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8:55 AM ET, September 27, 2022


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Eleanor Klibanoff / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton fled his home to avoid being served with subpoena, court record says  —  In an affidavit, a process server said that the state's top attorney tried evade him as he attempted to deliver a subpoena from an abortion fund's lawsuit against the state.  —  Copy link
New York Times:
Russia Admits to Draft Problems as Anger Flares Into Violence  —  The Kremlin's spokesman tried to shift blame for errors in the call-up to regional agencies on Monday, the same day a gunman attacked a draft office in Siberia.  —  In a rare admission of official mistakes …
Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
The Russian Clocks Are All Ticking  —  This is an edition of The Atlantic Daily, a newsletter that guides you through the biggest stories of the day, helps you discover new ideas, and recommends the best in culture.  Sign up for it here.  —  Vladimir Putin's massive conscription of Russian men …
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Putin Expected to Annex Parts of Ukraine After Referendums End
Mary Ilyushina / Washington Post:
Putin grants citizenship to Edward Snowden, who disclosed U.S. surveillance
New York Times:
Gunman Attacks Draft Office as Kremlin Admits Errors in Call-Ups
Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
How a party of neo-fascist roots won big in Italy  —  The Brothers of Italy party, which won the most votes in Italy's national election, has its roots in the post-World War II neo-fascist Italian Social Movement.  Keeping the movement's most potent symbol, the tricolor flame …
Christopher Caldwell / Compact Magazine:
The Contradictions of Giorgia Meloni  —  Ennio Flaiano, the great Italian screenwriter, used to boast of the generosity of his compatriots, who were “always willing to rush to the aid of a winner.”  Once Giorgia Meloni took the lead in the Italian polls in July, she was unlikely to have it wrested from her.
Jonathan Lemire / Politico:
White House anxiously watches Meloni's rise to power
Discussion: The Daily Beast and New York Times
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.
POLITICO Playbook: What Meloni means for America  —  Correction: An earlier version of this newsletter misstated the Congressional Budget Office cost estimate for President Joe Biden's proposed student loan relief plan.  The estimate is $400 billion.  —  With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross
Discussion: Washington Post and Reuters
Denise Chow / NBC News:
NASA's DART spacecraft successfully slams into asteroid in historic test of planetary defense  —  It was a cosmic smash-up watched around the world.  —  A NASA spacecraft on Monday intentionally slammed into an asteroid in a historic test of humanity's ability to protect Earth …
Ashley Strickland / CNN:
NASA's DART mission successfully slams into an asteroid
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Why Did This DeSantis Flack Delete All His Anti-OAN Tweets?  —  The far-right cable channel cut a fat check to DeSantis' PAC, but apparently that love isn't mutual.  When we asked a top DeSantis aide about his anti-OAN tweets, he scrubbed them. … Confider reported last week that Robert Herring …
Discussion: Raw Story
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:   Florida Contracts Go to Companies That Flooded Ron DeSantis Campaign Fund
Total Bomb!  Chris Wallace's CNN Show Premiere Tanks, Pulls Only 44k Viewers In Key Demo  —  Chris Wallace's much-hyped return to television with the debut of Who's Talking to Chris Wallace scored a paltry 44,000 viewers in the all-important ratings category, has learned.
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Secret Service took the cellphones of 24 agents involved in Jan. 6 response and gave them to investigators  —  Senior leadership at the Secret Service confiscated the cellphones of 24 agents involved in the agency's response to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol and handed them over to the Department …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Subreddit Discriminates Against Anyone Who Doesn't Call Texas Governor Greg Abbott ‘A Little Piss Baby’ To Highlight Absurdity Of Content Moderation Law  —  Last year, I tried to create a “test suite” of websites that any new internet regulation ought to be “tested” against.
Liberal Guy / The American Mind:
Don't Take the Bait  —  Some  friendly liberal advice to  Republicans.  —   I want to offer my sincerest apologies for your present illiberal treatment by the Democrats, especially progressive Democrats. Your rights as Americans are being violated …
Discussion: Newsday
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 …
Washington Post:
How Kevin McCarthy's political machine worked to sway the GOP field  —  Allies spent millions in a sometimes secretive effort to weed out candidates who could cause the House leader trouble or jeopardize GOP victories in November  —  Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) made a name for himself …
Discussion: Mediaite, Plain Dealer and NBC News
Trafalgar Group:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller and Townhall
Anna Wolfe / Mississippi Today:
Retired wrestler says GOP Gov. Phil Bryant cut welfare funding to nonprofit because of Democratic support  —  A former professional wrestler and defendant in the Mississippi welfare scandal is alleging that he personally witnessed Republican Gov. Phil Bryant instruct an appointee …
Damon Young / Washington Post:
Woke is now a dog whistle for Black.  What's next?  —  There's “urban” of course.  And urban's cousin “inner-city.”  —  And then there's “at-risk,” “underserved” and “fatherless” if talking about our children.  “Marginalized,” “low-income” and “welfare-dependent” if talking about the parents of those children.
Washington Post:
U. of Idaho may stop providing birth control under new abortion law  —  Employees could be charged with a felony and fired if they appear to promote abortion, according to new guidance  —  The University of Idaho's general counsel issued new guidance on Friday about the state's near-total abortion ban …
Michael Martz / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Vega declines debate with Spanberger in Fredericksburg  —  Prince William County Supervisor Yesli Vega has declined to participate in a debate with Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-7th, that would have been held in Fredericksburg in the heart of the newly drawn 7th Congressional District.
Discussion: HuffPost and Blue Virginia
Eduardo Medina / New York Times:
Cuba Approves Same-Sex Marriage in Historic Vote  —  The sweeping 100-page law will also allow same-sex couples to adopt and includes measures that expand protections for women, children and the elderly.  —  Cubans overwhelmingly approved a sweeping referendum that will allow same-sex couples …
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Jennifer Cohn / Bucks County Beacon:
Christo-fascist salutes displayed during recent Mastriano and Trump rallies
Brooke Leigh Howard / The Daily Beast:
Kristi Noem Under Investigation for Jetting to Personal Events on State Plane
'Let's get right to the violence': New documentary film footage shows Roger Stone pre-Election Day
 Earlier Items: 
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Live chat  —  Updates about tonight's races in Iowa  —  🌖Our chat has ended, but you can still read it back.
Discussion: Breitbart
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Pro-Life Advocate Mark Houck Offered to Talk to FBI 3 Months Ago, It Raided His Family Anyway
Bill Number / CBO Publications:
Costs of Suspending Student Loan Payments and Canceling Debt