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5:45 PM ET, August 10, 2022

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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 …
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Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
Trump Made It A Felony To Mishandle Classified Documents In 2018  —  The FBI search of the former president's Florida property was focused on mishandled presidential materials, according to reports.  —  Few details have been made public as to why, exactly, the FBI and Department of Justice felt …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Katelyn Caralle / Daily Mail:
Eric Trump tells DailyMail.com what REALLY happened in FBI raid: President's son says 30 agents REFUSED to hand over warrant, kicked lawyer off property, rifled through clothes - and how Mar-a-Lago staff refused to turn off security cameras  — Eric Trump recounted the Monday raid …
Andrew McCarthy / Fox News:
FBI raid of Trump's Mar-a-Lago home won't help Democrats in 2024
Associated Press:
Trump says he took the Fifth Amendment in NY investigation  —  Donald Trump invoked the Fifth Amendment and wouldn't answer questions under oath in the New York attorney general's long-running civil investigation into his business dealings, the former president said in a statement Wednesday.
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Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
Trump repeatedly pleads the Fifth in deposition for New York civil probe  —  New York Attorney General Letitia James is examining the business practices of Donald Trump and the Trump Organization  —  NEW YORK — Former president Donald Trump arrived at the office of the New York attorney …
Aaron Rupar / Public Notice:
Tweets that have aged extremely poorly, FBI executes search warrant at Mar-a-Lago edition  —  Not so long ago Republicans pretended to care about how classified information is handled.  —  Republicans are now angrily opposed to the FBI investigating presidential candidates.
Victoria Marshall / The Federalist:
Trump Is The Only Possible GOP Candidate For 2024  —  There are several undeniable conclusions one should reach about the FBI's raid on former President Donald Trump's Florida home.  —  First, the FBI and Department of Justice are notoriously corrupt and filled with partisan actors (although this has been obvious for quite some time).
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 …
Insider:
Trump used an obscure taxpayer-funded office to attack New York Attorney General Tish James on the morning her office deposed him  — Trump disseminated several videos on Wednesday attacking New York Attorney General Tish James.  — The videos were shared from the “Office of Donald J. Trump.”
Tom Porter / Insider:
As president, Trump approved a law increasing penalties for mishandling classified info. It could come back to bite him.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
F.B.I. Search of Trump's Home Pushes Long Conflict Into Public View
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
U.S. Department of Justice:
Member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Charged with Plot to Murder the Former National Security Advisor  —  Defendant Worked on Behalf of the IRGC to Hire Persons in the United States to Carry Out the Murder, Likely in Retaliation for the January 2020 Death of Qasem Soleimani
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Wall Street Journal:
Iranian National Sought to Kill John Bolton, U.S. Says
Associated Press:
Biden begins summer vacation with family in South Carolina  —  President Joe Biden left Washington on Wednesday to begin what is expected to be at least a seven-day vacation in South Carolina with members of his family.  Biden, accompanied by first lady Jill Biden, departed the White House …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Biden to sign bill to expand benefits for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits
Jennifer Shutt / The States:
Biden signs landmark bill aiding veterans exposed to burn pits overseas
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Crimea airfield blast was work of Ukrainian special forces, official says  —  KYIV, Ukraine — A Ukrainian government official told The Washington Post on Wednesday that an attack on a Russian air base in occupied Crimea was the work of Ukrainian special forces.
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Christopher Miller / Politico:
Ukraine's long-awaited southern counteroffensive begins with a bang in Crimea
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Josh Hawley, senator-as-symptom of a broken news business  —  Like an infant feeling ignored and seeking attention by banging his spoon on his highchair tray, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) last week cast the only vote against admitting Finland and Sweden to NATO.
New York Times:
Seizure of Congressman's Phone Is Latest Sign of Escalating Election Inquiry  —  The F.B.I.'s seizure of Representative Scott Perry's phone this week was at least the third major action in recent months taken in connection with an escalating federal investigation into efforts by several close allies …
Discussion: HillReporter.com, UPI, CNN and HotAir
David Wasserman / Cook Political Report:
Herrera Beutler Loss Moves WA-03 from Solid to Lean Republican  —  On Tuesday, pro-impeachment GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) conceded defeat in Washington's top-two primary, a crushing loss for the House GOP's thinning moderate ranks.  Democratic auto repair shop owner Marie Gluesenkamp …
Discussion: The Hill
Elisabetta Povoledo / New York Times:
In Italy, Where Pizza Was Born, Domino's Bows Out  —  The company entered the Italian market in 2015, but seems to have been done in by a proliferation of home-delivery food during the pandemic and a desire for more artisanal pies.  —  ROME — It turns out that Italians don't necessarily like pineapple on their pizza, after all.
The White House:
Statement by President Biden on the Ten-Year Anniversary of Austin Tice's Captivity  —  This week marks a decade since American Austin Tice was abducted in Damascus, Syria.  Austin served in the United States Marine Corps.  He is a son, he is a brother, and he is an investigative journalist …
Discussion: The Guardian
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Meryl Kornfield / Washington Post:
Two Ind. officers suspended after arresting man thought to be anti-police  —  Two Indiana officers were suspended after a stunning courtroom revelation that police thought a potential town council candidate was anti-police and arrested him, stopping him from running for office.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jacob Kornbluh / The Forward:
Anti-Israel comedian slated to appear at fundraiser for NY congressional candidate  —  Yuh-Line Niou has sparked ire for supporting BDS.  Now, she is being helped by a Palestinian comic who denounces Israel as ‘a terrorist state’ and ‘worse’ than apartheid  —  A Palestinian comedian whose …
Discussion: The Village Sun
Naomi Nix / Washington Post:
Facebook bans hate speech but still makes money from white supremacists  —  Two years after ad boycott, the social media giant still serves ads on searches of white supremacy groups  —  Last year, a Facebook page administrator put out a clarion call for new followers: They were looking for …
Discussion: The Verge
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Tech Transparency Project:
Facebook Profits from White Supremacist Groups
Discussion: The Hill and UPI
Katherine Tully-McManus / Politico:
Search, seizure rankle Republicans  —  HOUSE STARTS THE CLOCK — The House kicks off consideration of the Democrats' pivotal climate, health care and tax bill that cleared the Senate over the weekend, laying the groundwork for the full House to act on the measure later this week.
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.
Damon Linker / Eyes on the Right:
America is Already Failing the Trump Test  —  The rule of law can't be vindicated if half the country thinks the effort to do so is a sham  —  “These are dark times for our Nation.... Nothing like this has happened to a President of the United States before.
 
 
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U.S. joins other democracies in investigating former leaders
Rep. Tim Burchett / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: HotAir
OpenSecrets.org:
Russian media organ agrees to pay millions to U.S. conspiracy theorist for Kremlin propaganda
New York Times:
Hunting for Voter Fraud, Conspiracy Theorists Organize ‘Stakeouts’
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
Audio contradicts Blake Masters' claim he ‘never heard of’ Gab CEO
Discussion: Arizona Republic and Raw Story
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
Congress Just Passed a Big Climate Bill. No, Not That One.
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Houston Chronicle:
Most efforts to ban books in Texas schools came from 1 politician and GOP pressure, not parents
Bryan Schott / Salt Lake Tribune:
What Utah's members of Congress are saying about the FBI raid on Trump
Alexander Cornwell / Reuters:
UAE court lifts prison term for American convicted of money laundering
Cook Political Report:
Trump's Grip on GOP Remains Strong, but “Red Wave” Looking Smaller
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New York Times:
Albuquerque Police Detain Suspect in Killings of Muslim Men
 

 
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