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7:15 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.
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 …
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
J. William Leonard / Just Security:
Myths & Misunderstandings Relating to Mar-a-Lago Documents Investigation
Discussion: Reason and Raw Story
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
Andrew Restuccia / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Signs Bill Aimed at Lowering Drug Costs, Boosting Renewable Energy
Discussion: NH Journal and Mother Jones
Peter Baker / New York Times:   Even on Biden's Big Day, He's Still in Trump's Long Shadow
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.
Tal Axelrod / ABC News:
Liz Cheney loses primary as Trump topples his most prominent GOP critic  —  The Wyoming lawmaker is projected to lose to Harriet Hageman, ABC News reports.  —  Representative Liz Cheney, arrives for hearing at the Capitol in Washington, July 12, 2022.  —  Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images, FILE
David Reaboi / Late Republic Nonsense:
A Few Good Reasons to Hate Liz Cheney
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
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 …
Discussion: Axios, Sacramento Bee and Raw Story
Praveena Somasundaram / Washington Post:
FBI arrests ex-congressman on charges of fraud and money laundering
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and CNN
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former Member of Congress Charged with Multiple Fraud Schemes
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: The Hill and The Western Journal
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  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Kelly Tshibaka — Republican rivals locked in one of former President Donald Trump's grudge matches — will advance to the general election in Alaska's Senate race, NBC News projects.
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 …
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?”
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 …
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 …
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Florida court blocks teen from getting abortion, must continue pregnancy
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.
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.
Darrell Owens / The Discourse Lounge:
Black and Asian Hate in San Francisco  —  “Ching chong aye yah,” hurled one of the two Black kids to an elderly Asian woman on the 30-Stockon bus in San Francisco.  I had kept quiet for a few minutes but I couldn't keep quiet anymore.  —  “Hey, if these Chinese people called you a nigger you'd be mad,” I told the kid.
Peter Navarro / American Greatness:
The Clown Prince of Pennsylvania Avenue  —  Jared Kushner did more damage to the presidency and the Trump agenda during his four year reign of error at  —  1600 Pennsylvania Avenue than anyone.  —  Take credit for what worked.  Shift the blame for what didn't.
Discussion: Mediaite
Ariana Garcia / Chron:
Back to school ad shows Texas child wearing body armor for first day back  —  The Mothers Against Greg Abbott PAC premiered a new back to school-themed campaign ad on Monday, just as children across the Lone Star State started returning to the classroom.  In the 30-second clip …
Corrinne Hess / Journal Sentinel:
Evers administration changes direction after appointing convicted felon to juvenile justice group.  Appointee faces a trial in new case.  —  The Evers administration has reversed course on the recent appointment of a convicted felon, who is awaiting trial on five additional felony and misdemeanor charges …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
The Times of Israel:
In Berlin, Abbas says Israel committed ‘holocausts’; Scholz grimaces but is silent  —  Chancellor later tells outraged German media such use of the term is ‘unbearable’; PA leader makes comments while declining to express regret for Munich massacre  —  Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud …
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
Sweeps Week on FBI TV!  —  National news media and federal law enforcement are now as indistinguishable in America as in any autocratic country anywhere  —  CNN Newsroom anchor Jim Acosta, famed for being the WWE version of a media tough guy during the Trump years, curled up like a kitten …
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Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
A Capitol rioter tried to bond with a Reagan judge, then got a lecture
Discussion: Kitsap Sun and Raw Story
Alexander Ward / Politico:
‘Morally wrong’: 9/11 families urge Biden to return $3.5B to Afghans
Discussion: Insider
Jordan Fischer /
Ex-Virginia cop who served as key witness in fellow officer's trial sentenced to 12 months of probation
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Discussion: PIX11
Carmel Dagan / Variety:
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 Earlier Items: 
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The universe of alleged Trumpworld criminality continues to expand
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
Trump trades places with his enemies
Discussion: Daily Mail
Ben Geman / Axios:
White House climate official sanctioned by key science body
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
An Oval Office incident from 2019 perfectly illustrates Trump's approach to state secrets, say ex intel officials
Discussion: and MSNBC
Mark Joyella / Forbes:
Fox News Channel's Greg Gutfeld Beats Stephen Colbert To Claim Title As Ratings King Of Late Night