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11:00 AM ET, August 11, 2022

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Asawin Suebsaeng / Rolling Stone:
With Feds Circling, Trump Asks Allies: Who's ‘Wearing a Wire’?  —  As the investigations heat up, the former president and his advisers are pointing fingers — and looking for “rats”  —  Donald Trump is worried he may have a rat — or multiple rats — in his midst.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: RedState
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Hell Week: How Trump's Problems All Converged at Once
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
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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Miles Montgomery / WGCL-TV:
Sen. Lindsey Graham a no-show at scheduled Fulton County court appearance  —  ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46/AP) - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham did not show up to his scheduled appearance on Wednesday at the Fulton County courthouse.  —  Graham was subpoenaed to testify to a special grand jury that's …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Tamar Hallerman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Fulton DA seeks to question Graham about any coordination with Trump
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and UPI
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Wholesale inflation fell 0.5% in July, in another sign that price increases are slowing  — The producer price index, a gauge of final-demand wholesale prices, decreased 0.5% in July due to a slide in energy prices.  The year-over-year gain was 9.8%.  — The annual increase …
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
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 …
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.”
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
‘Everybody Is Armed’: As Shootings Soar, Philadelphia Is Awash in Guns  —  More than 1,400 people have been shot this year in Philadelphia, hundreds of them fatally — a higher toll than in much larger New York or Los Angeles.  —  PHILADELPHIA — The 300th killing of the year took the life of Lameer Boyd …
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 …
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.
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Blake Masters Caught Lying About Anti-Semitic Backer: Audio  —  New audio reveals he talked to the Gab CEO at length  —  It was a classic case of he-said, he said.  —  Blake Masters, Donald Trump's pick for Senate in Arizona, swore last week that he doesn't know Gab CEO Andrew Torba, calling him a “nobody” that “nobody cares about.”
Discussion: Raw Story and Jewish Insider
Shannon Najmabadi / The Colorado Sun:
Rural Colorado school administrators investigated sexting between students.  Now they're charged in a child porn case.  —  BRUSH — The person who decided “Homegrown Happiness!” should be the tagline for this Eastern Plains town may have had someone like Bradley Bass in mind.
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
A grim milestone: 10 years since Austin Tice's abduction in Syria  —  The freelance journalist's parents still push hard for the U.S. government to find a way to bring their son home  —  Debra and Marc Tice wanted some joy.  So they got a piñata.  She baked a special birthday cake.
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 …
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
Bloomberg:
The Snowballing US Rental Crisis Is Sparing Nowhere and No One  —  A Las Vegas bartender coping with a recent cancer diagnosis is fearing eviction.  A young professional in Tucson is skipping car payments to afford her higher rent.  A researcher in Miami signed the lease for her new apartment sight unseen.
Discussion: Punchbowl News
 
 
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Blake Apgar / Salt Lake Tribune:
Salt Lake County Council member tells Kamala Harris fetuses are not part of women's bodies
New York Times:
Under an Unusual Arrangement, Adams's Confidant Gets City and Casino Salaries
CNN:
different story.  —  On the morning of July 29, just hours after more than 50 Ukrainian prisoners …
Discussion: Мед …
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
Jonah Goldberg / The Dispatch:
Yearning for a Banana Republic
Discussion: The Daily Wire
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Jacques Billeaud / Associated Press:
Joe Arpaio loses 3rd comeback bid in town mayoral race
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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?
Colin Warren-Hicks / Pensacola News Journal:
Staff allegedly took down an Escambia County teacher's posters of Black heroes. He quit
Discussion: Florida Politics
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Bored to Death by Trump
Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:
Trump and James sat across from each other for hours as he said ‘same answer’ again and again.