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4:35 PM ET, August 18, 2022

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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 …
CNN:
CNN Exclusive: ‘Ludicrous.’ ‘Ridiculous.’ ‘A complete fiction.’: Former Trump officials say his claim of ‘standing order’ to declassify is nonsense  —  Trump's contentious history with the FBI 02:50  —  In the days since the FBI seized classified and top secret documents from Donald Trump's Mar …
Discussion: Insider
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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 …
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.”
New York Times:
Judge Orders Justice Dept. to Redact and Release Version of Affidavit Used to Search Trump's Home  —  The hearing emerged from an effort last week by a coalition of news organizations to unseal the affidavit submitted in support of the search warrant.  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. …
Discussion: The Hill, Axios and Talking Points Memo
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Politico:
Trump Mar-a-Lago investigation still in ‘early stages,’ top DOJ official reveals  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A top Justice Department official said Thursday the investigation into the handling of classified records housed at former President Donald Trump's private residence is “in its early stages …
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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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.
Philip Elliott / TIME:
The GOP Just Borrowed a Soviet Skill and Disappeared Liz Cheney  —  This article is part of The D.C. Brief, TIME's politics newsletter.  Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox.  —  In the good ol' Soviet days, a fall from political grace manifested itself in party propaganda.
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Matt Labash / Slack Tide:
Chronic Trump Fatigue
Discussion: The Guardian
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Cheney releases concession call audio in tit-for-tat with her primary foe
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
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Gerrard Kaonga / Newsweek:
Lock Trump Up Video Viewed by Over 1 Million People  —  A video calling for former President Donald Trump to be “locked up” has been viewed more than 1 million times.  —  The video was posted to the Meidas Touch Twitter feed on Wednesday.  According to the page, Meidas Touch was created with the intent of …
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Discussion: Reuters, Raw Story and National Review
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NBC News:
Ex-Trump Org. CFO Weisselberg expected to plead guilty, cooperate against company in tax case
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
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: USA Today, WHNT-TV and The Root
Eric Neugeboren / The Texas Tribune:
Louie Gohmert leaves Congress having passed one law and spread countless falsehoods  —  Gohmert was a precursor to former President Donald Trump's brand of populist, establishment-bucking conservatism that delights in offending progressives and makes no apologies for spreading misinformation.
Margaret Hartmann / New York Magazine:
A Guide to the Many Houses Mehmet Oz Forgot He Owns  —  Days after Mehmet Oz became the first American politician to ever be embroiled in a crudités scandal, he's facing a new controversy that sheds some light on his inability to purchase and consume raw vegetables like an average Joe.
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 …
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: Vanity Fair and Raw Story
Associated Press:
Breathing room for Biden: Big summer wins ease 2024 doubts  —  President Joe Biden and his allies hope big recent wins on climate, health care and more will at least temporarily tamp down questions among top Democrats about whether he will run for reelection.
Discussion: 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.
NBC News:
A Jan. 6 participant has been harassing police officers at a Capitol attack trial  —  Tommy Tatum said he was at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, but has not been arrested.  He has been filming himself confronting officers who fought off the mob.  —  WASHINGTON — A man who was present during …
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
 
 
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
America Has Become Less Liberal, but Not Necessarily More Conservative
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Lara Bazelon / New York Magazine:
The Death Penalty Case That Went Too Far
The Daily Beast:
Trump Hates When Anyone Except Him Grifts Off the Trump Name
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Zachary Kussin / New York Post:
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New York Times:
A Mother, a Daughter and an Unusual Abortion Prosecution in Nebraska
Andrew Pantazi / The Tributary:
Jacksonville sheriff's candidate T.K. Waters registered to vote in Nocatee. But he doesn't live there.
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Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
New Cortez Masto ad goes after Laxalt's family upbringing in tight Nevada Senate race
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Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Gubernatorial Races: Look to the West
Discussion: National Review and RedState
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Reason:
The Satanic Panic Is Back, and It's Bipartisan
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Associated Press:
Finnish PM: No drugs, just lots of dancing at ‘wild’ party
Discussion: The Independent
Oleg Kashin / New York Times:
Who Will Get Rid of Putin? The Answer Is Grim.
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