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6:55 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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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).
John Sexton / HotAir:
Breaking: DOJ source calls raid a ‘spectacular backfire,’ claims AG Garland didn't approve it  —  Newsweek just published an exclusive report based on anonymous DOJ sources which claims the FBI had a confidential source at Mar-a-Lago, one who informed them that Trump was hiding documents and even specified where they could be found.
Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
Trump Made It A Felony To Mishandle Classified Documents In 2018
Andrew McCarthy / Fox News:
FBI raid of Trump's Mar-a-Lago home won't help Democrats in 2024
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump lawyers provide new info but no warrant
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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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 …
New York Times:
Trump has long used a strategy of portraying himself as the victim of persecution.  —  Trump declines to answer questions in New York deposition, invoking his right against self-incrimination.  —  Donald J. Trump declined to answer questions from the New York state attorney general's office 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.”
Laura Italiano / Insider:
Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Donald Trump, Jr. have all been deposed by NY's attorney general's office — now what?
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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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
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.
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 …
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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
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.
John Sexton / HotAir:
China and South Korea disagree over Chip 4 alliance and THADD missile systems  —  Diplomatic representatives from South Korea held a meeting with their counterparts in China yesterday.  The goal of the meeting was to discuss a number of outstanding issues including South Korea's potential involvement …
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Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
U.S. joins other democracies in investigating former leaders
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Emma James / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Rosite gets CANCELED!  Sesame Place removes all traces of character from park after black family launched $25m lawsuit claiming ‘racist’ mascot intentionally ignored their kids  — Attractions and restaurants attributed to the Rosita character have reportedly been closed since the incident
Discussion: Metro.co.uk
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.
Bassem Mroue / Associated Press:
US: Syrian government is holding American journalist Tice  —  President Joe Biden said Wednesday the U.S. is certain that the Syrian government is holding American journalist Austin Tice, who went missing in the war-torn country a decade ago.  He urged Damascus to help bring Tice back home.
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The White House:
Statement by President Biden on the Ten-Year Anniversary of Austin Tice's Captivity
Discussion: The Guardian
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
Tech Transparency Project:
Facebook Profits from White Supremacist Groups  —  White supremacists continue to have a home on Facebook—and the platform is generating ad revenue off them.  —  Facebook is failing to remove white supremacist groups and is often profiting from searches for them on its platform …
Discussion: The Hill and UPI
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Naomi Nix / Washington Post:
Facebook bans hate speech but still makes money from white supremacists
Discussion: The Verge
Charlotte Greenfield / Reuters:
International economists ask Biden to release Afghan central bank funds  —  More than 70 economists and experts, including Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, called for Washington and other nations to release Afghanistan's central bank assets in a letter sent to U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday.
Discussion: Common Dreams
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Reuters:   A year after Biden's Afghanistan exit, accountability in short supply
 
 
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