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3:45 PM ET, September 6, 2022


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Miru / CREW:
Judge removes Griffin from office for engaging in the January 6 insurrection  —  SANTA FE — A New Mexico judge ordered Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin be removed from office, effective immediately, ruling that the attack on the Capitol was an insurrection and that Griffin's participation …
Summer Concepcion / NBC News:
Cowboys for Trump co-founder barred from public office over Jan. 6
Newly obtained surveillance video shows fake Trump elector escorted operatives into Georgia county's elections office before voting machine breach  —  A Republican county official in Georgia escorted two operatives working with an attorney for former President Donald Trump into the county's election offices …
Washington Post:
Election deniers repeatedly visited Ga. county office at center of criminal probe, video shows  —  Technology consultants who sought evidence that Donald Trump's 2020 defeat was fraudulent made multiple visits to a county elections office in rural Georgia in the weeks after an alleged post-election breach …
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Politico's new German owner has a ‘contrarian’ plan for American media  —  Mathias Döpfner has global ambitions for what he calls a more ‘nonpartisan’ kind of journalism — even as his own politics are hard to pin down  —  BERLIN — Months after his company bought Politico …
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Politico's New Owner Invited Colleagues to ‘Pray’ for Trump's Re-Election
Discussion: Election Law Blog and Twitchy
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Beneath campaign nastiness, legitimate concerns about Fetterman's health  —  Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. and U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman has not fully recovered from the serious stroke he suffered in May. His campaign has acknowledged his obvious struggles with “auditory processing” …
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
Russia Is Buying North Korean Artillery, According to U.S. Intelligence  —  Moscow's purchase of millions of shells and rockets from North Korea is a sign that global sanctions have hampered the Russian military's supply lines.  —  WASHINGTON — Russia is buying millions of artillery shells …
Putin approves new foreign policy doctrine based on ‘Russian World’
Discussion: HotAir and Fox News
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Unpacking Judge Cannon's Order for a Special Master in Trump Search  —  I had a column on Monday analyzing Judge Aileen Cannon's order, earlier in the day, granting former president Trump's petition for a special master to review materials the government seized from Mar-a-Lago last month pursuant to a search warrant.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
‘Deeply Problematic’: Experts Question Judge's Intervention in Trump Inquiry
Abby Aguirre / Vogue:
Jennifer Lawrence Talks Motherhood, Causeway, and the End of Roe v. Wade  —  Lawrence has no patience for the politically unengaged.  “You have to be political.  It's too dire.  Politics are killing people.”  Dior top, skirt, and belt.  Photographed by Tina Barney, Vogue, October 2022.
Maxwell Strachan / VICE:
The Rise of Mobile Gambling Is Leaving People Ruined and Unable to Quit  —  Financial catastrophe is now only a few clicks away, a problem that is showing quiet signs of becoming a crisis.  “I can't just get rid of my phone,” one problem gambler says.  —  MS
Amy Walter / Cook Political Report:
Democrats Winning Over the “Meh” Voter  —  A big reason we pay so much attention to a president's job approval rating, even in a midterm election when the president isn't on the ballot, is the significant correlation between voter opinions of a president and their vote choice in an election.
Deal partner for Trump's Truth Social fails to get backing for SPAC extension: Reuters, citing sources  — The blank-check acquisition firm that agreed to merge with Donald Trump's social media company failed to secure enough shareholder support for a one-year extension to complete the deal …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A longtime conservative insider warns: The GOP can't be saved  —  With the midterm elections hurtling into their final stretch, a group of Never Trumpers is pumping millions of dollars into ads aimed at defeating Republican candidates aligned with Donald Trump and his lies about the 2020 election.
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and Raw Story
Big Tech's $95 Million Spending Spree Leaves Antitrust Bill on Brink of Defeat  —  A high-profile push by Congress to rein in the nation's biggest internet companies is at risk of failing with time running out to pass major legislation ahead of midterm elections.
Democrats weigh same-sex marriage vote in pre-election sprint
Anna Merlan / VICE:
Peter Thiel's Investment Firm Is Backing a Menstrual Cycle-Focused ‘Femtech’ Company  —  Evie Magazine is COVID-skeptical, transphobic, and obsessed with traditional womanhood.  Now, with Thiel Capital's help, they're launching a “wellness” company based on menstrual cycles.  —  Anna Merlan
Discussion: Althouse
Kevin Truong / The San Francisco Standard:
San Francisco Braces for Epic Commercial Real Estate Crash  —  Imagine a slow-moving train coming towards you.  The lights are shining, the horn is blaring, but it's just far enough in the distance that the risk doesn't seem real just yet.  —  That's a fitting-enough analogy for the state …
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Past Pentagon leaders warn of strains on civilian-military relations  —  The Pentagon's former defense secretaries and top generals warned Tuesday that political polarization and other societal strains are creating an “exceptionally challenging” environment for maintaining …
War on the Rocks:
To Support and Defend: Principles of Civilian Control and Best Practices of Civil-Military Relations
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Maria Bartiromo / Fox Business:
Pelosi seeks ambassadorship to Italy if GOP wins House majority in midterms  —  Biden has not yet nominated an ambassador to Italy since entering White House  —  Check out what's clicking on  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is planning her next move after an expected Republican victory in November.
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Pro-MAGA D.C. Cop Secretly Worked to Undermine Seth Rich Investigation  —  A hard-nosed federal prosecutor was determined to figure out who killed the 27-year-old Democratic National Committee staffer.  But someone with access to the case file had a different agenda
Discussion: Raw Story
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Abigail Adcox / Washington Examiner:
Biden officials say annual COVID-19 shots now the norm with latest boosters
Discussion: Politico, Bloomberg and Forbes
Scott J. Street / The Federalist:
I'm A Democrat Who Thinks Biden's Anti-Democratic Rhetoric Has Gone Too Far
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Evan Drellich / The Athletic:
MLBPA says it has majority support for minor league union, seeks formal recognition from MLB
Discussion: Oregonian and Sports Illustrated
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
US military to launch ICBM test
Discussion: Fox News
Victoria Knight / Axios:
Republican campaigns are silent on health care
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Big Media to U.S. democracy: Drop dead
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Jason Hancock / Missouri Independent:
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The Daily Beast:
Rich Dems Worried About Trump Are Buying Second Citizenships
New York Times:
Breaking Taboo, Germany Extends Life of 2 Nuclear Reactors
Discussion: Reuters
Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
Before Midterms, Election Officials Increase Security Over Threats
The Daily Beast:
Why Trump Refused to Make Giuliani His Secretary of State
Discussion: Raw Story
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