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9:55 PM ET, August 16, 2022

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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.
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Washington Post:
Trump is rushing to hire seasoned lawyers — but he keeps hearing ‘No’  —  The former president's current legal team includes a Florida insurance lawyer who's never had a federal case, a past general counsel for a parking-garage company and a former host at far-right One America News
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
Inside the frantic, final days of record-keeping that landed Trump in hot water  —  Standing amid half-packed boxes in early 2021, staffers in the West Wing grabbed packages of presidential M&M's and tried to obtain giant photos of the president and the first couple that adorned the walls …
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 …
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 …
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Chris Rosato / WAFB-TV:
Mother claims she was denied an abortion despite baby's condition
Ursula Perano / The Daily Beast:
Video Shows Dr. Oz Saying He Has Two Houses.  He Actually Has 10.  —  It's a simple question for most people: How many houses do you own?  But apparently, it's not so simple for Dr. Oz. … It's a question most Americans can answer pretty easily: “How many houses do you own?”
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Saudi woman given 34-year prison sentence for using Twitter  —  Salma al-Shehab, a Leeds University student, was charged with following and retweeting dissidents and activists  —  A Saudi student at Leeds University who had returned home to the kingdom for a holiday has been sentenced …
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Washington Post:
More Saudi brutality shows that MBS's promises to Biden were a farce
Discussion: Common Dreams
Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
Trump legal adviser ordered to testify in Ga. election probe  —  A judge in Colorado on Tuesday ordered a legal adviser for former President Donald Trump's campaign to travel to Georgia to testify before a special grand jury that's looking into whether Trump and others illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in Georgia.
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
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Allahpundit / HotAir:
Cheney on Election Day: This isn't the end, it's the beginning
Discussion: RedState, The French Press and NBC News
NBC News:
Boston Children's Hospital warns employees over far-right online harassment campaign  —  Boston Children's Hospital has warned employees about mounting threats and is coordinating with law enforcement after far-right activists on social media began targeting the hospital with false claims about its treatment of young transgender people.
Ariana Garcia / Chron:
Back to school ad shows Texas child wearing body armor for first day back  —  The Mothers Against Greg Abbott PAC premiered a new back to school-themed campaign ad on Monday, just as children across the Lone Star State started returning to the classroom.  In the 30-second clip …
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: rbc.ru and MSNBC
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.
All:
City Comptroller Denies Every Single Financial Claim for Hurricane Ida Flooding  —  The office asserts the system is broken and City Hall can help more, as it follows a century-old legal precedent and rejects payout requests for flood damage.  —  Nearly a year after the remnants …
Discussion: PIX11
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 …
Peter Navarro / American Greatness:
The Clown Prince of Pennsylvania Avenue  —  Jared Kushner did more damage to the presidency and the Trump agenda during his four year reign of error at  —  1600 Pennsylvania Avenue than anyone.  —  Take credit for what worked.  Shift the blame for what didn't.
Discussion: Mediaite
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Florida court blocks teen from getting abortion, must continue pregnancy  —  A Florida appellate court on Monday blocked a 16-year-old teenager from getting an abortion, saying that she is not “sufficiently mature” to choose to end her pregnancy. … - The teen said in her petition …
Darrell Owens / The Discourse Lounge:
Black and Asian Hate in San Francisco  —  This is a tough discussion about anti-Asian hate crimes and anti-Blackness in the Asian American communities of San Francisco.  —  “Ching chong aye yah,” hurled one of the two Black kids to an elderly Asian woman on the 30-Stockon bus in San Francisco.
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
Sweeps Week on FBI TV!  —  National news media and federal law enforcement are now as indistinguishable in America as in any autocratic country anywhere  —  CNN Newsroom anchor Jim Acosta, famed for being the WWE version of a media tough guy during the Trump years, curled up like a kitten …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Even on Biden's Big Day, He's Still in Trump's Long Shadow  —  For the sitting president, even a triumphant ceremony to sign major domestic legislation can hardly break through the nonstop attention on his predecessor.  —  Moments before President Biden signed a legacy-defining package …
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.
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 …
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.”
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
After 16 Months, Some Glimmers of Optimism About Iran Nuclear Deal  —  Iran's response to the “final text,” sent to the European Union just before midnight Monday, does not raise major new objections, officials say.  —  BRUSSELS — For the first time in many months, European officials …
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
Deborah Haynes / Sky News:
RAF ‘pauses job offers for white men’ to meet ‘impossible’ diversity targets  —  The alleged move has prompted the head of recruitment for the Royal Air Force (RAF) - herself a senior female officer - to resign in recent days in protest.  —  The head of RAF recruitment has resigned …
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
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.
Jordan Fischer / wusa9.com:
Ex-Virginia cop who served as key witness in fellow officer's trial sentenced to 12 months of probation  —  A federal judge ordered former Rocky Mount officer Jacob Fracker to spend 59 days on home detention as part of a year of probation for his role in the Capitol riot.
Ben Geman / Axios:
White House climate official sanctioned by key science body  —  The National Academy of Sciences has barred Jane Lubchenco, a key White House climate aide, from involvement in NAS publications and activities for five years for violating its code of conduct before joining the administration, the organization said.
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 …
 
 
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Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Politico
Mike Scarcella / Reuters:
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George T. Conway III / Washington Post:
Trump didn't take the cookies. Nope. Never. Why ask?
Discussion: Raw Story