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8:50 AM ET, August 19, 2022


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Washington Post:
Russia's spies misread Ukraine and misled Kremlin as war loomed  —  KYIV, Ukraine — In the final days before the invasion of Ukraine, Russia's security service began sending cryptic instructions to informants in Kyiv.  Pack up and get out of the capital, the Kremlin collaborators were told, but leave behind the keys to your homes.
Discussion: Insider and
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Brian Stelter to depart CNN as it cancels ‘Reliable Sources’ media show  —  CNN is canceling its Sunday media affairs show Reliable Sources, and host Brian Stelter is departing the network, Stelter tells NPR.  —  In a statement to NPR, Stelter says he's grateful for the show and his team's examination of …
POLITICO Playbook: Ron Klain says ‘season of substance’ could save Dems  —  With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE PLAYBOOK INTERVIEW: RON KLAIN — The White House suddenly has a lot to brag about.  And the president's aides, led by chief of staff RON KLAIN …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Washington Post:
DeSantis's new election crimes unit makes its first arrests  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the first arrests made by the state's new elections police force Thursday: Twenty people previously incarcerated for murder or sexual assault who he said had illegally voted in the 2020 election.
Anthony Izaguirre / Associated Press:   DeSantis' election police unit announces voter fraud cases
Washington Post:
Hogan calls GOP gubernatorial nominee mentally unstable  —  Dan Cox swatted back, and also labeled his Democratic challenger Wes Moore a ‘socialist’ as the campaign begins to shift tone  —  Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has ratcheted up the rhetoric about GOP gubernatorial candidate Dan Cox …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Karen Weise / New York Times:
How Dan Price's Social Media Fame Fueled Abuse Allegations  —  Dan Price was applauded for paying a minimum salary of $70,000 at his Seattle company and criticizing corporate greed.  The adulation helped to hide and enable his behavior.  —  SEATTLE — Kacie Margis, a model and artist …
Ben Jacobs / Vox:
The Never Trump wing of the GOP never had a chance  —  Liz Cheney's loss made clear Trump's GOP detractors have little electoral sway.  —  The bad news for Never Trump Republicans this week wasn't just that Liz Cheney lost the primary for her Wyoming congressional seat on Tuesday.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Is There a Serious Case for a Not-Awful Election for Democrats This Fall?  —  One strategist's “Trumptimism” is another's “hopium.”  —  When Liz Cheney, flanked by her father, the former Vice-President Dick Cheney, went to vote in Jackson, Wyoming, on Tuesday, there was little doubt regarding the outcome of her reëlection bid.
Trump's legal woes enter yet another protracted phase  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Donald Trump entered Thursday demanding answers about the basis for the FBI search of his private residence and calling for a swift end to the investigation.  Instead, the former president got few new details …
Jason Willick / Washington Post:
What Biden could gain from pardoning Trump
NBC News:
Judge says he's inclined to unseal parts of Mar-a-Lago search affidavit, orders government to submit redactions
New York Times:
Judge May Release Affidavit in Trump Search, but Only After Redaction
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Barnes edges Johnson in Wisconsin Senate race  —  More of Johnson's supporters will vote for him enthusiastically  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for August 18  —  While Democratic challenger Mandela Barnes is narrowly preferred over incumbent Ron Johnson in the Wisconsin Senate race …
Discussion: Just The News and Political Wire
Victoria Balara / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Kelly holds 8-point lead over Masters in Arizona Senate race
Discussion: The Hill and PoliticusUSA
Andrew Solender / Axios:
GOP's November split screen  —  Even Republicans are beginning to acknowledge that their path back to power in the Senate in this fall's elections is far less clear than in the House. … - “Senate races are just different, they're statewide, candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome,” he said.
NBC News:
McConnell says Republicans may not win Senate control, citing ‘candidate quality’
Andrew J. Tobias / Plain Dealer:
National Republican group plans massive ad buy boosting J.D. Vance, signaling deepening GOP focus on Ohio's Senate race
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Trump supporter who flew on private jet to Jan. 6 riot and threw media equipment outside the Capitol pleads guilty  —  WASHINGTON — A woman who flew on a private plane to the nation's capital ahead of the Jan. 6 riot pleaded guilty Thursday to engaging in disruptive or disorderly conduct in a restricted building.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The 4 major criminal probes into Donald Trump, explained  —  Keeping track of all the criminal investigations of Trump isn't easy, so we did it for you.  —  If all the criminal investigations into former President Donald Trump end in conviction, then Trump will be a true renaissance man of crime.
Discussion: Washington Post
Want to know if a red wave is happening?  Watch this special election next week  —  WOODSTOCK, N.Y. — A special election here next week could offer Democrats a preview of the pain coming their way in November.  Or it could provide powerful evidence that a Republican wave election is not in the offing.
David Horowitz / Front Page Magazine:
Wind Turbines Are Destroying the Planet  —  Green energy leads to sex trafficking, terrorism, drugs and deforestation.  —  Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
Ty Roush / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: NYC thug, 55, who put on gloves to knock out diner in unprovoked attack is FREED after being arrested for attempted murder as DA charges him with misdemeanor : Left victim in a coma with fractured skull three years after leaving prison for rape  — Bui Van Phu, 55, from the Bronx …
New York Times:
Odesa Is Defiant.  It's Also Putin's Ultimate Target. … President Vladimir V. Putin knows that Ukraine's fate, its access to the sea and its grain exports hinge on Odesa.  Without it, the country shrivels to a landlocked rump state.  —  Aug. 19, 2022  —  ODESA, Ukraine …
Cayla Harris / Houston Chronicle:
Flood of 2,300 departing workers leaves Texas child welfare agency scrambling: ‘Absolutely a crisis’  —  Nearly 2,300 employees have left the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services since the beginning of the year, stressing an agency that has already experienced …
John Tierney / Wall Street Journal:
Fauci and Walensky Double Down on Failed Covid Response  —  Lockdowns were oppressive and deadly.  But U.S. and WHO officials plan worse for the next pandemic.  —  WSJ Opinion: Joe Biden & the Voters' Revenge For Covid Lockdowns  —  Skip Ad  —  in 15  —  YOU MAY ALSO LIKE  —  Created with sketchtool.
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Mathew Rodriguez / them.:
Pennsylvania's Governor Signed an Executive Order to Protect LGBTQ+ Youth from Conversion Therapy  —  Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf has signed an executive order on Tuesday directing state agencies to ensure that no taxpayer money goes toward the harmful practice known as conversion therapy.
Julie Kelly / The American Mind:
Rogue Agency  —  Whitmer fednapping exposes moral rot of FBI.  —  Shared hotel rooms.  Fake militias.  Booze and pot.  Planted evidence.  Phony bomb makers.  Criminal FBI informants.  Wife-beating wife-swappers.  —  No, that's not the latest iteration of the “X Files” …
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