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9:35 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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Politico:
Trump world gripped with anger, fear and a host of conspiracies about the FBI search  —  A wave of concern and even paranoia is gripping parts of Trump world as federal investigators tighten their grip on the former president and his inner circle.  —  In the wake of news that the FBI agents executed …
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 …
John Solomon / Just The News:
Questions grow about Trump raid after revelation of grand jury subpoena, extensive cooperation  —  Two months before his Florida home was raided by the FBI, former President Donald Trump secretly received a grand jury subpoena for classified documents belonging to the National Archives …
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
William M. Arkin / Newsweek:
Exclusive: An Informer Told the FBI What Docs Trump Was Hiding, and Where
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
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
Isabella Simonetti / New York Times:
Gas Prices in the U.S. Fall Below $4 a Gallon  —  After peaking in mid-June, they have tracked a global decline in oil prices and are back where they were in March.  —  Gas prices in the United States fell below $4 a gallon on Thursday, retreating to their lowest level since March …
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Anna Cooban / CNN:
Gas prices tumble below $4 for the first time in months  —  London (CNN Business)Drivers in the United States can breathe a small sigh of relief — average gas prices have dropped below $4 a gallon for the first time since March.  —  The national average price for regular gasoline fell to $3.99 a gallon on Thursday, according to AAA.
Chantal Da Silva / NBC News:
U.S. gas prices fall below $4 for the first time in months
Discussion: The White House and New York Post
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Blue Virginia
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.
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.
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 …
Mike Hixenbaugh / NBC News:
A mom's campaign to ban library books divided a Texas town — and her own family  —  Weston Brown had given up challenging his mother's anti-LGBTQ beliefs.  But that was before she started coming after library books. … GRANBURY, Texas — Weston Brown was scrolling through Twitter last month …
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 …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Decisive Vote  —  Now that Joe Manchin has saved the Democratic agenda, how should liberals think about him?  —  Joe Manchin has spent much of the past year as the villain of liberal America, receiving the kind of criticism that's usually reserved for Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell or a conservative Supreme Court justice.
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
Merrill Goozner / GoozNews:
Big Pharma's Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card  —  The Inflation Reduction Act is being hailed for getting tough on drug companies.  In fact, they'll make out just fine by raising prices on everyone outside Medicare  —  A brief pause from my August break to comment on an issue largely ignored by the mainstream media.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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
Tamar Hallerman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Fulton DA seeks to question Graham about any coordination with Trump  —  Prosecutors with the Fulton County District Attorney's office, who are leading the special purpose grand jury investigation into Georgia's 2020 election, are interested in questioning U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and UPI
Philip Klein / National Review:
FBI Has Reestablished Trump as the Alpha Dog in the Republican Party  —  Who could be in a better position to capitalize on outrage over the FBI searching Trump's home than Trump himself?  —  As the late political philosopher Hans Gruber once said, “You ask for miracles — I give you the F-B-I.”
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 …
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 …
 
 
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CNN:
different story.  —  On the morning of July 29, just hours after more than 50 Ukrainian prisoners …
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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
Shawna Chen / Axios:
California sets precedent by breaking down Black employee data by lineage
Vivian Yee / New York Times:
Sentence of American Lawyer Held in U.A.E. Is Overturned
Discussion: Bloomberg and Reuters
Jacques Billeaud / Associated Press:
Joe Arpaio loses 3rd comeback bid in town mayoral race
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Dylan Byers / Puck:
Axios in Wonderland  —  How VandeHei, Allen, Schwartz & Co. remade media in a town that doesn't like to remake anything.
Yahoo News:
How did Ukraine strike deep inside Russian-occupied Crimea?
 Earlier Items: 
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Miami mayor eyes White House
Discussion: Miami Herald
Ben Dreyfuss / Good Faith:
Wait, This Whole Time We Could Have Solved Climate Change For $369 Billion?
Zach Williams / New York Post:
Gov. Kathy Hochul jokes about Jews fleeing to Florida, pokes at Ron DeSantis during Holocaust event
Colin Warren-Hicks / Pensacola News Journal:
Staff allegedly took down an Escambia County teacher's posters of Black heroes. He quit
Discussion: Florida Politics
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Biden gets some closure
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Bored to Death by Trump