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11:45 PM ET, August 14, 2022


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New York Times:
Trump's Shifting Explanations Follow a Familiar Playbook  —  The former president and his allies have given often conflicting defenses of his retention of classified documents, without addressing why he had kept them.  —  WASHINGTON — First he said that he was “working and cooperating with” …
Jack Goldsmith / Lawfare:
Thoughts on the Mar-a-Lago Search  —  I have long worried (here, and, more recently, here) about the adverse consequences of the Biden Justice Department using criminal process against former President Donald Trump.  I have also long worried (spurred by Garrett Graff) about the mischief …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Final Days Draw Scrutiny as Handling of Documents Investigated
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Presidential Power to Declassify Information, Explained
Discussion: Twitchy and Daily Kos
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
FBI seizes privileged Trump records during raid; DOJ opposes request for independent review: sources
Mitchell Prothero / VICE:
Salman Rushdie Stabbing Suspect 'Had Contact With Iran's Revolutionary Guard'  —  Intel officials told VICE World News Hadi Matar had been in contact with members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard.  There's no evidence Iran was involved in organising the attack.  —  MP
Discussion: Reuters
Ben Ashford / Daily Mail:
Exclusive: Distraught mother of alleged Iranian sympathizer accused of trying to murder Salman Rushdie says her son returned home as religious zealot after a month-long trip to the Middle East and says he is ‘responsible for his actions’  — Silvana Fardos revealed to …
Graeme Wood / The Atlantic:
Salman Rushdie and the Cult of Offense  —  This is what happens when you debase free expression in the name of free expression.  —  About the author: Graeme Wood is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of The Way of the Strangers: Encounters With the Islamic State.
NBC News:
FBI and DHS warn threats to federal law enforcement have spiked since Mar-a-Lago search  —  DHS, FBI warn of increasing online threats to federal law enforcement  —  The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have issued a joint intelligence bulletin warning of a spike in threats …
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Man crashes vehicle into US Capitol barricade and begins firing gun before shooting himself  —  A man crashed a vehicle near the U.S. Capitol and began wildly shooting before killing himself, according to Capitol Police.  —  The shocking incident happened early Sunday morning …
Jonathan Turley / USA Today:
Attorney General Garland's stature shrinks as he doggedly pursues Trump  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland seemed largely reactive and rote in dealing with questions over bias or abuse in his department.  —  In the cult classic “The Incredible Shrinking Man,” the character Scott Carey …
Discussion: Axios
Sarah K. Burris / b'Raw Story:
Andrew Yang backpedals on Mar-a-Lago search tweets as CNN's Jim Acosta tries to get a straight answer  —  This week after the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago for classified information, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang went on the attack against Attorney General Merrick Garland …
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and Mediaite
Mithil Aggarwal / NBC News:
Congressional Delegation visits Taiwan less than two weeks after Pelosi trip sparked furious response from China  —  A congressional delegation led by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., landed in Taiwan Sunday, less than two weeks after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the Beijing-claimed island drew a furious response from China.
Josh Kraushaar / Axios:
Manchin, Sinema and 2024  —  By helping Democrats pass a landmark $750 billion climate, tax and health care bill, Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have complicated their own re-election fortunes for 2024. … - The fortunes of battle-tested Democrats like Sinema …
Discussion: The Hill
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Ricky Revolutionary, R.I.P.  —  The man who attacked the Cincinnati FBI office last week died fighting what he thought was a war for American freedom.  He was tragically misinformed.  —  Ricky Shiffer thought he was Ricky Revolutionary.  Now, he's Ricky Rigor Mortis, who died as he lived on social media …
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Trump letter authorized Israeli sovereignty in West Bank - exclusive  —  Trump gave Netanyahu the green light to annex as long as he accepted a future Palestinian state, in contrast with the description in Kushner's book.  —  Former US president Donald Trump authorized then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu …
Niall Ferguson / Bloomberg:
China's Demographics Spell Decline Not Domination  —  Demography isn't destiny.  If population size was history's major determinant, China might have conquered Europe in the 15th century, and Britain certainly would not have conquered India in the 18th.  —  Little countries are capable of great things.
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
After Roe v. Wade Reversal, Readers Flock to Publications Aimed at Women  —  The surge of readers has buoyed a part of the digital media world that has gradually declined in recent years.  —  In the weeks since the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade, overturning the right to abortion after almost 50 years …
New York Times:
Why Abortion Has Become a Centerpiece of Democratic TV Ads in 2022
Edward-Isaac Dovere / CNN:
Joe Biden got the vibe shift he needed.  Now he's looking to make it count.  —  Pete Buttigieg wasn't quite feeling it.  It was late and White House aides had given him the cryptic guidance during their prep call for his Sunday show appearances on July 24: “We're not taking any swings.”
Kevin Drum:
Please stop with the deep dives on the climate bill
Discussion: Washington Post
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Discussion: Politico
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