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1:30 PM 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.
Discussion: Alternet.org and Insider
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Marc Santora / New York Times:
Putin offers his first public remarks on the nuclear complex since the most recent tensions began. … Reported Ukrainian attacks embarrass Moscow but haven't led to territorial gains.  —  KYIV, Ukraine — A series of explosions rocked ammunition depots and other sites deep …
New York Times:
Odesa Is Defiant. It's Also Putin's Ultimate Target.
Washington Post:
5 things you need to know about Russia's intelligence failures ahead of the invasion of Ukraine
Discussion: New York Times and The Hill
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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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.
Rolling Stone:
Even Trump Thinks Dr. Oz Will ‘F-king Lose,’ Sources Say  —  The former president is growing increasingly worried that, unless something dramatically changes, the TV doctor he picked for Senate is going down  —  AS THE CRITICAL Pennsylvania Senate race between Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman …
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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 by a federal judge Thursday in the wake of the Mar-a-Lago raid.  — They show new details about the possible crimes the FBI was investigating with the search.
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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.
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
Biden to host ‘unity’ summit against hate-fueled violence  —  President Joe Biden will host a White House summit next month aimed at combating a spate of hate-fueled violence in the U.S., as he works to deliver on his campaign pledge to “heal the soul of the nation.”
Discussion: Twitchy
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The White House:
Statement by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on The White House “United We Stand” Summit
Discussion: Breitbart and The Root
JONATHAN TURLEY:
Tribe: The Criminal Case Against Trump is Another “Slam Dunk”  —  In past columns, we have discussed the litany of “slam dunk” crimes that Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe has declared as established against former President Donald Trump, none of which have been actually charged.
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 …
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 …
Caroline O'Donovan / Washington Post:
Amazon's health ambitions sometimes clashed with medical best practices, nurses say  —  ‘Amazon Care’ was treating patients long before the company bought One Medical, but its fast and frugal approach has proven a tough fit for some health professionals  —  Fielding calls one day in 2019 …
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.
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%) …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Politico:
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 and Alternet.org
Public Notice:
If you don't prosecute Trump, he will continue committing crimes  —  This isn't just about the abstract rule of law.  Trump is an ongoing danger. … Following the FBI raid on Trump's home at Mar-a-Lago, the moral and ethical discussion (at least among people of marginally good faith) …
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 …
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.
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 …
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Victoria Balara / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Kelly holds 8-point lead over Masters in Arizona Senate race
Discussion: The Hill and PoliticusUSA
 
 
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