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11:50 PM ET, August 16, 2022

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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
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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.
Washington Post:
Trump wants Mar-a-Lago affidavit released, as some aides ponder risk  —  The affidavit has emerged as the latest flashpoint in the ongoing criminal probe involving classified materials at Mar-a-Lago  —  Former president Donald Trump has called on a judge to unseal the affidavit central …
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
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 …
Kerry Howley / New York Magazine:   Ask a Whistleblower: How Much Trouble Is Donald Trump In?
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: Axios, Sacramento Bee and Raw Story
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Former Member of Congress Charged with Multiple Fraud Schemes
Praveena Somasundaram / Washington Post:
FBI arrests ex-congressman on charges of fraud and money laundering
Vinnie Longobardo / Occupy Democrats:
BIDEN SIGNS IRA: Democrats just passed a major bill.  Obama's reaction is PERFECT!  —  President Joe Biden today signed the Inflation Reduction Act — the Democrats' massive climate, health, and tax bill — into law, marking a major victory for the president and the Democratic Party in delivering …
Discussion: The Hill and Insider
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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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Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Florida court blocks teen from getting abortion, must continue pregnancy
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Cheney on Election Day: This isn't the end, it's the beginning  —  “Nobody would piss off the entire state of Wyoming without another plan,” said one local Republican official to NBC about the last 18 months of Cheney's career.  It's not quite the entire state that's pissed off...  ...but close enough:
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Tal Axelrod / ABC News:
Liz Cheney loses primary as Trump topples his most prominent GOP critic
David Reaboi / Late Republic Nonsense:
A Few Good Reasons to Hate Liz Cheney
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
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?”
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and Common Dreams
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 …
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.
TargetSmart Insights:
Not Just Kansas; Women Motivated to Vote in States with Repro Rights at Risk  —  As we detailed in our analysis last week, the electorate in Kansas changed dramatically in the days after the Supreme Court's Dobbs decision leaked.  Kansans turned out in record numbers in the primary and delivered …
Darrell Owens / The Discourse Lounge:
Black and Asian Hate in 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.  I had kept quiet for a few minutes but I couldn't keep quiet anymore.  —  “Hey, if these Chinese people called you a nigger you'd be mad,” I told the kid.
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.
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
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 and rbc.ru
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 …
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 …
Corrinne Hess / Journal Sentinel:
Evers administration changes direction after appointing convicted felon to juvenile justice group.  Appointee faces a trial in new case.  —  The Evers administration has reversed course on the recent appointment of a convicted felon, who is awaiting trial on five additional felony and misdemeanor charges …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Daily Mail
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 …
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 …
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.
Alexander Ward / Politico:
‘Morally wrong’: 9/11 families urge Biden to return $3.5B to Afghans  —  With help from Lawrence Ukenye and Phelim Kine  —  FIRST IN NATSEC DAILY — Nearly 80 family members of 9/11 victims urge President JOE BIDEN to reverse his order and send back billions in Afghanistan's U.S.-held frozen assets.
Discussion: Insider and UPI
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 …
 
 
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Casey Hall / Reuters:
H&M returns to Alibaba's Tmall, 16 months after Xinjiang controversy
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
A Capitol rioter tried to bond with a Reagan judge, then got a lecture
Discussion: Kitsap Sun and Raw Story
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Even on Biden's Big Day, He's Still in Trump's Long Shadow
Discussion: Daily Kos
Bloomberg:
Inside Bill Gates' Secret Push to Save Biden's Climate Bill
Discussion: National Review
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HuffPost:
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Discussion: Associated Press and Denver Post
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Discussion: Washington Post
Vanessa Friedman / New York Times:
The Return of Aviator Joe
Discussion: 19FortyFive and The Daily Caller
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
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The Last, Lonely Days of Ivana Trump
Discussion: Insider
 

 
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