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4:05 AM ET, September 14, 2022


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Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
Russia spent millions in secret global political campaign, U.S. official says  —  Russia has secretly funneled at least $300 million to foreign political parties and candidates in more than two dozen countries since 2014 in an attempt to shape political events beyond its borders, according to a new U.S. intelligence review.
Washington Post:
Rapid loss of territory in Ukraine reveals spent Russian military  —  Troop and logistics issues plus equipment losses could limit Vladimir Putin to defending the territory he already holds  —  Moscow's rapid loss of more than 2,300 square miles of territory in northeastern Ukraine has raised …
Robyn Dixon / Washington Post:
Putin, tone deaf and isolated, pursues war ‘goals’ and refuses to lose  —  Vladimir Putin's definitive quality as president — his refusal ever to back down — helped him project Russian global power for years.  But facing repeated setbacks in a catastrophic war in Ukraine, his inflexible approach is looking more like his great flaw.
The Daily Beast:
Mike Lindell: Feds Seized My Cellphone at Hardee's  —  Lindell also posted a subpoena and what appears to be a search warrant.  —  MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell told The Daily Beast on Tuesday night that the FBI seized his cellphone while he was at a Hardee's restaurant.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Ken Starr, Independent Counsel in Clinton Investigation, Dies at 76  —  Mr. Starr's investigation into President Clinton's affair with a former White House intern propelled issues of sex and morality to the center of American life for more than a year.  —  WASHINGTON — Ken Starr …
The Family of Kenneth W. Starr:
KENNETH W. STARR, Former Federal Judge and U.S. Solicitor General, Dies at 76
Wall Street Journal:
Ken Starr, Key Figure in Impeachment of Bill Clinton, Dies at 76
Discussion: Rolling Stone and HuffPost
Graham's abortion ban stuns Senate GOP  —  Lindsey Graham's anti-abortion legislation once unified the Republican Party.  The 15-week abortion ban he pitched Tuesday had the exact opposite effect.  —  The South Carolina senator chose a uniquely tense moment to unveil his party's …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Graham Proposes 15-Week Abortion Ban, Splitting Republicans
Jennifer Hansler / CNN:
First on CNN: Former Gov. Bill Richardson held meetings in Moscow this week with Russian leadership  —  Former Gov. Bill Richardson and his team were in Moscow this week and held meetings with Russian leadership, CNN has learned.  The details around those meetings were not immediately clear.
Discussion: Political Wire
Anna Wolfe / Mississippi Today:
Former Gov. Phil Bryant helped Brett Favre secure welfare funding for USM volleyball stadium, texts reveal  —  Never-before-seen text messages show former Gov. Phil Bryant tried to shepherd a proposal to use welfare funds on the construction of a new volleyball stadium for retired NFL player Brett Favre …
Unlikely alliance resists Manchin-Schumer energy deal, putting government funding bill on shaky ground  —  A deal cut to secure the support of Sen. Joe Manchin for the Democrats' controversial Inflation Reduction Act is now creating problems for another major issue looming over Congress …
Discussion: Alaska Beacon
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Progressives flex against Manchin side-deal on permitting reform
Techno Fog / The Reactionary:
Durham shocker: Danchenko was a paid FBI informant  —  Today, Special Counsel John Durham moved to unseal this motion in limine in the false statements case against Igor Danchenko.  —  This motion provides new information on the details of Danchenko's lies to the FBI, further information …
Discussion: American Greatness
Chuck Williams / WRBL-TV:
U.S. Senate Debate officially on: Warnock, Walker accept Nexstar broadcasted debate in partnership with other Georgia stations  —  GEORGIA (WRBL) - The debate over the debate in the Georgia U.S. Senate race is over.  Late this afternoon, a representative from Sen. Raphael Warnock's campaign sent …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
It's on: Walker and Warnock to debate in Savannah on Oct. 14
Brendan J. Lyons / Albany Times Union:
Rensselaer County's Republican elections commissioner arrested by FBI  —  The Times Union reported in June that Jason Schofield had become a focus of an FBI investigation that led to the guilty plea earlier this year of a Troy councilwoman  —  Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate
Justice Department criminal investigation now touches nearly all efforts to overturn 2020 election for Trump  —  Justice Department criminal prosecutors are now examining nearly every aspect of former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election - including the fraudulent electors plot …
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Bolduc holds small lead as New Hampshire primary sets up Senate majority fight  —  The last party primaries of 2022 are wrapping up as the season began six months ago: with a close, expensive GOP brawl over a key seat in the evenly split Senate.  —  Voters headed to the polls in three states …
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Republicans' stealthy primary play
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Reason
Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
The Search for Dirt on the Twitter Whistle-Blower  —  Many of Peiter (Mudge) Zatko's former colleagues have received offers of payment for information about him.  —  On August 23rd, a Slack chat for former employees of the payments company Stripe began filling with accounts of strange queries about an ex-colleague.
