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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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Steve Vladeck / CNN:
How Trump's terrible day went from bad to worse  —  See Trumps reaction to New York attorney general's lawsuit  —  Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) is a CNN legal analyst and a professor at the University of Texas School of Law.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
Discussion: Slate and Lawfare
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Mar-a-Lago special master orders Trump team to back up any claims of FBI ‘planting’ evidence  —  The special master overseeing the Mar-a-Lago documents investigation has ordered former President Donald Trump's lawyers to back up out-of-court assertions that the FBI may have planted evidence …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Appeals Court Thoroughly Rebukes Federal Judge in Ruling on Mar-a-Lago Files  —  The Eleventh Circuit federal appeals court has granted the Justice Department's requests that it be permitted to (a) withhold approximately 100 documents bearing classification markings from a special-master review …
Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
Trump to Hannity: Presidents can declassify documents ‘by thinking about it’
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.
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Fox News:
Oz, Fetterman showdown has taken center-stage in midterms battle: Here is what Pennsylvania voters had to say  —  Fox News Digital traveled to Indiana, Pennsylvania ahead of a Fetterman rally there  —  Voters in a rural Pennsylvania county were split when it came to the heated battle …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Dr. Oz's Fundraising Emails Spell Panic in Pennsylvania
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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Martyn McLaughlin / Scotsman:
US lawsuit puts Donald Trump's Scottish resorts under scrutiny  —  For years now, searching questions have been asked of how Donald Trump arrived at the valuations of his two golf resorts in Scotland.  —  In 2018, when Trump was in office, The Scotsman reported how he told the US Office …
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 …
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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
Miami Herald:
Operatives linked to DeSantis promised to fly migrants to Delaware — but left them stranded  —  A black, luxury SUV with tinted windows pulled into a parking space along the side of a drab, two-story La Quinta motel planted on the northwestern edge of 12 lanes of highway that loop around downtown San Antonio.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Do people really support GOP governors sending migrants across the U.S.?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Stacey Abrams has a surprising problem with Black voters  —  As Stacey Abrams took the stage at a recent campaign stop, one person at the crowded Atlanta event was at the top of her mind.  “Daddy, stand up,” Abrams said as her father, Robert Abrams, was showered with applause before an audience of several hundred people.
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Victoria Prodeline / Monmouth University …:
Rematch of 2018 Governor's Race is Tight
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Noah Bookbinder / Tech Policy Press:
It's Time to Stop Platforming the “Big Lie” Playbook  —  Noah Bookbinder is the president of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and a former federal corruption prosecutor.  —  Before, during, and after the January 6 attacks, Donald Trump turned to social media …
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CNN:
US Capitol rioter and alleged Nazi sympathizer sentenced to 4 years in prison  —  Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, an ex-Army reservist and US Capitol rioter who said January 6, 2021, was “exhilarating” and felt like “civil war” was sentenced on Thursday to four years behind bars.
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Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Youngkin's meeting with Va. delegation gets heated over trans policy  —  The Virginia congressional delegation's bipartisan monthly meeting Monday started out cordial enough, with Rep. Bob Good (R) asking special guest Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) to lead the delegation in a prayer before sitting down to a Chick-fil-A lunch.
Discussion: Punchbowl News and Blue Virginia
Ruth Igielnik / New York Times:
Trump Support Remains Unmoved by Investigations, Poll Finds  —  Even during peak crises during his presidency, views of him were static.  Post-presidency polls have continued the trend.  —  The American public's views of former President Donald J. Trump have remained remarkably stable across …
New York Times:
Herschel Walker's Company Said It Donated Profits, but Evidence Is Scant  —  Back when he was a businessman running a food-distribution company, Herschel Walker, the Republican candidate for Senate in Georgia, said his company offered its customers more than just burgers and hot wings.
Discussion: The Hill
Manu Raju / CNN:
Top GOP senators reject Trump's declassification comments and call for proper storage of secret records  —  Several GOP senators raised new concerns Thursday about former President Donald Trump's handling of classified documents, rejecting his claim that he could simply declassify the secret records by “thinking about it.”
