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11:01 PM ET, August 15, 2022


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New York Times:
Trump Executive Nears Plea Deal With Manhattan Prosecutors  —  Allen H. Weisselberg, who was charged with participating in a tax scheme, will not cooperate with the district attorney's investigation into Donald J. Trump.  —  Allen H. Weisselberg, a longtime top executive …
Wall Street Journal:
Merrick Garland Weighed Search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago for Weeks  —  Attorney general took signature deliberative approach to the move; Justice Department asks judge not to unseal affidavit that provided basis for search  —  FBI Seized Classified Documents in Trump Search, Inventory Shows
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump ‘will do whatever’ he can to ‘help the country’ after FBI raid: ‘Temperature has to be brought down’  —  Trump said his representatives reached out to DOJ to offer to help amid outrage over the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for August 15
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Justice Department asks not to disclose affidavit behind Mar-a-Lago search  —  Unsealing the document could reveal the scope of the inquiry against Donald Trump, whose team is rattled by recent events  —  The US justice department asked a judge Monday to keep sealed the affidavit that gave …
Why Donald Trump's declassification claim might not be that outlandish  —  Former President Donald Trump claims to have verbally declassified the sensitive records the FBI seized from his Mar-a-Lago compound.  It's not as unprecedented or outlandish an argument as widely believed — if he can prove it happened.
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Trump's head-spinning excuses for Mar-a-Lago documents are already piling up.  Insiders warn that's bad news for him  —  From accusations of ‘planted evidence’ to claims of blanket declassification, the former president has ticked through a number of excuses for holding onto the classified documents
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Trump claims FBI ‘stole’ his passports during Mar-a-Lago raid
Washington Post:
Trump-allied lawyers pursued voting machine data in multiple states, records reveal  —  A team of computer experts directed by lawyers allied with President Donald Trump copied sensitive data from election systems in Georgia as part of a secretive, multistate effort to access voting equipment …
New York Times:
Giuliani Is Told He Is a Target of Trump Election Investigation in Georgia  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani, as former President Donald J. Trump's personal lawyer, spearheaded efforts to keep Mr. Trump in power.  —  ATLANTA — Lawyers for Rudolph W. Giuliani have been told that he is a target …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The Georgia investigation is heating up, and it's ominous for Trump  —  The investigation into Donald Trump's attempts to pressure election officials in Georgia to help overturn the state's 2020 results has always been the most direct threat to the former president.
ABC News:
Rudy Giuliani now ‘target’ of Georgia criminal probe into effort to overturn 2020 election: Sources
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Senate G.O.P. Campaign Arm Slashes TV Ad Buys in Three States  —  In a sign that fund-raising trouble is taking a serious toll, a key political committee cancels ad plans in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.  —  The Republicans' Senate campaign committee has slashed its television ad reservations …
Eriq Gardner / Puck:
Angelina Jolie v. Brad Pitt: The F.B.I. Lawsuit Revealed  —  Federal agents drew up a statement laying out the case for arresting Pitt.  But after meeting with an assistant U.S. attorney, they decided not to pursue criminal charges.  Now Jolie is demanding to know more.
