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11:25 AM ET, August 19, 2022


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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.
New York Times:
Odesa Is Defiant.  It's Also Putin's Ultimate Target. … President Vladimir V. Putin knows that Ukraine's fate, its access to the sea and its grain exports hinge on Odesa.  Without it, the country shrivels to a landlocked rump state.  —  Aug. 19, 2022  —  ODESA, Ukraine …
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
Ben Jacobs / Vox:
The Never Trump wing of the GOP never had a chance  —  Liz Cheney's loss made clear Trump's GOP detractors have little electoral sway.  —  The bad news for Never Trump Republicans this week wasn't just that Liz Cheney lost the primary for her Wyoming congressional seat on Tuesday.
CNN Exclusive: ‘Ludicrous.’ ‘Ridiculous.’ ‘A complete fiction.’: Former Trump officials say his claim of ‘standing order’ to declassify is nonsense  —  In the days since the FBI seized classified and top secret documents from Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, the former President and his allies …
Isabel Fattal / The Atlantic:
How the FBI Search Revived Trump
Discussion: Townhall, CNN and HotAir
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 …
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.
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The 4 major criminal probes into Donald Trump, explained  —  Keeping track of all the criminal investigations of Trump isn't easy, so we did it for you.  —  If all the criminal investigations into former President Donald Trump end in conviction, then Trump will be a true renaissance man of crime.
Want to know if a red wave is happening?  Watch this special election next week  —  WOODSTOCK, N.Y. — A special election here next week could offer Democrats a preview of the pain coming their way in November.  Or it could provide powerful evidence that a Republican wave election is not in the offing.
Discussion: HuffPost
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.
Rob Tornoe / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Brian Stelter out at CNN, ‘Reliable Sources’ canceled  —  Brian Stelter, the host of CNN's Reliable Sources and the network's chief media correspondent, is leaving the company, a network spokesperson confirmed to The Inquirer.Stelter, a former New York Times reporter, joined CNN in 2013 to replace Howard Kurtz, who is now on Fox News.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Brian Stelter to depart CNN as it cancels ‘Reliable Sources’ media show
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: The Hill and Raw Story
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 …
David Horowitz / Front Page Magazine:
Wind Turbines Are Destroying the Planet  —  Green energy leads to sex trafficking, terrorism, drugs and deforestation.  —  Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
Steen announces write-in campaign against Vos  —  BURLINGTON — Adam Steen will continue seeking to represent Wisconsin Assembly District 63 with a write-in campaign, he announced late Thursday afternoon, nine days after the initial count appeared to show Steen lost in an Aug. 9 Republican primary election to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Solender / Axios:
GOP's November split screen  —  Even Republicans are beginning to acknowledge that their path back to power in the Senate in this fall's elections is far less clear than in the House. … - “Senate races are just different, they're statewide, candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome,” he said.
NBC News:
McConnell says Republicans may not win Senate control, citing ‘candidate quality’
Ben Feuerherd / New York Post:
Sex fiend who nearly killed NYC man with sucker punch freed without bail  —  A convicted sex offender who allegedly cold-cocked a man on a Bronx street — causing a brain bleed that required surgery — was freed without bail Thursday after getting his attempted murder charges reduced in the unprovoked attack.
Discussion: TheBlaze, NRCC and CBS News
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: Stories Archive and Just The News
Victoria Balara / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Kelly holds 8-point lead over Masters in Arizona Senate race
Discussion: The Hill and PoliticusUSA
Ian Lovett / Wall Street Journal:
Ukraine's Southern Forces Wage a Slow Campaign to Wear the Russians Down  —  Russian shelling has dropped after Ukraine hit high-value targets with long-range rockets, a push Kyiv hopes will eventually prompt Moscow's forces to withdraw  —  A VILLAGE IN KHERSON REGION, Ukraine—Until recently …
Nomia Iqbal / BBC:
Isis Beatles: ‘Four hours with the militant who murdered my son’  —  Two men who helped murder American journalist James Foley as part of the Islamic State group's campaign of terror are facing justice in the US.  One of them is being sentenced for murder on 19 August.  James's mother sat face-to-face with the other.
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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 …
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