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2:55 PM ET, September 29, 2022

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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: Raw Story, PoliticusUSA and Bloomberg
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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.
Justin Fenton / The Baltimore Banner:
Johns Hopkins doctor and spouse, an Army doctor, indicted for trying to leak medical information to Russia  —  A Johns Hopkins anesthesiologist and her spouse, a doctor and major in the U.S. Army, were federally indicted for attempting to provide medical information about members of the military …
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Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
U.S. says ex-Army major and his wife tried to leak military health data to Russia  —  A former U.S. Army major and his anesthesiologist wife have been criminally charged for allegedly plotting to leak highly sensitive healthcare data about military patients to Russia, the Justice Department revealed on Thursday.
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, Axios and Fox News
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
How Big Will the GOP House Majority Be After the Midterms?
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and Associated Press
Melyssa Allen / Meredith College:
Meredith Poll Examines Voter Preferences on Hot-Button Issues as 2022 Midterms Approach
Discussion: American Prospect and WITF
The Times:
Labour surges to 33-point lead over Tories in YouGov poll … Labour has surged to a 33-point poll lead over the Conservatives after a week of market turmoil triggered by Liz Truss's tax-cutting budget.  —  The YouGov poll for The Times finds Tory support has fallen by seven points …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Russian Oligarch Oleg Vladimirovich Deripaska And Associates Indicted For Sanctions Evasion And Obstruction Of Justice  —  New Jersey Resident Olga Shriki Arrested for Her Role in Facilitating Illicit Travel by Deripaska's Girlfriend and in Real Estate Transactions
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Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Russian Oligarch Deripaska Charged With Violating US Sanctions
Discussion: CNN
Seung Min Kim / Associated Press:
GOP states sue Biden administration over student loan plan  —  Six Republican-led states are suing the Biden administration in an effort to halt its plan to forgive student loan debt for tens of millions of Americans, accusing it of overstepping its executive powers.
Joey Garrison / USA Today:
Vice President Harris mistakenly touts US ‘alliance with the Republic of North Korea’  —  WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris mistakenly touted the U.S. “alliance with the Republic of North Korea” in remarks Thursday from Korea's Demilitarized Zone that sought to reaffirm America's commitment to the security of its Asian allies.
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Washington Post:
Harris visits DMZ after North Korean missile tests
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Trump's paid-speeches organizer is struggling financially  —  A company that puts on for-profit Trump rallies, including an upcoming Mar-a-Lago gala and multimillion-dollar fees for the former president, is having trouble paying its bills  —  A company that organized a lucrative series …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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
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
Darragh Roche / Newsweek:
Prominent Republican Endorses Democrat Against Trump Candidate in Oklahoma  —  A prominent Oklahoma Republican has formally endorsed a Democrat running for the state's open U.S. Senate seat against her GOP opponent backed by former President Donald Trump.  —  Kendra Horn, a former member …
Discussion: Politico
Jessica Taylor / Cook Political Report:
Four Governor Ratings Shift in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Oklahoma and Ohio  —  At the outset of this gubernatorial cycle, we fully expected perpetual swing states like Pennsylvania and Michigan to be in the Toss Up column all the way until Election Day.  With Democrats facing national headwinds …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
YouTube Demonetizes TK Content  —  A brief note to subscribers about YouTube's decision to demonetize TK material, saying Matt Orfalea's factual video “isn't suitable for all advertisers”  —  Today we're releasing a video Matt Orfalea has been working on, showing years of audio and video clips …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Does Anyone Still Care about the Lincoln Project?  —  On the menu today: Was anyone asking for a five-part docuseries about the Lincoln Project?  Whether you want one or not, Showtime unveiled the trailer yesterday.  So fine, let's talk about the Lincoln Project — its scandals …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Wrap and Deadline
Anton Troianovski / New York Times:
Putin plans to illegally annex lands he invaded, even as his military falters. … Putin concedes that some men were wrongly drafted.  —  President Vladimir V. Putin acknowledged “mistakes” on Thursday in how the Russian government has been carrying out his draft, a sign of the Kremlin's scramble …
CREW:
Corporations have given $40 million to the Sedition Caucus … On January 6, 2021, thousands of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol Building in an effort to overturn the results of a free and fair election after being commanded by President Trump to “fight like hell.”
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.
Steve Schmidt / The Warning:
Newsom and Buttigieg know how to fight back  —  MAGA extremism was able to briefly camouflage itself behind two weeks of wall-to-wall coverage on American television of the death of a British Queen.  That is over now.  —  Each day brings forward more extremism, madness and insanity.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Governor Ron Desantis Refuses to Take Tucker Carlson's Bait to Hit Biden Over Hurricane Aid  —  Tucker Carlson teed up Ron DeSantis to complain about federal assistance, vis-a-vis President Joe Biden, amid Hurricane Ian and its catastrophic impact on Southwest Florida.
TMZ.com:
Coolio Dead at 59  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  UPDATE  —  2:30 AM PT — 9/29 — 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.
Daniel Bice / Journal Sentinel:
Bice: On Twitter, free-wheeling Mandela Barnes called Trump a ‘Russian spy’ and rejected George Washington as a top president  —  Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, a classic millennial, loves social media.  —  Indeed, Barnes — a Democrat challenging Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson …
Discussion: IJR, National Review and The Federalist
 
 
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David Gilbert / VICE:
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Sarah Chaney Cambon / Wall Street Journal:
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Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
GOP Senators Baffled By Mitt Romney's Ploy To Oust Mike Lee — And Maybe Thwart A Majority
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Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Raw Story and American Greatness
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Following the Money: What Outside Spending Tells Us About the Race for the House
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Hundreds feared dead after Hurricane Ian decimates Florida: sheriff
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Judge Warns of Justice Department's Gift to Trump That Could Keep on Giving
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
MacKenzie Scott, Billionaire Philanthropist, Files for Divorce
Foreign Policy:
Russia's Stripped Its Western Borders to Feed the Fight in Ukraine
Ann McAdams / WECT-TV:
Sheriff: “I'm sick of these black bastards.... Every black that I know, you need to fire him...”
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story