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9:15 AM ET, August 17, 2022


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Washington Post:
Trump is rushing to hire seasoned lawyers — but he keeps hearing ‘No’  —  The former president's current legal team includes a Florida insurance lawyer who's never had a federal case, a past general counsel for a parking-garage company and a former host at far-right One America News
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
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.
POLITICO Playbook: Scoop: Liz Cheney's next move  —  With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SCOOP: CHENEY'S NEXT MOVE — Rep. LIZ CHENEY is wasting no time beginning the next phase of her bid to prevent DONALD TRUMP's return to office.
Inside the frantic, final days of record-keeping that landed Trump in hot water  —  Standing amid half-packed boxes in early 2021, staffers in the West Wing grabbed packages of presidential M&M's and tried to obtain giant photos of the president and the first couple that adorned the walls …
Discussion: Insider, CNN and Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
Trump wants Mar-a-Lago affidavit released, as some aides ponder risk  —  The affidavit has emerged as the latest flashpoint in the ongoing criminal probe involving classified materials at Mar-a-Lago  —  Former president Donald Trump has called on a judge to unseal the affidavit central …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Liz Cheney Is Defeated by Trump-Backed Harriet Hageman in Wyoming  —  JACKSON, Wyo. — Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming was resoundingly defeated by Harriet Hageman in her Republican primary on Tuesday, handing Donald J. Trump his most prized trophy yet in his long campaign to purge the Republican Party of his critics.
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Cheney's Wyoming defeat is a win for Trump and a decisive blow to fading GOP establishment  —  The resounding defeat of Liz Cheney was more than the rejection of a brave and principled individual.  It was the repudiation of values and a worldview that have shaped the Republican Party for well over a generation.
Tal Axelrod / ABC News:
Liz Cheney loses primary as Trump topples his most prominent GOP critic
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
What Liz Cheney's Lopsided Loss Says About the State of the G.O.P.
David Reaboi / Late Republic Nonsense:
A Few Good Reasons to Hate Liz Cheney
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
Sarah Palin advances to November's general election for Alaska's House seat  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has clinched one of four spots in November's ranked-choice general election for the state's at-large congressional seat, NBC News projects, keeping alive her hopes for a political comeback.
Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Trump-backed Kelly Tshibaka advance to general election in Alaska's Senate race
Iris Samuels / Anchorage Daily News:
Alaska's special U.S. House election results show a close race
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Power Line
Vinnie Longobardo / Occupy Democrats:
BIDEN SIGNS IRA: Democrats just passed a major bill.  Obama's reaction is PERFECT!  —  President Joe Biden today signed the Inflation Reduction Act — the Democrats' massive climate, health, and tax bill — into law, marking a major victory for the president and the Democratic Party in delivering …
Discussion: Insider and The Hill
Joe Biden / Yahoo News:   3 things everyone should know about the Inflation Reduction Act
Peter Baker / New York Times:   Even on Biden's Big Day, He's Still in Trump's Long Shadow
Andrew Restuccia / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Signs Bill Aimed at Lowering Drug Costs, Boosting Renewable Energy
Discussion: Politico, NewsNation and Mother Jones
Dwight Garner / New York Times:
Jared Kushner's ‘Breaking History’ Is a Soulless and Very Selective Memoir  —  In this lengthy book, Kushner recounts the time he spent in the White House during his father-in-law's term.  —  Buy Book ▾ … When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission.
Discussion: Raw Story
Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
Trump legal adviser ordered to testify in Ga. election probe  —  A judge in Colorado on Tuesday ordered a legal adviser for former President Donald Trump's campaign to travel to Georgia to testify before a special grand jury that's looking into whether Trump and others illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in Georgia.
Discussion: Mercury News and The Hill
Alexa Corse / Wall Street Journal:
Rudy Giuliani to Appear Before Georgia Grand Jury Probing Bid to Overturn 2020 Election
Discussion: UPI and New York Times
FBI arrests former Rep. T.J. Cox on dozens of fraud charges  —  The FBI arrested former one-term Democratic 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. Tuesday …
Praveena Somasundaram / Washington Post:
FBI arrests ex-congressman on charges of fraud and money laundering
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Planned Parenthood to spend record $50M in midterm elections  —  Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading reproductive health care provider and abortion rights advocacy organization, plans to spend a record $50 million ahead of November's midterm elections, pouring money into contests where access to abortion will be on the ballot.
