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9:50 AM ET, September 29, 2022

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Matthew Mpoke Bigg / New York Times:
Russia Will Move to Take Over Ukrainian Regions on Friday, Kremlin Says  —  RIGHT NOW The Finnish government bars Russians from entering as tourists.  —  Yuri Kochetkov/EPA, via Shutterstock … Putin will sign agreements on Friday to absorb four Ukrainian territories, the Kremlin says.
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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 …
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Pentagon will double powerful HIMARS artillery for Ukraine
Associated Press:
Russia poised to annex occupied Ukraine after sham vote
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  —  ‘IRRETRIEVABLY BROKEN’  —  Perry Greene, the husband of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), filed for divorce on Tuesday, according to court documents obtained by The Daily Beast.  The petition stated …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Raw Story
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
‘Giant Backfire’: Trump's Demand for Special Master Is Looking Like a Mistake  —  The former president failed to derail the criminal investigation into his hoarding of sensitive documents and is stuck paying for a costly process that threatens to undermine his public claims.
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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: Reuters, Raw Story and National Memo
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Judge Warns of Justice Department's Gift to Trump That Could Keep on Giving
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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: Insider and 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
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The Philadelphia Inquirer:
As campaign struggles, Doug Mastriano plans ‘40 days of fasting and prayer’
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
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Pennsylvania Senate race narrows  —  Growing concern over Fetterman's health, but Oz supporters remain unenthusiastic  —  John Fetterman polls ahead of Dr. Oz in Pennsylvania amid voters' crime concerns  —  Democrat John Fetterman tops Republican Mehmet Oz among Pennsylvania voters …
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Victoria Balara / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Georgia races see split decision, with Warnock and Kemp ahead
Discussion: The Hill and Just The News
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
Joe Klein / New York Times:
What's the Key to Understanding Donald J. Trump?  Start With Queens.  —  “Confidence Man,” Maggie Haberman's biography of the former president, argues that it's essential to grasp New York's steamy, histrionic folkways.  —  Buy Book ▾ … When you purchase an independently reviewed book through …
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 …
New York Times:
MacKenzie Scott, Billionaire Philanthropist, Files for Divorce  —  Less than two years after announcing the marriage and their intent to give money away together, Ms. Scott has parted ways with her second husband, a teacher.  —  Less than two years after announcing their intention to give away …
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.
Discussion: The Hill and Just The News
Chicago Sun-Times:
Highland Park Fourth of July massacre: First lawsuits filed, call attack ‘predictable and preventable’  —  Suspect Robert Crimo III “was ready to go to war — just as Smith & Wesson told him he could,” according to suits that accuse the gunmaker of “deceptive and unfair marketing” and also target others, including Crimo's father.
Discussion: Brady, UPI, Raw Story, New York Post and Reuters
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Patricia McCabe / Supreme Court of the United States:
For Immediate Release  —  For Further Information Contact:  —  The Court will hear all scheduled oral arguments for the upcoming term in the Courtroom.  Seating for the oral argument sessions will be provided to the public, members of the Supreme Court bar, and press, and Courtroom bar admissions will resume.
CNN:
First on CNN: European security officials observed Russian Navy ships in vicinity of Nord Stream pipeline leaks  —  European security officials on Monday and Tuesday observed Russian Navy support ships in the vicinity of leaks in the Nord Stream pipelines likely caused by underwater explosions …
CBS News:
Bill Plante, legendary CBS News White House correspondent, has died at 84  —  William “Bill” Plante, one of the longest-serving White House broadcast journalists in history, died of respiratory failure on Wednesday, according to his family.  The award-winning CBS correspondent was 84 years old and lived in Washington, D.C.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
'Where's Jackie?'  Biden Asks if Deceased Lawmaker Is at White House Event  —  President Biden apparently forgot that Representative Jackie Walorski, Republican of Indiana, had died in August.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden looked in the audience on Wednesday for Representative Jackie Walorski …
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
Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:
Brett Favre's Charity for Needy Kids Gave $60K to Another Volleyball Gym  —  The NFL legend is in hot water for alleged misuse of welfare funds for a volleyball facility.  His nonprofit also directed $60K to daughter's high school for new volleyball digs.
Washington Post:
Biden administration to grant Puerto Rico shipping waiver after uproar  —  White House officials faced a backlash from the island's governor and members of Congress after a shipment of diesel was idled off the coast  —  The Biden administration is expected to approve a legal waiver as soon …
Discussion: Politico
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Rob Hastings / The i Paper:
Imprisoned Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza: 'None of us know how Putin's regime will end - but it will' … In a cell in Moscow, Vladimir Kara-Murza is awaiting trial.  He knows he will be found guilty.  His “crimes” are telling the truth about Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine …
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Youngkin and his national ambitions straddle the ‘big lie’ divide  —  Youngkin ascended to the governor's mansion by walking a political tightrope.  His boosters wonder how far that approach can take him.  —  RICHMOND — As Gov. Glenn Youngkin crisscrosses the nation …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: GOP leaders prepare for 2023 debt limit “nightmare”  —  GOP leaders, congressional aides and business groups are preparing for a potential “nightmare scenario” next year if House Republicans take back the majority: a debt limit showdown reminiscent of the near-crisis in 2011.
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Associated Press:
Record methane leak flows from damaged Baltic Sea pipelines
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson's shoddy case linking U.S. to alleged Nord Stream sabotage