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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 …
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
In the Ways That Count, Liz Cheney Won  —  I know what the numbers say.  I can read the returns.  By those hard, cold, simplistic measures, Liz Cheney was defeated overwhelmingly in her House Republican primary in Wyoming on Tuesday night, and her time in Congress is winding down.
Punchbowl News:
8/17/22 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM.  —  HOUSE MINORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY WAS IN WYOMING THIS WEEK FOR HIS ANNUAL DONOR RETREAT, WHICH WAS LOADED WITH MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES (INCLUDING ELON MUSK, THE WORLD'S RICHEST PERSON) WHO WANT HIM TO BECOME THE NEXT SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE.
Discussion: ABC News
Emily Brooks / The Hill:
Elon Musk featured at Kevin McCarthy's GOP retreat in Wyoming
Discussion: New York Post
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: Washington Post and NBC New York
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  —  The FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago last Monday was specifically intended to recover Donald Trump's personal “stash” of hidden documents, two high-level U.S. intelligence officials tell Newsweek.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Mike Glenn / Washington Times:
Taliban seized more than $7B in U.S.-provided weapons when Afghan government fell
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ and New York Post
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.
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
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 …
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
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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Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Planned Parenthood to spend record $50M in midterm elections
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.
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.
Discussion: National Review and Vanity Fair
Alex Whitney / KMTV:
Officials discuss defunding FBI in wake of Mar-A-Lago search  —  OMAHA, Neb (KMTV) — Defunding law enforcement is a topic that has come up a lot over the last couple of years.  —  Conservative voters and politicians typically oppose any efforts to defund law enforcement but some are changing their tune when it comes to the FBI.
 
 
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