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6:20 PM ET, August 14, 2022

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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Presidential Power to Declassify Information, Explained  —  While it is legally irrelevant, former President Donald J. Trump claims he had declassified the top secret files the F.B.I. seized at his Florida residence.  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Donald J. Trump's claim that he had declassified …
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Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Final Days Draw Scrutiny as Handling of Documents Investigated  —  Chaotic exit from White House is at center of federal probe that conducted a search of the former president's Mar-a-Lago resort  —  WASHINGTON—In the final weeks of the Trump administration, the West Wing started to empty out.
Discussion: HotAir and The Mahablog
Renato Mariotti / Politico:
Espionage Isn't the Strongest Case Against Trump.  It's Simpler Than That.  —  Former president Donald Trump's stubborn refusal to return highly classified material forced the Justice Department's hand, resulting in the execution of a search warrant at his residence.
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 …
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
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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 DailyMail.com …
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
Salman Rushdie, Badly Wounded, Is Off Ventilator and Starting to Recover  —  Mr. Rushdie's agent said Sunday that the writer, who was attacked on Friday after years under threat, was beginning a slow journey of healing.  —  The author Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed roughly 10 times on Friday …
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 …
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
FBI seizes privileged Trump records during raid; DOJ opposes request for independent review: sources
Alia Shoaib / Insider:
Trump goes on Truth Social rampage, sharing over a dozen posts, including from accounts with QAnon references
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and b'Raw Story
United States Capitol Police:
Law Enforcement Investigating Car Crash, Gunshots, and Suicide on East Capitol Street  —  Just after 4:00 a.m., a man drove his car into the vehicle barricade at East Capitol Street and Second Street.  —  While the man was getting out of the car, it became engulfed in flames.
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NBC News:   Man with gun crashes vehicle into barricade near Supreme Court, dies by suicide
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Man crashes vehicle into US Capitol barricade and begins firing gun before shooting himself
Discussion: Politico and Fox News
Media Matters for America:
Fox host defends Trump's handling of top secret documents: “President Nixon said that if the president does it, that it is not illegal”  —  Angelo Carusone: After FBI search for top secret documents at Mar-a-Lago, right-wing reaction have been preparing their audience for a call to action
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mediaite
John M. Bridgeland / Cincinnati.com:
Republicans should be wary of JD Vance  —  The 2022 election for U.S. Senate in Ohio calls the question on what kind of representatives we seek and nation we want to be.  I have the privilege of knowing both candidates and am forming “Republicans for Tim Ryan.”
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 Drum:
Please stop with the deep dives on the climate bill  —  Enough of this.  Just stop: … I've read other pieces about how, for example, environmental groups kept pushing and pushing and pushing, and that's why the bill passed.  Or about the brilliance of Chuck Schumer's leadership.
Discussion: Washington Post
Ait / American Institute in Taiwan:
Senator Markey Leads Congressional Delegation to Taiwan  —  Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), Representative John Garamendi (D-CA), Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Representative Don Beyer (D-VA), and Representative Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS) will visit Taiwan from August 14-15, 2022 …
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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 …
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New York Times:
Why Abortion Has Become a Centerpiece of Democratic TV Ads in 2022
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.
CNN:
Armed Trump supporters outside Phoenix FBI office  —  Armed Trump supporters gathered outside the Phoenix FBI office after what they call the “unlawful” search of Mar-a-Lago.Source: CNN  —  FOLLOW CNN POLITICS
Discussion: Insider
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FOX 10 Phoenix:
Armed Trump supporters protest outside of FBI office in Phoenix following Mar-a-Lago probe
Discussion: Insider
 
 
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David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
Falling global food and fuel costs offer poor countries little relief
Discussion: Politico
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Jordan Dixon-Hamilton / Breitbart:
Jury Finds Democrat Super PAC Defamed Roy Moore and Awards Him $8.2 Million in Damages
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Biden keeps South Carolina guessing
Meron Moges-Gerbi / CNN:
Former flight attendant sues Delta Air Lines after it fired her for sharing anti-Trump editorial cartoon on social media
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
On TikTok, Election Misinformation Thrives Ahead of Midterms
Jacob Magid / The Times of Israel:
Senior UN official loses her post after tweet condemning PIJ rocket fire at Israel
Discussion: Honest Reporting