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2:55 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 …
New York Times:
As Russian Losses Mount in Ukraine, Putin Gets More Involved in War Strategy  —  The Russian president has rejected requests from commanders in the field that they be allowed to retreat from Kherson, a vital city in Ukraine's south.  —  WASHINGTON — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia …
Discussion: The Guardian, HotAir and Нов …
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.
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 …
New York Times:
How a Hospital Chain Used a Poor Neighborhood to Turn Huge Profits  —  Bon Secours Mercy Health, a major nonprofit health system, used the poverty of Richmond Community Hospital's patients to tap into a lucrative federal drug program.  —  RICHMOND, Va. — In late July …
New York Times:
They Were Entitled to Free Care. Hospitals Hounded Them to Pay.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
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
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 …
Annie Grayer / CNN:
Liz Cheney says she will not remain a Republican if Donald Trump is GOP nominee in 2024  —  Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney said at The Texas Tribune festival Saturday that if former President Donald Trump becomes the Republican Party's nominee for president in 2024, she will not remain a Republican.
Washington Post:
Italy's election will likely bring the far right to power.  Here's why.  —  ROME — Italy doesn't feel like a country that's about to swing to the far right.  —  Two-thirds of Italians say they're optimistic about the future of the European Union, whose stimulus helped buoy the country …
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” …
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.
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 and WHNT-TV
Washington Post:
NFL owners' attitudes harden toward Commanders' Daniel Snyder  —  Sentiments among NFL team owners regarding Daniel Snyder's ownership of the Washington Commanders have shifted significantly, as they await the findings of both a congressional investigation and a league-commissioned probe …
Washington Post:
Is the pandemic over?  Pre-covid activities Americans are (and are not) resuming.  —  Biden says the pandemic is over — and when it comes to casinos, concerts and cosmetic procedures, Americans seem to agree.  For theater, therapy and funerals though, not so much.
Washington Post:
Propaganda newspapers show how Russia promoted annexation in Kharkiv  —  IZYUM, Ukraine — Over the months Russian troops occupied this northeastern Ukrainian city, puppet authorities regularly distributed propaganda newspapers to residents, pushing a narrative of normalcy and unity even as homes …
Discussion: Reuters and The Hill
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
On multiple fronts, House GOP leaders trip over agenda rollout  —  Kevin McCarthy and his team had 15 months to prepare for the rollout of their “Commitment to America” blueprint.  It has not gone smoothly.  —  It was 15 months ago when House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy …
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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The Midterm Race That Has It All  —  VANCOUVER, Wash. — In March, five months before he became …
Giacomo Tognini / Forbes:
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Michael C. Bender / New York Times:
Ahead of Midterms, Trump Eyes Television Ads to Help GOP Candidates
Peter Aitken / Fox News:
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Where Online Hate Speech Can Bring the Police to Your Door
NBC News:
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Financial Times:
US and Philippines increase military ties over China threat
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
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Discussion: Daily Kos and The Hill
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Daily Herald
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
G.O.P. Senate Candidates Race to Close Fund-Raising Gap With Democrats
Matthew Fleischer / San Francisco Chronicle:
San Francisco is blatantly ignoring state housing laws. Here are the ugly consequences
Johanna Berkman / Los Angeles Magazine:
The Takedown of Tom Barrack
Washington Post Columnist Calls for the End of Impartiality and Balance in Journalism
RFE / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Removed From Office
Discussion: New York Post