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The Guardian
Timothy B. Lee / Full Stack Economics:
I'm a professional dad who “leaned out” to support my wife's career  —  If we want an equal society, we need to get more comfortable with unequal marriages.  —  In 2016, I started to feel I was struggling at work.  —  Until then, my journalism career had been going well.
Associated Press:
Over 1M Teslas recalled because windows can pinch fingers  —  Tesla is recalling nearly 1.1 million vehicles in the U.S. because the windows can pinch a person's fingers when being rolled up.  Tesla says in documents posted Thursday by U.S. safety regulators that the automatic window reversal system …
Natalie Allison / Politico:
The third rail Republicans can't stop touching  —  For two decades, campaign after campaign, Republican politicians have floated the idea of privatizing government entitlement programs including Social Security and Medicare.  And campaign after campaign — from Paul Ryan to George W. Bush — it's been a loser.
Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
House Candidate Says He Served in Afghanistan, but Air Force Has No Record of It  —  J.R. Majewski, a Republican House candidate in northern Ohio, has frequently promoted himself as a combat veteran who served in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but the U.S. Air Force …
Reuters:
Russia's Medvedev: new regions can be defended with strategic nuclear weapons  —  Former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday that any weapons in Moscow's arsenal, including strategic nuclear weapons, could be used to defend territories incorporated in Russia from Ukraine.
Jessica Taylor / Cook Political Report:
Arizona Senate Moves From Toss Up To Lean Democrat  —  While the summer bump Democrats experienced may have waned slightly post-Labor Day, they are still in an unexpectedly strong position to hold the Senate.  The environment is a boost for now, but incumbents also continue to perform …
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
South Korean president overheard insulting U.S. Congress as ‘idiots’  —  South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol was caught on a hot mic Wednesday insulting U.S. Congress members as “idiots” who could be a potential embarrassment for President Biden if they did not approve funding for global public health.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
U.S. watchdog estimates $45.6 billion in pandemic unemployment fraud  —  Applicants got aid using dead people's Social Security numbers and the names of people serving federal prison terms  —  A federal watchdog on Thursday found that fraudsters may have stolen $45.6 billion …
Paulina Neuding / Common Sense:
Two Bombings in One Night?  That's Normal Now in Sweden.  —  My country just voted in a right-wing government.  The almost 500 bombings since 2018 may have something to do with it.  —  Yesterday morning, Swedes woke up to news of a kind that has become all-too familiar: During the night …
Brian Griffiths / The Baltimore Banner:
Your political flags shouldn't fly at our government buildings  —  [Editor's note: An apology from the editor]We have heard a lot of talk in the past few months about flags and symbols.Back in May, the Carroll County Board of Education adopted a policy that the only flags that can be displayed …
 
 
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Peter Sagal / The Atlantic:
Killed for Walking a Dog
Eli Clifton / Responsible Statecraft:
Saudi lobbyist oversees millions in dark money GOP campaign donations
Dan De Luce / NBC News:
Langley Files: CIA launches podcast to ‘demystify’ its spy work
Discussion: Fox News
Jesse Coburn / Streetsblog New York City:
‘Just Keeping the Lights On’: Low Morale, High Staff Vacancy Rate Hobble Department of Transportation
CREW:
Secret Service knew of neo-Nazi threat on Jan. 6
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
Mike Braun likely running for Indiana governor in 2024
Discussion: IndyPolitics.Org
 Earlier Items: 
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
For First Time in at Least 25 Years, No Democrat Has Top Grade From N.R.A.
New York Times:
‘They Are Watching’: Inside Russia's Vast Surveillance State
Washington Post:
‘Death to the dictator’: Videos show growing protests in Iran
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans and Democrats Differ on Rewards of Work, American Greatness in WSJ Poll
Discussion: The Hill
Jessica Chasmar / Fox News:
Air Force Academy diversity training tells cadets to use words that ‘include all genders,’ drop ‘mom and dad’
CNN:
Man admits fatally striking 18-year-old with vehicle after ‘political argument,’ police say