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6:35 PM ET, August 19, 2022

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Dennis Romboy / Deseret News:
What Mitt Romney says about Liz Cheney possibly running for president  —  As Rep. Liz Cheney contemplates her next move after losing the Republican primary in Wyoming this week, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney says he wouldn't encourage her to run for president.  —  “I'm not going to encourage anyone to run for president.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Mitch McConnell's Terrible Candidates Are His Own Fault … This week, Republicans began to complain openly about the downside to having so many of their nominees for high office composed of fascists, dilettantes, and the mentally ill. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters …
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.
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Zoe Tillman / Bloomberg:
Mueller Memo Advising Barr on Trump Findings Is Ordered Released  —  The US Justice Department must release a 2019 memo advising then-attorney general Bill Barr on how to handle the conclusion of the Mueller investigation and the department's decision not to charge Donald Trump, a federal appeals court ruled.
Discussion: CNN, HuffPost, Associated Press and The Hill
CNN:
White House officials privately express concern about classified information taken to Mar-a-Lago  —  White House officials have privately expressed deep concern over the tranche of classified material taken to former President Donald Trump's home in Florida, including some documents …
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Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
Biden to host ‘unity’ summit against hate-fueled violence
Discussion: Washington Times, The Root and Twitchy
Mark DiCamillo / Mailchimp:
Californians oppose Biden and Trump running for President in 2024  —  By a nearly two-to-one margin (61% to 31%) California voters oppose Joe Biden seeking a second term as President in 2024.  Republicans are overwhelmingly against the President running again (87% to 9%) …
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Melanie Mason / Los Angeles Times:
California voters favor Newsom over Harris, don't want Biden to run again, poll finds
Discussion: The Hill and Alternet.org
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Marcy Kaptur, a Veteran Democrat, Breaks with Biden in New TV Ad  —  Ms. Kaptur is the most prominent Democrat to break with President Biden as she seeks re-election in a Toledo-area seat that was redrawn to be sharply more Republican.  —  Representative Marcy Kaptur of Ohio …
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill, CNN and NRCC
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Katherine Doyle / Washington Examiner:
Top Ohio Democrat breaks with Biden in new campaign ad
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Lawmakers demand data about online threats against law enforcement  —  House Oversight Committee leaders called on eight social networks, including Meta, Truth Social and Gab, to turn over details about how they're responding following the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago
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Tom Porter / Insider:
Newly unsealed documents from the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago put Trump in even worse legal peril, experts say  — New legal documents were unsealed Thursday by a federal judge in the wake of the Mar-a-Lago raid.  — They show new details about the possible crimes the FBI was investigating with the search.
Merlyn Thomas / BBC:
Sanna Marin: Finnish PM reveals she has taken drug test  —  Finland's prime minister has said she has taken a drug test, after new footage emerged showing the leader dancing with a Finnish popstar.  —  Sanna Marin, 36, came under fire this week after a leaked video showed her partying …
New York Times:
The Constitution Is Broken and Should Not Be Reclaimed  —  When liberals lose in the Supreme Court — as they increasingly have over the past half-century — they usually say that the justices got the Constitution wrong.  But struggling over the Constitution has proved a dead end.
Discussion: National Review and Fox News
New York Times:
Louisiana's Abortion Law Sows Confusion and Fear  —  Louisiana doctors fearful of running afoul of new abortion bans in post-Roe America gave a pregnant woman a devastating diagnosis, but not an abortion.  —  Nancy Davis says that when she learned this month that the fetus she was carrying …
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Max Tani / Politico:
WaPo quietly suspended one of its top reporters last spring  —  The Washington Post quietly suspended one of its longest serving reporters, Paul Farhi, this past spring, in a move challenged by the union representing the paper's reporters.  —  The suspension of Farhi, a media reporter …
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Kari Lake > Ron DeSantis  —  In the fight to become the heir of Trumpism.  —  1. The Trump Progression  —  We've done versions of this dance a dozen times before:  — He didn't do it; there is no story here.  — You don't have irrefutable evidence that he did it.  — That “evidence” is a fake-news plant.
