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2:50 PM ET, September 30, 2022

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Anton Troianovski / Associated Press:
Russian forces are partly encircled in the town of Lyman, a pro-Kremlin proxy leader says.  —  RIGHT NOW Ukraine submits application to join NATO, with big hurdles ahead. … Putin's speech on annexation paints a stark picture of a face-off with the West.  —  President Vladimir V. Putin …
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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 …
Associated Press:
Russian strike kills 25 as Kremlin to annex Ukraine regions
Fatima Hussein / Associated Press:
US hits Russia with sanctions for annexing Ukrainian regions
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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Caitlin Emma / Politico:
House passes government funding, averting shutdown threat
Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
List of 49 Republicans Who Voted Against Food Security Help for Veterans
Discussion: Alaska Public Media and Raw Story
Punchbowl News:
9/30/22 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM
Discussion: National Review and NRCC
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
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
You thought the Supreme Court's last term was bad?  Brace yourself.  —  The cataclysmic Supreme Court term that included the unprecedented leak of a draft opinion and the end of constitutional protection for abortion would, in the normal ebb and flow, be followed by a period of quiet …
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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
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.
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Jason Leopold / Bloomberg:
For Obama, One Trump Term Wasn't a Big Worry, but ‘Eight Years Would Be a Problem’  —  Barack Obama told reporters in his last days as president that he wasn't worried about a single Donald Trump term, but was concerned about a “sustained period” of political norms being undermined if he served two terms …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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’
Washington Post:
Trump's legal team divided over how to handle Mar-a-Lago case  —  New lawyer's advice to seek an ‘off-ramp’ with Justice Department is not being heeded, people familiar with discussions say  —  After attorney Christopher Kise accepted $3 million to represent Donald Trump in the FBI's investigation …
Discussion: USA Today
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 …
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 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
Jesse Singal / Singal-Minded:
It Isn't Journalism's Job To Hand-Hold People To The Correct Moral Conclusions  —  Stop hating your readers  —  One of the silliest ideas to infect mainstream journalism in recent years is the notion that when journalists produce work about a bad person, they must signpost that work …
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 …
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New Yorker:
The Curious Case of Donald Bolduc  —  Is it time to rethink the political flip-flop?  —  Everyone who votes—really, everyone who so much as watches an occasional late-night monologue—is familiar with the political flip-flop.  A politician takes a position that turns out to be less advantageous …
Discussion: HotAir
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Gavin Newsom's trolling deftly unmasks Ron DeSantis's cruelty  —  It's hard to deny that Gov. Gavin Newsom harbors garish and even cringeworthy presidential ambitions.  The California Democrat regularly trolls Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, a top 2024 GOP contender, and Newsom surely knows playing foil …
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 …
Discussion: The Weekly Dish
Matt Lavietes / NBC News:
NYC human rights officials are ‘closely monitoring’ allegations against the owner of a gay bar  —  NBC News previously reported that Michael J. Cohen was accused of unwanted sexual conduct and discrimination.  Cohen's attorney said he is not under investigation.
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.
 
 
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Mississippi Free Press:
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Natalie O'Neill / New York Post:
Dr. Fauci and wife's wealth ‘skyrocketed’ by $5 million during pandemic
Bloomberg:
NYC Proposal Offers Cash for Spotting Parking Violations in Bike Lanes
Discussion: New York Magazine
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court holds investiture ceremony for Ketanji Brown Jackson
Riley Rogerson / Anchorage Daily News:
Alaska's U.S. senators want to honor the late Rep. Don Young by naming a volcano after him
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
How the Celebrity-Industrial Complex Hinders Democrats
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Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
GOP Candidate's Staffer Has a Murder-for-Hire Past
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TYT Network:
Former Trump Official Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charge, Is Sentenced to Prison
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A Las Vegas jury convicts five men for operating Jetflicks, which charged $9.99 per month and officials say was one of the largest illegal streamers in the US

Karissa Bell / Engadget:
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Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Internal memo: ABC News Executive Editor Stacia Deshishku is leaving the network and her 35-year career in journalism

 
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