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2:50 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.
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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.
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.”
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 …
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
Alia Shoaib / Insider:
Trump goes on Truth Social rampage, sharing over a dozen posts, including from accounts with QAnon references  — Trump took to Truth Social to lash out at the FBI over the Mar-a-Lago raid.  — He shared over a dozen messages, many within an hour, some from accounts with names referencing QAnon.
Discussion: b'Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump's secrets: How a records dispute led the FBI to search Mar-a-Lago
Greg Myre / NPR:
The reason why presidents can't keep their White House records dates back to Nixon
Discussion: Vox
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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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
JONATHAN TURLEY:
Justice Department Accused of Taking Attorney-Client Material at Mar-a-Lago  —  Fox News is reporting that the FBI seized boxes containing attorney-client privileged and potentially executive privileged material during its raid Mar-a-Lago.  When the raid occurred, I noted that the legal team …
FOX 10 Phoenix:
Armed Trump supporters protest outside of FBI office in Phoenix following Mar-a-Lago probe
Discussion: Insider
Gustaf Kilander / The Independent:
Trump asked Merrick Garland: ‘What can I do to reduce the heat?’ before FBI warrant was unsealed, report says
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  —  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 …
Discussion: Politico and Fox News
NBC News:   Man with gun crashes vehicle into barricade near Supreme Court, dies by suicide
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.”
Associated Press:
More U.S. lawmakers visiting Taiwan 12 days after Pelosi trip  —  TAIPEI, Taiwan — A delegation of American lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Sunday, just 12 days after a visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that prompted China to launch days of threatening military drills around …
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Mithil Aggarwal / NBC News:
Congressional Delegation visits Taiwan less than two weeks after Pelosi trip sparked furious response from China
Discussion: HotAir
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 …
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Randy Boyagoda / The Atlantic:
To Support Salman Rushdie, Just Read Him
New York Times:
Why Abortion Has Become a Centerpiece of Democratic TV Ads in 2022  —  Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Democrats have spent nearly eight times as much on abortion-related ads as Republicans have.  —  In Michigan, Democrats took aim at the Republican nominee for governor almost immediately …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 
 
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
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Discussion: New York Post
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