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5:25 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.
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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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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Mitch McConnell's Terrible Candidates Are His Own Fault
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors and The Hill
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Court orders release of DOJ 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.
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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
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, NRCC and The Guardian
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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.
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 …
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
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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 …
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
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
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 …
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
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%) …
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 …
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.
Steven Swinford / The Times:
Liz Truss's plans are a holiday from reality, says Michael Gove … Michael Gove has endorsed Rishi Sunak for the Conservative leadership and announced that he is bringing his career in frontline politics to a close.  —  Writing in The Times, he says that Liz Truss's campaign has been a …
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
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.
Hallie Jackson / MSNBC:
Video shows ICE officer with foot on neck of migrant in 2018 raid  —  NBC News has obtained a video from April 2018 at a poultry plant in Bean Station, Tenn., showing a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid where a migrant can be seen being pinned down on the floor with an ICE agent putting his foot on the migrant's neck.
Discussion: NBC News
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 …
Antony J. Blinken / United States Department of State:
$775 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine  —  As we approach the six-month mark of Russia's unprovoked and brutal full-scale war against Ukraine, President Putin's forces continue their assault, inflicting grievous harm on civilians and causing massive destruction of civilian infrastructure.
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 …
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: Washington Times, The Root and Twitchy
Wall Street Journal:
Trial Ends in Government Challenge to Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster Merger  —  Judge weighs Justice Department's antitrust bid to block Penguin Random House's proposed acquisition of its rival  —  WASHINGTON—A Justice Department lawyer delivered closing arguments Friday …
Wesley J. Smith / theepochtimes.com:
Episcopal Church Endorses ‘Gender-Affirming Care’ in Children  —  The General Convention of the Episcopal Church just voted to embrace radical transgender ideology.  Specifically, the House of Deputies passed—and the House of Bishops concurred in—a resolution stating:
Discussion: The Federalist and Mo's Newsletter
 
 
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Melanie Zanona / CNN:
'I don't say his name, ever': Vulnerable Republicans seek to avoid Trump in 2022 midterms
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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
Public Notice:
If you don't prosecute Trump, he will continue committing crimes
 Earlier Items: 
Rina Torchinsky / Wall Street Journal:
It Now Costs $300,000 to Raise a Child
Discussion: Fortune and The Daily Caller
Jessica Chasmar / Fox News:
Biden heads back to Delaware beach house, where he's building $500K taxpayer-funded security fence
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”
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The 4 major criminal probes into Donald Trump, explained
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’