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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
What if We're Already Fighting the Third World War with Russia?  —  Putin's latest provocations once again put Washington in an awful bind.  —  Nuclear blackmail, illegal annexation of territory, hundreds of thousands of Russian men rounded up and sent to the front lines in Ukraine …
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Associated Press:
Ukraine submits an application to join NATO, with big hurdles ahead.  —  RIGHT NOW Ukraine submits an application to join NATO, Zelensky says. … Putin's speech on annexation paints a stark picture of a face-off with the West.  —  President Vladimir V. Putin on Friday asserted that Russia …
Alexei Navalny / Washington Post:
This is what a post-Putin Russia should look like  —  Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is serving a nine-year sentence in a maximum-security penal colony.  This essay was conveyed to The Post by his legal team.  —  What does a desirable and realistic end to the criminal war unleashed …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Gerrymandering Isn't Giving Republicans the Advantage You Might Expect  —  Yes, the G.O.P. has a structural edge in the House, but it isn't anything near insurmountable for Democrats.  —  There is no shortage of reasons Republicans are expected to retake the House this year …
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Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
List of 49 Republicans Who Voted Against Food Security Help for Veterans  —  The House of Representatives passed a bill to establish an Office of Food Security at the Department of Veterans Affairs, with 49 Republicans voting against the proposal.  —  The Food Security for All Veterans Act …
Discussion: Alaska Public Media and Raw Story
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The GOP Cavalry Arrives
Andrew Solender / Axios:
GOP's impeachment zeal
Discussion: Raw Story, CNN and Washington Post
Jake Bleiberg / Associated Press:
Dysfunction in Texas AG's office as Paxton seeks third term  —  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's staff this month quietly dropped a series of human trafficking and child sexual assault cases after losing track of one of the victims, a stumble in open court emblematic of broader dysfunction inside …
Discussion: Off the Kuff
Jeff Shesol / New York Times:
The Supreme Court Is Broken.  Where's Biden?  —  In a recent speech at Independence Hall, President Biden called on Americans to stand against an assault on democracy — the ongoing assault waged by insurrectionists and would-be patriots, by election deniers and other extremists.
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Washington Examiner:
Biden's mental sharpness is increasingly doubtful, and it's a serious issue
Discussion: Boston Herald, Fox News and RedState
Politico:
Georgia and Nevada on their minds: Senate watchers sweat two swing states  —  The Democratic and Republican campaign chiefs agree on one thing about the battle for the Senate majority: Nevada and Georgia are at the center.  —  “If you look at the polls, Nevada and Georgia are the two logical ones” …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
A new reminder that candidate quality matters
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
GOP billionaire donors direct cash to Senate leaders as Trump candidates lag Dems in fundraising
Discussion: Raw Story
Variety:
Trevor Noah to Exit ‘Daily Show’ After Seven Years  —  Trevor Noah is nearing his last laugh on “The Daily Show.”  —  The comedian, who came out of near anonymity to take over the program from Jon Stewart in 2015, plans to exit the flagship Comedy Central series after a seven-year tenure …
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Eduardo Medina / New York Times:
Trevor Noah Announces He Will Leave ‘The Daily Show’
Michael Kruse / Politico:
'It's My Curse and My Salvation': Trump's Most Famous Chronicler Opens Up  —  NEW YORK — Late one recent afternoon, Maggie Haberman pulled into a parking spot in the lot at Gargiulo's, the old-time Italian restaurant in Coney Island where Donald Trump's father used to eat lunch.
David Lat / Original Jurisdiction:
A Prominent Federal Judge Declares He Will No Longer Hire Clerks From Yale Law School  —  And he's trying to get his fellow judges to join his boycott of YLS clerks—will it work? … Actions have consequences.  And the problematic actions of Yale Law School when it comes to free speech …
David Wasserman / Cook Political Report:
It's “Oppo Dump” O'Clock: OH-09 Moves from Toss Up to Lean Democrat  —  With less than six weeks to go, it's “oppo dump” o'clock — the time when both parties start unleashing their most damning opposition research about the other side's candidates on the airwaves or leaking it to friendly (or curious) media outlets.
Discussion: The Hill
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
The Pandemic's Legacy Is Already Clear  —  Recently, after a week in which 2,789 Americans died of COVID-19, President Joe Biden proclaimed that “the pandemic is over.”  Anthony Fauci described the controversy around the proclamation as a matter of “semantics,” but the facts we are living with can speak for themselves.
