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8:15 AM ET, September 25, 2022


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New York Times:
Why Iranians Are Protesting Once Again  —  Amid growing repression, a sickly economy and bleak prospects, the death of one young woman was all it took.  —  The 22-year-old woman emerged from the Tehran subway, her dark hair covered with a black head scarf and the lines of her body obscured …
Farnaz Fassihi / New York Times:
Iran Protests Surge to Dozens of Cities  —  Iranians fed up with oppressive rules and a battered economy have faced bullets, tear gas and arrests to demand an end to the Islamic Republic's rule.  —  Protests in Iran against the government spread to more than five dozen cities on Friday …
Karim Sadjadpour / Washington Post:
What the West should learn from the protests in Iran  —  Karim Sadjadpour is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  —  The Iranian regime's brutal killing of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini — who was reportedly brutally beaten after she was detained for showing too much hair …
Washington Post:
With Kalashnikov rifles, Russia drives the staged vote in Ukraine  —  KYIV, Ukraine — Officials in Russian-occupied territories in eastern and southern Ukraine were forcing people to vote “under a gun barrel,” residents said on Saturday as staged referendums — intended to validate Moscow's annexation …
Mary Ilyushina / Washington Post:
Anger flares as Russia mobilization hits minority regions and protesters
Washington Post:
Voters divided amid intense fight for control of Congress, poll finds  —  With six weeks to go, Republicans hold a firm lead on the economy, inflation and crime, but Democrats have the advantage on abortion and climate change  —  Heading into the final weeks of the midterm election campaign …
Discussion: Breitbart and Political Wire
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Biden struggles, as does his party, as most Democrats look elsewhere for 2024: POLL  —  The economy and inflation are among the top issues heading into the midterms.  —  President Joe Biden attends a performance by British rocker Elton John at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 23, 2022.
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg
Ben Dreyfuss / Calm Down:
It's Somehow Been 6 Years Since I Cracked Up And Went To A Mental Institution  —  Time flies when you're heavily medicated!  —  On September 21st, 2016, I woke up in the Beth Israel psychiatric ward on a suicide hold.  I didn't immediately remember what had happened but I had some vague flashes.
Washington Post:
Ex-staffer's unauthorized book about Jan. 6 committee rankles members  —  Former Rep. Denver Riggleman is set to publish his book Tuesday, just one day before the final public hearing of the Jan. 6 panel.  —  News that a former adviser to the committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 …
Washington Post:
GOP strategy elevates clashes over crime, race in midterm battlegrounds  —  Republicans are increasingly centering their pitch to voters in the midterms on crime, prompting growing accusations of racism from some Democrats, but also worries that the attacks could resonate
Discussion: Politico
Maeve Reston / CNN:
Gov. Gavin Newsom calls on Democrats to go on offense  —  California Gov. Gavin Newsom warned members of his party Saturday that the GOP is “winning right now” as that party controls the national conversation - arguing that Democrats' failure to offer a “compelling alternative narrative” …
Patrick Delaney / LifeSite:
FBI raids home of Catholic pro-life speaker, author with guns drawn as his terrified kids watch  —  ‘The kids were all just screaming.  It was all just very scary and traumatic,’ Ryan-Marie Houck described.  —  BUCKS COUNTY, Pennsylvania (LifeSiteNews) - A well-known pro-life author …
Jonathan J. Cooper / Associated Press:
GOP quiet as Arizona Democrats condemn abortion ruling  —  Arizona Democrats vowed Saturday to fight for women's rights after a court reinstated a law first enacted during the Civil War that bans abortion in nearly all circumstances, looking to capitalize on an issue they hope will have a major impact on the midterm elections.
Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:
Students Say They Were ‘Duped’ Into Attending Twisted Religious Event  —  They thought they were attending a college fair.  Then things took a dark turn as girls were allegedly separated and “advised to forgive men who rape and assault them.”  —  The East Baton Rouge school system in Louisiana …
Discussion: WBRZ
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Even Russia's friends are getting upset over its war  —  NEW YORK — By the time Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov took the stage at the United Nations General Assembly this week, he and his country had already lost much of the audience.  —  Throughout the annual gathering …
Powell Says Economy May Be Entering ‘New Normal’ After Pandemic  —  Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the US economy may be entering a “new normal” following disruptions from the Covid-19 pandemic.  —  “We continue to deal with an exceptionally unusual set of disruptions,” …
Irina Ivanova / CBS News:
Buckle up, America: The Fed plans to sharply boost unemployment
New York Times:
How Paul LePage, Running to Lead Maine, Benefited From Florida Tax Breaks  —  Mr. LePage, a former governor who is seeking to reclaim the office, has along with his wife benefited from property tax breaks reserved for permanent Florida residents, public records show.
Discussion: Bangor Daily News and Raw Story
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Discussion: Washington Examiner
New York Times:
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NBC News:
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
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