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1:00 PM ET, September 25, 2022


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Maggie Haberman / The Atlantic:
Three Conversations With Donald Trump  —  “Can you believe these are my customers?”  Donald Trump once asked while surveying the crowd in the Taj Mahal casino's poker room.  “Look at those losers,” he said to his consultant Tom O'Neil, of people spending money on the floor of the Trump Plaza casino.
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
‘A way to get rid of us’: Crimean Tatars decry Russia's mobilisation  —  Members of ethnic group, which has largely opposed Russian rule since 2014, say they are being disproportionately targeted  —  ights activists in Crimea say Russia's mobilisation drive in the occupied peninsula …
Washington Post:
With Kalashnikov rifles, Russia drives the staged vote in Ukraine
Mary Ilyushina / Washington Post:
Anger flares as Russia mobilization hits minority regions and protesters
CBS News:
Republican lead in House shrinks again as voters see high-stakes contest — CBS News Battleground Tracker  —  The Republicans have a lead.  But it keeps shrinking.  —  While they're still in a very good position to capture a House majority, that majority looks narrower today than it ever has …
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.
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 …
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 …
Karim Sadjadpour / Washington Post:
What the West should learn from the protests in Iran
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
4 charts that show the GOP's 2022 popularity gap  —  A month ago, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said out loud what many Republicans were undoubtedly feeling.  Effectively, the message was: We've got a shot at a good 2022 midterm election, but some of these Trump candidates could screw it all up for us.
Washington Post:
GOP strategy elevates clashes over crime, race in midterm battlegrounds
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Financial Times:
Kyiv's western allies boost nuclear deterrence after Putin's threats  —  White House security adviser Jake Sullivan says US is taking the threat ‘deadly seriously’  —  Western capitals are making contingency plans should Vladimir Putin take steps towards acting on his threats of nuclear attacks …
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Sundance Liked Her Documentary on Terrorism, Until Muslim Critics Didn't  —  The film festival gave Meg Smaker's “Jihad Rehab” a coveted spot in its 2022 lineup, but apologized after an outcry over her race and her approach.  —  Meg Smaker felt exhilarated last November.
Discussion: Althouse
Anthony Olivieri / ESPN:
Brett Favre pressed for facility funding despite being told legality in question, court filing says  —  NFL Hall of Famer Brett Favre continued to press Mississippi state officials for help in paying for new sports facilities at the University of Southern Mississippi months after being told …
Discussion: New York Post, Breitbart and Fox News
Washington Post:
Mysteries, legal peril follow Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis's migrant flights  —  Asylum-seekers describe being deceived by a mysterious recruiter named Perla and a carefully crafted operation that had little concern for their safety and welfare  —  When Jose joined the migrants behind a McDonald's …
Patrick Delaney / LifeSite:
FBI raids home of Catholic pro-life speaker, author with guns drawn as his terrified kids watch
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Pensions Brace for Private-Equity Losses  —  Retirement officials predict grim results from investments in private equity and other illiquid assets  —  Public pension funds are already reporting big losses in 2022.  Things are likely to get uglier.  —  That is because the funds …
Erin Maglaque / New Statesman:
Red love, for all  —  Family is a terrible way to satisfy our desire for love and care, according to the writer and academic Sophie Lewis.  The solution?  Abolish it.  —  Let us begin by abolishing our kitchens.  For the 19th-century silk merchant and socialist philosopher Charles Fourier, utopia was the kitchenless house.
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The GOP's ‘Commitment’ is to total political warfare  —  While they were trumpeting their “Commitment to America” on Friday, House Republicans might have told Americans more than they intended about what a GOP majority would mean and the forces it would answer to.
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NBC News:
Biden says the election is a battle against ‘MAGA Republicans.’ He's been silent about Democrats elevating them.
Discussion: New York Daily News
Josie Huang / LAist:
Project To Be Unveiled In LA Names Every Japanese American Incarcerated During WWII
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Annie Grayer / CNN:
Liz Cheney says she will not remain a Republican if Donald Trump is GOP nominee in 2024
Maeve Reston / CNN:
Gov. Gavin Newsom calls on Democrats to go on offense
Discussion: Fox News
Washington Post:
Italy's election will likely bring the far right to power. Here's why.
 Earlier Items: 
Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:
Students Say They Were ‘Duped’ Into Attending Twisted Religious Event
Discussion: WBRZ
Jonathan J. Cooper / Associated Press:
GOP quiet as Arizona Democrats condemn abortion ruling
Ben Dreyfuss / Calm Down:
It's Somehow Been 6 Years Since I Cracked Up And Went To A Mental Institution
Powell Says Economy May Be Entering ‘New Normal’ After Pandemic
Discussion: Washington Post, Fortune and The Hill
New York Times:
How a Hospital Chain Used a Poor Neighborhood to Turn Huge Profits
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money