Discussion: HotAir and Raw Story
Caroline Downey / National Review:
Pro-Abortion Extremists Vandalize Massachusetts Pregnancy Center  —  Pro-abortion extremists on Thursday vandalized a western Massachusetts pregnancy center that supports vulnerable pregnant women with maternal resources and supplies.  —  Police said they are investigating an incident …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's next Mar-a-Lago move will escalate his supporters' rage  —  When it comes to the Mar-a-Lago matter, there will be no appeasing Donald Trump and his most fervent supporters.  There will be no point at which they acknowledge that any law enforcement activity related to it is legitimate.
Morgan Phillips / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘It was party before country back then’: Ex-NSC counterterrorism staffer running for Congress on ‘country before party’ platform is accused of drinking on the job and sleeping with colleagues in the prayer room while at the White House  — Matt Castelli served as a director …
Monivette Cordeiro / Orlando Sentinel:
Arrested Orange voters said they were told rights had been restored, affidavits show  —  Governor Ron DeSantis announces 20 arrests related to election fraud across Florida stemming from investigations by new Office of Election Crimes and Security.  (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Fedja Grulovic / Reuters:
Low water levels on Danube reveal sunken WW2 German warships  —  Europe's worst drought in years has pushed the mighty river Danube to one of its lowest levels in almost a century, exposing the hulks of dozens of explosives-laden German warships sunk during World War Two near Serbia's river port town of Prahovo.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and N1 - Feed
Oliver Willis Explains:
Ron DeSantis Wants To Fake His Way To The Presidency, And It Could Work  —  Conservatives Love Being Mad About Things That Don't Exist  —  To live in the make believe world of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, one has to believe in a series of interlocking fairy tales, conspiracy theories, lies, and hoaxes.
Chris Isidore / CNN:
America just got a $100-a-month raise  —  New York (CNN Business)Next time you stop at a gas station, think of it as a $100-a-month tax cut.  Or a maybe $100-a-month raise.  —  The steady drop in gas prices over the last few months has turned into an unexpected form of economic stimulus …
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Brian Stelter: A retrospective of CNN's ousted media reporter  —  Brian Stelter emerged as one of CNN's most partisan hosts under Jeff Zucker's leadership  —  Sean Hannity addresses CNN's Brian Stelter leaving the network  —  There was an earthquake in the media landscape when CNN announced …
Nadine El-Bawab / ABC News:
Judge grants preliminary injunction on Michigan abortion ban  —  The governor filed a suit to determine if the abortion ban is constitutional.  —  In this Oct. 16, 2020 file photo Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer speaks at Beech Woods Recreation Center in Southfield, Mich.
 
 
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J. David Goodman / New York Times:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Steven Swinford / The Times:
Liz Truss's plans are a holiday from reality, says Michael Gove
Discussion: Reuters
Wesley J. Smith / theepochtimes.com:
Episcopal Church Endorses ‘Gender-Affirming Care’ in Children
Discussion: The Federalist and Mo's Newsletter
Guillermo Contreras / San Antonio Express-News:
FBI says an S.A.-area teen made ‘credible’ mass violence threat against a conservative student group
Discussion: Raw Story and Just The News
 Earlier Items: 
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez and his wife defied property tax law for eight years by claiming two homestead exemptions
Discussion: Fox News
Public Notice:
If you don't prosecute Trump, he will continue committing crimes
Rina Torchinsky / Wall Street Journal:
It Now Costs $300,000 to Raise a Child
Discussion: The Hill, Fortune and The Daily Caller
Caroline O'Donovan / Washington Post:
Amazon's health ambitions sometimes clashed with medical best practices, nurses say
JONATHAN TURLEY:
Tribe: The Criminal Case Against Trump is Another “Slam Dunk”
Politico:
Want to know if a red wave is happening? Watch this special election next week.
Discussion: HuffPost and Alternet.org
Cayla Harris / Houston Chronicle:
Flood of 2,300 departing workers leaves Texas child welfare agency scrambling: ‘Absolutely a crisis’