democracies, a form of government in which ostensibly …
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
What the F.B.I.'s Raid of Mar-a-Lago Could Mean for Trump
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
The FBI's Mar-a-Lago ‘Raid’: It's about the Capitol Riot, Not the Mishandling of Classified Information
Trump fields calls from Republican allies to speed up 2024 bid after FBI raid
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 …
Discussion: TheBlaze and Instapundit
New York Times:
F.B.I. Search of Trump's Home Pushes Long Conflict Into Public View  —  Justice Department officials were worried that the former president had not fully complied with requests to return material taken from the White House that included possible classified information.
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Russia's Trump Raid Tantrum Is a Spectacle You Don't Want to Miss  —  The FBI raid on Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence has reduced the Kremlin's cronies to live TV hysterics.  —  The FBI raid on former U.S. President Donald J. Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida triggered shockwaves across Russia …
NBC News:
After Mar-a-Lago search, users on pro-Trump forums agitate for ‘civil war’ — including a Jan. 6 rioter
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
Travis Waldron / HuffPost:
Election Denier Kim Crockett Wins Minnesota GOP Secretary Of State Primary  —  Crockett, who called the 2020 election “rigged” and “illegitimate,” will turn Minnesota into yet another battleground over the future of American democracy.  —  Kim Crockett won Minnesota's Republican secretary …
Discussion: Heartland Signal and Daily Kos
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.
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.
Megan R. Wilson / Politico:
DaVita helped craft new bill to fix “loophole” left by Supreme Court ruling, documents show  —  Lawmakers introduced a measure mirroring a proposal written by one of the nation's largest dialysis providers.  —  The measure would prohibit a group health plan from putting “limits, restrictions …
Discussion: Reason
Associated Press:
Leora Levy wins Republican US Senate primary in Connecticut  —  HARTFORD, Conn. — Leora Levy, a first-time political candidate who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, won the Republican primary Tuesday for US Senate in Connecticut, a win that could signal where the state Republican party …
Trump ally Doug Mastriano's January 6 committee appearance ends without a single question answered, source says  —  Trump ally Doug Mastriano's virtual appearance Tuesday before the House January 6 committee only lasted about 15 minutes and “he didn't answer a single question,” according to a source familiar with the matter.
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 …
Michael Barba / The San Francisco Standard:
DA Jenkins Pocketed Six Figures as Consultant for Nonprofit Linked to Boudin Recall Backers  —  Brooke Jenkins didn't just quit her job as a local prosecutor to volunteer for the recall against her former boss Chesa Boudin.  —  Newly filed ethics records show she also raked in more than $100,000 …
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.
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Tess Owen / VICE:
Even Before the FBI Search, MAGA World Was Saying It's at War
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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
With primary win, Becca Balint is likely to be Vermont's first female and openly gay member of Congress
Discussion: The Hill and ABC News
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
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Julia Terruso / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
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