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2:40 PM ET, August 9, 2022


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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.
Washington Post:
FBI searches Trump safe at Mar-a-Lago for possible classified documents  —  Search was court-authorized and related to long-running investigation, person familiar with the probe said.  —  Former president Donald Trump said Monday that the FBI had raided his Mar-a-Lago Club and searched his safe …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
David Gilbert / VICE:
Trump Supporters Are Calling for Civil War After FBI Search of Mar-a-Lago  —  “Civil war coming to America,” one Trump supporter wrote.  —  David Gilbert  —  After news broke that the FBI searched former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home in Florida on Monday, his supporters openly called …
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.
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump Search Should Just Be Garland's Opening Act  —  We now know that the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have an active interest in Donald Trump because Trump told us so.  —  “My beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided …
New York Post:
Judge who approved FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago once linked to Jeffrey Epstein  —  The Florida federal magistrate judge who signed off on a search warrant authorizing the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort left the local US Attorney's office more than a decade ago …
Natalie Winters / The National Pulse:
REPORT: Judge Behind Mar A Lago Raid Is Epstein-Linked, Obama Donor.  —  Judge Bruce Reinhart - who is reportedly the most likely judge behind the warrant authorizing a raid on former President Donald Trump's Mar A Lago estate - is a former attorney who represented employees of convicted sex offender …
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
What's in Trump's Safe the FBI Just Raided?  —  When Donald Trump announced Monday that the FBI had raided Mar-a-Lago, looking for classified materials taken from the White House to the Florida estate and private club where he claims his legal residence, he mentioned as an aside the matter of a safe.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
From the archives: A look at the inquiry that led to the F.B.I. search of Trump's Florida home.  —  The former president called the search an “assault” and complained that the authorities had broken into a safe.  The news appeared to come as a surprise to top aides at the White House.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
What Is Really Unprecedented Is Trump's Criminality … In response to the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, as is often the case, the revealing statements in the Republican Party come not from the fringe actors calling for civil war or defunding the FBI, but the respectable statesmen in the mainstream.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Steady
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
If Trump broke a law on the removal of official records, would he be barred from future office?  —  Early reports that the F.B.I. search of former President Donald J. Trump's residence in Florida related to an investigation into whether he had unlawfully taken government files when he left …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Appeals court says House can obtain Trump's taxes from the IRS
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
Trump Is Soiling Himself Over Mar-a-Lago Getting “Raided” by FBI, and in Fairness, He Should Be
POLITICO Playbook: After the raid: GOP torches FBI, hugs Trump
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump claims political persecution after FBI search of Mar-a-Lago residence
New York Times:
F.B.I. Search Signals Major Escalation in Trump Presidency Investigations
Washington Post:
Top Republicans echo Trump's evidence-free claims to discredit FBI search
Denise Chow / NBC News:
5 ways the Inflation Reduction Act will fight climate change  —  The Inflation Reduction Act includes hundreds of billions of dollars to fight global warming.  Some climate activists are calling it “transformative.”  —  More clean energy, less dirty energy, new punishments for methane leaks …
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Why Internet Leftists Are So Pissed About Democrats' Historic Climate Bill
Discussion: The Guardian
Rolling Stone:
Inside Trump's Frantic Hunt for ‘Killer’ Criminal Defense Attorneys  —  High on the president's list is a long-time MAGA ally best known for defending a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes  —  Behind closed doors this summer, Donald Trump and his advisers have been narrowing the shortlist …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
There's a Storm Coming  —  Enforcing the rule of law might be the best option.  But it, too, carries risks.  —  1. The Bu  —  I don't have any deep thoughts about the search of Mar-a-Lago.  We'll see what happens.  In general, the FBI is the most professional law enforcement organization in America, but they don't bat 1.000.
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.
ABC News:
Tuesday's primaries could set up history in Vermont, Wisconsin and more Trump-Pence fallout  —  There will be elections in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin.  —  Tuesday's primary races — in four states: Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin — feature another Donald …
Discussion: Associated Press and CNN
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Trump-Pence proxy battle in Wisconsin GOP gubernatorial race in spotlight as four states hold primaries
Discussion: Townhall and UPI
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Ron DeSantis Endorses Election Deniers  —  DeSantis isn't challenging Trump for the 2024 nomination.  He's auditioning to be Trump's understudy.  —  Pour one out for all the anti-anti-Trumpers who thought the grand eminence of the Sunshine State, America's Governor Ron DeSantis …
Discussion: Big League Politics and Fox News
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
DHS to end ‘Remain in Mexico,’ allow asylum seekers to enter U.S.  —  The Department of Homeland Security said late Monday it is preparing to quickly end the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” program and will no longer send asylum seekers back across the border to await a decision on their applications for U.S. protection.
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