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4:05 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.
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Conservatives Believe Trump Is Above the Law  —  Republicans' reflexive insistence that the Mar-a-Lago raid is politically motivated is unmoored from the available evidence.  —  A former president's home was raided by federal law enforcement yesterday, reportedly over possession of classified documents.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
What Is Really Unprecedented Is the 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.
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 …
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: USA Today and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
GOP discovers new standards on the mishandling of classified info  —  The problem is not that Republicans flip-flopped, it's that they only pretended to care about document retention in the first place.  —  If there was one thing Republicans cared about six years ago, it was how high-ranking officials dealt with classified materials.
Discussion: The Halfway Cafe
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.
New York Times:
From the archives: A look at the inquiry that led to the F.B.I. search of Trump's Florida home.
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Florida Lawmaker Calls for FBI Agents to Be ‘Arrested Upon Sight’ After Trump Raid
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
If Trump broke a law on the removal of official records, would he be barred from future office?
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Fox is furiously poisoning the well after the Mar-a-Lago search
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Stuck With Trump  —  He'll compel loyalty no matter what the FBI finds.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump claims political persecution after FBI search of Mar-a-Lago residence
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
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Appeals court says House can obtain Trump's taxes from the IRS
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Trump tax returns must be given to Congress, federal appeals court says in new ruling
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 Daily Caller and The Guardian
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.
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.
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.
Reem Nadeem / Pew Research Center:
As Partisan Hostility Grows, Signs of Frustration With the Two-Party System  —  Nearly half of younger adults say they ‘wish there were more parties to choose from’  —  Nearly half of younger adults say they ‘wish there were more parties to choose from’  —  Pew Research Center conducted …
Discussion: CNN
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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