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2:55 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
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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 …
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
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 …
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Annie Grayer / CNN:
Key questions remain unanswered as Jan 6 committee enters its final stage
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.
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Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
Florida Contracts Go to Companies That Flooded Ron DeSantis Campaign Fund
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Reuters:
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.
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Polls are useful.  They just can't predict elections in swing states.  —  Polls now suggest Democrats have a good chance of keeping control of the U.S. Senate and a smaller-but-real chance in the House, after it seemed for much of President Biden's tenure that the party was destined to have a bad midterm cycle.
Discussion: USA Today and The Daily Beast
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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 …
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Pacific Legal Foundation:
Lawsuit filed to stop Biden administration's unlawful student loan cancellation
Joselyn King / newsandsentinel.com/:
Justice considering U.S. Senate run  —  WHEELING — Gov. Jim Justice said he may not be done with public office when his second term as governor concludes in 2024, and that a seat in the U.S. Senate just might pique his interest.  —  The next time one of West Virginia's two Senate seats is up is 2024 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Dara Lind / New York Times:
Ron DeSantis Is Making an Asylum Crisis of His Own  —  When nearly 50 migrants were lured onto a pair of planes in San Antonio and dumped on Martha's Vineyard this month, a sequence of events arranged by Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, it was an escalation of what his fellow Republican governor …
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Paula Aceves / New York Magazine:   ‘It Was All a Hoax’  —  This 27-year-old Venezuelan man was one of 50 migrants taken …
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: Newsbusters, IJR, Twitchy and The Root
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 …
Ariel Zilber / New York Post:
Chris Wallace's CNN celebrity talk show debut tanks in ratings  —  Chris Wallace's debut as the host of his own celebrity interview talk show on struggling cable news outfit CNN proved to be a dud in the ratings.  —  Sunday night's premiere of “Who's Talking to Chris Wallace” …
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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.
Meta:
Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior From China and Russia  —  Today, we're sharing our findings into two covert influence operations — from China and Russia — that we took down for violating our policy against Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior (CIB).  We shared information with our peers …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
In 2019, Doug Mastriano said women who violated proposed abortion ban should be charged with murder  —  In 2019, state Sen. Doug Mastriano sponsored legislation barring abortions at around six weeks.  Asked if women who broke that law should be charged with murder, he said, “Yes.”
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.
Discussion: Twitchy
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.”
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Federal appeals court punts on writer's suit against Trump over rape denial  —  A federal appeals court handed Donald Trump an incremental win Tuesday in a libel suit brought by writer E. Jean Carroll over the former president's denial of her claim that he raped her in a New York department store dressing room in the 1990s.
Antoinette Grajeda / Arkansas Advocate:
Limited-English voters face barriers to casting ballots in Arkansas  —  Language poses a big challenge for voters with limited English proficiency in Arkansas, where ballots are only printed in English.  —  Newly naturalized citizens are often afraid to vote because they don't understand the ballot …
Liberty Street Economics:
Revisiting Federal Student Loan Forgiveness: An Update Based on the White House Plan  —  On August 24, 2022, the White House released a plan to cancel federal student loans for most borrowers.  In April, we wrote about the costs and who most benefits from a few hypothetical loan forgiveness proposals using …
Kyle Whitmire / al.com:
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
 
 
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InsiderAdvantage/FOX 29 poll shows Fetterman leading Oz, Shapiro in double-digit lead over Mastriano
Discussion: Breitbart, WITF and Fox News
Dave Price / who13.com:
Insiders: Axne was in France during vote, Hinson opposes GOP governors flying migrants
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Breitbart
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
John Fetterman Told His Constituents To ‘Eat More Vegetables.’ He Was Flabbergasted When Dr. Oz Told Him the Same.
Discussion: Twitchy and derekhuntershow.site
Parker Thayer / Washington Examiner:
Fake charities are spending millions to help Democrats win elections
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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
Liberal Guy / The American Mind:
Don't Take the Bait  —  Some  friendly liberal advice to  Republicans.
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
Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
How a party of neo-fascist roots won big in Italy
Denise Chow / NBC News:
NASA's DART spacecraft successfully slams into asteroid in historic test of planetary defense