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1:15 PM ET, August 16, 2022

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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 …
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
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Julie Kelly / American Greatness:   It's Inevitable: Trump Will Be Indicted
NBC News:
Trump's passports returned after Mar-a-Lago search, DOJ official says  —  Trump claims FBI seized his passports in Mar-a-Lago search  —  Passports belonging to Donald Trump have been returned to the former president after last week's FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago home, a Justice Department official told NBC News on Monday.
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Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Justice department asks not to disclose affidavit behind Mar-a-Lago search
Wall Street Journal:
Merrick Garland Weighed Search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago for Weeks
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
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James M. Banner, Jr / The Bulwark:
Liz Cheney's Staunch Constitutionalism
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
New York Times:
Top Democrats Accuse Homeland Security Watchdog of Blocking Testimony in Jan. 6 Inquiry  —  The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general is under criticism for his handling of an investigation into missing Secret Service text messages from around the time of the Capitol attack.
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Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
Homeland Security watchdog Cuffari faces rebukes from lawmakers in missing texts case  —  The Department of Homeland Security's chief watchdog has rejected calls from leading Democratic legislators to recuse himself from the investigation into the erasure of text messages …
Discussion: NBC News
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.”
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
John Ganz / Unpopular Front:
The Case for Going After Trump  —  Fuck It  —  Since the F.B.I. served a search warrant on Mar-a-Lago, there's been a bunch of arguments flying around that the Justice Department should not press an aggressive case against the former president.  These arguments are based on prudential reasons …
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Tucker: No honest person could believe the Trump raid was a legitimate act of law enforcement  —  Tucker Carlson calls out the Trump Mar-a-Lago raid, says it's really about power  —  Tucker Carlson: The Mar-a-Lago raid was a power grab  —  We've had a few days to reflect on it and have concluded …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
A classic anti-Trump frenzy
Discussion: The Daily Signal
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Twitchy
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 …
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Gen Z TikTok creators are turning against Amazon  —  The ‘People Over Prime’ campaign is a public setback for the company, which has courted influencers  —  A coalition of top TikTok stars is pledging to cease all work with Amazon — including shutting down storefronts and halting …
David A. Fahrenthold / New York Times:
Prosecutors Struggle to Catch Up to a Tidal Wave of Pandemic Fraud  —  Investigators say there was so much fraud in federal covid-relief programs that — even after two years of work and hundreds of prosecutions — they're still just getting started.  —  In the midst of the pandemic …
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 …
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.
Isaac Arnsdorf / Washington Post:
Six drastic plans Trump is already promising for a second term  —  In recent speeches, the former president has begun specifying new policies he'd pursue if he returns to the White House, with an emphasis on crime, voting and shrinking the government  —  For the first time since leaving office …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Every New Trump Crime Just Makes Republicans Angrier at the FBI … This weekend, Florida governor Ron DeSantis delighted the crowd at a conference for the far-right group Turning Point Action by proclaiming that the FBI's warrant to seize national-security documents stolen by Donald Trump …
 
 
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Outrage as Australians discover former prime minister secretly gave himself five additional ministries
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First lady Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
UK Beats the US to Release of Latest Moderna Vaccine. It's a Pattern.
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The EU Commission fines Apple €1.8B for stifling competition from rival music streaming services, the EU's third-largest antitrust fine; Apple plans to appeal

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Ofcom has “significant concerns about GB News' editorial control of its live output” after finding GB News in breach over Laurence Fox's misogynistic comments

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