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9:30 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 …
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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.
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
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:   It's Inevitable: Trump Will Be Indicted
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Trump's head-spinning excuses for Mar-a-Lago documents are already piling up. Insiders warn that's bad news for him
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Laura Ingraham: Voters might say it's ‘time to turn the page’ on Trump
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.
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New York Times:
Giuliani Is Told He Is a Target in Trump Election Inquiry in Georgia
Washington Post:
Trump-allied lawyers pursued voting machine data in multiple states, records reveal
Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:   The New Era of Political Violence Is Here
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 …
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.
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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 …
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Carlotta Gall / New York Times:   Six Weeks of ‘Hell’: Inside Russia's Brutal Ukraine Detentions
Meduza.io:
Russian military command reportedly leaves Kherson after losing crucial bridges
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
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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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
Riley Beggin / Detroit News:
Democrat Scholten releases first TV ad in Michigan's 3rd District general election  —  West Michigan Democrat Hillary Scholten's U.S. House campaign is launching its first television ad of the 2022 election cycle Tuesday, focusing on her faith and family.  —  Scholten is running for Congress …
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
UK Beats the US to Release of Latest Moderna Vaccine.  It's a Pattern.  —  Bureaucratic inertia has plagued the American pandemic response—and the latest development shows it's ongoing.  —  The United Kingdom on Monday became the first country to approve a vaccine that targets new variants …
Discussion: GOV.UK, NPR, The Bulwark and New York Times
 
 
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CNN:
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Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
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Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Trump-loving conspiracy theorist gets sued by Michigan GOP clerk after she lobbed accusations of bribery
Marc Andreessen / Andreessen Horowitz:
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Torsten Ove / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Mercer County man charged with threats to kill FBI agents after Mar-a-Lago search
 

 
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