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7:50 PM ET, September 21, 2022

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Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
New York AG Letitia James files $250M lawsuit against Trump for defrauding lenders, others  —  The suit accuses Trump and his firm of “persistent and repeated business fraud.”  —  For 20 years, Donald Trump and his family enriched themselves through “numerous acts of fraud and misrepresentations …
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Kara Scannell / CNN:
New York attorney general files civil fraud lawsuit against Trump, some of his children and his business  —  New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a civil fraud lawsuit Wednesday against former President Donald Trump, according to court records.  —  The case docket indicates …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump and His Spurious Business Face a Reckoning  —  New York State Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday accused former President Donald Trump, his three eldest children and their company, the Trump Organization, of financial fraud, contending they misled investors and falsely inflated …
E. Danya Perry / Just Security:
Has a Trump Tipping Point Been Reached?  Analyzing The NY Attorney General's Case Against Trump  —  In the last month, the array of investigations involving Donald J. Trump and many of Trump's associates and family members has reached an intense pitch.  Today another bombshell detonated—one that may prove to be the most devastating.
Washington Post:
Donald Trump, 3 of his children accused of business fraud by New York AG
Politico:
Trump, company and family members sued by New York AG over alleged fraud scheme
Associated Press:
Ohio GOP House candidate has misrepresented military service  —  Campaigning for a northwestern Ohio congressional seat, Republican J.R. Majewski presents himself as an Air Force combat veteran who deployed to Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, once describing “tough” …
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AIRLIVE:
BREAKING Russian airlines ordered to stop selling tickets to Russian men aged 18 to 65  —  Flights abroad sell out following Putin's partial mobilization.  —  According to journalist Amir Tsarfati, Russian airlines have stopped selling tickets to Russian men aged 18 to 65 unless …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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New York Times:
Ukraine Live Updates: Putin Calls Up More Troops as His War Effort Falters  —  In a rare address to the nation, the Russian president railed against the West for providing Ukraine with weapons and made a veiled threat of using nuclear weapons.  Russia's defense minister put the number of new call-ups at 300,000.
Wall Street Journal:
Putin Orders Draft of Reservists for War in Ukraine, Threatens Nuclear Response
Washington Post:
Putin drafts up to 300,000 reservists, backs annexation amid war losses
Guy Faulconbridge / Reuters:
Putin escalates Ukraine war, issues nuclear threat to West
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
GOP congressional candidate said US suffered from women's suffrage and praised organization trying to repeal 19th Amendment  —  A Michigan candidate for the US House backed by former President Donald Trump once railed against giving women the right to vote, arguing that America has “suffered” since women's suffrage.
Discussion: Raw Story
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
House passes bill to prevent stolen elections, despite strong GOP opposition  —  WASHINGTON — The House voted 229-203 on Wednesday to pass a bill aimed at preventing future election subversion, inspired by the investigation into Jan. 6 and a determination to prevent such an attack from occurring again.
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House Passes Overhaul of Electoral Count, Moving to Avert Another Jan. 6 Crisis  —  WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday took the first major step to respond to the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol, voting mostly along party lines to overhaul the 135-year-old Electoral Count Act …
Josh Barro / Very Serious:
Gavin Newsom Is Gross and Embarrassing and Will Never Be President  —  So he should stop making an embarrassing national spectacle of himself.  —  Dear readers,  —  I have a rant.  —  In theory, Gavin Newsom is running for re-election as governor of California.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
John Fetterman, Mehmet Oz should release medical records  —  Further delays in scheduling a debate between U.S. Senate candidates John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz have raised more questions about Mr. Fetterman's health, including his ability to communicate and process information.
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George F. Will / Washington Post:   While Oz campaigns about campaigning, Fetterman sells a synthetic authenticity
Stephanie Pagones / New York Post:
Shannon Brandt free after admitting he mowed down ‘Republican’ teen over politics  —  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY:  —  The North Dakota man who allegedly admitted to fatally striking a teenage pedestrian with his car because the pair had “a political argument” was released from jail on Tuesday after posting $50,000 bond, records show.
Ken Klippenstein / The Intercept:
Ron DeSantis Chartered Planes From GOP-Allied Donor to Fly Migrants to Martha's Vineyard … When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis set out on his stunt to highlight liberal hypocrisy last week, he contracted with Vertol Systems, Inc., to pull it off.  For $615,000, the aviation firm founded …
Robert Sarver:
Statement from Robert Sarver  —  Robert Sarver, managing partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury, today issued the following statement.  —  Words that I deeply regret now overshadow nearly two decades of building organizations that brought people together - and strengthened the Phoenix area …
Ohpi / OH Predictive Insights:
US Senate Race: Kelly Takes a Double-Digit Lead Over Masters  —  Secretary of State Race: 1 in 4 Likely Voters are Undecided  —  Toplines and Crosstabs can be found here  —  PHOENIX (September 21st, 2022)- Similar to how the Arizona weather doesn't seem to cool off, neither does this election season.
