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12:25 PM ET, August 17, 2022

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Politico:
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.
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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
What Liz Cheney's Lopsided Loss Says About the State of the G.O.P.  —  She hoped Jan. 6 would be a turning point for Republicans.  And while it did prove to be a dividing line, it was those who crossed Donald J. Trump who have faced electoral consequences.  —  Representative Liz Cheney's martyr …
Katherine Fung / Newsweek:
Read Liz Cheney's Concession Speech as Congresswoman Ousted in Wyoming  —  Representative Liz Cheney delivered a powerful concession speech on Tuesday night after Wyoming Republicans ousted her from her House seat representing the state's at-large district.  —  Cheney was defeated …
Jazmine Ulloa / New York Times:
Lisa Murkowski and Sarah Palin Survive Primary Battles, but a Democrat Breaks Through  —  ANCHORAGE — Two of the most prominent women in Alaskan Republican politics — Senator Lisa Murkowski and Sarah Palin — appeared to be on divergent paths early Wednesday following the state's special election and primary.
Holly Ramer / Associated Press:
Pence tells GOP to stop lashing out at FBI over Trump search  —  Former Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday urged fellow Republicans to stop lashing out at the FBI over the search of former President Donald Trump's Florida home last week.  Speaking in New Hampshire, Pence was asked …
Charlie Sykes / MSNBC:
Liz Cheney loses in Wyoming — but what she gains may end up more valuable  —  Cheney was the crown jewel of Trump's revenge tour.  And yet her defeat reflects both the party's vulnerabilities and her newfound power.  —  Rep. Liz Cheney had no illusions about her fate.
Emily Brooks / The Hill:
Elon Musk featured at Kevin McCarthy's GOP retreat in Wyoming
Discussion: New York Post
Punchbowl News:
8/17/22 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM.
Discussion: ABC News
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Liz Cheney Is Defeated by Trump-Backed Harriet Hageman in Wyoming
Insider:
Liz Cheney converted her House campaign-finance committee to a leadership PAC hours after losing her primary, filing shows
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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
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William M. Arkin / Newsweek:
FBI Sought Documents Trump Hoarded for Years, Including about Russiagate
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Pallavi Pundir / VICE:
‘I Was on a Kill List’: Queer Afghans Say They're Being Hunted and Tortured  —  “The Taliban regime is truly the dark ages for Afghan LGBTQ people,” a 21-year-old gay artist in Kabul said.  —  Pallavi Pundir  —  JAKARTA, ID  —  Qadam Shah, 32, had a lot going for him before the Taliban came.
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Elise Labott / Politico:
‘This Was the Albatross Around His Neck All Year’
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Walensky, Citing Botched Pandemic Response, Calls for C.D.C. Reorganization  —  Among other flaws, the public guidance during the coronavirus pandemic was “confusing and overwhelming,” the agency said.  —  Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
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 …
Discussion: RedState
Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
Giuliani arrives to testify in Georgia 2020 election probe  —  Rudy Giuliani arrived at an Atlanta courthouse Wednesday under a judge's order to appear before a special grand jury that is investigating attempts by former President Donald Trump and others to overturn his 2020 election defeat in Georgia.
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 …
Associated Press:
Scientists warn of dire effects as Mediterranean heats up  —  While vacationers might enjoy the Mediterranean Sea's summer warmth, climate scientists are warning of dire consequences for its marine life as it burns up in a series of severe heat waves.  From Barcelona to Tel Aviv …
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Edward Ring / American Greatness:   Green Fascists Are Destroying the World
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal REVOLUTION:
Still under-policed and over-imprisoned  —  A new paper, The Injustice of Under-Policing, makes a point that I have been emphasizing for many years, namely, relative to other developed countries the United States is under-policed and over-imprisoned. … First, as is well known …
Discussion: MIT Press and National Review
Washington Post:
Americans are paying for slogans on bombs aimed at Russians  —  KYIV, Ukraine — At a military position near the front line, members of a Ukrainian military unit snickered as a soldier with tattooed arms scrawled a phallic symbol on an artillery shell designed for an M777 howitzer cannon.
The Economist:
Armies are re-learning how to fight in cities  —  Urban combat has a brutal, destructive reputation.  It will become more common  —  “The city doesn't exist any more,” said Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine's foreign minister, in April.  By then Mariupol, on the Sea of Azov, had been under Russian siege …
TargetSmart Insights:
Not Just Kansas; Women Motivated to Vote in States with Repro Rights at Risk  —  As we detailed in our analysis last week, the electorate in Kansas changed dramatically in the days after the Supreme Court's Dobbs decision leaked.  Kansans turned out in record numbers in the primary and delivered …
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CREW:
Secret Service held onto Pelosi threat until after insurrection … The Secret Service knew of a threat to Nancy Pelosi on January 6th days before the insurrection, but did not pass it along until hours after the Capitol had been breached, according to Secret Service emails obtained by CREW.
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 …
Associated Press:
German leader condemns Abbas' ‘50 Holocausts’ remark  —  Germany's chancellor said Wednesday that he was “disgusted by the outrageous remarks” made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Berlin, accusing Israel of committing “50 Holocausts” against Palestinians over the years.
 
 
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