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4:50 PM ET, September 13, 2022


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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 …
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Lindsey Graham to propose new national abortion restrictions bill … - Graham has previously introduced bills that sought to ban abortions nationally from 20 weeks. … - Republican candidates across the U.S. have moved to disappear hardline anti-abortion stances they took during their primaries …
NBC News:
Republicans tried to sidestep the issue of abortion.  Now they're seeking a reset.  —  Republicans' first step was admitting they had an abortion problem.  Now, GOP candidates are racing to limit self-inflicted damage — and trying to blunt Democrats' edge on the issue — before November's midterm elections.
Washington Post:
Graham introduces bill to ban abortions nationwide after 15 weeks  —  Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) on Tuesday introduced a bill that would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy nationwide, the most prominent effort by Republicans to restrict the procedure since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.
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.
Discussion: HotAir and Bloomberg
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar / The Independent:
Liz Cheney says new revelations reveal true ‘danger’ of Donald Trump  —  Cheney is one of the two Republicans on the investigating committee … Congresswoman Liz Cheney said Donald Trump's unwillingness to leave the White House after being defeated in the 2020 presidential election …
Discussion: RedState and Al Jazeera
Cami Mondeaux / Washington Examiner:
Ex-top Trump adviser rips ‘thievery’ of White House documents during presidency
Discussion: Washington Post and Newsweek
Stock sell-off deepens, Dow drops 800 points after hot inflation report  —  WATCH NOW  —  Four experts react to August's key inflation report  —  Stocks fell sharply on Tuesday after a key August inflation report came in hotter than expected, hurting investor optimism for cooling prices and a less aggressive Federal Reserve.
Nomaan Merchant / Associated Press:
US: Russia spent $300M to covertly influence world politics  —  WASHINGTON — Russia has covertly spent more than $300 million since 2014 to try to influence politicians and other officials in more than two dozen countries, the State Department alleges in a newly released cable.
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
What Happens to Russia After It Loses?
Discussion: Newsweek and CNN
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump faces a new threat: Scrutiny of ‘stop the steal’ money scam  —  The upstanding folks around Donald Trump have been hit with a wave of new subpoenas in connection with the Justice Department investigation into efforts to overturn the election, the New York Times reports.
Associated Press:
Trump's PAC faces scrutiny amid intensifying legal probes
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 …
New York Times:
Jean-Luc Godard, Daring Director Who Shaped the French New Wave, Dies at 91  —  The Franco-Swiss filmmaker and provocateur radically rethought motion pictures and left a lasting influence on the medium.  —  Jean-Luc Godard, the daringly innovative director and provocateur whose unconventional camerawork …
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Peter Navarro Trashes Trump's Chiefs and ‘Cabinet of Clowns’  —  In Peter Navarro's new book, the former White House trade adviser doesn't hold back when criticizing many of Trump's top staffers. … Donald Trump's top trade adviser—tariff-loving right-wing economist Peter Navarro …
Jacob Kornbluh / The Forward:   ‘Shabbat Shalom and Sayonara’: Loyalists tried to oust Kushner via Shabbat meeting with Trump
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Arizona GOP Chair Shares Post from Racist Account  —  Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward retweeted a video shared by an account run by a self-described “pureblood.”  —  Cameron Joseph  —  WASHINGTON, US  —  Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward shared a tweet …
Discussion: Raw Story
Morgan Phillips / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Pennsylvania property war heats up: Senate candidate John Fetterman did not disclose owning eight properties near Pittsburgh worth $100,000, watchdog says in complaint after blasting Dr. Oz for his New Jersey and Florida mansions  — The total value of the properties he left off his disclosure form was $108,800
Alexandra Hutzler / ABC News:
Biden, ahead of midterms, to host White House celebration of ‘Inflation Reduction Act’  —  The event comes as new data showed higher-than-expected inflation.  —  President Joe Biden at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston, Sept. 12, 2022.  —  President Joe Biden is hosting …
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
Nation's Largest Public University Hit With Class Action Suit Over Race-Based Hiring Practices  —  The largest public university in the United States is reserving faculty positions based on race and making six-figure bonuses available exclusively to minorities, programs that are now the subject of a class action lawsuit.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Janan Ganesh / Financial Times:
US soft power grows as the alternatives become clear  —  America is more attractive in the light of Russia's failed aggression and China's domestic troubles  —  In 2020, according to the Pew Research Center, 31 per cent of French people had a favourable view of the US.
Wall Street Journal:
Stock Market Today: Dow Plunges 1200 Points After CPI Report Shows U.S. Inflation Slowed to 8.3% in August  —  Stocks dropped sharply Tuesday, after hotter-than-expected consumer-price data sparked fears that the Federal Reserve would need to be even more aggressive to rein in inflation.
Discussion: National Review
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Republicans' stealthy primary play  —  Deep-pocketed Republican groups are pouring millions into efforts to knock off hard-right GOP primary candidates — while ensuring the source of the cash stays shrouded until after voters select their nominees, Axios has learned.
Discussion: Reason and Politico
Mike Allen / Axios:
First look: Pence was “angry” on Jan. 6  —  Former Vice President Mike Pence writes in a memoir — “So Help Me God,” out Nov. 15 — that when the Capitol was attacked while he was presiding over a joint session to certify the 2020 election results, “I was not afraid, but I was angry.”
Tommy Witherspoon / KWTX-TV:
‘A scholar and a gentleman’: Former Baylor president, Clinton investigator Ken Starr dead at 76  —  WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Ken Starr, the former president of Baylor University who earned nationwide notoriety as the independent counsel who headed the investigation that led to the impeachment …
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
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Biden court nominee fails to win confirmation as two Democrats miss vote  —  President Biden's nominee to serve as the first Black woman judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals failed to win confirmation in the Senate Tuesday after two Democratic senators missed the vote: Sens. Maggie Hassan (N.H.) and Tammy Duckworth (Ill.).
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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
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
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Los Angeles Times:
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David Gilbert / VICE:
Trump's Not Even Pretending to Hide His Support for QAnon Any More
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
Verdicts for men charged in Jan. 6 assaults could have a major impact on Capitol prosecutions
Discussion: Raw Story