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11:15 PM ET, September 25, 2022


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Italy's far right set to win election - exit poll  —  Far-right leader Giorgia Meloni has won Italy's election, according to exit polls, and is on course to become the country's first female prime minister.  —  If they are confirmed, Ms Meloni will aim to form Italy's most right-wing government since World War Two.
The Guardian:
Europe holds its breath as Italy expected to vote in far-right leader  —  Coalition led by Giorgia Meloni would be country's most radical government since Mussolini  —  Italians are voting in an election that is forecast to deliver the country's most radical rightwing government since the end …
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
A third of Italians sat out the election, a steep drop from 2018.
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.
Nina Golgowski / HuffPost:
Trump Said Gaining Secret ‘Rich Friends’ Made Presidency Worth It: Book  —  “I have so many rich friends and nobody knows who they are,” Trump said of his post-White House life, according to an excerpt from Maggie Haberman's upcoming book.  —  Former President Donald Trump said the …
NBC News:
Tucker Carlson wants to talk about my tattoos.  So let's talk about them.  —  I have nine dates tattooed on my right forearm.  Each one is a day on which someone died violently while I was mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania.  —  Earlier this month, Fox News host Tucker Carlson went on a nearly 20-minute-long rant about me.
Discussion: Insider and WHTM-TV
Yahoo News:   Undercover with Russia's fake arms dealers
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 …
New York Times:
The Megastate G.O.P. Rivalry Between Abbott and DeSantis  —  Publicly, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas has not criticized the migrant flights from his state by Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida.  Privately, the Florida governor's stunt stung the Texas governor's team.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Salena Zito: A ‘once in a lifetime’ candidate  —  JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — Four months ago, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro stood in the Conemaugh Health System's Willow Street parking lot in front of the Fireman's Memorial Bridge to kick off his general election campaign for governor.
Merdie Nzanga / USA Today:
Rep. Nancy Mace: 'There's a lot of pressure' on GOP for a vote to impeach Biden  —  Rep. Nancy Mace said Sunday that some Republicans are thinking about impeaching President Joe Biden if they take over the House chamber following the midterm elections.  —  “I believe there's a lot of pressure …
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.
Julia Mueller / The Hill:
Christie: Trump pushing himself toward ‘self-inflicted indictment’  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Sunday said former President Trump is pushing himself toward a “self-inflicted indictment” with his combative public statements on his legal battle with the Justice Department.
Discussion: Political Wire and Just The News
Yaroslav Trofimov / Wall Street Journal:
Pushing East of Kupyansk, Ukrainian Forces Expand Offensive  —  Russian shelling turns neighborhoods into rubble as Ukrainians advance in urban combat  —  KUPYANSK, Ukraine—The grain elevator towering over the eastern edge of Kupyansk, the former seat of Russian power in Ukraine's Kharkiv region …
Discussion: Fox News
ABC News:
Cheney says she'll campaign against Lake and Mastriano because of their election denials  —  “That might be the biggest, best gift I've ever received,” Kari Lake responded.  —  Rep. Liz Cheney speaks about her role on the January 6th Committee and how she feels Donald Trump is a continued threat …
Matthew Choi / The Texas Tribune:   U.S. Rep. Mayra Flores' campaign says she misspoke when she said she fired aide after sexual harassment allegations
Iran: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU  —  Over the last week, following Mahsa Amini's abuse by the morality police and her death in custody, women and men across Iran have exercised their fundamental right to assemble and protest.  A growing number of reports indicate that …
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
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.
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