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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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
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.”
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Former Trump Organization CFO pleads guilty in fraud case
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 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 …
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New York Times:
Judge May Release Affidavit in Trump Search, but Only After Redaction  —  A federal judge ordered the government to propose redactions to the affidavit that was used to justify the F.B.I. search last week at the former president's Florida home.  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. …
Washington Post:
Judge signals he's willing to unseal some of Mar-a-Lago affidavit  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The affidavit central to the FBI's search of former President Trump's Florida home will remain under seal for at least another week, a federal judge ruled Thursday, giving the Justice Department seven days …
Palm Beach Post:
Mar-a-Lago search hearing update: Hearing ends; Judge says parts of search affidavit can be released
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
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Liz Cheney releases call to Trump-backed opponent who said she didn't concede
Discussion: Townhall and Fox News
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Cheney releases concession call audio in tit-for-tat with her primary foe
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's bizarre threat to release Mar-a-Lago footage is revealing  —  Donald Trump and his allies are reportedly talking about releasing Mar-a-Lago surveillance footage showing FBI agents searching the Florida resort.  This will supposedly show jackbooted FBI thugs swarming over the former president's home …
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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
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 …
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, Washington Post, Townhall and WND
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
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 …
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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: WHNT-TV, USA Today and The Daily Beast
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.
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.
New York Times:
Ukraine Live Updates: U.N. Chief's Meeting With Zelensky and Erdogan Underscores War's Intractability  —  António Guterres, who helped broker the deal restoring the flow of food out of Ukraine, made little progress on deeper issues.  —  Here's what you need to know:
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
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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