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7:10 AM ET, August 16, 2022


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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 …
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
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.
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Trump claims FBI ‘stole’ his passports during Mar-a-Lago raid
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Steve Doocy: It would be great if Trump would call for an end to the threats being made against the FBI
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Trump should announce run for 2024 soon to avoid indictment, source says
Discussion: The Root and Political Wire
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 …
New York Times:
Giuliani Is Told He Is a Target in Trump Election Inquiry in Georgia  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani, as former President Donald J. Trump's personal lawyer, spearheaded efforts to keep Mr. Trump in power.  —  ATLANTA — The legal pressures on Donald J. Trump and his closest allies intensified further on Monday …
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 …
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 …
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Justice Department subpoenas 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.
“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 …
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
UK Beats the US to Release of Latest Moderna Vaccine.  It's a Pattern.  —  Bureaucratic inertia has plagued the American pandemic response—and the latest development shows it's ongoing.  —  The United Kingdom on Monday became the first country to approve a vaccine that targets new variants …
Discussion: GOV.UK, The Bulwark, NPR and New York Times
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Longtime GOP insider Cheri Jacobus: America is “not going to recover from Donald Trump”
Discussion: The Economist and Raw Story
Washington Post:   For never-Trump conservatives, it's never-ending misery
Jacob Ogles / Florida Politics:
Video shows Val Demings' security pushing man to ground outside event … Jacob Ogles  —  Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg.
Sam Thielman / FOREVER WARS:
Substack Retaliates Against FOREVER WARS Editor  —  Edited and With a Coda by Spencer Ackerman  —  IN JULY, Spencer took this blog off Substack immediately after his contract with the newsletter company expired.  He explained his decision in what can only be reasonably described as a mild post, which I edited, here.
Ben Gittleson / ABC News:
Biden to sign major health, climate and tax bill Tuesday at White House ceremony  —  The White House plans to celebrate the political win again next month.  —  President Joe Biden arrives to sign the Instruments of Ratification for the NATO Accession Protocols for Finland and Sweden …
Lydia Moynihan / New York Post:   Inflation Reduction Act will cost middle class $20B in new taxes: CBO
$3 gas could be around the corner  —  New York (CNN Business)US gasoline prices continue to fall, and they could keep falling, raising the possibility of gas below $3 a gallon in much of the country before the end of the year.  —  The national average for a gallon of regular gas stood at $3.96 Monday …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 and The Daily Wire
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 …
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.
Discussion: New York Times and
Dara Massicot / Foreign Affairs:   Russia's Repeat Failures
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] …
Shay Khatiri / The Russia-Iran File:
Afghanistan, One Year Later  —  Some reflections.  —  It's been a year since the fall of Kabul.  At the time, I was reservedly optimistic about the prospects of the Joe Biden administration.  But, just like many other Americans, it all came apart for me in August of 2021.
Discussion: Breitbart and Fox News
Houston Keene / Fox News:
Kamala Harris was meeting with child actors while the Taliban surrounded Kabul one year ago today
Discussion: ABC News
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Steve Karnowski / Associated Press:
2 ex-cops charged in George Floyd killing reject plea deals
Discussion: CNN, UPI and Washington Examiner
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
In Wisconsin, 2 Huge Races Stand Between G.O.P. and Near-Total Power
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Trump-loving conspiracy theorist gets sued by Michigan GOP clerk after she lobbed accusations of bribery
Marc Andreessen / Andreessen Horowitz:
Investing in Flow  —  Our nation has a housing crisis.  —  The demographic trends driving …
Emerson Polling:
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Discussion: PIX11 and The Hill
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Evan Stambaugh / Alpha News:
Minneapolis teachers union contract calls for layoffs of white teachers first
Paul Rosenzweig / The Bulwark:
Trump's Investigation Miscalculation
Discussion: Overtime and Raw Story
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Washington's Top Labor Prosecutor Battles Whole Foods Over Black Lives Matter Masks
Discussion: Political Junkie and Althouse