Discussion: ABC17NEWS
TargetSmart Insights:   Not Just Kansas; Women Motivated to Vote in States with Repro Rights at Risk
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Vance, DeSantis rally puts ‘highly unusual’ restrictions on press  —  Journalists must agree to give access to their footage to the event organizer, pro-Trump GOP youth group Turning Point USA, and explain how they intend to use it  —  Journalists hoping to cover a Republican rally featuring Florida …
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Saudi woman given 34-year prison sentence for using Twitter  —  Salma al-Shehab, a Leeds University student, was charged with following and retweeting dissidents and activists  —  A Saudi student at Leeds University who had returned home to the kingdom for a holiday has been sentenced …
Ursula Perano / The Daily Beast:
Video Shows Dr. Oz Saying He Has Two Houses.  He Actually Has 10.  —  It's a simple question for most people: How many houses do you own?  But apparently, it's not so simple for Dr. Oz. … It's a question most Americans can answer pretty easily: “How many houses do you own?”
Washington Post:
Inside the 100-day U.S. struggle to stop monkeypox  —  The nation's top health officials believed they had finally hit upon a solution to quell weeks of public criticism about the straggling government response to the monkeypox outbreak spreading across the country this summer.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Taking the Fifth should disqualify a politician from taking office  —  Donald Trump invoked the Fifth Amendment more than 400 times in New York's investigation into his business's finances.  Of course, the defeated former president and alleged pilferer of nuclear secrets has every right …
Josh Barro / Very Serious:
A Rant: ‘Team Normal’ Republicans, Stop Whining That Democrats Won't Help You  —  Your Trump problem is just that: Your problem.  —  Dear readers,  —  I have a rant for you today.  —  I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the “bellyaching and scolding from establishment Republicans” …
Redistricting, abortion supercharge state Supreme Court races  —  The U.S. Supreme Court may get all the attention.  But some of the most consequential decisions for the next decade could come instead from their counterparts in the states, many of whom are facing voters in the fall.
Aleem Maqbool / BBC:
Ukraine war: Thousands of Jews quit Russia amid fears of persecution  —  Russia is facing the mass migration abroad of large numbers of its Jewish population, with at least one in eight leaving the country since its war with Ukraine began.  —  The Jewish Agency helps Jews around the world move to Israel.
NBC News:
Boston Children's Hospital warns employees over far-right online harassment campaign  —  Boston Children's Hospital has warned employees about mounting threats and is coordinating with law enforcement after far-right activists on social media began targeting the hospital with false claims about its treatment of young transgender people.
Andrew Lapin / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Texas school district orders librarians to remove a version of Anne Frank's diary from shelves  —  (JTA) - A school district in suburban Fort Worth, Texas, has ordered its librarians to remove an illustrated adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank” from their shelves and digital libraries …
Discussion: UPI
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Elise Labott / Politico:
Biden Is Still Climbing Out of His Afghanistan-Shaped Hole
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Associated Press:
Scientists warn of dire effects as Mediterranean heats up
Matthew Choi / The Texas Tribune:
AP, Texas Tribune and other newsrooms ask court to unseal Henry Cuellar search warrant
Corrinne Hess / Journal Sentinel:
Evers administration changes direction after appointing convicted felon to juvenile justice group. Appointee faces a trial in new case.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Alexander Ward / Politico:
‘Morally wrong’: 9/11 families urge Biden to return $3.5B to Afghans
Discussion: Insider
Peter Navarro / American Greatness:
The Clown Prince of Pennsylvania Avenue
Discussion: Mediaite
Ariana Garcia / Chron:
Back to school ad shows Texas child wearing body armor for first day back
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Discussion: PIX11
Mark Joyella / Forbes:
Fox News Channel's Greg Gutfeld Beats Stephen Colbert To Claim Title As Ratings King Of Late Night