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8:55 PM ET, September 27, 2022


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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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
‘Afraid of losing their power’: Judge decries GOP leaders who back Trump election claims  —  A federal judge delivered a blistering rebuke of Republican Party leaders Tuesday for what she said was a cynical attempt to stoke false claims of election fraud of the kind that fueled the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
New York Times:
Roger Stone Promoted Violence, Then Sought Pardon After Jan. 6, Evidence Shows  —  WASHINGTON — Shortly after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, as authorities began arresting people across the country in connection with the violence, the political operative Roger J. Stone Jr. started texting …
Washington Post:
Jan. 6 committee postpones planned hearing as Hurricane Ian advances  —  The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol is postponing its highly anticipated hearing because of Hurricane Ian, which is expected to barrel into the western coast of Florida on Wednesday …
NBC News:
From DeSantis to McCarthy to Trump, a week that defined the GOP-Democrat divide in 2022  —  I left the Republican Party because I was worried it had fundamentally lost its way.  Looking back, I have never been more convinced I was right.  —  I don't think I've recently experienced a span …
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Biden calls Florida mayors — but not DeSantis — as Hurricane Ian nears shore
Matt Dixon / Politico:
DeSantis faces the true test of any Florida governor
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Ron DeSantis: The Making and Remaking (and Remaking) of a MAGA Heir
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
McConnell, Schumer back bill to prevent efforts to subvert presidential election results  —  Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have endorsed a bipartisan electoral count reform bill in the Senate, all but cementing its passage …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
McConnell Endorses Electoral Count Overhaul, Lifting Chances of Enactment  —  The Republican leader's backing enhanced prospects for legislation drafted to prevent a repeat of the Jan. 6 assault, when rioters tried to pressure the vice president to overturn the election.
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Trump fan who assaulted Officer Fanone on Jan. 6 sentenced to more than 7 years in prison  —  WASHINGTON — A Donald Trump fan who brought his teenage son along as he assaulted then-D.C. police officer Mike Fanone and another officer at the Capitol on Jan. 6 was sentenced to more than seven years …
Discussion: CNN and The Gateway Pundit
Christopher Cann / Tallahassee Democrat:
Gadsden County commissioner appointed by Gov. DeSantis resigns after KKK costume photo emerges  —  Jeffery Moore, a Havana resident and former Department of Revenue employee, abruptly resigned from the post in Florida's only predominantly Black county after the photo began circulating.
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
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 …
Andrew C. McCarthy / New York Post:
Biden's $420B student loan boondoggle is blatantly illegal — but progressives don't care
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
NBC News:
Senate advances deal to fund government ahead of Friday deadline to avert shutdown  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Tuesday to move forward with funding the government through mid-December ahead of a Friday deadline to avert a shutdown.  —  The 72-23 procedural vote puts the stopgap bill …
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Manchin permitting reform cut from spending bill
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.
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 …
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.”
Janan Ganesh / Financial Times:
Truss learns the hard way that Britain isn't America  —  Reaganism is a good idea, but Reaganism without the dollar isn't  —  Into Brideshead Revisited, near the middle, Evelyn Waugh crowbars a scene on a cruise ship for the express purpose of mocking Americans.  There is a character named “Senator Stuyvesant-Oglander”.
Marty Schladen /
Affidavits: 2 more pregnant minors who were raped were denied Ohio abortions  —  At least two more minors made pregnant by sexual assault were forced to leave Ohio to avoid having their rapists' babies, according to sworn affidavits filed by abortion providers.
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Mohammed bin Salman named prime minister ahead of Khashoggi lawsuit  —  New role likely to grant prince sovereign immunity in case concerning journalist murdered in Saudi Arabian embassy  —  Mohammed bin Salman has been named prime minister of Saudi Arabia in a move that experts …
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Bloomberg
Riham Alkousaa / Reuters:
CIA warned Berlin about possible attacks on gas pipelines in summer - Spiegel  —  The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had weeks ago warned Germany about possible attacks on gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea, German magazine Spiegel said on Tuesday, after gas leaks in Russia pipelines to Germany were reported.
