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6:35 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.
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BBC:
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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
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Yahoo News:   Undercover with Russia's fake arms dealers
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Matthew Choi / The Texas Tribune:   U.S. Rep. Mayra Flores' campaign says she misspoke when she said she fired aide after sexual harassment allegations
Annie Grayer / CNN:
Liz Cheney says she will not remain a Republican if Donald Trump is GOP nominee in 2024
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: The Hill
consilium.europa.eu:
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 …
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Roya Hakakian / The Atlantic:
The Bonfire of the Headscarves  —  No one can predict how a revolution starts.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, CNN, Mediaite, Breitbart and Twitchy
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
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.
Discussion: National Memo, The Hill, Fox News and CNN
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.
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
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.
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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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
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Ja'han Jones / MSNBC:
Mark Finchem admits the ‘big lie’ is a fraud during Arizona debate
Discussion: Raw Story
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Trump installed a historic number of judges. Biden is outpacing him so far.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Stefanik insists GOP remains united, calls Dem leader ‘partisan hack’ over criticism of migrant transports
Discussion: BizPac Review and The Hill
Dalya Alberge / The Guardian:
Museums in England and Wales to gain powers to dispose of objects on moral grounds
Noah Shachtman / Rolling Stone:
How a Secretive Far-Right Network Attacks Abortion Rights Across the Globe
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
‘A way to get rid of us’: Crimean Tatars decry Russia's mobilisation
 Earlier Items: 
U.S. Department of Justice:
Bucks County Man Indicted on Federal Charges for Assaulting a Reproductive Healthcare Clinic Escort
Wall Street Journal:
Pensions Brace for Private-Equity Losses
Erin Maglaque / New Statesman:
Red love, for all  —  Family is a terrible way to satisfy our desire for love and care …
Discussion: Twitchy and WEB OF EVIL
Josie Huang / LAist:
Project To Be Unveiled In LA Names Every Japanese American Incarcerated During WWII