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1:30 PM ET, August 15, 2022


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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Leaving with nuclear secrets would be Trump's dumbest, scariest stunt yet  —  A defeated former president who was at the center of a failed coup allegedly walks out the door with nuclear secrets, refuses to give them back and then leaves a creepy, semi-threatening message for the attorney general — that's apparently where we are.
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Why Did Trump Take Classified Documents in the First Place?  —  We now know that the reason the Federal Bureau of Investigation searched Donald Trump's Palm Beach residence last week is because the 45th president is under investigation for pocketing classified documents related to nuclear weapons …
New York Times:
Trump's Shifting Explanations Follow a Familiar Playbook  —  The former president and his allies have given often conflicting defenses of his retention of classified documents, without addressing why he had kept them.  —  WASHINGTON — First he said that he was “working and cooperating with” …
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
Some Republicans Make a More Restrained Case for Defending Trump
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Election deniers march toward power in key 2024 battlegrounds  —  GOP nominees who dispute the 2020 results could be positioned to play a critical role in the next presidential election  —  First came Kristina Karamo, a community college instructor from Detroit who claimed without evidence …
Discussion: b'Raw Story
Robert Draper / New York Times:   The Arizona Republican Party's Anti-Democracy Experiment
Linda Rawles / Arizona Republic:   There's only 1 way to fix the Arizona GOP: Make it lose in November
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Christopher Tremoglie / Washington Examiner:   People are outraged now, but by 2024 most will have forgotten about the FBI raid on Trump
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 …
Cheney's next mission: Keeping her anti-Trump megaphone
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Federal judge rejects Sen. Lindsey Graham's bid to quash grand jury subpoena in Georgia case  —  A federal judge in Georgia denied Sen. Lindsey Graham's bid to avoid testifying before a Atlanta-area grand jury investigating interference in the 2020 election, rejecting the Trump ally's claim …
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
NBC News:
The U.S. could see a new ‘extreme heat belt’ by 2053  —  Climate change effects are forcing more Americans to move  —  An “extreme heat belt” reaching as far north as Chicago is taking shape, a corridor that cuts through the middle of the country and would affect more than 107 million people …
Discussion: Washington Examiner, The Hill and UPI
Paul Rosenzweig / The Bulwark:
Trump's Investigation Miscalculation  —  If he thinks that announcing a 2024 campaign will bring an end to his legal woes, he is mistaken.  —  Donald Trump is making a serious mistake.  The FBI's execution of a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago is, he apparently thinks, of great political benefit to him.
Discussion: b'Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and b'Raw Story
Josh Israel / The American Independent:
Democratic House passes historic climate and health care bill despite GOP opposition  —  The Inflation Reduction Act passed on Friday on a party-line vote.  —  The House of Representatives passed the Inflation Reduction Act on Friday, 220-207, overcoming opposition from every Republican in Congress.
Discussion: Star Tribune
John Harwood / CNN:
The same Joe Biden suddenly looks different
Jennifer Hassan / Washington Post:
Iran denies involvement in Rushdie attack, says he brought it on himself  —  Iran denied any involvement Monday in last week's attack that left author Salman Rushdie with severe injuries after he was stabbed in the neck and abdomen onstage at an event in western New York.
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Washington's Top Labor Prosecutor Battles Whole Foods Over Black Lives Matter Masks  —  In June 2020, the week after a police officer murdered George Floyd, Jeff Bezos endorsed Black Lives Matter.  “I support this movement,” Bezos replied via email to a customer who'd complained about seeing a BLM banner on
Discussion: Althouse
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.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Rules Out Releasing Billions in Afghan Funds After Strike  —  Presence of al Qaeda's leader in Kabul raised concerns in West about resurgence of global terrorism from Taliban-ruled country  —  The Biden administration has decided it won't release any of the roughly $7 billion …
Discussion: Insider, Vox, Politico and Washington Post
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Zoe Schacht / Colorado Newsline:
Public money supports conservative Colorado lobbying group through membership dues
Erin Cox / Washington Post:
President Biden to rally Democrats in Maryland next week
Ben White / Politico:
Larry Summers emerges as the unlikeliest Democratic hero
Philip Lenczycki / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Biden's CIA Director Employed Undisclosed Chinese Communist Party Members While Heading Elite DC Think Tank
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Morning News-UT poll: After massive media bounce, Beto now at ... 39%
Discussion: Bloomberg, RedState and Off the Kuff
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Too little, too late: Disband the CDC now
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 Earlier Items: 
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Amatullah Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Sofia Carson Is Defending The Netflix Movie “Purple Hearts” Despite The Backlash Against It
Wall Street Journal:
Russia's Goal in Attack on Nuclear Plant: Take the Electricity, Ukraine Says
Sean Wilentz / Washington Post:
Rubio's fake populism is no match for real history
Zoe Samios / Sydney Morning Herald:
Lachlan Murdoch sends legal threat to Crikey over January 6 article