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10:55 PM ET, August 14, 2022

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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
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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.
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 …
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.
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
FBI seizes privileged Trump records during raid; DOJ opposes request for independent review: sources
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
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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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 …
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
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 …
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: Mediaite and Daily Kos
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
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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 …
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New York Times:
Why Abortion Has Become a Centerpiece of Democratic TV Ads in 2022
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: HotAir
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David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Politico
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Biden keeps South Carolina guessing
Meron Moges-Gerbi / CNN:
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John M. Bridgeland / Cincinnati.com:
Republicans should be wary of JD Vance
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
On TikTok, Election Misinformation Thrives Ahead of Midterms
Alia Shoaib / Insider:
Trump goes on Truth Social rampage, sharing over a dozen posts, including from accounts with QAnon references