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1:25 AM ET, August 16, 2022


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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 …
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
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.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump ‘will do whatever’ he can to ‘help the country’ after FBI raid: ‘Temperature has to be brought down’
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Trump claims FBI ‘stole’ his passports during Mar-a-Lago raid
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Trump should announce run for 2024 soon to avoid indictment, source says
Discussion: The Root and Political Wire
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 of Trump Election Investigation in Georgia  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani, as former President Donald J. Trump's personal lawyer, spearheaded efforts to keep Mr. Trump in power.  —  ATLANTA — Lawyers for Rudolph W. Giuliani have been told that he is a target …
Washington Post:
Trump-allied lawyers pursued voting machine data in multiple states, records reveal  —  A team of computer experts directed by lawyers allied with President Donald Trump copied sensitive data from election systems in Georgia as part of a secretive, multistate effort to access voting equipment …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The Georgia investigation is heating up, and it's ominous for Trump  —  The investigation into Donald Trump's attempts to pressure election officials in Georgia to help overturn the state's 2020 results has always been the most direct threat to the former president.
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.
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 …
“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 …
Sam Thielman / FOREVER WARS:
Substack Retaliates Against FOREVER WARS Editor  —  Spencer took the newsletter off Substack when his contract ended.  They got mad at the blog post explaining why and took away Sam's freelance gigs because he...edited it  —  Edited and With a Coda by Spencer Ackerman
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.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Townhall
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 …
Lydia Moynihan / New York Post:   Inflation Reduction Act will cost middle class $20B in new taxes: CBO
Torsten Ove / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Mercer County man charged with threats to kill FBI agents after Mar-a-Lago search  —  A Mercer County man threatened to murder FBI agents last week after the bureau's search of Donald Trump's Florida estate, saying “come and get me you piece of [expletive] feds” and “I am going to [expletive] …
Russian military command reportedly leaves Kherson after losing crucial bridges  —  Russia's military command is relocating to the left bank of the Dnipro River, according to Natalia Gumenyuk, the spokesperson for Ukraine's southern command.  As a result, Russia will no longer have command centers in the city of Kherson.
Dara Massicot / Foreign Affairs:   Russia's Repeat Failures
Eriq Gardner / Puck:
Angelina Jolie v. Brad Pitt: The F.B.I. Lawsuit Revealed  —  Federal agents drew up a statement laying out the case for arresting Pitt.  But after meeting with an assistant U.S. attorney, they decided not to pursue criminal charges.  Now Jolie is demanding to know more.
Discussion: The Daily Wire and Mediaite
$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
Marc Andreessen / Andreessen Horowitz:
Investing in Flow  —  Our nation has a housing crisis.  —  The demographic trends driving America's housing market are impossible to ignore: our country is creating households faster than we're building houses.  Structural shortages in available homes for sale push housing prices higher …
New York Times:
The Rise of the Worker Productivity Score  —  Across industries and incomes, more employees are being tracked, recorded and ranked.  What is gained, companies say, is efficiency and accountability.  What is lost?  —  Produced by Aliza Aufrichtig and Rumsey Taylor
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Longtime GOP insider Cheri Jacobus: America is “not going to recover from Donald Trump”  —  Former Republican strategist says her party can't be salvaged — and if Trump isn't punished, America is “done for”  —  The numerous catastrophes of the Age of Trump could all have been averted, or greatly mitigated.
Discussion: The Economist and Raw Story
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Trump-loving conspiracy theorist gets sued by Michigan GOP clerk after she lobbed accusations of bribery  —  Melissa Carone, who served as a “star witness” for attorney Rudy Giuliani in his failed attempts to get President Joe Biden's win in Michigan overturned, is now being sued …
Evan Stambaugh / Alpha News:
Minneapolis teachers union contract calls for layoffs of white teachers first  —  A Minneapolis teachers union contract stipulates that white teachers will be laid off or reassigned before “educators of color” in the event Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) needs to reduce staff.
Jack Queen / Reuters:
Exclusive: Inside the Alex Jones jury room: tensions, pizza and ‘lizard people’  —  As the jury in the Alex Jones defamation trial gathered in a conference room in a Texas courthouse on Aug. 5 to decide how much the U.S. conspiracy theorist owed to two parents of a murdered Sandy Hook first-grader …
Emerson Polling:
New York District 10 Primary Poll: Goldman Leads Pack While Niou, Rivera, and Jones Remain Top-Tier Contenders  —  Home Polls New York District 10 Primary Poll: Goldman Leads Pack While Niou, Rivera, and Jones Remain Top-Tier Contenders  —  The final Emerson College Polling/Pix11/The Hill survey …
Discussion: PIX11 and The Hill
Asher Notheis / Washington Examiner:
George Gascon recall effort fails to qualify for ballot in Los Angeles  —  The effort to recall District Attorney George Gascon of Los Angeles has failed to gain enough support for ballot qualification.  —  A total of only 520,050 of the 715,833 signatures collected in the recall effort were valid …
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Steve Karnowski / Associated Press:
2 ex-cops charged in George Floyd killing reject plea deals
Discussion: CNN, Washington Examiner and UPI
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Biden says Democrats will deliver ‘stronger’ Social Security, warns a GOP majority could have it ‘sliced’
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
In Wisconsin, 2 Huge Races Stand Between G.O.P. and Near-Total Power
Ken White / The Popehat Report:
The Philosophical And Moral Incoherence of “How Dare You Walk Out Of My Speech”
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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
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Washington's Top Labor Prosecutor Battles Whole Foods Over Black Lives Matter Masks
Discussion: Political Junkie and Althouse
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Liz Cheney's political life is likely ending — and just beginning