NBC News:
Across generations, South and Southeast Asians reflect on colonialism's impact on identity  —  “There's a respect there that I just feel our generation has lost.  And I don't think it's a bad thing that we're losing that,” an Indian American college student said.
Ryan King / Washington Examiner:
READ IT: Judge releases less-redacted Mar-a-Lago search affidavit  —  A judge approved Tuesday the release of a less redacted version of the affidavit laying out the legal underpinnings for the FBI's August search-and-seizure of material from former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
Remy Tumin / New York Times:
Trafficked Teenager Who Killed One of Her Abusers Ordered to Pay Restitution  —  Pieper Lewis was 15 years old when, according to court documents, the man sheltering her forced her to have sex with other men for money.  She stabbed one abuser 30 times.  —  Pieper Lewis was a 15-year-old repeat runaway …
Discussion: New York Post
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Erasing Confederate items from U.S. military will cost $62 million, panel says  —  Removing the last vestiges of Confederate history from the U.S. military, including renaming nine Army posts, will cost more than $62 million, a congressional commission said Tuesday.
Alex Swoyer / Washington Times:
Justice Kagan suggests Supreme Court leak update coming by end of month  —  Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan called the leak of the draft opinion overturning national abortion rights earlier this year “horrible” and suggested there could be an update on the probe into the perpetrator by the end of the month …
Katelyn Caralle / Daily Mail:
Trump remembers his clubs!  Former President plays a round in DC one day after convening his lawyers on the fairway for a MEETING amid fears of imminent indictment  — Donald Trump was pictured at his golf course in Sterling, Virginia - just outside Washington, D.C. -on Monday without any golf clubs
Brian Riedl / New York Post:
Biden's bragging about the economy just proves how financially illiterate he is  —  Last week, the White House attempted to define its economic vision in a 58-page report titled “The Biden-Harris Economic Blueprint.”  One first notices the report's sloppiness.
Emerson Polling:
Nevada 2022: US Senate & Gubernatorial Elections in Statistical Dead Heat  —  Home Polls Nevada 2022: US Senate & Gubernatorial Elections in Statistical Dead Heat  —  The latest Emerson College Polling/8 News Now/The Hill survey of voters finds 42% of voters support Adam Laxalt for US Senate …
Discussion: The Hill, Townhall and KLAS
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Charlie Crist's running mate: Being ‘sp-ed teacher’ ‘qualifies me to deal with the dysfunctional legislature’  —  Karla Hernández-Mats has been raising eyebrows ever since she joined the Democrat ticket in Florida  —  Charlie Crist running mate links special ed kids to ‘dysfunctional legislature’
Three January 6 rioters charged in assault on officers found guilty of multiple offenses  —  Three January 6, 2021, rioters involved in one of the most brutal assaults on police during the attack at the US Capitol were found guilty on Tuesday of several felonies following a bench trial before a federal judge.
Matthew Cunningham-Cook / The Lever:
How Wall Street Is Funding The Culture War  —  Chris Rufo, the pugilistic pundit leading the right's charge against how public schools teach race and sexuality, is backed by billionaires who profited handsomely from the 2008 financial crisis that threw 8.6 million people out of work …
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Election deniers rally behind an unrepentant Couy Griffin
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Doug Mastriano and the Fifty-Foot Shark
Discussion: Power Line
New York Times:
Jean-Luc Godard, Daring Director Who Shaped the French New Wave, Dies at 91
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Krista Chavez / NetChoice:
New National Poll: 89% of Americans Say Congress Should Focus on Addressing Inflation, Not Breaking Up Tech
Jason Burke / The Guardian:
Revealed: how UK targeted American civil rights leader in covert campaign
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Arizona GOP Chair Shares Post from Racist Account
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
GOP's Most Vulnerable Senator Is in a Bind Over Same-Sex Marriage Vote
Christian Britschgi / Reason:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' Administration Tells Gainesville To Abandon Zoning Reform
Discussion: WCJB-TV
Stock sell-off deepens, Dow drops 800 points after hot inflation report
Janan Ganesh / Financial Times:
US soft power grows as the alternatives become clear