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Perry Stein / Washington Post:
Dearie asks Trump lawyers whether they believe FBI lied about seized documents  —  Order by Mar-a-Lago special master is the first time Donald Trump's attorneys have been asked to confirm or deny his claims in court  —  The Mar-a-Lago special master on Thursday ordered Donald Trump's lawyers …
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New York Times:
Trump Claims He Declassified Documents.  Why Don't His Lawyers Say So in Court?  —  Judges this week highlighted the gap between Mr. Trump's public claims that he declassified everything and his lawyers' reluctance to repeat that claim in a courtroom.  —  WASHINGTON — Former President …
Discussion: Reason, CNN and Townhall
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Trump's legal woes mount without protection of presidency  —  Stark repudiation by federal judges he appointed.  Far-reaching fraud allegations by New York's attorney general.  It's been a week of widening legal troubles for Donald Trump, laying bare the challenges piling …
Discussion: Associated Press and RedState
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Mar-a-Lago special master orders Trump team to back up any claims of FBI ‘planting’ evidence
Washington Post:
U.S. has sent private warnings to Russia against using a nuclear weapon  —  The Biden administration has been sending messages to Moscow about the grave consequences that would follow the use of a nuclear weapon in Ukraine  —  The United States for several months has been sending private communications …
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Marcus Parekh / Telegraph:
Russia could use nuclear weapons to defend new territories, warns Medvedev  —  Former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has warned that strategic nuclear weapons could be used to defend new territories incorporated into Russia, as widespread protests against Vladimir Putin's military mobilisation continued on Thursday.
Andrew Roth / The Guardian:
'It's a 100% mobilisation': day one of Russia's drive to build its army  —  Reports ethnic minorities may be disproportionately affected while protesters in Moscow drafted on arrest  —  ummons delivered to eligible men at midnight.  Schoolteachers pressed into handing out draft notices.
Discussion: RedState, Slate, Reuters and Washington Post
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Financial Times:
‘Everyone will get snatched off the street’: mobilisation brings Ukraine war home to Russians  —  Reservists who face being sent to fight are desperately seeking a way out over the border  —  After Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine in February, Nadezhda urged her son to flee the country …
Discussion: Washington Post
Nataliya Vasilyeva / Telegraph:
Putin ‘passes secret law to send one million Russians to fight in Ukraine’  —  Police beat up and detained men and women who took to the streets in towns across the nation on Wednesday following the Kremlin's decree  —  Vladimir Putin has secretly approved a law that could send a further …
Discussion: Insider
Miami Herald:
Company hired to arrange DeSantis' migrant flights is tied to high-level state official  —  When Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration needed a company it could trust to carry out a controversial program to transport migrants to other states, it chose an unusual option.
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
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Bob Norman / Miami New Times:
Meet Daniel Uhlfelder, Ron DeSantis' “Chief Tormentor”
Renato Mariotti / Politico:
Trump Made N.Y. Attorney General's Fraud Case Virtually Unbeatable  —  New York Attorney General Tish James raised eyebrows when she refused last-minute settlement overtures from former President Donald Trump.  Her 222-page lawsuit filed Wednesday doubles down, asking for wide-ranging penalties …
Discussion: CNBC, Townhall, Raw Story, CBS News and USA Today
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Washington Post:
Trump faces growing legal peril as he seeks to raise profile ahead of 2024
Richard W. Painter / MSNBC:   Geoffrey Berman reveals how Donald Trump abused his firing power
Josh Kraushaar / Axios:
House Republicans pull ads from Ohio Trump district  —  House Republicans have withdrawn their advertising for Ohio Republican J.R. Majewski, a MAGA-aligned candidate who was at the Capitol during the Jan. 6 riots, Axios has learned. … The GOP is now at risk of squandering another race …
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Ally Mutnick / Politico:
House GOP cuts loose candidate who misled about military service
Discussion: Daily Kos and HuffPost
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
Jury Rules Against Project Veritas in Lawsuit  —  The conservative group was found to have violated wiretapping laws and fraudulently misrepresented itself to a Democratic consulting firm, to which it was ordered to pay $120,000.  —  WASHINGTON — A jury in a federal civil case on Thursday found …
Evan Jones / Morning Call:
Pennsylvania poll: Fetterman and Oz in close race for Senate; Shapiro holds big lead over Mastriano  —  With just over six weeks until the general election, Democratic candidates are holding leads in both the Pennsylvania gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races, according to a new Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll.
