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12:20 PM ET, August 12, 2022

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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
The Poisoned Relationship Between Trump and the Keepers of U.S. Secrets  —  The F.B.I. search of Mar-a-Lago is a coda to the years of tumult between an erratic president and the nation's intelligence and law enforcement agencies.  —  WASHINGTON— After four years of President Donald J. Trump's raging …
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Zoë Richards / NBC News:
Trump denies report that FBI sought nuclear documents during Mar-a-Lago search  —  Former President Donald Trump Friday denied a report from the Washington Post that said FBI agents were looking for classified documents related to nuclear weapons, among other items, when they searched his Mar-a-Lago home earlier this week.
Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
Donald Trump's O.J. Defense  —  His apologists keep shifting their arguments—desperately trying to sow confusion and doubt.  —  It's stunning how quickly the public debate has evolved over the FBI search of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence.  Aside from Attorney General Merrick Garland's …
Discussion: Politico, HuffPost, CNN, b'Raw Story and Insider
NBC News:
Trump allies say he declassified Mar-a-Lago documents. Experts say it's unclear if that will hold up.
CNN:
An armed suspect who tried to enter the FBI's Cincinnati office is dead after standoff with authorities, officials say  —  A law enforcement standoff with a man who attempted to breach the FBI's field office in Cincinnati on Thursday has ended with the suspect dead, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Clock ticks down on Mar-a-Lago warrant reveal
CNN:
Account bearing name of suspect in Ohio standoff with FBI posted on Trump social media platform and encouraged violence against the agency
Discussion: Associated Press
New York Times:
Man suspected of trying to breach the F.B.I.'s Cincinnati office may have Jan. 6 ties.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Race for Congress tightens  —  The race is closer due to shifts in enthusiasm on both sides and on the issues  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for August 11  —  Republicans are more enthusiastic than Democrats about voting in the November election, but the spread has narrowed …
Discussion: Opinion Today and Political Wire
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Amy Walter / Cook Political Report:
Summer Breeze  —  If last summer's theme song for Democrats was “Cruel Summer,” this summer should be “Summer Breeze.”  By the end of the summer of 2021, the resurgence of COVID (and subsequent scramble for testing and inconsistent advice from government agencies), the chaotic withdrawal …
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
Polio Has Been Detected in New York City Wastewater, Officials Say  —  The detection of the virus in the city's sewage suggests it is circulating there, Health Department officials said.  —  The polio virus has been detected in wastewater from New York City, suggesting the virus …
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Joshua Goodman / Associated Press:
Author Salman Rushdie attacked on lecture stage in New York  —  Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked Friday as he was about to give a lecture in western New York.  An Associated Press reporter witnessed a man storm the stage …
Ali Vitali / Politico:
Elizabeth Warren and the ‘Electability Question’  —  “What a night!”  Elizabeth Warren said.  —  It was past 3 a.m. on Iowa Caucus Night and we were barreling through the air from DesMoines to Manchester.  At the back of the plane, the press corps was exhausted, contorted into resting positions …
Discussion: Twitchy
Project On Government Oversight:
DHS Watchdog Nixed Alert to Congress About Purged January 6 Texts, New Docs Show  —  Inspector general's top aides embroiled in prior controversy  —  On April 1, attorneys working in the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General approved five detailed paragraphs of language …
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Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Under fire, Homeland Security watchdog delays probe — with GOP help
Discussion: GovExec.com
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
I'm a Conservative, and I Don't Know What the GOP Stands For  —  Free markets?  Nope.  Limited government.  Uh-uh.  Strong foreign policy?  No, America first.  Rule of law?  LOL.  —  August 11, 2022 … You've got to stand for something, or you'll fall for anything …
Discussion: b'Raw Story and Fox News
JONATHAN TURLEY:
Twitter Permanently Bans Paul Sperry After Posting on the Mar-A-Lago Raid  —  Twitter continued to crackdown on dissenting political views this week with the permanent suspension of columnist and commentator Paul Sperry.  The suspension came down after Sperry allegedly tweeted about the FBI's raid on Mar-a-Lago.
Discussion: HotAir
Clare Coffey / Gawker:
Failure to Cope “Under Capitalism”  —  The inability to do basic tasks is not always a political problem  —  ADULTING: THE SEQUEL  —  WE HAVE GENERATIONAL TRAUMA.  WE ARE LIVING THROUGH A GLOBAL PANDEMIC.  WE ARE LITERALLY NEURODIVERGENT AND A MINOR.  WE ARE RIDDLED WITH CLIMATE GRIEF.
William Vaillancourt / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Airs Doctored Photo of Trump Raid Judge With Ghislaine Maxwell  —  FABRICATED  —  During Thursday's broadcast of Tucker Carlson Tonight, fill-in host Brian Kilmeade mentioned the Florida judge who approved the search warrant used by the FBI to raid Mar-a-Lago on Monday …
Paul Sacca / TheBlaze:
Brett Kavanaugh assassination suspect said he was a ‘sissy slave’ and ‘trans gamer girl’ named ‘Sophie’ in online posts, asked how to ‘take out’ high-value targets: Report  —  Like Blaze News?  Get the news that matters most delivered directly to your inbox.
Discussion: RedState and Fox News
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Biden senior advisor Anita Dunn has to divest investment portfolio worth between $16.8 million and $48.2 million to avoid conflicts  — The almost 20 listed clients once represented by Biden aide Anita Dunn include AT&T, Micron, American Clean Power Association, Lyft, Pivotal Ventures, Pfizer, Salesforce and Reddit.
Mark Leibovich / The Atlantic:
Liz Cheney, the Republican From the State of Reality  —  LARAMIE, Wyo.—Liz Cheney will probably lose her job on Tuesday, in large part due to her crusade against Donald Trump.  Trump will surely taunt her as a big RINO loser, but Cheney has no plans to end her fight against him.
Discussion: Vox, RedState and Jonathan's Newsletter
All:
How Gov. Greg Abbott Texas-Sized a Crisis for NYC Mayor Eric Adams  —  New York City was not a destination when the Texas governor began busing asylum-seekers east.  That changed after Adams launched his war of words against Abbott, who's now sending hundreds to the Big Apple — and scoring a political win.
Discussion: Politico and New York Post
U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General Merrick Garland Delivers Remarks  —  Good afternoon.  Since I became Attorney General, I have made clear that the Department of Justice will speak through its court filings and its work.  —  Just now, the Justice Department has filed a motion in the Southern District …
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New York Times:
Trump received a subpoena from the Justice Department ahead of the F.B.I.'s Mar-a-Lago search.
 
 
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