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10:45 PM ET, August 24, 2022


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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Growing Evidence Against a Republican Wave  —  Since the fall of Roe v. Wade, it's increasingly hard to see the once-clear signs of a G.O.P. advantage.  —  At the beginning of this year's midterm campaign, analysts and political operatives had every reason to expect a strong Republican showing this November.
Washington Post:
GOP prospects narrow in House as Democrats overperform in early contests  —  Republicans are facing dimming prospects for an overwhelming sweep in the House this fall, according to independent analysts and strategists across parties, as Democrats defy a long-predicted red wave in early contests …
Discussion: Politico, CNN, HotAir and Reuters
Cook Political Report:
Red Wave Looks More Like a Ripple  —  That sound you hear is the crash of expectations of big GOP gains in the House this fall.  Democrats notched a huge victory in New York's 19th CD last night as Democrat Pat Ryan defeated Republican Marc Molinaro 51% to 49% in a Hudson Valley special election both parties had invested in.
Discussion: Axios, HotAir and Washington Post
Josh Barro / Very Serious:
Republicans' Other Dobbs Problem  —  Their coalition contains a lot of voters who aren't that religious and aren't especially keen on abortion bans.  And they may not vote this November.  —  Dear readers,  —  Democrats had a strong election night on Tuesday, continuing their streak …
Discussion: HuffPost, New York Times and Slate
Nathaniel Rakich / FiveThirtyEight:
Yes, Special Elections Really Are Signaling A Better-Than-Expected Midterm For Democrats
The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Student Loan Relief for Borrowers Who Need It Most … A three-part plan delivers on President Biden's promise to cancel $10,000 of student debt for low- to middle-income borrowers  —  President Biden believes that a post-high school education …
New York Times:
Biden to Cancel $10,000 in Student Loan Debt; Low-Income Students Are Eligible for More  —  The debt forgiveness comes after months of deliberations in the White House over fairness and fears that the plan could exacerbate inflation before the midterms.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden …
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
Biden's student loan ‘fix’?  It's perfect for making the problem worse.  —  There are so many things wrong with President Biden's newly unveiled policy on student loans that one hardly knows where to begin.  So I might as well start with ... the Medicare doc fix.
Edwin Flores / NBC News:
Almost half of Latino student loan debt is expected to be forgiven under Biden
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Fox News
Jessica Chasmar / Fox Business:
Biden's student loan handout to cause spike in college tuitions, experts say
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. memo to not charge Trump in Russia probe released  —  A federal appeals panel ordered the release of the memo in response to a lawsuit by a watchdog group  —  The Justice Department has released the entire text of a secret 2019 memo that laid out the legal rationale for not charging …
CREW gets secret Barr memo on Trump obstruction  —  Following a victory in appeals court, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington obtained the secret Department of Justice memo then-Attorney General Bill Barr pointed to in order to undermine the Mueller Report and justify …
Discussion: UPI and emptywheel
Washington Post:
Archives asked for records in 2021 after Trump lawyer agreed they should be returned, email says  —  About two dozen boxes of presidential records stored in then-president Donald Trump's White House residence were not returned to the National Archives and Records Administration in the final days …
Washington Post:
Ex-Interior secretary Zinke lied to investigators in casino case, watchdog finds  —  The Interior Department's inspector general detailed Zinke and his chief of staff's attempts to mislead federal officials.  —  Former Interior secretary Ryan Zinke, the leading contender to win …
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Biden names second woman to head the Secret Service  —  Kim Cheatle takes over at a time when the storied agency has faced mishaps and a less-than-flattering spotlight  —  President Biden on Wednesday announced that he had selected a new director for the U.S. Secret Service …
The White House:
Statement from President Biden on the Appointment of Kimberly Cheatle to be the Next Director of the United States Secret Service
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
New York Times:
California to Ban the Sale of New Gasoline Cars  —  The decision, to take effect by 2035, will very likely speed a wider transition to electric vehicles because many other states follow California's standards.  —  WASHINGTON — California on Thursday is expected to put into effect …
Perry Stein / Washington Post:
Judge blocks part of Idaho's abortion law from taking effect  —  Ruling in Biden administration lawsuit says doctors can't be punished for terminating pregnancies that pose significant health risks  —  The Biden administration on Wednesday scored its first legal victory since …
Judge in Texas blocks Biden administration emergency abortion guidance
Sandra Sobieraj Westfall /
See Hillary Clinton Lose a Legal Knowledge Quiz to Kim Kardashian: ‘It Was Heartbreaking’  —  The former secretary of state matched wits with the reality TV star and law apprentice as part of her new documentary series Gutsy with daughter Chelsea  —  The eight episodes of Hillary …
Brianna Herlihy / Fox News:
Kim Kardashian beats Hilary Clinton in a legal knowledge contest
Discussion: Townhall
Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:
Biden administration moves to formalize DACA and shield it from legal challenges  —  The Biden administration on Wednesday finalized a rule to transform the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy for more than 600,000 so-called “Dreamers” into a federal regulation …
Stephen Fowler / Georgia Public Broadcasting:
Latest filing sheds more light on Fulton DA's election interference probe … LISTEN: A new court filing in the Fulton county grand jury investigation examining election interference has new details about why Gov. Brian Kemp was subpoenaed.  GPB's Stephen Fowler has more.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
RNC chief on tape to donors: We need help to win the Senate  —  Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel rallied major donors Wednesday to get behind the GOP's efforts to flip the Senate — a plea that comes amid rising concerns in the party over its candidates' lagging fundraising totals and its overall prospects.
