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7:55 PM ET, September 30, 2022

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Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
Putin's Newest Annexation Is Dire for Russia Too  —  Vladimir Putin today announced his annexation of four provinces of Ukraine—four provinces that he does not fully control, that did not vote to join Russia, that have been the site of mass murder and mass deportation since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
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Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Welcome to Cold War 2  —  Putin declares war on the West.  —  Last night's TNB was awesome.  Just two buddies, hanging out, talking about the end of democracy and playing AMA.  —  You can watch the replay here or listen to the podcast version here.  —  1. Cold War 2
Associated Press:
New U.S. Sanctions on Russia Hits Top Officials, Defense and Tech Sectors … Despite international condemnation, Putin signs decrees declaring four regions of Ukraine part of Russia.  —  President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia signed decrees on Friday to declare four Ukrainian regions part …
Iuliia Mendel / Washington Post:
Ukraine has always been ready to negotiate.  The question is how.  —  Iuliia Mendel is a journalist and former press secretary for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday declared his willingness to negotiate with Ukraine.  Sounds good, right?
Discussion: Yahoo News, The Hill and Politico
Alexei Navalny / Washington Post:
This is what a post-Putin Russia should look like
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 …
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 …
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Mackenzie Mays / Los Angeles Times:
Newsom signs bill protecting transgender youths and families fleeing red-state policies
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 …
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Punchbowl News:
9/30/22 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM
Discussion: National Review and NRCC
Jonathan Vanian / CNBC:
Facebook scrambles to escape stock's death spiral as users flee, sales drop  — Meta is trading at its lowest since early 2019, and the stock is one of the worst performers this year in the S&P 500.  — The company's problems are mounting, whether it's the ad hit from Apple's iOS changes or the growing threat posed by TikTok.
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: Daily Kos, Raw Story and Off the Kuff
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: Raw Story
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CNN:
GOP congressional candidate Joe Kent's ties to white nationalists include interview with Nazi sympathizer  —  Despite disavowing White nationalism last spring when one of its adherents endorsed him, a US House candidate in Washington subsequently gave a previously unreported interview in June to a Nazi sympathizer and White nationalist.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
New York Times:
Hurricane Ian's Staggering Scale of Wreckage Becomes Clearer in Florida  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — The extent of Hurricane Ian's destruction became clearer on Thursday as people across southwestern Florida, left without electricity, drinking water or inhabitable homes, began to assess the damage …
Jen Fifield / Votebeat:
Trump allies have interviewed nearly 200 election officials to probe for weaknesses  —  Volunteers for “Operation Eagles Wings” are using surveys in eight states to seek support for conspiracy theories.  —  Two of Donald Trump's most prominent allies in his fight to overturn the 2020 election …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fired Fox News Anchor Must Face ‘Revenge Porn’ Allegations, Judge Rules  —  After a former Fox News associate producer filed a lawsuit accusing Henry of sexual assault, his legal team included 15 explicit photos of her in the public docket.  —  Disgraced former Fox News anchor Ed Henry's motion …
Discussion: Raw Story and Law & Crime
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Liz Truss' Woes Multiply After Media Blitz  —  In a round of interviews, the prime minister showed little sympathy for the pain that high interest rates could inflict on mortgage holders, critics said.  —  LONDON — For Prime Minister Liz Truss, it was a chance to steady the waters after days …
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 …
Asawin Suebsaeng / Rolling Stone:
Tucker Carlson Secretly Tried to Get Jared Kushner to Broker Pardon for Roger Stone, Book Reveals  —  Maggie Haberman writes in Confidence Man that the Fox News host went to great lengths to get former President Trump to let his former campaign adviser off the hook
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 …
John Nichols / The Nation:
The January 6 Committee Can't Quit Before It Examines the Clarence Thomas Connection  —  In addition to exposing Trump's coup plotting, the committee must examine whether a Supreme Court justice abused his position to aid the plotters.  —  The House Select Committee to Investigate …
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Judge upholds Georgia election laws on all counts in voting rights case  —  Ruling ends lawsuit filed by Fair Fight Action after 2018 election  —  A federal judge delivered a decisive ruling Friday against allies of Democrat Stacey Abrams in their 4-year-old voting rights lawsuit …
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: CNN, New York Magazine and The Hill
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.
National Journal:
Republicans count on candidates of color to expand the House map  —  Nonwhite candidates are helping the GOP build bridges into minority communities—and deflect Democratic attacks.  —  On Wednesday, as Hurricane Ian bore down on the Florida district Anna Paulina Luna is likely to represent next year …
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Technical Report 3: Multi-National Monkeypox Outbreak, United States, 2022 … U.S. Case Data  —  On May 17, 2022, the United States reported the first monkeypox case in the current outbreak in Massachusetts.  As of September 23, there are 24,846 in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico (Figure 1).
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
Sailor Acquitted of Setting Fire That Destroyed $1.2 Billion Navy Ship  —  A Navy judge cleared Seaman Recruit Ryan Mays of all charges over the fire that engulfed the U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard in 2020.  —  NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — A sailor charged with intentionally setting one of the worst noncombat fires …
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
David French / The Atlantic:
Hatred Makes Fools of Us All  —  Tucker Carlson's conspiracies show that animosity fuels gullibility. … Earlier this week, the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that supplies natural gas from Russia to European customers suffered serious damage in what many believe was an act of sabotage.
 
 
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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CNN, MSNBC avoid Biden's 'Where's Jackie?' snafu after obsessing over Trump's ‘Tim Apple’ gaffe
Mississippi Free Press:
Mississippi Welfare Scandal Timeline: Brett Favre and the Volleyball Stadium
Discussion: Daily Kos and Fox News
Bloomberg:
NYC Proposal Offers Cash for Spotting Parking Violations in Bike Lanes
Discussion: CBS News, Gizmodo and New York Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Trump made up audit excuse for not releasing tax returns on fly, book says
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court holds investiture ceremony for Ketanji Brown Jackson
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
A new reminder that candidate quality matters
Discussion: Jezebel
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Crisis of Men and Boys
Discussion: The Weekly Dish
Camille Mumford / Emerson Polling:
Pennsylvania 2022: Fetterman's Lead Shrinks in US Senate Race; Shapiro's Lead Expands For Governor's Seat
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
The Pandemic's Legacy Is Already Clear
Discussion: The Nation and I Might Be Wrong
Associated Press:
Russian strike kills 25 as Kremlin to annex Ukraine regions