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6:50 PM ET, September 26, 2022


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NBC News:
Oath Keeper charged in Jan. 6 attack texted with Andrew Giuliani about election  —  A high-ranking member of the far-right Oath Keepers organization who has been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot exchanged messages in November 2020 with former Trump White House aide Andrew Giuliani about election issues.
The mysterious nine-second call from the White House to a January 6 rioter: CNN reveals the rioter's identity for the first time  —  At 4:34 pm on January 6, 2021, a cell phone registered to a Capitol rioter who had stormed the building, received a phone call from a White House landline, according to records obtained by CNN.
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Meadows texts reveal direct White House communications with pro-Trump operative behind plans to seize voting machines  —  As allies of then-President Donald Trump made a final push to overturn the election in late-December 2020, one of the key operatives behind the effort briefed …
Washington Post:
As more states create election integrity units, Arizona is a cautionary tale
Discussion: Raw Story
Steve Contorno / CNN:
DeSantis privately elevates election deniers while publicly staying mum on 2020
Discussion: New York Magazine
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Mastriano's Sputtering Campaign: No TV Ads, Tiny Crowds, Little Money  —  As he runs for governor of Pennsylvania, Doug Mastriano is being heavily outspent by his Democratic rival and trails badly in polling.  National Republicans show little desire to help him.
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Rally for Trump-backed Pennsylvania Gov. candidate flops hard after only 60 people show up  —  Doug Mastriano, the far-right Trump-backed candidate for Pennsylvania governor, held what was supposed to be a “big rally” in the state capital of Harrisburg.  —  However, the New York Times reports …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Associated Press:
Putin grants Russian citizenship to Edward Snowden  —  President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden, according to a decree signed by the Russian leader on Monday.  Snowden is one of 75 foreign nationals listed by the decree as being granted Russian citizenship.
Mary Ilyushina / Washington Post:
Putin grants citizenship to Edward Snowden, who disclosed U.S. surveillance  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin granted citizenship on Monday to Edward Snowden, the former security consultant who leaked information about top-secret U.S. surveillance programs and is still wanted by Washington on espionage charges.
Lauren Aratani / The Guardian:
Pennsylvania school district accused of banning Girls Who Code book series  —  Pen America says Central York school district banned the books but officials strongly deny it in statement  —  A school district in Pennsylvania has banned the Girls Who Code book series for young readers …
Cora Engelbrecht / New York Times:
Putin Ally Acknowledges Founding Wagner Mercenary Group  —  Yevgeny V. Prigozhin, a Russian businessman and close associate of President Vladimir V. Putin, acknowledged on Monday that he is the founder of the Wagner Group, a shadowy private military company that has fought on Russia's side in the war in Ukraine.
New York Times:
Gunman Attacks Draft Office as Kremlin Admits Errors in Call-Ups
Timothy Noah / New Republic:
Hell Is a World in Which Everybody Writes Like Axios … In 1936, The New Yorker's Wolcott Gibbs published a celebrated profile of Henry Luce, co-founder with Briton Hadden of Time magazine.  The piece was written entirely in parodic Time-ese.  In those days Time's house style favored Homeric epithets …
Anna Wolfe / Mississippi Today:
Retired wrestler says GOP Gov. Phil Bryant cut welfare funding to nonprofit because of Democratic support  — Click to email a link to a friend (Opens in new window)  —  A former professional wrestler and defendant in the Mississippi welfare scandal is alleging that he personally witnessed Republican …
Emily Wagster Pettus / The Clarion-Ledger:
Texts: Brett Favre also sought welfare money for football facility
Washington Post:
CBO: White House plan to relieve student loan debt costs $400 billion
Damon Linker / Eyes on the Right:
What just happened in Italy?  —  Much the same as what's happened in France, Great Britain, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, and the U.S.  —  What happened in yesterday's election in Italy?  —  At the purely factual level, a coalition of right-wing and center-right parties won big in an election trigged …
Giorgia Meloni claims victory to become Italy's most far-right prime minister since Mussolini
New York Times:
Does It Matter That Investigators Are Closing in on Trump?  —  Gail Collins: Bret, which do you think is more of a threat to Trump's political future, the classified document drama at Mar-a-Lago or the legal challenge to his businesses in New York?  —  Bret Stephens: Gail …
Azeen Ghorayshi / New York Times:
More Trans Teens Are Choosing ‘Top Surgery’  —  Small studies suggest that breast removal surgery improves transgender teenagers' well-being, but data is sparse.  Some state leaders oppose such procedures for minors.  —  Michael, 17, arrived in the sleek white waiting room …
Fox News:
Pennsylvania pro-life activist arrested by FBI, charged with assaulting clinic escort  —  Prosecutors say Mark Houck twice assaulted a man outside a Planned Parenthood clinic on the same day last year  —  FBI arrests Catholic leader  —  A Catholic pro-life activist was arrested Friday …
Houston Keene / Fox News:
California Rep. Katie Porter trashed Irvine police after they arrested man she lives with  —  California Democrat called local police department ‘a disgrace’
New York Times:
Factory Jobs Are Booming Like It's the 1970s  —  U.S. manufacturing is experiencing a rebound, with companies adding workers amid high consumer demand for products.  —  WASHINGTON — Ever since American manufacturing entered a long stretch of automation and outsourcing in the late 1970s …
Jack Stebbins / CNBC:
Trump-linked SPAC changes address to UPS Store as investors pull over $130 million  — DWAC, the blank-check company set to take Trump Media and Technology Group public, changed its address to a Miami UPS Store in a filing Friday.  — As of Friday, DWAC had lost $138.5 million of its $1 billion in private financing.
Discussion: Raw Story and Financial Times
Adam Sabes / Fox News:
Cayler Ellingson's alleged killer not under house arrest, no curfew after posting ‘very low’ bond: court docs  —  Former assistant US attorney says the ‘very low’ bond is ‘woefully inadequate’  —  Cayler Ellingson's former North Dakota high school holds moment of silence at Homecoming football game
Seung Min Kim / Associated Press:
White House: New rule will show ‘true cost’ of plane tickets  —  President Joe Biden will announce a new initiative Monday that will eventually allow consumers to see a more complete price on airline tickets — including baggage and change fees — before they buy, as the White House continues …
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Associated Press:
17 dead, 24 wounded in school shooting in Russia
Nolan Clay / The Oklahoman:
Trump supporter from Oklahoma pleads guilty to illegally going inside US Capitol
Discussion: Raw Story
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Campaigns spend over $6.4 billion on ads for 2022 elections, making race one of the most expensive ever
Maegan Vazquez / CNN:
Biden welcomes World Series champion Atlanta Braves to the White House
Ashley Southall / New York Times:
'Let's Do It Legit': Drug Arrestees Vie for First New York Pot Licenses
Discussion: The Root and WBRZ
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David Wildstein / New Jersey Globe:
Jim Florio, former governor of New Jersey, dies at 85
Discussion: Politico, Bloomberg, The Hill and CBS News
McConnell works to box out Manchin
Thomas Catenacci / Fox News:
Green group influencing Biden admin has deep ties to Chinese government
Justin Fox / Bloomberg:
Why Is a New York Apartment Still So Hard to Find?