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11:40 AM ET, October 1, 2022


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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Putin Is Turning Russia Into a Giant North Korea  —  With his annexation of parts of Ukraine on Friday, Vladimir Putin has set in motion forces that are turning Russia into a giant North Korea.  It will be a paranoid, angry, isolated state, but unlike North Korea, the Russian version …
Washington Post:
Ukraine live briefing: Russian forces withdrawing from Lyman; nuclear plant chief detained  —  The Russian Defense Ministry says its troops are withdrawing from the eastern Ukrainian city of Lyman “due to the threat of encirclement” — a day after the Kremlin illegally annexed that region.
Financial Times:
Ukrainian forces encircle thousands of Russian troops in key eastern city  —  Kyiv edges towards full control of Lyman, a staging ground for Russian troops, in blow to Putin  —  Russia withdrew from the eastern Ukrainian city of Lyman on Saturday, less than 24 hours after Vladimir Putin announced …
Yahoo News:
Putin's ‘annexation’ announcement changes little on the ground in Ukraine  —  KYIV, Ukraine — Even by his own fire-and-brimstone standards, Russian President Vladimir Putin seemed angry on Friday as he addressed hundreds of Russian parliamentarians and governors in St. George Hall in the Kremlin.
Associated Press:
Russia withdraws troops after Ukraine encircles key city  —  After being encircled by Ukrainian forces, Russia pulled troops out Saturday from an eastern Ukrainian city that it had been using as a front-line hub.  It was the latest victory for the Ukrainian counteroffensive that has humiliated and angered the Kremlin.
Iuliia Mendel / Washington Post:
Ukraine has always been ready to negotiate. The question is how.
Discussion: Yahoo News, The Hill and Politico
New York Times:
Facing a Dire Storm Forecast in Florida, Officials Delayed Evacuation  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — As Hurricane Ian charged toward the western coast of Florida this week, the warnings from forecasters were growing more urgent.  Life-threatening storm surge threatened to deluge the region from Tampa all the way to Fort Myers.
Feds seek to fast-track appeal in Trump Mar-a-Lago documents fight  —  The Justice Department moved to quickly dismantle the independent review of documents seized from Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, contending that the review — ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon — is impeding its criminal investigation.
Washington Post:
Wes Moore leads Dan Cox in Md. Gov. race by 2-to-1 margin, Post-UMD poll finds  —  Moore shored up support among Democrats and about a fifth of Republicans in a lopsided contest.  Political scientist: 'It's hard to see how Cox can win.'  —  Maryland Democrat and political newcomer Wes Moore holds …
Transition from hell  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With help from Allie Bice.  —  While DONALD TRUMP was attempting to prevent then President-elect JOE BIDEN from ascending to office in the months after the election …
Meaghan Ellis /
‘Wants his old job back’: Kellyanne Conway insists Trump is eager to announce his 2024 presidential run  —  Former President Donald Trump is reportedly eager to announce his presidential run for the 2024 election, according to his close ally and former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway.
Discussion: CBS News and Insider
Zoe Tillman / Bloomberg:
A Jan. 6 Judge Was Targeted in a SWAT Hoax.  He Likely Won't Be the Last  —  Shortly before midnight on July 21, police arrived at the home of a federal judge set to preside the next day over a plea hearing in Washington in a high-profile Jan. 6 prosecution.
Caroline Downey / Yahoo News:
Nancy Pelosi Argues Red States Should Let Illegal Immigrants Stay to ‘Pick the Crops’ … Speaker of the United States House of Representatives  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that Republican governors should welcome the influx of migrants coming across the southern border because they can …
The Search for Accountability: A Guide to Lawfare's Jan. 6 Project  —  The story of Jan. 6's aftermath—and all of Lawfare's coverage of it—in one place.  —  The slate of hearings convened by the Jan. 6 committee was the television event of summer 2022: a dramatic series that vividly reminded viewers …
Discussion: Axios
Wall Street Journal:
Cuba Makes Rare Request for U.S. Aid After Devastation From Hurricane Ian  —  Washington is assessing how much assistance Havana needs, according to communications  —  WASHINGTON—The Biden administration has received a rare request from Cuba's government to provide emergency assistance following …
Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
A statue of legendary spy Harriet Tubman now stands at the CIA  —  “A woke military is a weak military,” former CIA director Mike Pompeo tweeted Tuesday.  —  A few weeks earlier at CIA headquarters, in Langley, Va., current CIA director William J. Burns had a different perspective …
Discussion: NBC News
NBC News:
Ticket-splitting voters were going extinct.  Now they may decide 2022's biggest races.  —  Ticket-splitters are back, and they're playing a starring role in the chaotic 2022 campaign.  —  In battleground states from Georgia to New Hampshire to Ohio, a potentially decisive slice …
Michael Lee / New York Post:
China has opened police stations in US and Canada to monitor Chinese citizens: Report  —  China has opened dozens of “overseas police service stations” around the globe to monitor its citizens living abroad, including one location in New York City and three in Toronto.
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