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12:55 PM ET, September 28, 2022


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Jeremy Herb / CNN:
New book: Trump nearly fired Jared and Ivanka via tweet  —  Then-President Donald Trump nearly fired his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner from the White House via tweet, according to new book from New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman.  —  Trump raised the prospect …
Rolling Stone:
Trump Saw Staffers of Color at White House, Assumed They Were Waiters, Book Says  —  When Democratic leaders brought a racially diverse group of staffers to a meeting, the former president assumed they were there to serve food  —  IT WAS JANUARY of 2017, and a newly inaugurated President Donald Trump held …
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Haberman's New Book Details Trump's Transphobic and Anti-Gay Behavior  —  Maggie Haberman lays out a number of scenes that stunned Trump aides and showed off the former president's transphobia and homophobia, including his penchant for hate words. … When Donald Trump was preparing …
Discussion: Althouse and Raw Story
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: White House mulling potential Yellen departure after midterms  —  White House officials are quietly preparing for the potential departure of Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen after the midterms, the first and most consequential exit in what could be a broad reorganization …
POLITICO Playbook: Biden and DeSantis pledge ‘close coordination’ as Ian bears down
Discussion: The Hill
Steve Contorno / CNN:
DeSantis faces leadership test as Hurricane Ian comes bearing down on Florida
U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Russia:
Security Alert for U.S. Citizens in Russia  —  Event: On September 21, the Russian government began a mobilization of its citizens to the armed forces in support of its invasion of Ukraine.  Russia may refuse to acknowledge dual nationals' U.S. citizenship, deny their access to U.S. consular assistance …
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
The Right's Lust for Violence  —  Roger Stone, Michael Anton, Kyle Young, and the Oath Keepers.  —  The House January 6th Committee has postponed today's hearing because of the massive Hurricane Ian bearing down on Florida.  But we have an idea what we were going to see.
Discussion: Raw Story, BizPac Review, and RADAR
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
‘I hope you suffer’: Ex-D.C. officer confronts Jan. 6 attacker in court
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
What Country Is the Wall Street Journal Living In?  —  The paper's editorial board deludes itself with its endorsement of Kari Lake.  —  The headline of a Wall Street Journal editorial caught my eye: “Arizona's School Choice Election.”  Rubbing my eyes, I read it again.
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Katie Couric Media:
Why NOT Me?  —  June 21, 2022, was the first day of summer, my 8th wedding anniversary, and the day I found out I had breast cancer.  —  “You're due for a mammogram,” my gynecologist said, looking over my medical chart.  It was May; I had just gotten a pap smear and was still sitting …
Phillips Payson O'Brien / The Atlantic:
What Ted Cruz and Tucker Carlson Don't Understand About War  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin and his generals aren't the only people who think that the more ruthless, hypermasculine, and reflexively brutal an army is, the better it performs on the battlefield.  That view also has fans in the United States.
Jamie Goldberg / Oregonian:
Christine Drazan, Tina Kotek neck-and-neck in race for Oregon governor, new poll from The Oregonian/OregonLive shows  —  Republican Christine Drazan and Democrat Tina Kotek are neck-and-neck in the three-way race for governor six weeks before the November election, according to a new poll commissioned …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Billionaire-backed legal group sues to block student loan forgiveness  —  In August, President Biden announced he would provide student debt relief to lower and middle-class borrowers.  Under the plan, eligible individuals would get up to $20,000 in student debt canceled if they received Pell Grants and up to $10,000 otherwise.
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Poll: Most U.S. Republicans reject ‘MAGA’ label  —  Overall, 42% of Republicans embraces the “MAGA” label while 58% disavow the term, according to a new poll.  —  A total of 42% of Republicans in the U.S. identify as “MAGA” Republicans, while 58% disavow the term, according to a new national poll by J. Ann Selzer and Grinnell College.
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
C.I.A. warned European governments of potential attacks on undersea pipelines.  —  The C.I.A. issued a vague warning in June to a number of European nations, including Germany, that the two Nord Stream gas pipelines that carry natural gas from Russia could be targeted in forthcoming attacks …
Parisa Hafezi / Reuters:
Iranian woman whose death led to mass protests was shy and avoided politics  —  The young Iranian woman Mahsa Amini, whose death in police custody triggered nationwide protests, was a shy, reserved resident of a small town who never challenged the country's clerical rulers or its Islamic dress code, sources close to the family said.
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Hurricane Ian gets nasty quickly, turbocharged by warm water  —  Hurricane Ian is quickly gaining monstrous strength as it moves over oceans partly heated up by climate change, just like 30 other Atlantic tropical storms since 2017 that became much more powerful in less than a day.
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.
New York Times:
As Russians Flee, Some Find Draft Notices Waiting at the Border  —  The Kremlin dispatched federal security forces to frontier border crossings packed with Russian men trying to escape the draft by entering countries like Georgia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.  —  KYIV, Ukraine …
Discussion: The Guardian and Washington Post
Alzheimer's Progression Slowed by Drug in Major Trial  —  Shares of Eisai Co. and partner Biogen Inc. surged after they reported that a drug significantly slowed Alzheimer's disease, making it the first medicine to blunt progression of the most common dementia in a definitive, large-scale trial.
April Slayton /
It's About (Danged) Time: Lizzo at the Library!  —  It all started with a tweet.  —  Last Friday, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden saw that the one and only Lizzo was coming to D.C. for a concert.  The pop megastar is a classically trained flautist.  The Library has the world's largest flute collection.
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Tim Ryan Says Americans Need To Give Up Gas Cars as He Drives Around Ohio in Gas Guzzlers  —  Rep. Tim Ryan (D., Ohio) says the United States is ready to ban gas cars, arguing in 2019 that socialist Bernie Sanders's plan to ban gas vehicles wasn't ambitious enough.  On the Senate campaign trail, Ryan is sticking to gas guzzlers.
Michael Pompeo / Fox News:
America's military and our country won't survive if wokeism continues to rule  —  Wokeism asserts real power at Air Force Academy where cadets aren't even supposed to say ‘Mom and Dad’  —  Guy Benson mocks ‘absolutely ridiculous’ Air Force Academy training
Discussion: Washington Examiner
UNDER SEAL, TRUMP ACCUSES HAND-PICKED SPECIAL MASTER OF NOT FOLLOWING ORDERS UNDER SEAL, TRUMP ACCUSES HAND-PICKED SPECIAL MASTER OF NOT FOLLOWING ORDERS  —  Trump appears to be accusing his hand-picked Special Master, Raymond Dearie, of violating Judge Aileen Cannon's rules under seal.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Joseph Menn / Washington Post:
Media company hacked, racist push notifications sent to Apple iPhones  —  The distribution of messages supposedly from Fast Company magazine marked one of the largest breaches ever of Apple's content controls  —  Hackers breached internal systems at Fast Company magazine Tuesday evening …
Marist Poll:
Kelly Up in Arizona Senate Race, Hobbs and Lake in Tight Governor's Race  —  Democrat Mark Kelly is ahead of Republican Blake Masters among Arizona registered voters in the state's U.S. Senate race.  Kelly's lead narrows among those who say they definitely plan to vote.
Amanda Seitz / Associated Press:
Millions of Americans will save on Medicare fees next year  —  For the first time in a decade, Americans will pay less next year on monthly premiums for Medicare's Part B plan, which covers routine doctors' visits and other outpatient care.  The rare 3% decrease in monthly premiums is likely …
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Wall Street Journal:
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John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
McConnell Endorses Electoral Count Overhaul, Lifting Chances of Enactment