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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 …
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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
Politico:
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.
David Marcus / New York Post:   Media is back to anonymous, one-source stories on Trump that we can't trust anymore
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Trump claims FBI ‘stole’ his passports during Mar-a-Lago raid
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Laura Ingraham: Voters might say it's ‘time to turn the page’ on Trump
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 …
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Punchbowl News:
8/16/22 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM. … GIULIANI WILL GO BEFORE A SPECIAL GRAND JURY IN ATLANTA ON WEDNESDAY.  SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-S.C.) WILL ALSO HAVE TO TESTIFY BEFORE THE GRAND JURY, A FEDERAL JUDGE SAID ON MONDAY. … WEISSELBERG HASN'T COOPERATED WITH THE MANHATTAN DA'S INVESTIGATION INTO TRUMP.
Discussion: Fox News, ABC News and Breitbart
ABC News:
In Alaska and Wyoming primaries, 2 Trump critics could meet different fates as Palin eyes a comeback  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Liz Cheney are on the ballot.  —  Tuesday's primaries in Alaska and Wyoming will spotlight two big Republican detractors of former President Donald Trump …
Washington Post:
Trump-allied lawyers pursued voting machine data in multiple states, records reveal
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
Ukraine Live Updates: Blast Hits Russian Ammunition Depot in Crimea  —  The explosion came a week after blasts at a Russian air base on the peninsula destroyed several fighter jets.  A senior Ukrainian official said that an elite military unit was responsible for an attack on Tuesday that sent …
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Carlotta Gall / New York Times:   Six Weeks of ‘Hell’: Inside Russia's Brutal Ukraine Detentions
Meduza.io:
Russian military command reportedly leaves Kherson after losing crucial bridges
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 …
Axios:
“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 …
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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.
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.
Washington Post:
Road to war: U.S. struggled to convince allies, and Zelensky, of risk of invasion  —  On a sunny October morning, the nation's top intelligence, military and diplomatic leaders filed into the Oval Office for an urgent meeting with President Biden.  They arrived bearing a highly classified …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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
Variety:
‘The Flash’ Star Ezra Miller Seeking Treatment for ‘Complex Mental Health Issues’ (EXCLUSIVE)  —  “The Flash” star Ezra Miller says they are seeking treatment for “complex mental health issues.”  —  In a statement provided to Variety by a representative of the actor, Miller broke their silence …
CNN:
$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
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.
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 …
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 …
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Lydia Moynihan / New York Post:   Inflation Reduction Act will cost middle class $20B in new taxes: CBO
Jazmine Ulloa / New York Times:
In Alaska, Sarah Palin's Political Comeback Stirs Debate Among Voters  —  As Ms. Palin seeks the state's lone House seat in elections on Tuesday, voters appeared torn on whether she remained committed to them or had abandoned them for national fame.  —  WASILLA, Alaska …
 
 
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Steve Karnowski / Associated Press:
2 ex-cops charged in George Floyd killing reject plea deals
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Eriq Gardner / Puck:
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Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
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Brad Reed / Raw Story:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jack Queen / Reuters:
Exclusive: Inside the Alex Jones jury room: tensions, pizza and ‘lizard people’
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
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Longtime GOP insider Cheri Jacobus: America is “not going to recover from Donald Trump”
Discussion: The Economist and Raw Story
Ben White / Politico:
Larry Summers emerges as the unlikeliest Democratic hero
Discussion: CNN
Paul Rosenzweig / The Bulwark:
Trump's Investigation Miscalculation
Discussion: Overtime and Raw Story