Discussion: The Nation and I Might Be Wrong
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Crisis of Men and Boys  —  If you've been paying attention to the social trends, you probably have some inkling that boys and men are struggling, in the U.S. and across the globe.  —  They are struggling in the classroom.  American girls are 14 percentage points more likely to be …
NBC News:
At least 12 confirmed dead as the scope of Hurricane Ian's devastation comes into focus  —  Hurricane Ian leaves Florida's southwest coast unrecognizable  —  At least 12 people have died after Hurricane Ian tore across Florida with such ferocity that President Joe Biden said it could be the deadliest in state history.
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Imposes Swift and Severe Costs on Russia for Putin's Purported Annexation of Regions of Ukraine  —  TREASURY SANCTIONS INTERNATIONAL SUPPLIERS FOR SUPPORTING RUSSIA'S DEFENSE SECTOR AND WARNS OF COSTS FOR THOSE OUTSIDE RUSSIA WHO PROVIDE POLITICAL OR ECONOMIC SUPPORT FOR RUSSIA'S PURPORTED ANNEXATION
Camille Mumford / Emerson Polling:
Pennsylvania 2022: Fetterman's Lead Shrinks in US Senate Race; Shapiro's Lead Expands For Governor's Seat  —  Home Polls Pennsylvania 2022: Fetterman's Lead Shrinks in US Senate Race; Shapiro's Lead Expands For Governor's Seat  —  The latest Emerson College Polling/The Hill survey …
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
DeSantis, Once a ‘No’ on Storm Aid, Petitions a President He's Bashed  —  The Florida governor, who as a congressman opposed aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy, is seeking relief from the Biden administration as Hurricane Ian ravages his own state.  —  As a freshman congressman in 2013 …
Riley Rogerson / Anchorage Daily News:
Alaska's U.S. senators want to honor the late Rep. Don Young by naming a volcano after him  —  WASHINGTON — Alaska's U.S. senators want to rename an active volcano in the Aleutian Islands after the late U.S. Rep. Don Young.  —  The longtime congressman's former peers …
Discussion: The Hill
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
GOP Candidate's Staffer Has a Murder-for-Hire Past  —  Kari Lake, the GOP nominee for Arizona governor, has hired a staffer who “attempted to kill” an FBI informant.  —  Arizona Republican governor candidate Kari Lake has made her support for law enforcement a centerpiece of her campaign …
Discussion: Raw Story and FiveThirtyEight
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Nancy Pelosi Resisted Effort to Impeach Trump on Jan. 6: New Book … History often unfolds through the collision of structural forces that operate independently of any specific decision or decision maker.  But once in a while, a real moment of contingency arises in which a single person …
John Burn-Murdoch / Financial Times:
The Tories have become unmoored from the British people  —  The government may have adopted the most extreme economic position of any major party in the developed world  —  In a single week, Britain has gone from being one among many nations facing fierce economic headwinds to being a financial basket case …
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Trump made up audit excuse for not releasing tax returns on fly, book says  —  In eagerly awaited book Confidence Man, Maggie Haberman of the New York Times depicts scene on campaign plane in 2016  —  According to a new book, Donald Trump came up with his famous excuse for not releasing …
Mary Margaret Olohan / The Daily Signal:
EXCLUSIVE: Pence Org, Conservative Coalition Demands DOJ Comms on ‘Violent Attacks Against Pro-Life Organizations’  —  Former Vice President Mike Pence's Advancing American Freedom is leading a conservative coalition in demanding Justice Department records about the “ongoing attacks …
Discussion: LifeSite
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court holds investiture ceremony for Ketanji Brown Jackson  —  Investiture ceremony held for Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson  —  The Supreme Court on Friday hosted a formal investiture ceremony for Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman to serve on the court …
 
 
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Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New Yorker:
The Curious Case of Donald Bolduc
Discussion: HotAir
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
How the Celebrity-Industrial Complex Hinders Democrats
Discussion: Fox News and Politico
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Youngkin, amid 2024 buzz, sidesteps question about completing term
Kiana Burks / WCAX-TV:
Randolph High School investigating gender locker room dispute
Discussion: The Federalist
Jordan Uhl / The Lever:
How Wall Street Profits Off Of The Sick And Elderly
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Former Trump Official Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charge, Is Sentenced to Prison
Christopher Flavelle / New York Times:
Hurricane Ian's Toll Is Severe. Lack of Insurance Will Make It Worse.
Discussion: Politico, E&E, Florida Politics and WSVN-TV
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
He Has a 7-Point Plan for a Christian Takeover — and Wants Doug Mastriano to Lead the Charge
Discussion: VICE
Guillermo Contreras / San Antonio Express-News:
Warden of Texas immigrant jail fired after arrest for shooting 2 migrants
Rodlyn-Mae Banting / Jezebel:
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Keith Gessen / New Yorker:
How the War in Ukraine Might End
Zachary T. Sampson / Tampa Bay Times:
Section of Sanibel Causeway wiped out by Hurricane Ian