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4:20 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
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 …
New York Times:
Iran Strikes Kurdish Separatist Groups in Northern Iraq  —  The death of a young Iranian Kurdish woman in police custody has set off an intense wave of protests across Iran over the past 10 days, igniting fury particularly in the country's Kurdish minority community.
Discussion: Informed Comment and Bloomberg
David Moye / HuffPost:
Brett Favre's Sirius XM Show Put On Hold After Welfare Fraud Scandal  —  Milwaukee radio station WKTI also announced that it has suspended Favre's weekly Green Bay Packers recap program on the station.  —  People won't be hearing much from Brett Favre in the near future.
Anna Wolfe / Mississippi Today:   Retired wrestler says GOP Gov. Phil Bryant cut welfare funding to nonprofit because of Democratic support
Emily Wagster Pettus / The Clarion-Ledger:
Texts: Brett Favre also sought welfare money for football facility
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.
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 …
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
'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 …
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Rally for Trump-backed Pennsylvania Gov. candidate flops hard after only 60 people show up  —  Doug Mastriano, the far-right Trump-backed candidate for Pennsylvania governor, held what was supposed to be a “big rally” in the state capital of Harrisburg.  —  However, the New York Times reports …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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
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
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.
Lauren Aratani / The Guardian:
Pennsylvania school district accused of banning Girls Who Code book series  —  Pen America says Central York school district banned the books but officials strongly deny it in statement  —  A school district in Pennsylvania has banned the Girls Who Code book series for young readers …
Washington Post:
Biden faces pressure to waive restriction as ship idles off Puerto Rico coast  —  The president faces a challenge as he simultaneously tries to make good on two pledges: To be the most pro-labor president in history and to provide Puerto Rico with whatever it needs to recover from a devastating hurricane.
Discussion: CBS News
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
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Jennifer Cohn / Bucks County Beacon:
Christo-fascist salutes displayed during recent Mastriano and Trump rallies
Discussion: HuffPost
Brooke Leigh Howard / The Daily Beast:
Kristi Noem Under Investigation for Jetting to Personal Events on State Plane
Trafalgar Group:
WA US Sen General - Sept 2022
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Townhall
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
 Earlier Items: 
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: Raw Story and Financial Times
Steve Contorno / CNN:
DeSantis privately elevates election deniers while publicly staying mum on 2020
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