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6:55 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
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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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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Salman Rushdie taken off ventilator as ‘road to recovery’ begins, agent says  —  Author Salman Rushdie has been taken off a ventilator and “the road to recovery has begun,” his agent said Sunday, two days after the renowned novelist was stabbed in the neck and abdomen at an event in western New York.
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:
Five Americans among injured in Jerusalem shooting attack  —  At least eight people, including five Americans, were wounded in a shooting attack targeting a bus near the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City early Sunday morning.  Around 1:30 am local time Sunday (6:30 p.m. ET) …
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 French / The Dispatch:
Apply the Hillary Clinton Rule to Donald Trump
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and Reason
The Freedom Initiative:
Back to Statements
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
Falling global food and fuel costs offer poor countries little relief
Discussion: Politico
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 Earlier Items: 
Jordan Dixon-Hamilton / Breitbart:
Jury Finds Democrat Super PAC Defamed Roy Moore and Awards Him $8.2 Million in Damages
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