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11:05 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
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
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Why Did This DeSantis Flack Delete All His Anti-OAN Tweets?
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Manchin's energy plan likely to fail Senate test vote as shutdown clock ticks  —  The Senate is hurtling toward a critical test vote on Tuesday that will decide whether congressional leaders will be forced to strip Joe Manchin's energy permitting plan from a short-term government funding patch …
POLITICO Playbook: What Meloni means for America
Discussion: Washington Post and Reuters
Punchbowl News:
9/27/22 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM
Discussion: Breitbart
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
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
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
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 …
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
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.”
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.
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
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
Jamie Raskin / New York Times:
The Second Amendment Gives No Comfort to Insurrectionists  —  Many Republicans in Congress agree with Representative Matt Gaetz that the Second Amendment “is about maintaining within the citizenry the ability to maintain an armed rebellion against the government, if that becomes necessary.”
Discussion: The Guardian, Raw Story and Lawfare
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.
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 …
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Walker charges Warnock's ‘demonized’ the police; emphasizes his independence from Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Cathy Young / The Bulwark:
The Dictator and the Diva  —  Meet Alla Pugacheva, the Russian pop mega-star who is challenging Putin.
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?
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
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Liberal Guy / The American Mind:
Don't Take the Bait  —  Some  friendly liberal advice to  Republicans.
Discussion: Newsday
'Let's get right to the violence': New documentary film footage shows Roger Stone pre-Election Day
Timothy Noah / New Republic:
Hell Is a World in Which Everybody Writes Like Axios
Discussion: Outside the Beltway