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4:05 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.
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos and Political Wire
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 …
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Julie Kelly / American Greatness:   It's Inevitable: Trump Will Be Indicted
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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Anthony Adragna / Politico:
Former Rep. T.J. Cox arrested by FBI in California  —  The FBI arrested former one-term 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. at the federal courthouse in Fresno, Calif., according to the records.
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 …
Discussion: WWNO, The Daily Caller and Townhall
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Chris Rosato / WAFB-TV:
Mother claims she was denied an abortion despite baby's condition
Discussion: Political Wire
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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
Jeremy Bailey / Yahoo Entertainment:
Sean Hannity on FBI's Trump Investigation: ‘Being a Felon Is Not a Disqualification’ for the Presidency  —  Sean Hannity, an old friend of Donald Trump's who accordingly has his back, posed a premise Monday that could set the table for a constitutional crisis should Trump be convicted of a felony …
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
A less deadly virus now doesn't validate skepticism from 2020
Discussion: National Review, SciTechDaily and UPI
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
UK Beats the US to Release of Latest Moderna Vaccine. It's a Pattern.
Discussion: NPR, The Bulwark and GOV.UK
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 …
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 …
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.”
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: Twitchy and The Hill
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: The Daily Signal
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 …
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Big Mouth Sets Up Top-Secret Case Against Him  —  When he said too much on Twitter, he used his Justice Department to keep documents classified.  Those court decisions are now building the case that he broke the law.  —  Former President Donald Trump's long history of imprudent tweets …
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Marina Lopes / Washington Post:
A U.S.-Russia nuclear war could starve 5 billion to death, study says  —  Some two-thirds of the world could starve to death in the event of a nuclear war between Russia and the United States, according to a Rutgers University-led study published Monday.  Nuclear conflict would lead to …
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.
Discussion: Meta and The Hill
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Unmuted Posthorn
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
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 …
Washington Post:
More Saudi brutality shows that MBS's promises to Biden were a farce  —  Salma al-Shehab, the mother of two young children, was studying for a PhD at the University of Leeds and took time off to go home to Saudi Arabia for a vacation.  Ms. Shehab is a Shiite Muslim, a persecuted minority in the kingdom …
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
White House not saying when the Inflation Reduction Act will begin to cut inflation  —  The White House is also not clear on how much inflation reduction will occur as a result of the bill  —  Fox News Digital asks Democrats when Inflation Reduction Act will cut inflation
Discussion: RedState, The Daily Caller and Townhall
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
Washington Post:
U.S. demands more water cuts as Colorado River hits dire lows  —  The new shortage announced Tuesday comes as states negotiate how to make major reductions in water use  —  As the historic drought in the U.S. Southwest pushes the nation's largest reservoirs to record lows …
BBC:
The Church of Social Justice  —  Listen now  —  What do you believe in?  As traditional religions wane in Britain, Helen Lewis asks if political movements are taking their place.  —  Show more  —  Helen Lewis was raised a Catholic, but is now an atheist - and has also spent the last ten years writing about feminism.
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.
 
 
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Deborah Haynes / Sky News:
RAF ‘pauses job offers for white men’ to meet ‘impossible’ diversity targets
Discussion: Not the Bee
Jessica Chasmar / Fox News:
Stacey Abrams co-chaired organization that awards thousands to defund the police activists
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
An Oval Office incident from 2019 perfectly illustrates Trump's approach to state secrets, say ex intel officials
Discussion: MSNBC
Vanessa Friedman / New York Times:
The Return of Aviator Joe
Simon Jenkins / The Guardian:
Do you want free speech to thrive? Then it has to be regulated, now more than ever
Discussion: Vox and Twitchy
NBC News:
New Hampshire Republican Senate hopefuls trash FBI, 2020 election results on debate stage
Ryan Dezember / Wall Street Journal:
Drought Devastates U.S. Cotton Harvest
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Alex Jones Lawyer Helps Rumble Change Policy for Hate Groups
Discussion: Raw Story
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
David A. Fahrenthold / New York Times:
Prosecutors Struggle to Catch Up to a Tidal Wave of Pandemic Fraud