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10:25 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
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 …
POLITICO Playbook: What Meloni means for America
Discussion: Washington Post and Reuters
NBC News:
Oath Keeper charged in Jan. 6 attack texted with Andrew Giuliani about election
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 …
Discussion: Insider, Mediaite and
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.
Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
How a party of neo-fascist roots won big in Italy
Jonathan Lemire / Politico:
White House anxiously watches Meloni's rise to power
Discussion: The Daily Beast and New York Times
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: Vanity Fair, Raw Story and IJR
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: Politico and Associated Press
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
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
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Freedom Caucus poised to pull its hardest McCarthy punch  —  As the pro-Trump House Freedom Caucus plots how to exert its influence on next year's likely GOP majority, its members are poised to holster a potent political weapon: Challenging Kevin McCarthy.  —  With the California Republican still …
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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
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.
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.”
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
Florida Contracts Go to Companies That Flooded Ron DeSantis Campaign Fund … Under the leadership of Florida's Republican Gov. Ron Desantis, a Missouri-based railroad and transport company that contributed generously in support of his campaign saw an astonishing 280-fold increase in its Florida state government contract awards.
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Why Did This DeSantis Flack Delete All His Anti-OAN Tweets?
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel W. Drezner / Drezner's World:
The Newsweek of think tanks  —  The impressive intellectual devolution of the Heritage Foundation.  —  I opened the think tank chapter of The Ideas Industry with a discussion of the intellectual transmogrificaton of the Heritage Foundation.  It was a pretty juicy story as intellectual arcs go …
Parker Thayer / Washington Examiner:
Fake charities are spending millions to help Democrats win elections  —  It's no secret that government agencies give the Left more of a leash than the Right.  Headline-grabbing stories over the past few years have exposed the overt political biases of agencies such as the FBI and the Justice 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.
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 …
Camille Mumford / Emerson Polling:
Texas 2022: Greg Abbott Leads Beto O'Rourke By Eight in Gubernatorial Election  —  Home Polls Texas 2022: Greg Abbott Leads Beto O'Rourke By Eight in Gubernatorial Election  —  An Emerson College Polling/The Hill survey of Texas voters finds Republican Governor Greg Abbott with an eight point lead …
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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.
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Discussion: Breitbart
P.J. Gladnick / Newsbusters:
Politico Founding Editor Wants to Rewrite Constitution Because of Trump
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Fox News
Michael Martz / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Vega declines debate with Spanberger in Fredericksburg
Discussion: HuffPost and Blue Virginia
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
Liberal Guy / The American Mind:
Don't Take the Bait  —  Some  friendly liberal advice to  Republicans.
Discussion: Newsday
 Earlier Items: 
'Let's get right to the violence': New documentary film footage shows Roger Stone pre-Election Day
Anna Wolfe / Mississippi Today:
Retired wrestler says GOP Gov. Phil Bryant cut welfare funding to nonprofit because of Democratic support
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Pro-Life Advocate Mark Houck Offered to Talk to FBI 3 Months Ago, It Raided His Family Anyway