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1:45 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
Wall Street Journal:
Merrick Garland Weighed Search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago for Weeks
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Justice department asks not to disclose affidavit behind Mar-a-Lago search
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
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 …
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ABC News:
In Alaska and Wyoming primaries, 2 Trump critics could meet different fates as Palin eyes a comeback
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
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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.
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.”
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
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
Matt Philbin / MRCTV:
'Not That There's Anything Wrong With That': Dog Gets Monkeypox From Gay Owners  —  The World Health Organization ("House Specialty: Dim Sum!") reportedly wants to change the name of the monkeypox virus because somebody, somewhere decided it's racist-sounding.  —  I wish the WHO success in their important work.
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 …
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 …
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Former Israeli PM Netanyahu has memoir coming in November  —  Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a memoir coming out this fall.  “Bibi: My Story” will be published Nov. 22, three weeks after parliamentary elections are to be held in Israel.
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 …
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Gov. Nominee Held Raffle With Store Where Highland Park Shooter Got His Gun  —  Illinois GOP gubernatorial nominee Darren Bailey held multiple events with the gun store where the alleged Highland Park shooter acquired his weapon.  —  Cameron Joseph  —  WASHINGTON, US
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.
 
 
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Chelsey Cox / CNBC:
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Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Tucker: No honest person could believe the Trump raid was a legitimate act of law enforcement
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Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
UK Beats the US to Release of Latest Moderna Vaccine. It's a Pattern.
Discussion: NPR, GOV.UK and The Bulwark
New York Times:
Trump Executive Nears Plea Deal With Manhattan Prosecutors