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4:30 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 …
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Haberman's New Book Details Trump's Transphobic and Anti-Gay Behavior
Discussion: Raw Story and Althouse
J. Miles Coleman / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Notes on the State of Politics: Sept. 28, 2022  —  Dear Readers: This is the latest edition of Notes on the State of Politics, which features short updates on elections and politics.  — The Editors  —  Table 1: Crystal Ball gubernatorial rating changes  —  Governor Old Rating New Rating
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:   Doug Mastriano is holding an event with Jack Posobiec, who has collaborated with neo-Nazis and spread antisemitism
New York Times:
‘Putin Is a Fool’: Intercepted Calls Reveal Russian Army in Disarray  —  In phone calls to friends and relatives at home, Russian soldiers gave damning insider accounts of battlefield failures and civilian executions, excoriating their leaders just weeks into the campaign to take Kyiv.
Discussion: Political Wire
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
'Where's Jackie?'  Biden seeks lawmaker Walorski who died in August  —  U.S. President Joe Biden publicly sought out Jackie Walorski, an Indiana Congresswoman who died in a car accident in August, during a conference on hunger on Wednesday, seeming to forget that she had passed away.
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Biden Appears to Ask If Dead Congresswoman Is in Attendance at White House Event
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Romance novel model pleads guilty to dragging officer down Capitol steps on Jan. 6  —  WASHINGTON — When former President Donald Trump called on supporters who believed his lies about the 2020 election to go to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, a Michigan bodybuilder-turned-construction worker responded with enthusiasm.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson's shoddy case linking U.S. to alleged Nord Stream sabotage  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson's long-running quest to blame the Biden administration for the war in Ukraine hasn't borne much fruit, despite his prominent perch on the most-watched cable news channel.  —  But it's not for lack of trying.
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 …
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.
Katie Couric Media:
Why NOT Me?  —  “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 on the exam table in my pink cotton (open in the front) gown.  —  “That's crazy, I just got one!”  I told her, with a hint of indignation.
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 …
Andrew Chung / Reuters:
After sharp right turn, U.S. Supreme Court conservatives step on the gas  —  The U.S. Supreme Court last March rebuffed an emergency request by North Carolina Republicans to allow the use in November's congressional elections of an electoral map they drew that a lower court invalidated for unlawfully disadvantaging Democrats.
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.
USA Today:
Oath Keepers trial: A 1800s-inspired defense meets most significant Jan. 6 prosecution yet  —  In a case that could be a referendum on the insurrection, “prosecutors are really going for the three-pointer” against an untested, controversial defense.  —  Stewart Rhodes and others from the Oath Keepers …
Jeremy Bailey / Yahoo News:
‘The Wire’ Creator David Simon Defends Show Against ‘Conservative Art’ Label  —  David Simon, the creator of the classic HBO drama “The Wire,” bristled Tuesday in defense of the show after it was called “the best piece of conservative art ever made.”  —  Simon, reacting in a lengthy Twitter thread …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Corey Lewandowski cuts deal on charge stemming from alleged unwanted sexual advances  —  Former senior Donald Trump adviser Corey Lewandowski has cut a deal with Las Vegas prosecutors after he was charged with misdemeanor battery, stemming from allegations of unwanted sexual advances toward a woman during a charity dinner in Sept. 2021.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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 …
Ryan King / Washington Examiner:
Court throws out Sidney Powell's ‘Kraken’ counterlawsuit against Dominion Voting  —  On Wednesday, a federal judge tossed out a counterlawsuit from lawyer Sidney Powell that was levied against Dominion Voting Systems in an attempt by the Trump associate to fend off the massive defamation lawsuit against her.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Forbes, Raw Story and Law & Crime
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.
The Intercept:
CEO Says He's Been “Praying for Inflation” Because It's an Excuse to Jack Up Prices … The CEO of Iron Mountain Inc. told Wall Street analysts at a September 20 investor event that the high levels of inflation of the past several years had helped the company increase its margins …
Discussion: Insider
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.
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: Breitbart and Political Wire
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.
Thomas Catenacci / Fox News:
John Fetterman wipes Black Lives Matter section from campaign site amid attacks over crime  —  Fetterman's website previously stated he has ‘championed the idea that Black lives matter’ before the phrase became a ‘hashtag’  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for September 28
Discussion: National Review
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.
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Joe Schoffstall / Fox News:
Biden admin awards $41M in contracts to new left-wing group that helps illegal immigrants fight deportations
Discussion: IJR
Austin Ahlman / American Prospect:
Minnesota AG Nominee Wants to Defund Corporate Law Enforcement
Discussion: Shot in the Dark and Fox News
Luis Ferré-Sadurní / New York Times:
In House Fight for N.Y. Suburbs, Will Abortion Turn Tide for Democrats?
Discussion: CBS News and The Hill
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Hurricane expert brushes off Don Lemon climate change question: ‘I want to talk about the here and now’
U.S. Department of Justice:
Department of Justice Announces Results of Enforcement Surge to Reduce the Fentanyl Supply Across the United States
 Earlier Items: 
Brink Lindsey / The Permanent Problem:
What Is the Permanent Problem?  —  Since 2016, I've done a great deal of reading, writing …
Michael Pompeo / Fox News:
America's military and our country won't survive if wokeism continues to rule
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Parisa Hafezi / Reuters:
Iranian woman whose death led to mass protests was shy and avoided politics