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11:40 AM ET, September 29, 2022

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CNN:
Trump pushing back on special master's request for him to declare in court whether DOJ inventory is accurate  —  Former President Donald Trump is pushing back against a plan from the special master overseeing the review of documents seized from Mar-a-Lago that would require Trump to declare …
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and National Memo
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Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
Tracker: Evidence of Trump's Knowledge and Involvement in Retaining Mar-a-Lago Documents  —  A central question in the Mar-a-Lago espionage and stolen documents investigation involves former President Donald Trump's knowledge and involvement in retaining government records.
Reuters:
Trump objects to verifying list of property seized from Florida estate - court filing  —  Lawyers for former President Donald Trump are resisting a federal judge's instruction to submit a sworn declaration on whether they believe the government's list of property taken from Trump's Florida estate is accurate.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Raw Story
James Pindell / The Boston Globe:
Maggie Hassan and Chris Sununu lead Senate and governor races, N.H. poll finds  —  Less than six weeks ahead of the midterm elections, Democratic US Senator Maggie Hassan leads her Republican challenger, Don Bolduc, by about 8.5 percentage points in a New Hampshire race that could determine control …
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
How Big Will the GOP House Majority Be After the Midterms?
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Victoria Balara / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Georgia races see split decision, with Warnock and Kemp ahead
Discussion: The Hill
TMZ.com:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's Husband Files For Divorce  —  6:21 PM PT — MTG's estranged husband, Perry Greene, tells TMZ ... “Marjorie has been my best friend for the last 29 years and she has been an amazing mom!  Our family is our most important thing we have done.”  —  UPDATE
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AJ McDougall / The Daily Beast:
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's Husband of 27 Years Files for Divorce
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Raw Story
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Supreme Court Trust, Job Approval at Historical Lows  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Forty-seven percent of U.S. adults say they have “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust in the judicial branch of the federal government that is headed by the Supreme Court.  This represents a 20-percentage-point drop …
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Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Donald Trump Belittled Jared Kushner In Front Of Aides With ‘Deliverance’ Jibe: Book  —  It was one of a series of disparaging comments the then-president made about his son-in-law, according to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman.  —  Donald Trump openly mocked his son-in-law …
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Miranda Devine / New York Post:
30 ex-FBI agents stand up to support whistleblower who exposed agency's political bias  —  MORE FROM:  —  Thirty former FBI agents, including a retired deputy assistant director, head of counterterrorism and five SWAT team members, have spoken out publicly in support of suspended FBI whistleblower Stephen Friend.
Discussion: The Western Journal
Foreign Policy:
Russia's Stripped Its Western Borders to Feed the Fight in Ukraine  —  But Finland and the Baltic states are still leery of Moscow's long-term designs.  —  Since Russia first launched its invasion of Ukraine, Moscow has been peeling military forces away from its bases in Northern Europe …
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Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Pentagon will double powerful HIMARS artillery for Ukraine
Andrew Freedman / Axios:
Hurricane Ian's climate warning  —  Hurricane forecasters' worst nightmare came true on Wednesday morning, when what had been a Category 3 storm Tuesday night suddenly jumped almost to Category 5. … Now it is not — and studies show this is a dangerous sign of climate change.
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NBC News:
Why ‘Category 4’ doesn't begin to explain Hurricane Ian's dangers
TMZ.com:
Coolio Dead at 59  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  UPDATE  —  2:30 AM PT — Coolio's talent manager, Sheila Finegan, tells TMZ, “We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client, Coolio, who passed away Wednesday afternoon.  He touched the world with the gift of his talent and will be missed profoundly.
NATO:
Statement by the North Atlantic Council on the damage to gas pipelines  —  The NATO Invitees associate themselves with this Statement.  — The damage to the Nordstream 1 and Nordstream 2 pipelines in international waters in the Baltic Sea is of deep concern.
