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2:05 PM ET, August 18, 2022

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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Another Trump Mystery: Why Did He Resist Returning the Government's Documents?  —  As with so much else with the former president, there is not one easy answer as to why he refused and ignited a legal firestorm.  But here are some possibilities.  —  For four years, former President Donald J. Trump treated …
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New York Times:
Allen Weisselberg, a Top Trump Executive, Pleads Guilty in Tax Scheme  —  Mr. Weisselberg has refused to cooperate in the Manhattan district attorney's broader investigation into Donald J. Trump and his family business.  —  One of Donald J. Trump's most trusted executives stood before a judge …
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
Trump Associate's Stated Plan to Publicly Release “Declassified” Documents  —  As this article was going to press, ABC News published a report that weeks before the Mar-a-Lago search, former President Donald Trump's associate Kash Patel “vowed to retrieve classified documents from the National Archives and publish them on his website.”
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 …
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Cheney releases concession call audio in tit-for-tat with her primary foe  —  After Donald Trump-backed Harriet Hageman claimed Wednesday night that Rep. Liz Cheney never fully conceded their Wyoming GOP primary race, the defeated incumbent released her receipts.
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Matt Labash / Slack Tide:
Chronic Trump Fatigue  —  When you're too exhausted to be outraged  —  You might have already noticed.  But I put the “Slack” in Slack Tide again this week, failing to give you my Johnny-on-the-spot hot take.  To dutifully man my rage station in order to apportion the proper doses of blame …
Discussion: The Guardian
emptywheel:
RULE OF LAW: DOJ OBTAINED TRUMP'S PRIVILEGE-WAIVED DOCUMENTS IN MAY RULE OF LAW: DOJ OBTAINED TRUMP'S PRIVILEGE-WAIVED DOCUMENTS IN MAY  —  Last December, when the DC Circuit ruled that the Archives should share Donald Trump's materials relating to January 6 with the January 6 Committee …
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John Solomon / Just The News:
Old case over audio tapes in Bill Clinton's sock drawer could impact Mar-a-Lago search dispute  —  When it comes to the National Archives, history has a funny way of repeating itself.  And legal experts say a decade-old case over audio tapes that Bill Clinton once kept in his sock drawer …
Discussion: Against the Grain
Tierney Sneed / CNN:
Peter Navarro asks court to dismiss contempt case against him
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 …
Jessica Taylor / Cook Political Report:
Senate Control is a Toss Up, Rating Changes in Pennsylvania, Colorado and Utah  —  Nightmares of Sharron Angle, Christine O'Donnell, Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock are taunting Republican lawmakers and Senate strategists as fears grow that this midterm cycle could be 2010 and 2012 all over again.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Donald Trump's Senate field flounders  —  With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Twelve weeks before the midterm elections, Republicans' hopes of retaking the Senate rest on a slate of Donald Trump's hand-picked nominees.  And, across the board, they appear to be struggling.
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Gerrard Kaonga / Newsweek:   Lock Trump Up Video Viewed by Over 1 Million People
CNN:
Trump considering releasing surveillance footage of FBI Mar-a-Lago search
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: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Marjorie Cortez / Deseret News:
After their daughters were beat by a girl in sports, Utah parents triggered investigation into whether she was transgender  —  School opened girl's enrollment records dating back to kindergarten to confirm she was female, Utah High School Activities Association representative tells legislators
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Beast
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 …
Ben Tsujimoto / Buffalo News:
On radio show, Paladino said Merrick Garland ‘probably should be executed’; he later said he was being ‘facetious’  —  Republican congressional candidate Carl Paladino said on a radio show last week that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland “probably should be executed” following the raid of Donald Trump's estate in Mar-a-Lago.
