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7:50 PM ET, September 7, 2022


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Associated Press:
Elected officials, police chiefs on leaked Oath Keepers list  —  The names of hundreds of U.S. law enforcement officers, elected officials and military members appear on the leaked membership rolls of a far-right extremist group that's accused of playing a key role in the Jan. 6, 2021 …
Ivana Saric / Axios:
Oath Keepers members list includes military, law enforcement, politicians … - The events of Jan. 6 also highlighted fresh concerns about domestic extremism in the military, after several former and current military members were charged for their involvement in the Capitol riot.
Alanna Durkin Richer / Associated Press:
Judge nixes Oath Keepers leader's bid to delay Jan. 6 trial
Discussion: NBC News, Politico and Raw Story
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Police search county official's home in connection with reporter's killing  —  Authorities served search warrants Wednesday morning in connection with the slaying of Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative reporter Jeff German, Las Vegas police said.  —  Around 7 a.m., reporters observed uniformed officers …
Rio Lacanlale / Reno Gazette-Journal:
Police search home of Clark County elected official in connection with reporter's slaying  —  This is a developing story.  Check back for updates.  —  LAS VEGAS — Five days after investigative reporter Jeff German was violently killed outside his Las Vegas home, police executed search warrants …
Will Heinrich / New York Times:
Painting Michelle Obama Took 9 Months.  Keeping It Secret Took 6 Years.  —  Sharon Sprung, an instructor at the Art Students League of New York, is a realist painter of the old school.  —  When Sharon Sprung was chosen to paint Michelle Obama's official portrait for the White House …
The Biden-CNN rift  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With help from Allie Bice.  —  If there was a honeymoon in the CNN-Biden world relationship, it's now over.  —  The White House has been frustrated …
Discussion: Sputnik News, RedState and Townhall
Official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama unveiled at White House
Maegan Vazquez / CNN:
Barack and Michelle Obama make first joint return to the White House for unveiling of official portraits
Amy Yurkanin /
Pregnant women held for months in one Alabama jail to protect fetuses from drugs  —  Police arrested Ashley Banks on May 25 with an unregistered gun and a small amount of marijuana.  —  Under normal circumstances, the 23-year-old from Gadsden would have been able to post bond and leave jail until her criminal trial.
Wesley Lowery / GQ:
AOC's Fight for the Future  —  Almost four years after her improbable arrival in Washington, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become the political voice of a generation—and a cultural star whose power transcends politics.  Now, as the country hurtles toward the midterm elections …
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Schumer announces same-sex marriage vote  —  Chuck Schumer said the Senate would vote on legislation to protect same-sex marriage in the coming weeks, forcing Republicans to take a stance ahead of the midterm elections.  —  “A vote on marriage equality will happen on the Senate floor in the coming weeks …
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Fetterman to POLITICO: I will debate Oz  —  PHILADELPHIA — John Fetterman said he is committing to attending one debate with his Republican opponent, Mehmet Oz, in the closely watched battle for the Senate in Pennsylvania, but his campaign is still discussing accommodations for his auditory processing problems.
New York Times:
F.B.I. Sought Interview With Trump Aide  —  Agents investigating the events leading up to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol tried to question William Russell, who served as a special assistant to the former president.  —  The F.B.I. sought to interview a personal aide to former President Donald J. Trump …
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
We Need to Know Trump's Motive For Taking Classified Documents  —  It's well past time for the Justice Department to stop coddling the rogue ex-president, and get to the bottom of his assault on U.S. national security. … The more we learn about former president Donald Trump's apparent theft …
Abigail Adcox / Washington Examiner:
Texas judge rules ACA coverage of HIV prevention drugs violates religious freedom  —  A federal judge in Texas has ruled that a provision of Obamacare requiring most health insurance plans to cover HIV prevention drugs for free violates employers' religious freedom.