Matthew Mpoke Bigg / New York Times:
NATO Pledges ‘Determined Response’ to Nord Stream Pipeline Leaks … Putin will sign agreements to absorb four Ukrainian territories, the Kremlin says.  —  President Vladimir V. Putin will sign agreements on Friday for the Russian Federation to take over four Ukrainian territories …
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Judge Warns of Justice Department's Gift to Trump That Could Keep on Giving  —  “I think it's a legitimate concern.  What the judge is getting at is the very real possibility of unforeseen consequences,” said Vermont Law School professor Jared Carter.  —  A judge has warned …
Discussion: Raw Story
Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
Trump's pick for governor in Michigan is left to fend for herself as money dries up  —  LANSING, Mich. — Two months ago, former President Donald Trump and the Republican establishment joined forces to elevate Tudor Dixon in Michigan's messy GOP primary for governor, signaling a united front …
Discussion: Michigan Radio, MLive.com, Raw Story and DGA
James Kirchick / The Atlantic:
How the Anti-war Camp Went Intellectually Bankrupt  —  In 1942, answering a pacifist opponent of British involvement in the Second World War, George Orwell replied that “pacifism is objectively pro-fascist.”  There have of course been many times in human history when opposition to war …
Associated Press:
Records contradict Majewski's account of military punishment  —  Republican J.R. Majewski has centered his campaign for a competitive Ohio congressional seat around his biography as an Air Force veteran.  But one of the big questions that has surfaced is why Majewski was told he could not reenlist …
Discussion: Task & Purpose, Raw Story and Insider
Lee Brown / New York Post:
‘Hundreds’ feared dead after Hurricane Ian decimates Florida: sheriff  —  Historic Hurricane Ian has already killed “hundreds” of people in Florida, a sheriff in the hardest-hit region revealed early Thursday — but the death toll is expected to swell as Floridians wake up to assess the true extent of the destruction in daylight.
Reuters:
America's Throwaway Spies  —  The spy was minutes from leaving Iran when he was nabbed.  —  Gholamreza Hosseini was at Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran in late 2010, preparing for a flight to Bangkok.  There, the Iranian industrial engineer would meet his Central Intelligence Agency handlers.
Associated Press:
States spend federal COVID aid on roads, buildings, seawalls  —  Standing 14 stories tall, the Docking State Office Building is one of Kansas' largest and oldest state workplaces.  It's also largely vacant, despite a prime location across from the Capitol.  —  So Kansas officials are planning …
Ann McAdams / WECT-TV:
Sheriff: “I'm sick of these black bastards.... Every black that I know, you need to fire him...”  —  SBI investigating allegations of Obstruction of Justice at the Columbus County Sheriff's Office  —  COLUMBUS COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - On one end of the phone was Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene.
Discussion: Raw Story
All:
Scandal-Scarred Deputy Mayor Cuts Commissioner Out of Loop to Meet With Police Brass  —  The Eric Adams ally was a top NYPD official when he suddenly resigned in 2014, before a federal investigation yielded bribery convictions of civilian associates.  Now his schedules show he's playing …
Discussion: Newsweek
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Kevin McCarthy: The Gimp Who Thinks He's a Master  —  He wants to be seen as a tough, sane leader.  In reality, he's a spineless suckup.  —  Kevin McCarthy wants you to know that he is a very brilliant and extremely ruthless tactician with an iron grip on his caucus that he will use to crush …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
In a first, U.S. appoints a diplomat for plants and animals  —  Good morning and welcome to The Climate 202!  Dino Grandoni, a national environment reporter for The Washington Post, wrote the top of today's newsletter.  Below we have the latest on Hurricane Ian's devastating impact in Florida.
Tess Owen / VICE:
Gab Founder Andrew Torba Wants to Build a Christian Nationalist Internet  —  Facing increased competition from the likes of Truth Social, Torba has pivoted from free-speech zealot to hardcore Christian nationalist.  —  Gab CEO Andrew Torba says that he rediscovered God after a user …
 
 
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Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
This Right-Wing Faction Is Waging Civil War Inside the Libertarian Party
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Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
Rob Hastings / The i Paper:
Imprisoned Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza: 'None of us know how Putin's regime will end - but it will'
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Peter Thiel's pet candidate may doom the GOP's Senate hopes
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CNN:
First on CNN: European security officials observed Russian Navy ships in vicinity of Nord Stream pipeline leaks
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