Politico:
DOJ battles in court to keep Mar-a-Lago warrant details secret  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A top Justice Department official said Thursday that the investigation into the handling of classified records housed at former President Donald Trump's private residence is “in its early stages,” …
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Washington Examiner:
Unseal the Mar-a-Lago affidavit
Discussion: VICE, The Federalist and Bloomberg
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Money Man Allen Weisselberg Pleads Guilty  —  Former chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg pleaded guilty on Thursday to a number of charges related to the Trump Org avoiding taxes.  —  The Manhattan District Attorney's attempts to flip former President Donald Trump's loyal money man …
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NBC News:
Ex-Trump Org. CFO Weisselberg expected to plead guilty, cooperate against company in tax case
Oleg Kashin / New York Times:
Who Will Get Rid of Putin?  The Answer Is Grim.  —  What's easier to imagine — Vladimir Putin suddenly declaring an end to the war on Ukraine and withdrawing his troops or a Russia without Mr. Putin that revises his policies, ends the war and begins to build relations with Ukraine and the West on a peaceful new foundation?
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Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Madison Cawthorn Personally Lost Big Money With Failed Campaign  —  The soon-to-be-former congressman's latest campaign filing shows big problems.  —  After losing his primary in May, Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) now officially identifies himself as a self-employed investor.
Discussion: Raw Story
Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
New Cortez Masto ad goes after Laxalt's family upbringing in tight Nevada Senate race  —  Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., has already hit Republican opponent Adam Laxalt with negative ads that have garnered some criticism.  —  But her latest is a doozy.
Discussion: Washington Post
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Reason:
The Satanic Panic Is Back, and It's Bipartisan  —  A new poll looking at Americans' belief in conspiracy theories finds high levels of support for loony-tunes ideas about sex, Satan, and U.S. institutions.  In addition, more than half of those surveyed believed child sex-trafficking myths.
Discussion: USAPP and NBC News
Associated Press:
Finnish PM: No drugs, just lots of dancing at ‘wild’ party  —  Finland's prime minister says she did not take any drugs during a “wild” party in a private home, adding she did nothing wrong when letting her hair down and partying with friends.  A video posted on a social media shows six people dancing …
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Gubernatorial Races: Look to the West  —  Dear Readers: We all know democracy is in crisis, but what can we do to fix it?  Politics Is Everything is a new podcast from the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia hosted by Carah Ong Whaley, Kyle Kondik, and other members of the Center for Politics team.
Andrew Pantazi / The Tributary:
Jacksonville sheriff's candidate T.K. Waters registered to vote in Nocatee.  But he doesn't live there.  —  T.K. Waters, the frontrunner in the Jacksonville sheriff's special election, registered to vote in a Nocatee precinct even though his campaign admits he doesn't live there …
Discussion: Florida Politics
Jon Cohen / publication:
Anywhere but here  —  China now insists the pandemic didn't start within its borders.  Its scientists are publishing a flurry of papers pointing the finger elsewhere  —  (ILLUSTRATION) KLAWE RZECZY; (PHOTOS) (FLAG) NATIONAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS OF PRC; (VIRUSES) V. ALTOUNIAN/SCIENCE …
Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
Trader Joe's Workers Decided To Unionize.  The Company Abruptly Closed Their Store.  —  Workers say they were just days from going public with their union campaign when the company shuttered the Union Square wine shop.  —  Workers at the Trader Joe's Wine Shop in Manhattan spent …
 
 
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Zachary Kussin / New York Post:
NYC's 9/11 Tribute Museum to close: 'It's a huge loss'
New York Times:
A Mother, a Daughter and an Unusual Abortion Prosecution in Nebraska
New York Times:
Cambodia Says It's Found Its Lost Artifacts: in Gallery 249 at the Met
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Michigan governor's race could cost $100 million as billionaire DeVos family spends millions to oust Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
‘Whatever You Need’: How Hunter Biden Helped the CCP's Premier Influence Group Gain a US Foothold
Associated Press:
Post-Roe differences surface in GOP over new abortion rules
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Biden's bogus boast of 1 million ‘construction jobs’
Discussion: HotAir and IJR
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
FBI Unit Leading Mar-a-Lago Probe Earlier Ran Discredited Trump-Russia Investigation
Discussion: BizPac Review
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Ron DeSantis's Florida Is Where Free Speech Goes to Die
Chris White / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: It pays to be rich! …
Discussion: Just The News, Breitbart and WND
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The Guardian:
'I don't see justice in this war': Russian soldier exposes rot at core of Ukraine invasion
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