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7:25 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 …
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 …
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” …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Keith Zubrow / CBS News:
Riggleman: White House switchboard called a Capitol rioter on January 6  —  Former senior technical adviser for the January 6 Committee, Denver Riggleman, said the White House switchboard connected a phone call to a Capitol rioter on January 6, 2021.  —  “You get a real ‘a-ha’ moment …
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: The Liberty Loft, The Hill and HotAir
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: Wall Street Journal and Reason
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.
Brooke Leigh Howard / The Daily Beast:
Mississippi Man Burned Cross in Front Yard to Intimidate Black Family, Feds Say  —  OLD SCHOOL RACISM  —  A man in Mississippi has been charged with a federal hate crime for allegedly taunting a Black family by burning a cross in his front yard.  In December 2020, Axel C. Cox …
Discussion: Raw Story
U.S. Department of Justice:   Mississippi Man Charged with Federal Hate Crime for Cross Burning
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
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.
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 …
Anton Troianovski / New York Times:
Putin's Draft Draws Resistance in Russia's Far-Flung Regions  —  Villagers, activists and some elected officials asked why the conscription drive seemed to be hitting poor, remote areas hardest, while pro-war hawks criticized it as chaotic.  —  President Vladimir V. Putin's surprise draft …
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.
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.
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 …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Iranian security forces step up arrests of journalists as anti-state protests spread  —  Editor's note: This report was updated on September 23 to include news of additional arrests  —  Washington, D.C., September 23, 2022—Iranian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release …
Republican Tudor Dixon makes light of plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at campaign stops  —  Tudor Dixon, the Republican challenging Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, made light of the 2020 kidnapping plot against Whitmer on Friday, telling a crowd that the Democratic governor …
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Election Deniers in Senate Races Shift to Appeal to Voters in Middle
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
NBC News:
Jury deliberates fate of QAnon believer who thought he was storming the White House during the Capitol riot
Discussion: Iowa Capital Dispatch
Mark Follman / Mother Jones:
Trump Continues to Escalate His Dangerous Incitement
Andrew Kenney / Colorado Public Radio:
Coloradans are worried about housing. Here's what Jared Polis and Heidi Ganahl say they'd do
Associated Press:
In-person voting starts in Minnesota, 3 other early states
Discussion: New York Times
Richard Luscombe / The Guardian:
DeSantis to face trial for suspension of prosecutor who defied abortion ban law
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Zeldin Has a Path to Becoming Governor. It Runs Through Brooklyn.
Kimberly Ross / Washington Examiner:
Democrats want to be a sane alternative to the GOP. They're not
Discussion: New Republic
Dennis Romboy / Deseret News:
How tight is the Mike Lee-Evan McMullin race for Senate? New Utah poll has answers
Discussion: Political Wire