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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
F.B.I. Interviewed Top White House Lawyers About Missing Trump Documents  —  Pat A. Cipollone and Patrick F. Philbin are the most senior people who worked for the former president who are known to have been interviewed in the investigation into his handling of classified material.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former Member of Congress Charged with Multiple Fraud Schemes  —  A 28-count indictment was unsealed today in the Eastern District of California charging a former member of Congress with multiple fraud schemes and campaign contribution fraud.  —  Terrance John “TJ” Cox, 59, of Fresno …
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Politico:
FBI arrests former Rep. T.J. Cox on dozens of fraud charges  —  The FBI arrested former one-term Democratic Rep. T.J. Cox on dozens of charges related to financial fraud, according to public records with the Fresno County Sheriff's Office.  —  The arrest took place around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday …
Discussion: Sacramento Bee and Raw Story
CNN:
Arizona Republican secretary of state nominee kept ‘Treason Watch List’ and posted about stockpiling ammunition on Pinterest  —  The Republican nominee for secretary of state in Arizona is a self-proclaimed member of the far-right extremist group the Oath Keepers who repeatedly shared anti …
Kylie Cheung / Jezebel:
Louisiana Woman Is Forced Carry Headless Fetus to Term or Travel to Florida for Legal Abortion  —  “It's hard knowing that I'm carrying it to bury it,” Nancy Davis, already a mother of one child, said.  —  Alerts  —  A pregnant woman in Louisiana says she's being forced to choose between carrying fetus …
Discussion: WWNO, The Daily Caller and Townhall
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Chris Rosato / WAFB-TV:
Mother claims she was denied an abortion despite baby's condition
Discussion: Political Wire
Nandita Bose / Reuters:
Biden signs $430 billion climate, healthcare and tax bill  —  President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed into law a $430 billion bill that is seen as the biggest climate package in U.S. history, designed to cut domestic greenhouse gas emissions as well as lower prescription drug prices.
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The Independent:
Biden signs Inflation Reduction Act into law: ‘The American people won’
Benji Jones / Vox:
Hidden inside the Inflation Reduction Act: $20 billion to help fix our farms
Discussion: The Big Picture
J. William Leonard / Just Security:
Myths & Misunderstandings Relating to Mar-a-Lago Documents Investigation  —  In the days since former President Donald Trump announced on his social media platform that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had executed a search warrant at his home and business at Mar-a-Lago …
George T. Conway III / Washington Post:
Trump didn't take the cookies.  Nope.  Never.  Why ask?  —  You're looking for cookies?  There are no cookies here.  —  I don't have any cookies.  I don't even like cookies.  Won't eat them.  Never had one in my life.  —  Never even seen one.  Not once.  Ever.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
An Oval Office incident from 2019 perfectly illustrates Trump's approach to state secrets, say ex intel officials  —  Senior intelligence officials realized early on that President Donald Trump wasn't going to read even short written summaries of his regular intelligence briefings.
Discussion: MSNBC
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
WATCH: The Jaw-Dropping Moment Trump-Backed Candidate Reveals He Thinks ‘Banana Republic’ Refers to the Store  —  Trump-endorsed Republican congressional candidate Bo Hines made a cringeworthy gaffe while trying to deride President Joe Biden's mental sharpness, misusing the popular political expression “banana republic.”
Kerry Howley / New York Magazine:
Ask a Whistleblower: How Much Trouble Is Donald Trump In?  —  Advice from another guy who had his house ransacked in search of classified documents.  —  There are a very few people on this earth who can relate to having their home ransacked by the FBI in search of classified documents thought …
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
Trump trades places with his enemies  —  To him, the FBI search was an end to itself.  —  Cut the crap.  There's absolutely no question that the former president has been issuing threats since last week when federal agents searched his Florida home for secret government documents.
Nina Burleigh / New York Magazine:
The Last, Lonely Days of Ivana Trump  —  Her friends wish she'd never met the rakish young Italian they called the “snake.”  —  Ivana Trump's house at 10 East 64th Street, which she purchased for $2.5 million in 1992 after her divorce from Donald Trump, is modest compared with the former mansions …
Discussion: Insider
HuffPost:
Rick Scott Warns Job Seekers Against Applying To IRS  —  The Florida Republican says “this will be a short-term gig” because Republicans will try to hobble the agency if they win back control of Congress.  —  Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) warned potential job seekers against applying for new positions …
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia election data copied under direction of Trump attorney  —  Subpoenaed documents confirm breach in Coffee County  —  A group of Donald Trump supporters copied a trove of sensitive Georgia election files in Coffee County after the 2020 presidential election, a breach that included data …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The universe of alleged Trumpworld criminality continues to expand  —  This week has already delivered two new developments in the galaxy of alleged and demonstrated criminality that surrounds former president Donald Trump.  —  First, attorneys for Trump's longtime attorney Rudy Giuliani revealed …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
A Response to Jack Goldsmith  —  Jack Goldsmith has a lengthy discussion at the Lawfare Blog of whether Attorney General Garland was right to seek a search warrant to search and seize records from ex-President Trump's Florida estate.  It is a good discussion, though one might say the very brazenness …
Discussion: Washington Post
Annie Nova / CNBC:
Biden administration cancels $3.9 billion in student debt for 208,000 borrowers defrauded by ITT Tech  — The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday that it would cancel the student loans for 208,000 borrowers who attended ITT Technical Institute.  — The relief totals $3.9 billion.
