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4:05 PM ET, September 9, 2022


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David Catanese / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
As Pennsylvania governor's race kicks into high gear, Doug Mastriano is dark on TV  —  Doug Mastriano has spent much of the summer ignoring mainstream press, setting a new unorthodox precedent for a major gubernatorial campaign.  —  Now the Republican nominee in Pennsylvania is entering …
Discussion: Mediaite
Jon McBride / BYU Cougars:
A statement from BYU Athletics regarding the investigation of the Aug. 26 volleyball match  —  As part of our commitment to take any claims of racism seriously, BYU has completed its investigation into the allegation that racial heckling and slurs took place at the Duke vs. BYU women's volleyball match on August 26.
Tracy Connor / The Daily Beast:
Federal Judge Stomps All Over Trump Russiagate Lawsuit Against Hillary  —  The jurist clearly thought the complaint was a hot mess and spent 65 pages explaining why.  —  A federal judge in Florida has tossed a racketeering lawsuit that Donald Trump filed against Hillary Clinton and a slew …
Judge throws out Trump's sprawling lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, ex-FBI officials over Russia probe
Sophia Ankel / Insider:
Chelsea Clinton says she used to be friends with Ivanka Trump until ‘she went to the dark side’
Discussion: New York Post
Isabel Coles / Wall Street Journal:
Ukraine's Eastern Advance Puts Forces Close to Key Town  —  Retaking Kupyansk would help cut off Russian troops further south  —  KHARKIV, Ukraine—Ukrainian forces advanced on the strategic city of Kupyansk on Friday, threatening to isolate thousands of Russian troops further south and prompting Moscow to send reinforcements.
Francis Fukuyama / Journal of Democracy:
Why Ukraine Will Win  —  The country's military is advancing on the battlefield.  If Ukraine defeats Russia's massive army, the ripple effects will be felt across the globe.  —  T  —  he war in Ukraine, now in its seventh month, marks a critical juncture that will determine the course of global democracy.
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
Russia's Invasion of Ukraine Looks Like a ‘Failure,’ C.I.A. Director Says
Discussion: The Guardian and HotAir
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
An ugly GOP election scam in Michigan unmasks a big right-wing lie  —  Of all the lies that Donald Trump loyalists have told this cycle, perhaps the most disgusting one is this: Their designs on our election system are motivated by nothing more than pure, angelic concerns about “election integrity.”
Trumpier than Trump  —  Some GOP candidates are softening their rhetoric and scrubbing their campaign websites of hardline positions as the midterms get closer.  But Doug Mastriano is running a much different playbook in the Pennsylvania governor's race, one of the most important contests in the nation.
Governor Kathy Hochul:
No. 21: Declaring a Disaster in the State of New York  —  Executive Order 21  —  Declaring a Disaster in the State of New York  —  DECLARING A DISASTER IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK  —  WHEREAS, a case of paralytic polio was identified on July 21, 2022, in an unvaccinated resident …
New York State Department of Health:
Protecting New Yorkers Through Immunization: State Department of Health Updates New Yorkers On Polio In New York State  —  Governor Hochul Declares State Disaster Emergency, Bolstering Immunization Drive - E.O. Immediately Expands Network of Vaccine Administrators, Adding EMS Workers, Midwives, and Pharmacists
New York Post:
Hochul declares NY polio emergency after tests show virus in Long Island wastewater
Discussion: CBS News and The Gateway Pundit
S.V. Date / HuffPost:
Police Officer Tasered And Beaten On Jan. 6 Goes Off On Cops Who Posed With Trump
Discussion: Raw Story and PennLive
Republicans to Trump: Pony up more cash in battle for Senate  —  Mitch McConnell is indirectly nudging Donald Trump to help Republicans try to flip the Senate, part of a broader GOP campaign to get the former president to open up his well-stocked coffers for the rest of the party.
