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12:30 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
Discussion: Political Wire
Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
The Russian Clocks Are All Ticking  —  Putin is running out of time.  —  Vladimir Putin's massive conscription of Russian men is yet another calamity of his own making.  —  But first, here are three new stories from The Atlantic.  —  A Darker Motive?  —  Russia continues to lose in Ukraine.
Discussion: National Review and Fox News
Mary Ilyushina / Washington Post:
Putin grants citizenship to Edward Snowden, who disclosed U.S. surveillance
Associated Press:
Putin grants Russian citizenship to Edward Snowden
New York Times:
Gunman Attacks Draft Office as Kremlin Admits Errors in Call-Ups
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  —  A NASA spacecraft has intentionally slammed into an asteroid in humanity's first test of planetary defense.  —  The impact occurred at 7:15 p.m. ET greeted by cheers from the mission team in Laurel, Maryland.
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  —  The earthquake in Italy has sent tremors that could be felt in the White House.  —  The victory of Italian far-right leader Giorgia Meloni rattled Europe, furthering fears about a new right-wing shift on the continent …
Discussion: New York Times
Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
How a party of neo-fascist roots won big in Italy
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 …
Emily Wagster Pettus / The Clarion-Ledger:
Texts: Brett Favre also sought welfare money for football facility
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.
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 …
'Let's get right to the violence': New documentary film footage shows Roger Stone pre-Election Day  —  An exclusive interview with the filmmakers will air at 10 p.m. ET on Monday on “Don Lemon Tonight.”  —  Washington CNN —  The day before the 2020 election, Roger Stone …
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
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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
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.
New York Times:
Women Take Center Stage in Antigovernment Protests Shaking Iran  —  Women have been casting off their legally required head scarves, forming the primary image of the protests.  But grievances against a repressive regime go far beyond the hijab.  —  For Yasi, the news felt too close to ignore …
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.
Steven Ertelt /
Pro-Life Advocate Mark Houck Offered to Talk to FBI 3 Months Ago, It Raided His Family Anyway  —  More evidence is coming to light showing that Joe Biden's Justice Department clearly targeted a pro-life man his family with a shocking home raid as a matter of persecution.
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Discussion: The Daily Caller and Townhall
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
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Forbes and Reason
Brooke Leigh Howard / The Daily Beast:
Kristi Noem Under Investigation for Jetting to Personal Events on State Plane  —  MILE HIGH FLUB  —  South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is under investigation for allegedly using a state-owned plane to ferry her to personal events, like her son's prom, ABC reports.
Bill Number / CBO Publications:
Costs of Suspending Student Loan Payments and Canceling Debt  —  This letter responds to some questions about the effects of President Biden's August 24, 2022, announcement on executive actions affecting student loans.  — The cost of outstanding student loans will increase by $20 billion …
Washington Post:
CBO: White House plan to relieve student loan debt costs $400 billion
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 …
Steve Contorno / CNN:
DeSantis privately elevates election deniers while publicly staying mum on 2020
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Biden faces pressure to waive restriction as ship idles off Puerto Rico coast
Discussion: CBS News
Lingling Wei / Wall Street Journal:
China Reins In Its Belt and Road Program, $1 Trillion Later
Discussion: National Review and Bloomberg
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
Associated Press:
17 dead, 24 wounded in school shooting in Russia
Jack Stebbins / CNBC:
Trump-linked SPAC changes address to UPS Store as investors pull over $130 million
Discussion: Financial Times and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Ron DeSantis's vile stunt outdoes Greg Abbott in trolling cruelty
McConnell works to box out Manchin
Houston Keene / Fox News:
California Rep. Katie Porter trashed Irvine police after they arrested man she lives with
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Factory Jobs Are Booming Like It's the 1970s
Discussion: Politico