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6:15 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:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
William Saletan / The Bulwark:   ‘Defund the FBI’—the MAGA Right's Hypocritical New Slogan
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
GOP discovers new standards on the mishandling of classified info
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Appeals court says House can obtain Trump's taxes from the IRS
Andrew C. McCarthy / New York Post:
Trump raid not about classified documents — it's about Jan. 6
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Florida Lawmaker Calls for FBI Agents to Be ‘Arrested Upon Sight’ After Trump Raid
New York Times:
From the archives: A look at the inquiry that led to the F.B.I. search of Trump's Florida home.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump claims political persecution after FBI search of Mar-a-Lago residence
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Fox is furiously poisoning the well after the Mar-a-Lago search
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.
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
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.
Discussion: The Bulwark
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.
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Why Internet Leftists Are So Pissed About Democrats' Historic Climate Bill  —  By and large, climate activists have greeted the Inflation Reduction Act, which passed the Senate on Sunday, as an imperfect but undeniably big victory in the battle against global warming.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Guardian
NBC News:
The anti-inflation bill is a huge win for Biden. But will Democrats sell it right?
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.
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.
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.
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