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12:45 PM ET, September 30, 2022

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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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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
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
A new reminder that candidate quality matters
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The GOP Cavalry Arrives
Andrew Solender / Axios:
GOP's impeachment zeal
Discussion: Raw Story, CNN and Washington Post
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
GOP billionaire donors direct cash to Senate leaders as Trump candidates lag Dems in fundraising
Discussion: Raw Story
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’
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
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.
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 …
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Politico:
The Bill Clinton comeback
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 …
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
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
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
How the Celebrity-Industrial Complex Hinders Democrats  —  On the menu today: Politico recognizes what some of us have been saying for a long time — Democratic gubernatorial candidates Beto O'Rourke and Stacey Abrams are not only failing to live up to the enormous hype that has been steadily building around …
Discussion: Fox News and Politico
Guillermo Contreras / San Antonio Express-News:
Warden of Texas immigrant jail fired after arrest for shooting 2 migrants  —  The warden of a West Texas federal jail for immigrants has been fired after he and a brother allegedly shot at migrants drinking water along a roadside in Hudspeth County on Tuesday, killing one and wounding another.
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Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New Yorker:
The Curious Case of Donald Bolduc
Discussion: HotAir
Washington Examiner:
Biden's mental sharpness is increasingly doubtful, and it's a serious issue
Discussion: Boston Herald, Fox News and RedState
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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TYT Network:
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
Rodlyn-Mae Banting / Jezebel:
Conservatives Very Offended by Lizzo Twerking With Slave Owner's Crystal Flute
Keith Gessen / New Yorker:
How the War in Ukraine Might End
Perry Stein / Washington Post:
Judge rules Trump lawyers don't have to clarify Mar-a-Lago document claims
Zachary T. Sampson / Tampa Bay Times:
Section of Sanibel Causeway wiped out by Hurricane Ian