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10:55 AM ET, August 20, 2022

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Miami Herald:
‘How did I commit fraud?’  Ex-felon voters confused by arrests, DeSantis' announcement  —  When Romona Oliver registered to vote in early 2020 at the Hillsborough Tax Collector's office, she was asked if she had a felony conviction.  She said yes.  —  The women helping her with the form submitted it, Oliver said.
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Romy Ellenbogen / Tampa Bay Times:
DeSantis touted their arrest.  But ex-felons say they weren't told they couldn't vote.  —  DeSantis said 20 people across the state were arrested for voter fraud.  Those arrested worry what it'll do to their livelihood.  —  When Romona Oliver registered to vote in early 2020 …
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)
Isaac Arnsdorf / Washington Post:
'It's a rip-off': GOP spending under fire as Senate hopefuls seek rescue  —  A cash crunch at campaigns and the NRSC set off a panic as GOP candidates emerged from bruising primaries playing catch-up in polls and advertising.  —  Republican Senate hopefuls are getting crushed on airwaves across …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Top conservative group spends big in Utah to protect Mike Lee from Evan McMullin challenge  —  The Club for Growth is on television in Utah with $2.5 million in advertising to provide air cover for Sen. Mike Lee (R), who is fending off an unexpectedly aggressive challenge from independent candidate Evan McMullin.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Kelly Laco / Fox News:
Sen. Grassley says McConnell is aiming to ‘wake people up’ with threat that GOP might lose Senate
Discussion: RedState and The Federalist
Washington Post:
Chinese leader asked Biden to prevent Pelosi from visiting Taiwan  —  The trip exposed tensions between the House Speaker and administration officials, who had warned of China's potential response.  Pelosi felt the trip was an important statement to make.  —  Just days before House Speaker …
Justin Baxley / WMAZ-TV:
Herschel Walker declines invitation to debate Senator Warnock in Macon  —  The Oct. 13 debate will be available across all WMAZ platforms and through our media partners.  —  WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. — Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker says he's declined an invitation to participate …
Discussion: HotAir
New York Times:
TikTok Browser Can Track Users' Keystrokes, According to New Research  —  In the web browser used within the TikTok app, supplementary code lets the company track every character typed by users.  The company said the capability was for troubleshooting.  —  The web browser used within …
Matt Phillips / Axios:
Here are some signs that inflation is calming down  —  Prices are falling on a host of important products, and supply chains are starting to sort themselves out, too. … High prices and product bottlenecks aren't gone, but they're getting a lot better.  — For financial markets …
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Arizona GOP candidate melts down after being confronted for endorsing lawmaker who says ‘Jews will go to hell’  —  This week, GOP Arizona gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake caused controversy when she endorsed Jarrin Jackson — an Oklahoma legislator who has proclaimed that “the Jews” …
Discussion: Arizona Mirror and Balloon Juice
Carter Walker / LancasterOnline:
‘Flow from the pulpit:’ The LifeGate church members providing security to Doug Mastriano [Video]  —  Doug Mastriano is running an unconventional campaign for governor.  He's not raising a lot of money.  He prefers to attend closed-door events with his base or campaign at public events where reporters are often kept at arm's length.
NBC News:
Trump thinks the Mar-a-Lago search will help him in 2024.  Some allies aren't so sure.  —  FBI agents still working through documents taken from Mar-a-Lago  —  The day after federal agents searched Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump told a group of conservative lawmakers that …
Discussion: Insider, New York Post and Raw Story
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Bernadette Hogan / New York Post:
Michael Bloomberg says he voted for NY-12 hopeful Suraj Patel in video  —  Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he voted for longshot candidate Suraj Patel in the NY-12 Democratic primary over longtime Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler, a new video obtained by The Post reveals.
David Lawder / Reuters:
Republicans call it an ‘army’ but IRS hires will replace retirees, do IT, says Treasury  —  New U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) hires over the next decade will mainly replace retiring Baby Boomers, answer taxpayer questions and program new computers, U.S. Treasury officials and tax experts said …
Discussion: Twitchy, Reason and Raw Story
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
GOP Gov. Hopeful Tudor Dixon Says She Opposes Abortion for Child Rape Victims Because of the ‘Bond’ Between Mother and Resulting Baby  —  The Republican nominee for governor in Michigan said she opposes abortion in cases of rape - even when the victim is a child - because of the “bond” that the mother and child will eventually enjoy.
Discussion: Newsweek and Political Wire
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NBC News:
Pro-Ukrainian saboteurs are behind blasts at Russian military sites, Ukrainian official says  —  New signs Ukraine on the offensive after explosion in Crimea  —  DNIPRO, Ukraine — Pro-Ukrainian saboteurs were involved in the recent spate of explosions at Russian military sites in Crimea, a Ukrainian government official told NBC News.
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
A Famous Walrus Is Killed, and Norwegians Are Divided  —  The killing of Freya has polarized Oslo and threatens to blight the image of a country more commonly associated with diplomatic good deeds than mob-like hits.  —  OSLO — It was another good day for Freya, the 1,300-pound walrus named …
Discussion: Inside Climate News and Reason
CNN:
Iran drops key ‘red line’ demand as progress on a revived nuclear deal edges forward  —  Iran has officially dropped a key “red line” demand that had been a major sticking point in efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal, a senior administration official told CNN.
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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 …
Discussion: Breitbart, Judicial Watch and Raw Story
 
 
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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
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Insider:
Joe Manchin swipes at Kyrsten Sinema, arguing she ‘made us wait two years’ to pass prescription drug reform
Discussion: NBC News and Washington Examiner
Ben Goggin / NBC News:
Viral video of a racist rant led people to threaten the wrong business. The owner blames Google.
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
In Deep Red Texas, Beto O'Rourke Takes on Guns and Abortion
Wall Street Journal:
Trial Ends in Government Challenge to Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster Merger
Morgan Phillips / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘It was party before country back then’: Ex-NSC counterterrorism staffer running for Congress on ‘country before party’ …
Discussion: Breitbart
Max Tani / Politico:
WaPo quietly suspended one of its top reporters last spring
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Steven Swinford / The Times:
Liz Truss's plans are a holiday from reality, says Michael Gove
Discussion: Politico and Reuters
Wesley J. Smith / theepochtimes.com:
Episcopal Church Endorses ‘Gender-Affirming Care’ in Children
Discussion: The Federalist
Zoe Tillman / Bloomberg:
Mueller Memo Advising Barr on Trump Findings Is Ordered Released