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11:10 AM ET, August 16, 2022


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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.
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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Merrick Garland Weighed Search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago for Weeks
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 …
New York Times:
Giuliani Is Told He Is a Target in Trump Election Inquiry in Georgia
James M. Banner, Jr / The Bulwark:
Liz Cheney's Staunch Constitutionalism
Discussion: The Western Journal, Reason and CNN
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
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: Raw Story
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
It's Inevitable: Trump Will Be Indicted  —  Americans should prepare for the spectacle of Donald Trump pleading not guilty to charges brought by the Biden Justice Department.  —  A few days after federal agents stormed Donald Trump's castle in Palm Beach last week, Judge Beryl Howell berated …
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.
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
NBC News:
Trump's grip on GOP tightens as legal troubles mount  —  WASHINGTON — If it's Tuesday .... It's Primary Day in Alaska and Wyoming. ...  Ranked choice voting gets its latest test. ...  President Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act into law. ...  The Justice Department asks a judge …
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and Uniic Media
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
First lady Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19  —  First lady Jill Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 while on vacation with President Biden and other family members in South Carolina, the White House announced Tuesday.  —  “After testing negative for COVID-19 on Monday during …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
‘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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Dinesh D'Souza Movie Star Booted From Party for Bringing Gun  —  What was meant to be Gregg Phillips' moment of triumph ended in disaster  —  Earlier this year, election-fraud conspiracy theorist Gregg Phillips shot to fame on the right as one of the stars of 2,000 Mules …
Discussion: Raw Story
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   Another year, another high-profile voter-fraud summit goes bust
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 …
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Amy Remeikis / The Guardian:
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Discussion: UPI and The Times of Israel
Nina Burleigh / New York Magazine:
The Last, Lonely Days of Ivana Trump
Riley Beggin / Detroit News:
Democrat Scholten releases first TV ad in Michigan's 3rd District general election
Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
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