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5:00 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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Mahablog, Raw Story and Townhall
Trump, company and family members sued by New York AG over alleged fraud scheme  —  NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed suit against former President Donald Trump, three of his adult children and his business empire, accusing them of large-scale fraudulent financial practices …
Washington Post:
Donald Trump, 3 of his children accused of business fraud by New York AG
Summer Concepcion / NBC News:
New York AG sues Trump, his children and their company on charges of large-scale business fraud
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
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  —  Russian president made the announcement amid faltering Russian offensive, Ukrainian advances in northeast  —  MOSCOW—In a major escalation of the war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin raised …
Washington Post:
Putin drafts up to 300,000 reservists, backs annexation amid war losses  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a partial military mobilization Wednesday to call up as many as 300,000 reservists in a dramatic bid to reverse setbacks in his war on Ukraine, including the recent humiliating retreat …
NBC News:
Putin mobilizes more troops for Ukraine war, threatens nuclear retaliation and backs annexation of Russian-occupied land
Karl Ritter / Associated Press:
Putin sets partial military call-up, won't ‘bluff’ on nukes
Washington Post:
Putin's partial military mobilization condemned by U.S., Europe
Discussion: Slow Boring and Bloomberg
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” …
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 …
POLITICO Playbook: Inside McConnell's fateful impeachment decision
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
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 …
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Put up or shut up: DOJ increases pressure on Trump to prove Mar-a-Lago declassification  —  The Justice Department has emphasized to an appeals court that Donald Trump has yet to provide evidence he had declassified the records seized from Mar-a-Lago, just as the special master himself appeared …
Washington Post:
GOP attorneys general back Trump in court fight over Mar-a-Lago documents
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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
Marist Poll:
The 2022 Elections in Ohio  —  Marist Ohio Poll  —  Vance & Ryan in Dead Heat in Ohio Senate Race, DeWine with 18-Point Lead in Governor's Race  —  In the U.S. Senate contest to fill retiring Senator Rob Portman's seat, Democrat Tim Ryan and Republican J.D. Vance are in a statistical dead heat …
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 …
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%.
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: The Hill
Caroline Downey / National Review:
Suspect Who Admitted to ‘Politically Motivated’ Car Attack on Slain Republican Teen Released on Bail  —  A suspect who admitted to a “politically motivated” fatal car attack on a Republican teen in North Dakota over the weekend was released on bail Wednesday afternoon.
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
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 …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
While Oz campaigns about campaigning, Fetterman sells a synthetic authenticity  —  SPRINGFIELD, Pa. — Election rallies in this “season of discontent” — when was there a contentment season? — feature an amiable dystopianism.  On a recent afternoon, some cheerful but fretful residents …
Victoria Prodeline / Monmouth University …:
Dem Party Image Drag on Incumbent  —  Warnock better liked than Walker, but does not have a clear edge on the issues  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock is viewed more favorably than challenger Herschel Walker, but poor voter opinion of the Democratic Party in Georgia is keeping the race for U.S. Senate close.
David Wasserman / Cook Political Report:
House Rating Changes: Schweikert Moves to Toss Up, Cuellar to Lean Democrat  —  As both parties begin to blitz the competitive battleground with ads, Republicans continue to be the party playing more offense, linking Democratic incumbents to “wasteful spending” and more IRS funding in the just-passed reconciliation bill.
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Free Beacon:
WATCH: 17 Times the Biden Administration Said the Border Is Secure  —  Meanwhile, DHS reports a record 2.5 million immigrant encounters in 2022 … While most professional pundits were outraged that Gov. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.) would dare to defile their favorite island getaway …
Discussion: National Review and Poynter
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Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Raises Interest Rates by 0.75 Percentage Point for Third Straight Meeting
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Pew Research Center:
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Washington Post:
Florida brings battle over social media regulation to Supreme Court
William Bredderman / The Daily Beast:
Inside Shaun King's Shadowy $6.7 Million Nonprofit
Discussion: Twitchy
Matt Stoller / BIG:
Amazon Promotes Ex-Private Prison Exec to Run Warehouse Training
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Yair Rosenberg / The Atlantic:
How Not to Talk About the Holocaust  —  It's rarely a good sign when the Holocaust trends …
Marc Malkin / Variety:
Kenya Barris Says ‘Wizard of Oz’ Remake Will Include LGBTQ Representation to ‘Reflect the World’
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
How a zombie apocalypse is informing a new wave of Dem ads
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
The Pollster Who Thinks It's Happening Again for Republicans
New York Times:
Inside the Completely Legal G.O.P. Plot to Destroy American Democracy
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Ashley Gold / Axios:
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The Guardian:
Revealed: the ‘shocking’ levels of toxic lead in Chicago tap water
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