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2:55 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 …
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Julie Kelly / American Greatness:   It's Inevitable: Trump Will Be Indicted
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Hmmm: FBI returns Trump passports that never appeared on search inventory
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: Political Wire
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
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
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, CBS News and Raw Story
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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 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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
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 and Townhall
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Liz Cheney is the last stop on Trump's impeachment revenge tour.  But he is the key to her future.  —  Ahead of primary, Liz Cheney fights to save her House seat  —  JACKSON, Wyo. — Rep. Liz Cheney's supporters have mixed feelings about the brutal defeat likely heading …
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ABC News:
In Alaska and Wyoming primaries, 2 Trump critics could meet different fates as Palin eyes a comeback
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
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 …
Discussion: HuffPost
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Alex Jones Lawyer Helps Rumble Change Policy for Hate Groups
Discussion: Raw Story
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Former Israeli PM Netanyahu has memoir coming in November
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
A classic anti-Trump frenzy
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Politico:
Saudi golf venture LIV quietly enlisted the help of a global PR titan
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Dinesh D'Souza Movie Star Booted From Party for Bringing Gun
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
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Amy Remeikis / The Guardian:
Outrage as Australians discover former prime minister secretly gave himself five additional ministries
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
First lady Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Tucker: No honest person could believe the Trump raid was a legitimate act of law enforcement
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
UK Beats the US to Release of Latest Moderna Vaccine. It's a Pattern.
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