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2:45 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: Insider and Alternet.org
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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.
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.
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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.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and N1 - Feed
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
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
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%) …
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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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.
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 …
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Court orders release of memo on Trump obstruction in Mueller probe  —  A federal appeals court has ordered the release of a secret Justice Department memo discussing whether President Donald Trump obstructed the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
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 …
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  —  In Texas, married couples generally can claim only one such exemption, meant to provide some tax relief on properties considered “principal residences.”
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
Virginia Allen / LifeNews.com:
Pro-Abortion Extremists Vandalize Another Pro-Life Pregnancy Center That Helps Women  —  Vandals painted pro-abortion messages late Wednesday or early Thursday at a pro-life pregnancy center in Massachusetts.  —  The vandals splattered red paint across the white exterior …
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.
Guillermo Contreras / San Antonio Express-News:
FBI says an S.A.-area teen made ‘credible’ mass violence threat against a conservative student group  —  A graduate of Wagner High School has been charged in a federal anti-terrorism investigation after allegedly making online posts that the FBI claims show he was planning to attack a conservative student group in Florida.
Discussion: Raw Story and Just The News
Melanie Zanona / CNN:
'I don't say his name, ever': Vulnerable Republicans seek to avoid Trump in 2022 midterms  —  The man in charge of the House GOP's campaign strategy has been doling out advice to Republican candidates and incumbents in key battleground races as they prepare for the general election …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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 …
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 …
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) …
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.
Lauren Frias / Yahoo News:
Nancy Davis says abortion denied, baby unlikely to survive due to rare skull condition: 'I'm carrying it to bury it'  — A Baton Rouge woman said she was denied an abortion after the fetus was diagnosed with a rare condition.  — Nancy Davis said the fetus was diagnosed with acrania …
 
 
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