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4:30 PM ET, October 1, 2022


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Thomas Gibbons-Neff / New York Times:
Russian Forces Retreat From Lyman … Russia's withdrawal from Lyman comes a day after Putin said he was annexing the region.  —  RIVNE, Ukraine — Russian forces withdrew from the strategic eastern city of Lyman on Saturday, a significant setback just a day after President Vladimir V …
New York Times:
In Washington, Putin's Nuclear Threats Stir Growing Alarm  —  In a gathering Cold War atmosphere, American officials are gaming out responses should Russia resort to battlefield nuclear weapons.  —  WASHINGTON — For the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962 …
Lawrence Freedman / Comment is Freed:
Putin's Annexation and Lyman's Encirclement  —  Even by his own standards Vladimir Putin's speech on 30 September in the Kremlin's St George's Hall was unhinged.  For those who can face reading it, it can be found here.  As he ranted about the west, denouncing it in lurid terms for a range of evils …
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.
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
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 …
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.
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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats worry polls showing them as Senate favorites are wrong
Discussion: Breitbart
NBC News:   Ticket-splitting voters were going extinct. Now they may decide 2022's biggest races.
Isaac Arnsdorf / Washington Post:
Trump escalates attacks on McConnell with ‘DEATH WISH’ post  —  An incendiary and racist message from the former president raised concerns about inciting more violence.  —  Former president Donald Trump is facing blowback for an inflammatory online message attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell …
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.
Discussion: KTVX-TV and WFLA-TV
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.
Najmeh Bozorgmehr / Financial Times:
Iranian students launch fresh anti-regime protests  —  Gatherings in university cities give new momentum to two weeks of unrest  —  Iranian university students launched protests against the country's rulers on Saturday, giving new momentum to the anti-regime protests which have been going …
Discussion: CBS News and Al Jazeera
Greg Piper / Just The News:
Enemies list?  Fed-backed censorship machine targeted 20 news sites  —  The private consortium that reported election “misinformation” to tech platforms during the 2020 election season, in “consultation” with federal agencies, targeted several news organizations in its dragnet.
Discussion: RedState and The Post Millennial
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
National Archives Says Some Trump Administration Records Are Still Missing  —  Archives didn't say whether former President Donald Trump turned over all records  —  WASHINGTON—The National Archives and Records Administration said that it hasn't recovered all the presidential records …
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
Venezuela releases 7 jailed Americans; US frees 2 prisoners  —  Venezuela on Saturday freed seven Americans imprisoned in the South American country in exchange for the release of two nephews of President Nicholas Maduro's wife who had been jailed for years by the United States on drug smuggling convictions, a senior U.S. official said.
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNN:
How Spam became cool again  —  New York CNN Business —  Spam is cool.  —  The 85-year-old canned block of meat has undergone a cultural reinvention.  —  Hormel (HRL) has sold a record amount of Spam for seven straight years, and 2022 is on pace for another such milestone.
Scoop: Menendez warns Netanyahu against working with Jewish supremacists  —  U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) during a trip to Israel last month warned Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu that if he forms a government after the Nov. 1 elections that includes right-wing extremists …
Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
Judge rules against Abrams group in voting rights lawsuit  —  A federal judge on Friday found that Georgia election practices challenged by a group associated with Democrat Stacey Abrams do not violate the constitutional rights of voters, ruling in favor of the state on all remaining issues in a lawsuit filed nearly four years ago.
Jay Reeves / Associated Press:
U.S. captives ‘prayed for death’ on brutal ride from Ukraine  —  Even after three months of captivity that included execution threats, physical torture, solitary confinement and food deprivation, it was the ride to freedom that nearly broke Alex Drueke, a U.S. military veteran released last week …
Discussion: Voice of America
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 …
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.
U.S. Justice Dept seeks expedited ruling in Trump special master case
Discussion: Bloomberg and CBS News
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Chris Kirkham / Reuters:
Superyacht linked to sanctioned Russian on sale for 29.5 million euros
Discussion: The Guardian and Forbes
Konstantin Kisin:
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Adam Sabes / Fox News:
Florida Gov. DeSantis warns those taking advantage of hurricane victims: ‘We are a law and order state’
CBS News:
Live Updates: Ian weakens over South Carolina as death toll rises in Florida
Caroline Downey / Yahoo News:
Nancy Pelosi Argues Red States Should Let Illegal Immigrants Stay to ‘Pick the Crops’
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Echeverría's Legacy of “Co-opt and Control”
The Search for Accountability: A Guide to Lawfare's Jan. 6 Project
Discussion: Axios and The Nation
James Barragán / The Texas Tribune:
35 family members of Uvalde shooting victims throw their support behind Beto O'Rourke ahead of debate
Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
A statue of legendary spy Harriet Tubman now stands at the CIA
Discussion: NBC News