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11:25 AM ET, September 23, 2022

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Washington Post:
U.S. has sent private warnings to Russia against using a nuclear weapon  —  The Biden administration has been sending messages to Moscow about the grave consequences that would follow the use of a nuclear weapon in Ukraine  —  The United States for several months has been sending private communications …
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Financial Times:
‘Everyone will get snatched off the street’: mobilisation brings Ukraine war home to Russians  —  Reservists who face being sent to fight are desperately seeking a way out over the border  —  After Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine in February, Nadezhda urged her son to flee the country …
Sarah Rainsford / BBC:   Ukraine war: 'What's happening in Russia now is total fear'
Axios:
House GOP eyes repeal of Dems' drug pricing law  —  Some key House Republicans are calling for the repeal of Democrats' newly-passed drug pricing measure if the GOP flips control of one or both chambers of Congress next year. … - Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), the top Republican on the House Ways …
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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump's strategy in the classified documents case is quickly crumbling  —  No judge would put it this crudely, but the court system is effectively telling Donald Trump to put up or shut up about his wild claims and outlandish defenses over his hoarding of classified information at his Florida resort.
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Perry Stein / Washington Post:
Dearie asks Trump lawyers whether they believe FBI lied about seized documents
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Trump's legal woes mount without protection of presidency
Discussion: Associated Press and RedState
Zach Williams / New York Post:
Chris Christie mocks ‘disaster’ Donald Trump at upstate biz conference  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got lots of laughs at the expense of ex-President Donald Trump while lamenting the current state of national politics at an upstate business convention Thursday night.
Discussion: CBS News
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Kimberly Ross / Washington Examiner:
Democrats want to be a sane alternative to the GOP.  They're not  —  Nearly every election, many people view the impending vote as some sort of existential moment for the country.  That this language has returned in the lead-up to the midterm elections is not surprising.
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Career prosecutors recommend no charges for Gaetz in sex-trafficking probe  —  Investigators see credibility challenges for two of the main witnesses in the probe of the congressman's past dealings with a 17-year-old  —  Career prosecutors have recommended against charging Rep. Matt Gaetz …
Discussion: Political Wire
Politico:
McConnell seeks a Jan. 6 mop-up on his terms  —  Mitch McConnell opposed conviction in Donald Trump's second impeachment trial.  He may yet help clean up the mess of Jan. 6.  —  Things are playing out differently in the Senate GOP after only nine House Republicans — all of them retiring from Congress …
New York Times:
As Trump's Legal Woes Mount, So Do Financial Pressures on Him  —  The lawsuit filed by New York's attorney general is the latest indication of how an array of investigations is affecting the former president's business and personal wealth.  —  The New York attorney general's fraud lawsuit …
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Michael Schaffer / Politico:
Nina Totenberg Had a Beautiful Friendship With RBG.  Her Book About It Is an Embarrassment.  —  Did Nina Totenberg know a secret that could have changed history?  —  The question hovers over Dinners With Ruth, Totenberg's new memoir of her four-decade friendship with Ruth Bader Ginsburg …
Marc Levy / Associated Press:
Oz releases health records to spotlight Fetterman's stroke  —  Dr. Mehmet Oz, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, released his health records as he maneuvers to keep questions about Democratic rival John Fetterman's recovery from a stroke front and center in the hotly contested campaign.
Discussion: TheBrianLennonShow and NBC News
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Dasha Burns / NBC News:
In Pennsylvania Senate race, $1 homes are all the rage
Discussion: Breitbart
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump to unleash millions in the midterms in possible prelude to 2024  —  Donald Trump's top lieutenants are launching a new super PAC that is expected to spend heavily to bolster his endorsed candidates in the midterm election — and, some people close to the former president say, could become a campaign apparatus if he runs in 2024.
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
Jury Rules Against Project Veritas in Lawsuit  —  The conservative group was found to have violated wiretapping laws and fraudulently misrepresented itself to a Democratic consulting firm, to which it was ordered to pay $120,000.  —  WASHINGTON — A jury in a federal civil case on Thursday found …
Em Steck / CNN:
Nevada's GOP nominee for top election post wants to eliminate mail voting but voted by mail multiple times  —  The Republican candidate aiming to run Nevada's elections has called to end mail voting by falsely claiming the voting method is rife with fraud.  But public voting records reviewed …
Discussion: Poynter
New York Times:
Zeldin Has a Path to Becoming Governor.  It Runs Through Brooklyn.  —  A curious thing happened last weekend when Representative Lee Zeldin brought his Republican campaign for governor of New York into Hasidic Brooklyn.  —  Mr. Zeldin, a pronounced underdog, was greeted like a rock star.
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Just 1/3 of Americans back Republican migrant flights, Reuters/Ipsos poll shows  —  Only a third of Americans - including half of Republicans and one in six Democrats - say it's OK for state officials to fly or bus migrants to other states, a sign the push by Republican Southern governors …
Dennis Romboy / Deseret News:
How tight is the Mike Lee-Evan McMullin race for Senate?  New Utah poll has answers  —  Engaged in a fierce battle in the U.S. Senate race in Utah, a new poll shows Republican Sen. Mike Lee and independent challenger Evan McMullin neck and neck with a little over six weeks to Election Day.
Discussion: Political Wire
Nick Schwellenbach / Project On Government Oversight:
DHS Watchdog Staff Call on Biden to Fire Inspector General Cuffari  —  Department of Homeland Security (DHS) watchdog staff recently called on President Joe Biden to remove their boss, Inspector General Joseph Cuffari, according to a blistering letter obtained by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO).
Anita Singh / Telegraph:
The next James Bond will be more in touch with his feelings, producers say  —  Producers said Daniel Craig's successor will continue the work of ‘cracking Bond open emotionally’ as the franchise seeks to ‘evolve’  —  The next James Bond films will have bigger roles for women and a more sensitive 007 …
Miami Herald:
Company hired to arrange DeSantis' migrant flights is tied to high-level state official  —  When Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration needed a company it could trust to carry out a controversial program to transport migrants to other states, it chose an unusual option.
Jake Lahut / The Daily Beast:
GOP Senate Candidate Was ‘Aggressive’ With Police in 2018 Incident  —  The retired brigadier general has touted his support of police through both his 2020 and 2022 Senate campaigns.  —  New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Don Bolduc's home was the site of a fracas that turned …
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Phil Mattingly / CNN:
Biden elevates three key staffers to senior-most West Wing positions
Sean Maguire / Anchorage Daily News:
Judge rules Wasilla lawmaker likely ineligible for office due to Oath Keepers membership, delaying election certification until trial concludes
Discussion: The Midnight Sun Memo
Financial Times:
Pound tumbles on debt fears after Kwarteng's £45bn tax cut package
Discussion: CBS News and Reuters
Thomas Hogan / City Journal:
Mosby's Final Insult to Baltimore
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Wall Street Journal:
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New York Post:
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Discussion: Frontpage Mag
Charles Lussier / The Advocate:
Parents, students complain East Baton Rouge schools field trip was more like church service
Discussion: Raw Story
Colin Wright / Wall Street Journal:
Every Tomboy Is Tagged ‘Transgender’
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