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11:50 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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
F.B.I. Search of Trump's Home Pushes Long Conflict Into Public View
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.
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.
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, The Hill, Robert Reich, RedState and CNBC
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
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.
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.
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
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 …
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
The DOJ Crosses the Rubicon  —  “DEFUND THE FBI”  —  I had planned to devote this newsletter to Our Very Stupid Politics, but after the events of last night, I had to call an audible, and so will instead devote today's Morning Shots to our Extremely Stupid Politics.  —  Happy Tuesday.
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 …
Washington Post:
Limited monkeypox vaccine supply would be stretched under FDA plan  —  Biden administration officials announced Tuesday a new strategy to split monkeypox vaccine doses in hopes of vaccinating up to five times as many people against the virus.  —  The plan, unveiled days …
CREW urges USPS Board of Governors to fire Louis DeJoy  —  Louis DeJoy poses a serious threat to the United States Postal Service (USPS)—time and time again, the Postmaster General has failed to uphold his ethical obligations and protect our democratic system of free and fair elections.
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.
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Tess Owen / VICE:
Even Before the FBI Search, MAGA World Was Saying It's at War
Discussion: Human Events
Megan R. Wilson / Politico:
DaVita helped craft new bill to fix “loophole” left by Supreme Court ruling, documents show
Discussion: Reason
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
Julia Terruso / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Two super PACs are pouring tens of millions into Pennsylvania for Oz and Fetterman ads
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Minock / WSET-TV:
Should teachers be allowed to tell parents if their kids are LGBTQ+? Youngkin weighs in
Discussion: Blue Virginia
John Gramlich / Pew Research Center:
Biden has appointed more federal judges than any president since JFK at this point in his tenure
Discussion: Townhall and Washington Post
Financial Times:
Carlyle boss quit after failed request for $300mn pay package
Andrew Perez / The Lever:
Emails Raise Questions About WashPost Fact Checker
Rolling Stone:
Inside Trump's Frantic Hunt for ‘Killer’ Criminal Defense Attorneys
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
There's a Storm Coming