Discussion: Political Wire
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Longtime former Trump ally turns to building 2024 ‘bullpen’
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Examiner
María Luisa Paúl / Washington Post:
Mom says trans eighth-grader was questioned by Texas officials at school  —  A declaration recounting the incident was filed as part of an ongoing lawsuit by LGBTQ legal advocates  —  On the morning of Aug. 30, a 13-year-old transgender boy was pulled out of class by his school's administrators, his mother says.
Discussion: Boing Boing, The Root and Jezebel
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Justice Gorsuch Said Findings of Probe Into Leaked Roe Draft Opinion Will Be Made in Report  —  The justice, speaking at a judicial conference, also criticized the cost and time it takes to enter the legal profession  —  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Justice Neil Gorsuch said Thursday …
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
Revealed: Ginni Thomas's links to anti-abortion groups who lobbied to overturn Roe
Discussion: Jezebel and Raw Story
Fox News:
Supreme Court report on Dobbs leak coming soon, ‘I hope,’ Gorsuch says
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, IJR and
Camille Mumford / Emerson Polling:
Arizona 2022: Mark Kelly Faces Tight Race With Blake Masters; Katie Hobbs and Kari Lake In Dead Heat for Governorship  —  Home Polls Arizona 2022: Mark Kelly Faces Tight Race With Blake Masters; Katie Hobbs and Kari Lake In Dead Heat for Governorship  —  The first Emerson College Polling survey …
Discussion: FOX 10 Phoenix and Townhall
David Siders / Politico:
‘The environment is upside down’: Why Dems are winning the culture wars  —  It's already the consensus that abortion is going to be a good issue for Democrats in November.  —  What's only now becoming clear — as Republicans scrub their campaign websites of prior positions on abortion …
Jason Leopold / Bloomberg:
Mar-a-Lago Search Put FBI on High Alert for Pro-Trump Protest Violence  —  Federal law enforcement officers scoured social media to identify threats to FBI buildings and agents and issued internal warnings about possibly armed protests in the days after the FBI searched former President Donald …
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Live updates: Charles back in London as king; queen mourned  —  NICOSIA, Cyprus - In ethnically divided Cyprus, President Nicos Anastasiades offered condolences for the Queen's passing, posting on his official Twitter account, “our thoughts are with the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom.”
Andrew Gawthorpe / The Guardian:
Steve Bannon's indictment reveals the truth about Trumpism  —  In the end, Maga is nothing but a scam with hate in its heart and other people's money in its pockets  —  y all appearances, Steve Bannon likes to think that he represents the soul of the Maga movement.
Discussion: Raw Story and Digby's Hullabaloo
Once a ‘quintessential pro-life Texan,’ she had to flee her home state to get an abortion  —  Why a woman's doctor warned her not to get pregnant in Texas 03:50  —  Nine years ago, Cade DeSpain messaged a friend about a cute girl he saw on her Facebook feed.
Barbara McQuade / Washington Post:
Former U.S. attorney dishes on how he held line against Trump White House  —  In detailing ouster from the Southern District of New York, Berman says Barr ‘was desperate,’ cites attorney general's interference in other investigations  —  When former Attorney General William Barr bungled …
Discussion: Raw Story
David Wasserman / Cook Political Report:
Primary Scorecard: House GOP Veers Towards Trump, Democrats Tack Less Left  —  Now that this cycle's primary season has drawn to a close (with the small exceptions of Delaware, New Hampshire and Rhode Island on September 13), it's an ideal time to assess both parties' results.
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
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Natalie Andrews / Wall Street Journal:
Kevin McCarthy Walks a Tightrope on His Path to Power
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
The New Alyssa Farah  —  The ex-AG wants to portray himself as an expert in all things classified and pre-judge Trump's guilt.
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David Corn / Mother Jones:
It Didn't Start with Trump: The Decades-Long Saga of How the GOP Went Crazy
Discussion: New York Times
James Warner / FOX 35 Orlando:
Florida election: Marco Rubio has slight lead over Val Demings in new poll
Discussion: Breitbart and Florida Politics
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Right to Free Speech Is Not the Right to Monologue
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
U.S. reveals more classified records may be missing in Trump probe