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8:30 AM ET, August 11, 2022

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Asawin Suebsaeng / Rolling Stone:
With Feds Circling, Trump Asks Allies: Who's ‘Wearing a Wire’?  —  Donald Trump is worried he may have a rat — or multiple rats — in his midst.  He's wondering if his phones are tapped, or even if one of his buddies could be “wearing a wire.”  —  As the federal and state investigations …
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Wall Street Journal:
FBI Quest for Trump Documents Started With Breezy Chats, Tour of a Crowded Closet  —  Why interactions between FBI, Trump team soured remains a mystery  —  FBI Searches Trump's Mar-a-Lago Home  —  Created with sketchtool. … 1x  —  Around lunchtime on June 3, a senior Justice Department …
William M. Arkin / Newsweek:
Exclusive: An Informer Told the FBI What Docs Trump Was Hiding, and Where  —  The raid on Mar-a-Lago was based largely on information from an FBI confidential human source, one who was able to identify what classified documents former President Trump was still hiding and even the location of those documents …
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Mar-a-Lago Search Shows the Swamp's Trump Obsession  —  An FBI raid against a former president should never happen.  End of discussion.  —  WSJ Opinion: Mar-a-Lago and the Swamp's Obsession With Donald Trump  —  Skip Ad  —  in 15  —  YOU MAY ALSO LIKE  —  Created with sketchtool.
John Solomon / Just The News:   Questions grow about Trump raid after revelation of grand jury subpoena, extensive cooperation
PennLive:
FBI delivers subpoenas to several Pa. Republican lawmakers: sources say  —  1,070 … - Meadows' former aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified to the House Select Committee that Perry was among a small group of people who talked with Meadows about a potential appearance by Trump at the Capitol following …
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Katherine Tully-McManus / Politico:
Search, seizure rankle Republicans
Washington Post:
Historians privately warn Biden that America's democracy is teetering  —  When Biden met with historians last week at the White House, they compared the threat facing America to the pre-Civil War era and to pro-fascist movements before WWII  —  President Biden paused last week …
David Gilbert / VICE:
Far-Right Extremists Are Violently Threatening the Trump Search-Warrant Judge  —  “Let's find out if he has children... where they go to school, where they live... EVERYTHING,” one person wrote on a message board where the judge's address was posted.  —  David Gilbert
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Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
Federal Magistrate Judge Orders DOJ to Respond to Media and Non-Profit Requests to Unseal Trump Search Warrant
Discussion: Judicial Watch
John Solomon / Just The News:
Judge who authorized Mar-a-Lago search previously recused self from Trump-Clinton lawsuit
Discussion: Townhall and RedState
Chantal Da Silva / NBC News:
U.S. gas prices fall below $4 for the first time in months  —  Gas prices fall below $4 but housing, food prices continue to climb  —  The average price of gasoline in the U.S. fell below $4 per gallon Thursday for the first time in months, offering some respite to drivers.
Discussion: CNN, The White House and New York Post
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Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:
Trump and James sat across from each other for hours as he said ‘same answer’ again and again.  —  The New York State attorney general, Letitia James, sat across from Donald J. Trump as he repeatedly declined to answer questions, invoking his right against self-incrimination during a deposition on Wednesday …
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Insider:
Trump used an obscure taxpayer-funded office to attack New York Attorney General Tish James on the morning her office deposed him
Discussion: Raw Story
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
Yellen directs IRS not to use new funding to increase chances of audits of Americans making less than $400,000  —  Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Wednesday directed the Internal Revenue Service not to use any of the new funding allocated in the Democrats' new health care and climate bill …
Jonah Goldberg / The Dispatch:
Yearning for a Banana Republic  —  Emboldened by fever dreams of persecution, Republicans want nothing more than to anoint a strong man to punish their enemies.  —  What an amazingly stupid time this is.  —  Here's an easy thought experiment.  Imagine a Third World banana republic.
Discussion: The Daily Wire and Newsweek
John F. Harris / Politico:
Why Wait?  Here's Liz Cheney's Concession Speech in Advance  —  Liz Cheney is facing an awkward challenge.  A few days from now, she will deliver the most consequential speech of her career to date.  The polls indicate it will almost certainly be a concession speech.