ABC News:
Foreign politicians, an indicted election clerk and Vanilla Ice: Inside the revolving door of Trump's Mar-a-Lago  —  Law enforcement wants to ensure classified documents stayed secure while there.  —  An aerial view shows former U.S. President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home after Trump …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
There Is No National Teacher Shortage  —  Sign up for Derek's newsletter here.  —  America's students are going back to school this month.  According to many media sources, districts won't have nearly enough teachers to greet them.  The Washington Post has warned of a “catastrophic teacher shortage.”
Discussion: The Hill, National Review and YouGov
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
Stop improving things right now!  Everyone must suffer as I did!  —  DISGUSTING!  AWFUL!  I have just received word that life is getting marginally better for some people, and I am white-hot with fury!  This is the worst thing that could possibly happen!
Lara Seligman / Politico:
3 U.S. service members injured in Iran-backed rocket attacks in Syria  —  Three U.S. service members were injured in rocket attacks in Syria carried out Wednesday by suspected Iran-backed militants, according to U.S. Central Command, the latest in a slew of attacks on American personnel …
Jennifer Smith / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Lights out at South Sudan embassy of NYC diplomat accused of rape... as his government claims it'll act ‘urgently’ to address the scandal - but refuses to say where he is and the State Department dodges questions  — Charles Dickens Imene Oliha was arrested on suspicion of rape on Sunday
Katherine Ellen Foley / Politico:
Trump White House exerted pressure on FDA for Covid-19 emergency use authorizations, House report finds  —  The Trump administration pressured the Food and Drug Administration, including former FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, to authorize unproven treatments for Covid-19 and the first Covid-19 vaccines …
Liz Ruskin / Alaska Public Media:
Peltola gains in Alaska's updated special U.S. House election results  —  Democrat Mary Peltola has slightly increased her lead in the special U.S. House race.  —  The Division of Election released an update Tuesday in the three-way contest to see who will serve the remainder of the late Congressman Don Young's term.
Emily Crane / New York Post:
FBI brass warned agents off Hunter Biden laptop due to 2020 election: whistleblowers  —  FBI officials told agents not to investigate first son Hunter Biden's infamous laptop for months — vowing that the bureau was “not going to change the outcome of the election again,” …
Andrew Kerr / Washington Examiner:
Ocasio-Cortez admits to violating congressional financial disclosure rules  —  EXCLUSIVE — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) openly admitted through her spokeswoman that she is flouting congressional financial disclosure rules.  —  Ocasio-Cortez was due to report her 2021 finances …
Jessica Huseman / Votebeat Texas:
Ken Paxton bucks legal precedent and secretary of state's advice in letting anyone examine ballots right after elections  —  Attorney general's opinion invites lawsuits over long-established ballot security and subjects election officials for possible criminal charges.
Charles Johnson, SF Giants owner and major GOP donor, may have turned on Trump for DeSantis  —  San Francisco Giants principal owner Charles B. Johnson — a Republican mega-donor who has been criticized for some of his recent contributions — may be primed to back Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis …
Discussion: HotAir and Raw Story
Rasmussen Reports:
62% Say Media Bias Getting Worse  —  Most voters still believe “fake news” is a serious problem, and don't trust the political news they get from the media.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 62% of Likely U.S. voters think the problem of bias in the news media is getting worse.
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Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
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Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Says This Law for the Troops Gives Him Authority To Cancel Harvard Grads' Debt
Discussion: RedState, Instapundit and Power Line
Alex DeLuca / Miami New Times:
Local Proud Boy Worked Miami-Dade Polling Station for August 23 Primary
Discussion: Raw Story
The Intercept:
Real Estate CEO: Recession Could Be “Good” If “Unemployment ... Puts Employers Back in the Driver Seat”
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Aaron Rupar / Public Notice:
That National Archives letter released by a MAGA outlet backfired spectacularly
Discussion: Forbes and Political Wire
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Everything's Coming Up Brandon!
Discussion: Political Wire
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