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8:25 PM ET, September 15, 2022


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Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Ron DeSantis Has Learned Trump's Most Important Insight  —  For Christian nationalists, the cruelty is the point.  —  Tonight on the TNB livestream I'm going to spend the entire show talking about Ukraine and Russia with Cathy Young and Eric Edelman.  —  Not going to lie: This isn't going to be the sexiest conversation ever.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
DeSantis Tries to Prove Liberals Hate Immigrants As Much As He Does, Fails … Sunday night, I sat in the ballroom of a Miami resort and watched Florida governor Ron DeSantis tell the crowd about how Texas governor Greg Abbott had been sending busloads of illegal immigrants to Washington, D.C. His envy was undisguised.
Eve Zuckoff / NPR:
Florida flies dozens of migrants to Martha's Vineyard  —  MARTHA'S VINEYARD, Mass. — About 50 migrants arrived by plane in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., Wednesday on a flight paid for by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and that originated in San Antonio, Texas.  —  The migrants touched down at about 3:15 p.m. local time.
Timothy Nerozzi / Fox News:
DeSantis criticizes Democrats after sending migrants to Martha's Vineyard: ‘Their virtue signaling is a fraud’
New York Times:
Florida Flies 2 Planeloads of Migrants to Martha's Vineyard
Alex Leary / Wall Street Journal:
New Trump Attorney Negotiated $3 Million Advance Payment for Work  —  Chris Kise sought the arrangement based on unprecedented investigation, Trump's reputation for not paying legal fees  —  The Florida lawyer brought on to defend former President Donald Trump against potential government prosecution …
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Trump's Save America paid $3 million to cover top lawyer's legal work  —  Donald Trump's outside spending arm has paid $3 million to cover attorney Chris Kise's legal work representing the former president, according to three people familiar with the arrangement.
Discussion: Raw Story
Azi Paybarah / Washington Post:
Trump warns of ‘big problems’ if indicted, says he'd still run for office  —  Former president Donald Trump warned that if he were indicted for mishandling classified documents after leaving the White House, there would be “problems in this country the likes of which perhaps we've never seen before.”
Trump warns of ‘problems’ like 'we've never seen' if he's indicted
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Raw Story
Judge rejects DOJ bid to delay Mar-a-Lago ruling, appoints special master  —  U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon on Thursday rejected a Justice Department demand to permit federal prosecutors to continue their review of records marked classified that were recovered from Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.
Washington Post:
Georgia 2020 election inquiry may lead to prison sentences, prosecutor says  —  Fulton County district attorney says her team has received allegations that serious crimes were committed  —  ATLANTA — The prosecutor investigating efforts by Donald Trump and his allies to challenge …
Discussion: Insider, PoliticusUSA, Forbes and Raw Story
Brian Flood / Fox News:
CNN shakeup: Don Lemon moved from primetime to mornings, struggling ‘New Day’ to be replaced  —  ‘New Day’ hosts John Berman and Brianna Keilar will be shuffled to new CNN roles  —  CNN's Don Lemon says Biden ‘telling the truth’ with ‘semi-fascism’ comments: ‘That is unifying’
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
CNN's Lemon-aid, rail strike averted, Trump speaks, and a new FBI scandal: Today's #TEMS
Discussion: Townhall
Don Lemon, Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins to Anchor New CNN Morning Show
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Blake Masters Wants to Fire All Generals and Replace Them With Conservatives  —  Masters explicitly called for a wholesale firing of the generals at least seven times between August 2021 and March 2022.  —  Cameron Joseph  —  WASHINGTON, US  —  Blake Masters, the Republican nominee …
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Friction between White House and senior Homeland Security officials mounts as migrant border crossings soar  —  Friction between the Biden White House and senior officials at the Department of Homeland Security over how to handle immigration is mounting, according to internal documents …
Fox News:
2 migrant buses arrive outside Vice President Kamala Harris' Naval Observatory residence in DC
New York Times:
Here's what Putin is hoping for from Xi. … Putin acknowledges China may have ‘questions and concerns’ about the war.  —  President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said on Thursday that Moscow understood that China had “questions and concerns” about the war in Ukraine — a notable, if cryptic …
ABC News:
Biden to meet with Griner, Whelan families
Mike Lindell's phone search reveals new details about scope of federal probe into efforts to subvert 2020 election results  —  The Justice Department is seeking information about at least seven people in connection with a breach of a Colorado county's voting system as part of efforts to subvert …
Washington Post:
FBI seizes phone from election denier Douglas Frank, a Mike Lindell associate
Discussion: The Daily Beast and claytoonz
Michael Kunzelman / Associated Press:
Rioter who wore ‘Camp Auschwitz’ sweatshirt gets jail term  —  A Virginia man who stormed the U.S. Capitol while wearing an antisemitic “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt over a Nazi-themed shirt was sentenced on Thursday to 75 days of imprisonment.  —  Robert Keith Packer, 57 …
Discussion: New York Post
The Dispatch:
Partisanship Over Policy at the Heritage Foundation  —  Interviews with more than a dozen current and former employees reveal how the think tank sidelines its scholars to score political points.  —  In the weeks after Russian tanks rolled across the Ukrainian border on February 24 …
The Moscow Signals Declassified Microwave Diplomacy, 1967-1977  —  Declassified Records Detail Diplomatic Efforts to End Microwave Radiation Directed at Moscow Embassy  —  Kissinger to Dobrynin: “We Are Trying to Keep the Thing Quiet”; “You Could Give Me a Radiation Treatment”
Discussion: The Guardian
Michael Colborne / The Guardian:
Putin is banking on his friends in the Balkans to help sustain his bloody war in Ukraine  —  United in a sense of victimhood, Russia has an ally in far-right Serbian groups.  The west underestimates them at its peril  —  work at the investigative journalism website Bellingcat …
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
Putin's Headed Toward Defeat in Ukraine. The Only Question Is How Bad a Loser He'll Be.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Rich Lowry / Politico:
In Defense of Lindsey Graham  —  Boy, did Lindsey Graham step in it.  —  The South Carolina senator proposed a national restriction on abortion that has popular support and that could represent a defensible consensus GOP position.  —  For this, he's being portrayed as a political incompetent …
New York Times:
NY Attorney General May Sue Trump After Rejecting Settlement Offer  —  The attorney general, Letitia James, is also considering suing at least one of the former president's adult children as part of her Trump Organization inquiry.  —  The New York attorney general's office has rebuffed …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate delays same-sex marriage vote until after midterms  —  A bipartisan group of senators trying to pass same-sex marriage protection legislation on Thursday pushed a vote until after the election, a move they say increases their chances of success but avoids forcing the GOP on record before the midterms.
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Kyle Whitmire /
Alabama GOP chair refused to show license to vote. That became a problem for poll workers.
Sarah D. Wire / Los Angeles Times:
Senate doesn't have to release full CIA torture report, judge rules
Texas Students Are Again Battling the Closure of a Campus Polling Place
Alex Kaplan / Media Matters for America:
How True the Vote cultivated relationships with QAnon influencers to target an election software company and serve as a pipeline to law enforcement
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Overturning Roe remains as unpopular as ever — despite GOP hopes
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
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Sam Adler-Bell / New York Magazine:
Why Can't the Left Take the W?  —  I have suggested — here and elsewhere — that leftists are gifted losers.
Discussion: Freddie deBoer
The Daily Beast:
Pro-Trump Pundit Accused of Pocketing $200K Meant for Ukraine Body Armor
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
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