Discussion: NBC News and The Daily Wire
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Dasha Burns / NBC News:
In Pennsylvania Senate race, $1 homes are all the rage
Discussion: Breitbart
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Dr. Oz's Fundraising Emails Spell Panic in Pennsylvania
Discussion: Raw Story
Anita Singh / Telegraph:
The next James Bond will be more in touch with his feelings, producers say  —  Producers said Daniel Craig's successor will continue the work of ‘cracking Bond open emotionally’ as the franchise seeks to ‘evolve’  —  The next James Bond films will have bigger roles for women and a more sensitive 007 …
Anna Merlan / VICE:
Alex Jones Managed to Shill Products and Ask For Crypto Donations While Testifying In Court  —  Jones mumbled, digressed, yelled, and shilled his way through a heated, shambolic day of testimony.  —  Anna Merlan  —  Alex Jones took the stand on Thursday in the second defamation trial against him and Infowars.
Josh Boswell / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Hunter gone wild!  Unhinged videos show the president's son dancing shirtless, slipping down a waterslide naked and entertaining hookers at debauched pool party in $4,140-per-night Malibu rental  — WARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENT  — Videos and photos obtained …
New York Post:
Sex fiend gets ‘sweet’ deal from Manhattan DA Bragg on teen rape charge — then attacks 5 others: sources  —  A man accused of raping his teenage relative secured a sweetheart plea deal from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg — and then went on to allegedly sexually terrorize five people …
Discussion: Frontpage Mag
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Jan. 6 Twitter witness: Failure to curb Trump spurred ‘terrifying’ choice  —  In an exclusive interview with The Washington Post, a former Twitter official explains what motivated her startling Jan. 6 committee testimony  —  In an explosive hearing in July, an unidentified former Twitter employee testified …
Discussion: Insider, Daily Kos, Raw Story and CNN
Axios:
GOP's crime cudgel  —  Democrats are pouring millions into a last-minute effort to neutralize their vulnerabilities on crime — an issue they admit has driven a flood of effective Republican attacks in key contests. … - Vulnerable Democrats expressed hope that the package would help them deflect GOP attacks on crime.
Charles Lussier / The Advocate:
Parents, students complain East Baton Rouge schools field trip was more like church service  —  ‘Day of Hope’ college and career fair at local church drew 2,100 students  —  More than 2,100 students from Baton Rouge high schools were excused from classes Tuesday morning and hopped on school buses …
Discussion: Raw Story
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Two numbers that should worry Republicans about Trump 2024  —  It's hard to find anyone these days who is a) paying attention to Republican politics and b) thinks Donald Trump is not going to run for president for a third time in 2024.  But even as Republican go hurtling toward what feels …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S.-China Tensions Fuel Outflow of Chinese Scientists From U.S. Universities  —  Harvard, MIT lose experienced scholars as fear of government surveillance prompts 4 in 10 to consider leaving  —  HONG KONG—An increasing number of scientists and engineers of Chinese descent are giving …
Colin Wright / Wall Street Journal:
Every Tomboy Is Tagged ‘Transgender’  —  The terminological change behind the push to ‘treat’ sex-role nonconformity with surgery or hormones.  —  The number of young Americans who describe themselves as “transgender” has exploded over the past decade, increasing by a factor of 20 to 40 …
Discussion: GC News
nsarchive.gwu.edu:
The Moscow Signals Declassified: Irradiating Richard Nixon  —  For more information, contact:  —  202-994-7000 or nsarchiv@gwu.edu  —  Regions  —  Hide/Unhide Taxonomies … Hide/Unhide Section  —  The Soviets exposed then Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat …
Discussion: The Guardian
Jessica Elgot / The Guardian:
Labour may abolish House of Lords if it wins next election, leaked report reveals  —  Exclusive: Constitutional review by Gordon Brown also recommends devolving economic powers  —  Labour is considering abolishing the House of Lords and replacing it with an upper house of nations and regions …
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
4-Day Workweek Brings No Loss of Productivity, Companies in Experiment Say  —  More than 70 companies in Britain are undergoing a six-month experiment in which their employees get a paid day off each week.  So far, most companies say it's going well.  —  Most of the companies participating …
 
 
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The GOP claim that Democrats support abortion ‘up to moment of birth’
Discussion: New York Times and National Review
OUP Academic:
Social media sharing of low quality news sources by political elites
Zach Dorfman / The Brush Pass:
Unearthed File Reveals Huge Cold War-Era U.S. Bugging Operation Against Soviets
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Do people really support GOP governors sending migrants across the U.S.?
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Jessica Taylor / Cook Political Report:
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Discussion: Washington Examiner
Brian Griffiths / The Baltimore Banner:
Your political flags shouldn't fly at our government buildings
Noah Bookbinder / Tech Policy Press:
It's Time to Stop Platforming the “Big Lie” Playbook
CNN:
US Capitol rioter and alleged Nazi sympathizer sentenced to 4 years in prison
Martyn McLaughlin / Scotsman:
US lawsuit puts Donald Trump's Scottish resorts under scrutiny
New York Times:
Herschel Walker's Company Said It Donated Profits, but Evidence Is Scant
Discussion: The Hill