Discussion: New Yorker and The Colorado Sun
Ruy Teixeira / The Liberal Patriot:
Hispanic Voters Are Normie Voters  —  Time for Woke Democrats to Wake Up  —  Democrats are having a great deal of trouble holding on to Hispanic voters.  In 2020, running against Donald Trump for a second time, in the midst of a COVID/economic crisis and after the George Floyd summer of …
Gretchen Morgenson / NBC News:
An unusual deal gave Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin $8.5 million in stock.  He paid $0 in tax on it.  —  In January 2020, Glenn Youngkin, now the Republican governor of Virginia, got some welcome news.  A complex corporate transaction had gone through at the Carlyle Group …
Jacques Billeaud / Associated Press:
Joe Arpaio loses 3rd comeback bid in town mayoral race  —  Joe Arpaio, the 90-year-old former Arizona sheriff who was a once powerful figure in Republican politics but was ousted nearly six years ago amid frustration over his headline-grabbing tactics and legal troubles …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
David Wallace-Wells / New York Times:
Europe's Energy Crisis May Get a Lot Worse  —  I don't think many Americans appreciate just how tense and tenuous, how very touch and go the energy situation in Europe is right now.  —  For months, as news of the Ukraine war receded a bit, it was possible to follow the energy story unfolding across …
Josh Barro / Very Serious:
How Not To Talk To The Public About Monkeypox  —  A case study in hiding the ball, public health official-style  —  Happy Wednesday!  You may have seen some FBI-related news this week — if you're interested in the Mar-a-Lago raid, including some inferences about the status of the investigations …
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Miami mayor eyes White House  —  Miami Mayor Francis Suarez's political operation is making subtle but significant moves toward a potential White House run, Axios has learned. … - Suarez is nonetheless considered a rising political star who's overseen the ascendance of one of America's fastest-growing and most dynamic cities.
Discussion: Miami Herald
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Lincoln Project co-founder speculates if Jared Kushner was the mole who sold out Trump to the feds  —  Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson appeared on MSNBC Wednesday afternoon to talk about the group's new 60 second ad that they are running in Bedminster, New Jersey, where Donald Trump typically summers.
Yahoo News:
How did Ukraine strike deep inside Russian-occupied Crimea?  —  How did Ukraine blow up Russia's Saki Air Base in southwest Crimea on Tuesday?  Was it with supersonic ballistic missiles, perhaps made in the United States?  Or did it send a SEAL Team 6-style special ops, dropped deep behind enemy lines, to set explosions?
Shawna Chen / Axios:
California sets precedent by breaking down Black employee data by lineage  —  California has become the first in the nation to require state agencies to include a separate category for descendants of enslaved people in its collection of employee data.
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Bored to Death by Trump  —  Sooner or later, every last thing in American life becomes about the former president.  It's incredibly tedious.  —  I  —  am inordinately bored of Donald Trump.  —  I'm bored of the man himself.  I'm bored of his opponents.  I'm bored of his supporters.
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Biden gets some closure  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With help from Allie Bice.  —  President JOE BIDEN arrived in South Carolina on Wednesday afternoon for a family vacation on Kiawah Island.
 
 
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Claims He's a Victim of Tactics He Once Deployed
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Vivian Yee / New York Times:
Sentence of American Lawyer Held in U.A.E. Is Overturned
Discussion: Bloomberg and Reuters
Dylan Byers / Puck:
Axios in Wonderland  —  How VandeHei, Allen, Schwartz & Co. remade media in a town that doesn't like to remake anything.
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Monkeypox vaccine maker voices concerns on U.S. dose-splitting plan
Ayana Archie / NPR:
Most Americans support using the popular vote to decide U.S. presidents, data shows
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Ben Dreyfuss / Good Faith:
Wait, This Whole Time We Could Have Solved Climate Change For $369 Billion?
Lisa Jacobson / StreetsblogMASS:
Guest Column: Europe's Bike and Transit Systems Are a Marvel, But Only For Some
Discussion: The Unz Review
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Zach Williams / New York Post:
Gov. Kathy Hochul jokes about Jews fleeing to Florida, pokes at Ron DeSantis during Holocaust event
Discussion: Instapundit
Colin Warren-Hicks / Pensacola News Journal:
Staff allegedly took down an Escambia County teacher's posters of Black heroes. He quit
Discussion: Florida Politics
Charlotte Greenfield / Reuters:
International economists ask Biden to release Afghan central bank funds
Discussion: Common Dreams
Jacob Kornbluh / The Forward:
Anti-Israel comedian slated to appear at fundraiser for NY congressional candidate
Discussion: The Village Sun
David Wasserman / Cook Political Report:
Herrera Beutler Loss Moves WA-03 from Solid to Lean Republican
Discussion: The Hill
Meryl Kornfield / Washington Post:
Two Ind. officers suspended after arresting man thought to be anti-police
Discussion: Raw Story