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3:55 PM ET, August 14, 2022

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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
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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.
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 …
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 …
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.”
Greg Myre / NPR:
The reason why presidents can't keep their White House records dates back to Nixon
Discussion: Vox
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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Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Man crashes vehicle into US Capitol barricade and begins firing gun before shooting himself
Discussion: Politico and Fox News
NBC News:   Man with gun crashes vehicle into barricade near Supreme Court, dies by suicide
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 …
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
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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
FOX 10 Phoenix:
Armed Trump supporters protest outside of FBI office in Phoenix following Mar-a-Lago probe
Discussion: Insider
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
FBI seizes privileged Trump records during raid; DOJ opposes request for independent review: sources  —  Some records seized at Trump's Mar-a-Lago home were covered by attorney-client privilege, according to sources  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for August 13
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Gustaf Kilander / The Independent:
Trump asked Merrick Garland: ‘What can I do to reduce the heat?’ before FBI warrant was unsealed, report says
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.”
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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
Bon Appétit:
How a 27-Year-Old Consultant Eats on $225K/Year in Washington, D.C.  —  Welcome to The Receipt, a series documenting how Bon Appétit readers eat and what they spend doing it.  Each food diary follows one anonymous reader's week of expenses related to groceries, restaurant meals, coffee runs, and every bite in between.
 
 
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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”
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Biden keeps South Carolina guessing
Washington Post:
If Trump is charged, it should be for the worst of his crimes
Meron Moges-Gerbi / CNN:
Former flight attendant sues Delta Air Lines after it fired her for sharing anti-Trump editorial cartoon on social media
 Earlier Items: 
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
On TikTok, Election Misinformation Thrives Ahead of Midterms
New York Times:
Why Abortion Has Become a Centerpiece of Democratic TV Ads in 2022
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Althouse
Jacob Magid / The Times of Israel:
Senior UN official loses her post after tweet condemning PIJ rocket fire at Israel
Discussion: Honest Reporting
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The week that was: Trump screams. Biden governs.
Discussion: New York Post
Josh Marcus / The Independent:
Whole Foods CEO says ‘socialists are taking over’ schools and gun control debate
ABC News:
What forensic testing reveals about revolver in on-set ‘Rust’ shooting