Christina Jewett / New York Times:
F.D.A. Clears Path for Hearing Aids to be Sold Over the Counter  —  The agency issued a final rule that took years to complete and opens the door to cheaper, more accessible devices without a prescription or medical exam.  —  The Food and Drug Administration moved on Tuesday …
Marina Lopes / Washington Post:
A U.S.-Russia nuclear war could starve 5 billion to death, study says  —  Some two-thirds of the world could starve to death in the event of a nuclear war between Russia and the United States, according to a Rutgers University-led study published Monday.  Nuclear conflict would lead to …
Bojan Pancevski / Wall Street Journal:
Germany to Keep Last Three Nuclear-Power Plants Running in Policy U-Turn  —  Move prompted by the mounting economic war with Russia marks the first departure from a two-decade policy to abandon nuclear energy  —  BERLIN—Germany plans to postpone the closure of the country's …
Politico:
Facebook has a midterm strategy.  Trump won't be part of it.  —  Facebook will not move up its timeline for reviewing its decision to suspend Donald Trump, regardless of whether he announces he's running again for president, a top company executive told POLITICO.
Discussion: Meta, The Hill and TechCrunch
Tim Reynolds / Associated Press:
NBA schedule won't have games on Election Day this year  —  The NBA will be off on Election Day.  —  The league's schedule for the coming season will have all 30 teams playing on Nov. 7, the night before the midterm elections.  The NBA is hoping teams use that night as an opportunity …
Vanessa Friedman / New York Times:
The Return of Aviator Joe  —  President Biden is back after Covid, vacation and legislative victories, and so are his shades.  —  Aviator Joe is back — just in time to take his quasi-victory lap.  —  Forget the glowing eyes of Dark Brandon.  As President Joseph R. Biden Jr. arrives back in Washington …
Discussion: 19FortyFive
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Big Mouth Sets Up Top-Secret Case Against Him  —  When he said too much on Twitter, he used his Justice Department to keep documents classified.  Those court decisions are now building the case that he broke the law.  —  Former President Donald Trump's long history of imprudent tweets …
Discussion: Politico
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Functional Congress?  Yes.  —  Congress is known for being dysfunctional.  Why hasn't it been over the past two years?  —  Describing Congress as dysfunctional seems unobjectionable, even clichéd.  I've done it myself this summer.  Yet as the current session enters its final months, the description feels off.
The Times of Israel:
In Berlin, Abbas says Israel committed ‘holocausts’; Scholz grimaces but is silent  —  Chancellor later tells outraged German media such use of the term is ‘unbearable’; PA leader makes comments while declining to express regret for Munich massacre  —  Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud …
Mark Joyella / Forbes:
Fox News Channel's Greg Gutfeld Beats Stephen Colbert To Claim Title As Ratings King Of Late Night  —  Fox News Channel host Greg Gutfeld had his highest-rated week ever last week, with his late night show Gutfeld! sweeping all of the broadcast late-night hosts, CBS' Stephen Colbert, NBC's Jimmy Fallon and ABC's Jimmel Kimmel.
Carmel Dagan / Variety:
Wolfgang Petersen, ‘Air Force One,’ ‘Das Boot’ Director, Dies at 81 … Wolfgang Petersen, who rode his acclaimed German-language film “Das Boot” into a career directing Hollywood blockbusters such as “In the Line of Fire,” “Air Force One,” “The Perfect Storm” and “Troy,” has died.  He was 81.
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
Judge Throws Out Plea Deals for Couple in Submarine Spy Case  —  The case captivated many, combining spy book tradecraft with the strains of suburban life.  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday threw out the plea agreements for a Maryland couple who had tried to sell submarine secrets …
Discussion: Denver Post
David Reaboi / Late Republic Nonsense:
A Few Good Reasons to Hate Liz Cheney  —  The appeal of the Bush-era martyr and cuckold complex in politics.  —  By later this evening, Liz Cheney will lose her Wyoming Congressional seat and, in the eyes of the Beltway pundit and media class, ascend to a heroic political martyrdom for the ages.
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Mike Scarcella / Reuters:
Trump's Truth Social company ordered to turn over Devin Nunes information  —  Former President Donald Trump's media and technology company must turn over information about ex-Congressman Devin Nunes' employment as its chief executive officer, a federal judge ruled on Friday.
Discussion: Sacramento Bee
Washington Post:
More Saudi brutality shows that MBS's promises to Biden were a farce  —  Salma al-Shehab, the mother of two young children, was studying for a PhD at the University of Leeds and took time off to go home to Saudi Arabia for a vacation.  Ms. Shehab is a Shiite Muslim, a persecuted minority in the kingdom …
Discussion: Common Dreams
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Carolyn Maloney's Campaign Pitch: A Man Can't Do My Job  —  One morning last week, a group of leading feminists gathered inside the former Upper East Side home of one of their foremothers, Eleanor Roosevelt, for an emergency meeting.  —  The purpose of the gathering, convened …
 
 
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