Teresa S. Collett /
Rape and incest are deeply tragic.  They do not justify killing a child.  —  As protestors were marching in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices and a would-be assassin turned himself in from Justice Brett Kavanaugh's backyard, it seemed impossible that the public debate over abortion could become more acrimonious.
Ruth Ben-Ghiat / MSNBC:
Giorgia Meloni's win will make her a new Republican favorite  —  “Of course I do not want women to be slaves, but if I proposed to give our women the vote, I would be laughed at,” Italian dictator Benito Mussolini told the German journalist Emil Ludwig in 1932.  “She must not count in political life.”
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
IRS Failed to Send Child Tax Credit Payments to Millions of Households  —  Audit found tax agency didn't send payments to 4.1 million eligible households but was still 98% accurate in delivering the pandemic aid  —  WASHINGTON—The Internal Revenue Service sent $1.1 billion …
Fox News:
Nadler feuded with Schiff, Pelosi over ‘unconstitutional’ impeachment of Donald Trump  —  Nadler's concern arose after he found out Judiciary Committee would not have ability to cross-examine impeachment witnesses  —  The Democratic rush to impeach Trump  —  FIRST ON FOX: A new book reveals …
Fox News:
Pro-life activist Mark Houck pleads not guilty to federal charges after FBI arrest  —  Mark Houck pleaded not guilty in Pennsylvania federal court over alleged altercation outside abortion clinic  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for September 27  —  Catholic pro-life activist Mark Houck pleaded …
NIH News Release:
Study confirms link between COVID-19 vaccination and temporary increase in menstrual cycle length  —  Large NIH-funded study included participants in North America and Europe.  —  A large international study has confirmed the findings of a previous U.S. study that linked COVID-19 vaccination …
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
No, Elon Musk's Starlink Probably Won't Fix Iranian Internet Censorship … Elon Musk is once again suggesting his business interests can solve a high-profile crisis: This time, the SpaceX CEO says Starlink satellite internet can alleviate Iran's digital crackdown against ongoing anti-government protests.
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
From American sectionalism grows American fascism  —  All fascisms are native-born.  —  Monday's post was about two definitions of “politics.”  The first was war by other means.  That's what the Republicans do.  The other was solving our collective problems.  That's what the Democrats do.
Associated Press:
Appeals court blocks California ban on for-profit prisons  —  California Attorney General Rob Bonta had asked the larger appellate panel to reconsider a ruling.  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A larger panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday again blocked California's …
Washington Post:
Glenn Youngkin hosts donor retreat amid presidential speculation  —  The ‘Red Vest Retreat’ comes as major Republican donors search for alternatives to former president Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2024  —  Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who has been raising his national profile ahead …
Discussion: Raw Story
Darrell Owens / The Discourse Lounge:
Santa Cruz is A Housing Nightmare  —  My adventure in trying to find a basic necessity like housing in this ridiculous suburbia called Santa Cruz, California.  —  Santa Cruz, California has the worst housing crisis in the state of California.  It skims Silicon Valley prices yet has incomes far lower than Silicon Valley.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Ariana Garcia / Chron:
Ted Cruz booed by Texas crowd for saying more police needed to make schools safer  —  Sen. Ted Cruz spoke out against the passage of gun reform measures during a panel at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin on Saturday and the audience was not having it.  The junior senator was met with boos …
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Orlando Sentinel:
Hurricane Ian forecast to strike Florida as Category 4 storm; Orlando area under hurricane warning
Zach Everson / Forbes:
Rep. Lauren Boebert's Campaign May Be Violating Election Law In Trying To Sell Her Book
Discussion: Raw Story
Joselyn King /
Justice considering U.S. Senate run
Discussion: CNN and Political Wire
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Alabama GOP chair's family believed voter ID was mark of the beast, brother said in deposition
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
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