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10:00 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  —  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
NBC News:
Oath Keeper charged in Jan. 6 attack texted with Andrew Giuliani about election
Meloni, Mussolini, and the Media … Whenever Italy elects a right-of-center Prime Minister, the international press labels them a fascist and links them to Mussolini (coincidentally, the only Italian PM they've heard of).  What was true for Silvio Berlusconi and Mario Draghi is true of their latest PM …
Christopher Caldwell / Compact Magazine:
The Contradictions of Giorgia Meloni
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Jennifer Cohn / Bucks County Beacon:
Christo-fascist salutes displayed during recent Mastriano and Trump rallies  —  “I'd like to reactivate what Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain [who fought for the Union in the Civil war] is now handing off to Colonel Doug Mastriano - which is the importance of rallying a remnant …
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
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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
Damon Young / Washington Post:
Woke is now a dog whistle for Black. What's next?
Brooke Leigh Howard / The Daily Beast:
Kristi Noem Under Investigation for Jetting to Personal Events on State Plane
 Earlier Items: 
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Anna Wolfe / Mississippi Today:
Retired wrestler says GOP Gov. Phil Bryant cut welfare funding to nonprofit because of Democratic support