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5:40 PM ET, September 23, 2022


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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 …
Charges unlikely against Gaetz in federal sex-trafficking probe
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Raw Story
Exclusive: Trump's secret court fight to stop grand jury from getting information from his inner circle  —  Former President Donald Trump's attorneys are fighting a secret court battle to block a federal grand jury from gathering information from an expanding circle of close Trump aides …
Discussion: Forbes, Raw Story and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Ukrainians Express Fear and Defiance as Staged Voting Begins … Referendums in Russian-occupied Ukraine evoke fear, anger and defiance.  —  Russian soldiers, wearing balaclavas and wielding guns, flanked election workers.  Ukrainians forced to vote while Russian officials or their proxies stood guard.
Sarah Rainsford / BBC:   Ukraine war: 'What's happening in Russia now is total fear'
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
GOP Unveils ‘Commitment To America’ Plan With Stock Videos Of Russia, Ukraine  —  “We celebrate the rich heritage of the American story,” a narrator says, over footage of a drilling rig in Russia's Volgograd region.  —  House Republican leaders on Friday unveiled their “Commitment to America” …
Discussion: Raw Story, PoliticusUSA and IJR
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
National security risk review of material Trump kept at Mar-a-Lago resumes after appeals court ruling  —  Intelligence officials have resumed their national security risk review of top-secret documents that were seized at former President Donald Trump's Florida estate, according to a spokesperson …
Peter Stone / The Guardian:
Alarm as Koch bankrolls dozens of election denier candidates  —  Election watchdogs say Koch's about face after pledging change following January 6 is disturbing given the threats to democracy  —  Fossil fuel giant Koch Industries has poured over $1m into backing - directly and indirectly …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump to unleash millions in the midterms in possible prelude to 2024
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Ugly new details about Ron DeSantis's stunt point to a deeper scam  —  Who paid for the migrants to be transported from Texas to Florida?  —  That question emerges from new revelations about Gov. Ron DeSantis's vile stunt, in which he transported two planeloads of migrants from Texas …
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Just 1/3 of Americans back Republican migrant flights, Reuters/Ipsos poll shows
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Polls Still Do Not Show A GOP Bounce Back  —  Ever since we launched our election model in late June, it has moved entirely in one direction: toward Democrats.  Pretty much every week, they've either gained ground in our forecast or held steady.  —  This week has been more in the “held steady” category.
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
How the polls might be wrong (again) this year
Discussion: HotAir, The Hill and The Liberty Loft
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
House GOP Rolls Out Agenda With a Fake Lincoln Quote  —  The House Republican conference thought their agenda was quoting Abraham Lincoln.  It was actually quoting a Lehman Brothers ad from the 1980s. … As he rolled out the first official Republican Party congressional platform in years …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Project Veritas loses jury verdict to Democratic consulting firm  —  A federal jury has found Project Veritas, a conservative group often accused of using deceptive tactics, liable for violating wiretapping laws and misrepresenting itself in an undercover effort to target Democratic political consultants.
Camille Mumford / Emerson Polling:
Maine Poll: Mills Leads LePage by 12; Majority of Voters Concerned Over Lobsters on Unsustainable Seafood “Red List”  —  Home Polls Maine Poll: Mills Leads LePage by 12; Majority of Voters Concerned Over Lobsters on Unsustainable Seafood “Red List”  —  The latest Emerson College Polling survey …
Discussion: Political Wire
Camille Mumford / Emerson Polling:
September National Poll: President Biden's Approval At Year High; 56% of Voters Agree the Pandemic is Over
Discussion: The Hill
Emma Kinery / CNBC:
Biden promises to codify Roe if two more Democrats are elected to the Senate  — With 46 days to go until November's Election Day, Biden urged supporters at a Democratic National Committee event to consider “what's on the ballot,” listing issues including abortion.
Discussion: Breitbart
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
FBI misled judge who signed warrant for Beverly Hills seizure of $86 million in cash  —  The wholesale privacy invasion was vast when FBI agents drilled and pried their way into 1,400 safe-deposit boxes at the U.S. Private Vaults store in Beverly Hills.  —  They rummaged through personal belongings …
Discussion: Reason
Devan Cole / CNN:
Breyer warns justices that some opinions could ‘bite you in the back’ in exclusive interview with CNN's Chris Wallace  —  Retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is warning his colleagues against “writing too rigidly” in their opinions, saying that such decisions could “bite you in the back” in a world that is constantly changing.
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 …
Daniel Hemel / Slate:
No One but Trump Would Be Prosecuted Like This  —  The civil suit had to be partly political.  Trump made it that way.  —  Donald Trump has long believed that he lives by different legal rules than everyone else.  But this week, the law finally caught up with the former president.
New York Times:
Hilary Mantel, Prize-Winning Author of Historical Fiction, Dies at 70  —  The two-time Booker Prize-winning author was known for “Wolf Hall” and two other novels based on the life of Thomas Cromwell.  —  Hilary Mantel, the British author of “Wolf Hall,” “Bring Up the Bodies” and …
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
U.S. Treasury Issues Iran General License D-2 to Increase Support for Internet Freedom  —  WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued Iran General License (GL) D-2 to increase support for internet freedom in Iran by bringing U.S. sanctions guidance in line with the changes …
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 …
Andrew Kenney / Colorado Public Radio:
Coloradans are worried about housing.  Here's what Jared Polis and Heidi Ganahl say they'd do … Richard Montoya, 37, says he makes pretty good money as a sales manager.  But he feels stalled out, lately, with his wife and three kids in their Thornton rental.
Associated Press:
In-person voting starts in Minnesota, 3 other early states  —  In-person voting for the midterm elections opened Friday in Minnesota, South Dakota, Virginia and Wyoming, kicking off a six-week sprint to Election Day in a landscape that has changed much since the pandemic drove a shift to mail balloting in the 2020 presidential contest.
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Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
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Kimberly Ross / Washington Examiner:
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Zach Williams / New York Post:
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Sean Maguire / Anchorage Daily News:
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Dennis Romboy / Deseret News:
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