New York Times:
Trump Ruling Lifts Profile of Judge and Raises Legal Eyebrows  —  Judge Aileen M. Cannon has issued the first highly scrutinized ruling of her short judicial career, involving the person who put her on the bench: former President Donald J. Trump.  —  MIAMI — In her just over 20 months as a federal judge …
Neil Irwin / Axios:
Fed's Brainard: There's a risk of raising rates too much  —  At some point, the Federal Reserve will face the risk of raising rates too much, a top official said Wednesday, while asserting the central bank will remain resolute in its drive to bring inflation down.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:
'Don't Vote': A Look At Blake Masters' Emails To His Vegan Co-op At Stanford University  —  A trove of emails from 2006 found Masters - who's now a Republican Senate candidate - disparaging democracy and defending a 9/11 conspiracy theorist.  —  As a college student, Blake Masters ― …
Укрин …:
Prospects for running a military campaign in 2023: Ukraine's perspective  —  How long the war could last and how can Ukraine win it  —  As understood by the absolute majority of military experts and analysts today, the large-scale war unleashed by the Russian Federation against Ukraine on February 24 …
Loree Seitz / The Wrap:
Jen Psaki Hopes to Bring Passion for ‘Debunking’ and ‘Calling Out BS’ to MSNBC Show: ‘My Business Is Not Rage’ … Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that she hopes to bring her passion for “debunking” and “calling out BS” to her upcoming MSNBC show.
Discussion: National Review
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Notes on the State of Politics: Sept. 7, 2022  —  House rating changes; MA-GOV to Safe Democratic; next week's primaries  —  Table 1: Crystal Ball House rating changes  —  District Old Rating New Rating … Table 2: Crystal Ball Gubernatorial rating change  —  Governor Old Rating New Rating
Discussion: Anchorage Daily News
Michelle R. Smith / Associated Press:
Michael Flynn: From government insider to holy warrior  —  The crowd swayed on its feet, arms pumping, the beat of Twisted Sister's “We're Not Gonna Take It” thumping in their chests.  The people under the revival tent hooted as Michael Flynn strode across the stage, bopping and laughing …
David Byler / Washington Post:
It's impossible to trust polls — or ignore them.  Here's how to stay sane.  —  It feels impossible to trust polls — and equally impossible to ignore them.  —  The polling industry faces well-known problems: Only 6 to 7 percent of people will pick up a phone call from a pollster …
Dana Goldstein / New York Times:
At Head Start, Masks Remain On, Despite C.D.C. Guidelines  —  Some of the nation's poorest pre-K students are the last still under mask mandates, affecting enrollment.  —  PERTH AMBOY, N.J. — The Biden administration has taken credit for a relative return to normalcy in schools over the last year of the coronavirus pandemic.
Merdie Nzanga / USA Today:
Nick Begich refuses Sarah Palin's request to drop out of Alaska congressional House race  —  Republican Nick Begich refused former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's request to drop out of the race for Alaska's only congressional seat so that Republican voters could unite behind her candidacy.
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
America Is a Rich Death Trap  —  Sign up for Derek's newsletter here.  —  Last week, the National Center for Health Statistics alerted Americans to two facts about life and death in the U.S.  —  The first fact was sadly unsurprising: The coronavirus pandemic killed so many people …
Laura J. Nelson / Los Angeles Times:
‘Like a sitting duck’: The catalytic converter theft spree is hitting old Toyota Priuses  —  Nam Trinh knew something was wrong one morning in October when she turned on her 2008 Toyota Prius and heard a throaty roar, like a plane taking off.  —  Trinh had her wedge-shaped car repaired.
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Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Right-Wing War on Free Speech Could Backfire
Chronicle of Higher Education:
Inside the Academic-Freedom Crisis That Roiled Florida's Flagship
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
“My Son Hunter” a fun, irreverent romp through Biden Inc lore
Discussion: Breitbart
Just released: The 2022-2023 College Free Speech Rankings
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Caller
U.S. Agency for International Development:
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Discussion: Foreign Policy
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Baron / Defense One:
After Roe, ‘We Do Have Options’ to Avoid Anti-Abortion States, Army Chief Says
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Democracy Docket:
Michigan Republicans Sue To Overturn the Results of the 2020 Presidential Election
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Wines / New York Times:
In Voter Fraud, Penalties Often Depend on Who's Voting
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
CNN's on-air talent get the message
Jeannie Clary / Center Street:
POLL: Tim Ryan Leads J.D. Vance 48% to 39% in Ohio's Senate Race
Discussion: Plain Dealer
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's lead grows as fall campaign begins, new poll finds
Discussion: WDIV-TV, The Hill and Political Wire
Washington Post:
Steve Bannon faces state indictment in N.Y., will surrender Thursday