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Rolling Stone:
FBI Questioning Trump's National Security Staff About His Top Secret Document Alibi  —  The ex-president claims he's able to declassify whatever he wants.  The feds are grilling former NSC personnel for answers, sources familiar tell Rolling Stone … Now, the feds are investigating Trump's alibi …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Another Trump Mystery: Why Did He Resist Returning the Government's Documents?
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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:
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 …
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New York Times:
Judge May Release Affidavit in Trump Search, but Only After Redaction
Washington Post:
Judge signals he's willing to unseal some of Mar-a-Lago affidavit
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.
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Sam Levine / The Guardian:
Florida officials arrest and charge 20 people with illegal voting  —  State governor Ron DeSantis said at a press conference that those charged had previous felony convictions  —  Florida officials have arrested and charged 20 people with felony convictions and charged them with illegal …
Anthony Izaguirre / Associated Press:
DeSantis' election police unit announces voter fraud cases  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday announced criminal charges against 20 people for illegally voting in 2020, the first major public move from the Republican's controversial new election police unit.
Shawn Fleetwood / The Federalist:
Florida Charges 20 Individuals For Committing Voter Fraud In Past Elections
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 …
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
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Victoria Balara / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Kelly holds 8-point lead over Masters in Arizona Senate race  —  Hobbs has 3-point edge over Lake in gubernatorial contest  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for August 18  —  Republican candidates have some convincing to do among their base, as Democrats hold the early advantage in battleground Arizona.
Discussion: The Hill and PoliticusUSA
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: Raw Story
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  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — A political action committee with close ties to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is launching a massive new ad campaign in Ohio …
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NBC News:
McConnell says Republicans may not win Senate control, citing ‘candidate quality’
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.
Discussion: Washington Times and Raw Story
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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
Joel Rose / NPR:
A majority of Americans see an ‘invasion’ at the southern border, NPR poll finds  —  More than half of Americans say there's an “invasion” at the southern border, according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll, part of a broader decline in support for immigrants overall.
Discussion: HotAir, WND, Washington Post and Townhall
Debra Kamin / New York Times:
Home Appraised With a Black Owner: $472,000.  With a White Owner: $750,000.  —  Nathan Connolly and his wife, Shani Mott, say an appraisal company undervalued their home based on their race.  The couple has filed a lawsuit in Maryland.  —  Last summer, Nathan Connolly and his wife …
Discussion: The Root and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
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 …
Gabe Stern / Associated Press:
Nevada gov vows to codify order protecting patients into law  —  Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said Wednesday that if he wins re-election he would seek to codify in law next legislative session an order he signed that protects in-state abortion providers and out-of-state patients.
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Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
New Cortez Masto ad goes after Laxalt's family upbringing in tight Nevada Senate race
Discussion: New York Magazine
Ben Kesslen / New York Post:
Mom chops off boyfriend's penis after he tried to rape her daughter: report  —  A mother in India allegedly sliced off her boyfriend's penis on Wednesday after he tried to rape her 14-year-old daughter.  —  “I have no regrets for what I did,” the 36-year-old unnamed mom told the Times of India.
Associated Press:
GOP group apologizes for mistakenly posting KKK image  —  A Republican group in Alabama is apologizing after accidentally using a picture of the GOP elephant that contained Ku Klux Klan imagery.  The Lawrence County Republican Party intended to post an image of the GOP elephant on its Facebook page …
Josh Israel / The American Independent:
Grassley claims to support $35 insulin cap he helped kill  —  Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) voted against including a price cap for diabetic Americans with private insurance in the Inflation Reduction Act.  —  Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told constituents on Wednesday that he backs a $35 cap on the price of a month's supply of insulin.
Discussion: The Hill
The Fine Print:
What Is Pamela Paul Thinking?  —  After struggling to get out of marketing, a brief and quarrelsome marriage to Bret Stephens, and ascending to one of publishing's most powerful perches, the former editor of The New York Times Book Review made a confounding choice to jump head first into the fractious culture wars
Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press:
Vance's anti-drug charity enlisted doctor echoing Big Pharma  —  When JD Vance founded “Our Ohio Renewal” a day after the 2016 presidential election, he promoted the charity as a vehicle for helping solve the scourge of opioid addiction that he had lamented in “Hillbilly Elegy,” his bestselling memoir.
Michael Tanchum / The National:
A commercial corridor involving the UAE could reshape Eurasia  —  The corridor that also includes India and Israel will link the Arabian Sea with the Eastern Mediterranean  —  MICHAEL  —  TANCHUM  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  Listen In English Listen In Arabic  —  The UAE is the centre of a new geo-economic map.
 
 
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Associated Press:
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
America Has Become Less Liberal, but Not Necessarily More Conservative
Discussion: Townhall and The Hill
Lara Bazelon / New York Magazine:
The Death Penalty Case That Went Too Far
NBC News:
A Jan. 6 participant has been harassing police officers at a Capitol attack trial
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Eric Neugeboren / The Texas Tribune:
Louie Gohmert leaves Congress having passed one law and spread countless falsehoods
Discussion: CNN
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Marjorie Cortez / Deseret News:
After their daughters were beat by a girl in sports, Utah parents triggered investigation into whether she was transgender