Discussion: blog.ohpredictive.com
The Hill:
Democrats reach deal on policing bills, vote planned for Thursday  —  House Democrats have reached a long-elusive agreement on a package of police and community safety bills, according to several of the top stakeholders, with plans for the lower chamber to vote Thursday to send the legislation to the Senate.
Discussion: CNN and Just The News
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Politico:
Dems strike pre-election deal on policing and public safety
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Kyle Morris / Fox News:
Vulnerable Iowa Democrat vacationed in Europe as she voted by proxy for Inflation Reduction Act, IRS expansion  —  A photo shared by Cindy Axne's son to social media amid the House's vote on the Inflation Reduction Act shows the congresswoman in France  —  Fox News Power Rankings give GOP slim advantage in midterms
Discussion: Breitbart
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement  —  Recent indicators point to modest growth in spending and production.  Job gains have been robust in recent months, and the unemployment rate has remained low.  Inflation remains elevated, reflecting supply and demand imbalances related to the pandemic …
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
My Pillow CEO, Trump ally faces probe for plot to target 2020 election computers  —  Mike Lindell, the My Pillow Inc chief executive and ally to former President Donald Trump, is under U.S. federal investigation for identity theft and for conspiring to damage a protected computer connected …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Revealed: US Military Bought Mass Monitoring Tool That Includes Internet Browsing, Email Data  —  The “Augury” platform includes highly sensitive network data that Team Cymru, a private company, is selling to the military.  “It's everything.  There's nothing else to capture except the smell of electricity …
Ethan Shanfeld / Variety:
Bill Maher Says ‘Woke Baggage’ Is Democrats' Biggest Problem: ‘Stop Talking About Pregnant Men’ … Bill Maher has shared his opinions on today's top issues for nearly two decades on HBO's “Real Time.”  Now, with his new podcast “Club Random,” the comedian turned political commentator tells Variety …
Discussion: HotAir and The Hill
Juliette Kayyem / The Atlantic:
Trump Endorsed QAnon Because He's Stuck  —  For a man who believes in nothing, has no coherent ideology or value system except his own continuing relevance, obsesses over conspiracies, and subsists on grievance and anger, Donald Trump took a long time to fully embrace QAnon.
Discussion: Raw Story and Insider
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Manchin releases energy permitting bill, hopes GOP, Dems rally around it  —  Manchin add-on to funding bill faces bipartisan opposition, with government shutdown looming  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for September 21  —  Sen. Joe Manchin on Wednesday released legislative language …
Bolts:
Four Ballot Measures Threaten to Undercut Direct Democracy in Arizona and Arkansas  —  The ballot initiatve process has come under assault nationwide by Republican lawmakers.  —  Arizona is one of two states where voters will weigh in this fall on whether to weaken voters' ability to initiate and pass ballot measures.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Trump vs. DeSantis in 2024?  USA TODAY/Suffolk poll shows Florida Republicans prefer their governor  —  In a hypothetical 2024 presidential primary in the Sunshine State, DeSantis leads Trump 48%-40%.  That's a reversal from a poll of Florida in January, when Trump led DeSantis 47%-40%.
Blake Chandlee / TikTok:
Updating our policies for political accounts  —  TikTok is an entertainment platform where people come to share their stories, and understand other people's experiences, too.  Those stories can touch on all aspects of their lives, including current events like elections and political issues.
Yair Rosenberg / The Atlantic:
How Not to Talk About the Holocaust  —  It's rarely a good sign when the Holocaust trends on social media, and this week was no exception.  On Sunday, in an interview with 60 Minutes, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi declared that he needed more evidence to determine whether the Holocaust took place.
 
 
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Sarah D / Twitchy:
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Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
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Zach Jewell / The Daily Wire:
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Marc Malkin / Variety:
Kenya Barris Says ‘Wizard of Oz’ Remake Will Include LGBTQ Representation to ‘Reflect the World’
Discussion: Instapundit
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
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Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
The Pollster Who Thinks It's Happening Again for Republicans
Discussion: Power Line
David Wasserman / Cook Political Report:
House Rating Changes: Schweikert Moves to Toss Up, Cuellar to Lean Democrat
Discussion: CNN and The Hill