Discussion: Mediaite
Rebecca Sun / The Hollywood Reporter:
Academy Apologizes to Sacheen Littlefeather for Her Mistreatment At the 1973 Oscars (Exclusive)  —  Nearly 50 years after suffering harassment and discrimination for protesting Native American mistreatment, the activist will be the guest of honor at an evening of healing and Indigenous celebration hosted …
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Justice Department subpoenas former Trump White House lawyer Eric Herschmann  —  A federal grand jury investigating the Jan. 6 attack has subpoenaed Trump White House lawyer Eric Herschmann for documents and testimony, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Sam Thielman / FOREVER WARS:
Substack Retaliates Against FOREVER WARS Editor  —  Spencer took the newsletter off Substack when his contract ended.  They got mad at the blog post explaining why and took away Sam's freelance gigs because he...edited it  —  Edited and With a Coda by Spencer Ackerman
Eugene Volokh / Reason:
Race-Based Layoff Scheme at Minneapolis Schools  —  The Minneapolis Public Schools have adopted a race-based layoff provision that violates the Constitution and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  “A Minneapolis teachers union contract stipulates that white teachers will be laid off or reassigned before …
Evan Stambaugh / Alpha News:
Minneapolis teachers union contract calls for layoffs of white teachers first
Torsten Ove / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Mercer County man charged with threats to kill FBI agents after Mar-a-Lago search  —  A Mercer County man threatened to murder FBI agents last week after the bureau's search of Donald Trump's Florida estate, saying “come and get me you piece of [expletive] feds” and “I am going to [expletive] …
“Defund the FBI” complicates GOP's midterm messaging  —  Republicans used the “defund the police” slogan after George Floyd's murder to paint the Democratic Party as radical.  But since the FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago, a growing number of GOP candidates and lawmakers are rallying around …
Discussion: Raw Story
Marc Andreessen / Andreessen Horowitz:
Investing in Flow  —  Our nation has a housing crisis.  —  The demographic trends driving America's housing market are impossible to ignore: our country is creating households faster than we're building houses.  Structural shortages in available homes for sale push housing prices higher …
New York Times:
The Rise of the Worker Productivity Score  —  Across industries and incomes, more employees are being tracked, recorded and ranked.  What is gained, companies say, is efficiency and accountability.  What is lost?  —  Produced by Aliza Aufrichtig and Rumsey Taylor
Russian military command reportedly leaves Kherson after losing crucial bridges  —  Russia's military command is relocating to the left bank of the Dnipro River, according to Natalia Gumenyuk, the spokesperson for Ukraine's southern command.  As a result, Russia will no longer have command centers in the city of Kherson.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Liz Cheney's political life is likely ending — and just beginning  —  JACKSON, Wyo. — The 2-minute video, meant ostensibly as the closing appeal to voters here, likely served much more as the launching point of a campaign that will last for years to come.  —  “No matter how long we must fight …
Washington Post:
For never-Trump conservatives, it's never-ending misery
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Longtime GOP insider Cheri Jacobus: America is “not going to recover from Donald Trump”  —  Former Republican strategist says her party can't be salvaged — and if Trump isn't punished, America is “done for”  —  The numerous catastrophes of the Age of Trump could all have been averted, or greatly mitigated.
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Trump-loving conspiracy theorist gets sued by Michigan GOP clerk after she lobbed accusations of bribery  —  Melissa Carone, who served as a “star witness” for attorney Rudy Giuliani in his failed attempts to get President Joe Biden's win in Michigan overturned, is now being sued …
Jack Queen / Reuters:
Exclusive: Inside the Alex Jones jury room: tensions, pizza and ‘lizard people’  —  As the jury in the Alex Jones defamation trial gathered in a conference room in a Texas courthouse on Aug. 5 to decide how much the U.S. conspiracy theorist owed to two parents of a murdered Sandy Hook first-grader …
Asher Notheis / Washington Examiner:
George Gascon recall effort fails to qualify for ballot in Los Angeles  —  The effort to recall District Attorney George Gascon of Los Angeles has failed to gain enough support for ballot qualification.  —  A total of only 520,050 of the 715,833 signatures collected in the recall effort were valid …
Emerson Polling:
New York District 10 Primary Poll: Goldman Leads Pack While Niou, Rivera, and Jones Remain Top-Tier Contenders  —  Home Polls New York District 10 Primary Poll: Goldman Leads Pack While Niou, Rivera, and Jones Remain Top-Tier Contenders  —  The final Emerson College Polling/Pix11/The Hill survey …
Discussion: The Hill
Jen Wieczner / New York Magazine:
The Crypto Geniuses Who Vaporized a Trillion Dollars  —  Everyone trusted the two guys at Three Arrows Capital.  They knew what they were doing — right?  —  The boat was a beauty of a thing: some 500 tons across 171 feet of glass and steel as white as Santorini.
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