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12:35 PM 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
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 …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Ex-Staffer Says DeSantis TORCHES Trump in Private: ‘Moron Who Has No Business Running For President’  —  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis routinely torches former President Donald Trump in private, calling him a “moron who has no business running for president” according to a former DeSantis staffer.
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Ron DeSantis: The Making and Remaking (and Remaking) of a MAGA Heir
Discussion: Raw Story, CNN, IJR and Niskanen Center
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
Florida Contracts Go to Companies That Flooded Ron DeSantis Campaign Fund
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Republican ex-congressman suggests colleagues ‘had serious cognitive issues’  —  Paul Gosar and Louie Gohmert were eager to believe ‘wild, dramatic fantasies’, claims Denver Riggleman in new book  —  The Republican congressmen Louis Gohmert and Paul Gosar adopted such extreme …
Gas leaks from Russian pipelines to Europe raise sabotage fears  —  Europe was investigating leaks in two Russian gas pipelines that churned up the Baltic Sea on Tuesday and raised concerns from Copenhagen to Moscow about sabotage on infrastructure at the heart of an energy standoff.
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
Manchin's energy plan likely to fail Senate test vote as shutdown clock ticks
Discussion: Washington Times, E&E and The Hill
Punchbowl News:
9/27/22 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM
Discussion: Washington Post and Breitbart
Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior From China and Russia  —  Takeaways  — We took down two unconnected networks in China and Russia for violating our policy against coordinated inauthentic behavior.  — The Chinese-origin influence operation ran across multiple social media platforms …
Shannon Bond / NPR:
Facebook takes down Russian network impersonating European news outlets
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
Cady Lang / TIME:
Hailey Bieber's ‘Brownie Glazed Lips’ Look Is Yet Another Example of Cultural Appropriation in Beauty  —  Hailey Bieber faced criticism over the weekend after a TikTok video she made about “brownie glazed lips” was called out for appropriating a makeup technique favored by Latinas and Black and brown women since the '90s.
Discussion: Twitchy and The Root
Rick Maese / Washington Post:
Brett Favre is the face of a scandal, but Mississippi's issues go deeper  —  In 2017, a Mississippi nonprofit called Operation Shoestring received a federal grant worth more than $200,000.  But when the organization sought to renew the funding a year later, the money was no longer available.
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
Cathy Young / The Bulwark:
The Dictator and the Diva  —  Meet Alla Pugacheva, the Russian pop mega-star who is challenging Putin.  —  Of all the different reasons given for Vladimir Putin's decision last week to order “partial mobilization” of Russian reservists, the most unusual one has been offered …
Kyle Whitmire /
Alabama GOP chair's family believed voter ID was mark of the beast, brother said in deposition  —  This is an opinion column.  —  When Alabama's voter ID was before the state Legislature, if I had come up with a hypothetical like the Wahl family, the proponents of that bill would have rolled …
Discussion: Raw Story
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Newest addition to Trump's legal team sidelined in Mar-a-Lago search case  —  The newest addition to former President Donald Trump's legal team, Chris Kise, has been sidelined from the Mar-a-Lago documents investigation less than a month after he was brought on to represent Trump in the matter …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Activist charged in Jan. 6 attack is among Herschel Walker's campaign ‘captains’  —  Republican Senate hopeful Herschel Walker's campaign recently listed a woman who was arrested in March on charges of participating in the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol as one of his “county captains.”
Danielle Douglas-Gabriel / Washington Post:
Lawsuit aims to stop Biden's student loan forgiveness plan  —  A public interest lawyer in Indiana is suing to block President Biden's plan to cancel some student debt, arguing that the policy will force him to pay state taxes on the forgiven amount.  —  The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court …
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.
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 …
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
John Fetterman Told His Constituents To ‘Eat More Vegetables.’ He Was Flabbergasted When Dr. Oz Told Him the Same.  —  BRADDOCK, Pa.—Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman, who once weighed over 400 pounds, called his rival campaign “nasty” after it suggested he eat a vegetable.
Discussion: Twitchy and
Paula Aceves / New York Magazine:
‘It Was All a Hoax’  —  This 27-year-old Venezuelan man was one of 50 migrants taken to Martha's Vineyard from San Antonio, Texas, under the direction of Florida governor Ron DeSantis.  The Republican is currently facing multiple lawsuits claiming he lured the migrants to Martha's Vineyard …
Once-Hot Fake Meat Sees Sales Slide on Price and Being Too ‘Woke’  —  Just a few years ago, with a blockbuster initial public offering from Beyond Meat Inc. and the unveiling of an Impossible Whopper at Burger King locations nationwide, plant-based meats were ascendant.
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 …
Discussion: Common Dreams and Washington Post
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Putin Expected to Annex Parts of Ukraine After Referendums End
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Walker charges Warnock's ‘demonized’ the police; emphasizes his independence from Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Parker Thayer / Washington Examiner:
Fake charities are spending millions to help Democrats win elections
P.J. Gladnick / Newsbusters:
Politico Founding Editor Wants to Rewrite Constitution Because of Trump
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Fox News
Daniel W. Drezner / Drezner's World:
The Newsweek of think tanks  —  The impressive intellectual devolution of the Heritage Foundation.
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Freedom Caucus poised to pull its hardest McCarthy punch
Discussion: CNN
Michael Martz / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Vega declines debate with Spanberger in Fredericksburg
Discussion: HuffPost and Blue Virginia
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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
Liberal Guy / The American Mind:
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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
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