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7:25 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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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
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: The Hill, Raw Story and Political Wire
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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
National Archives says it's still missing records from Trump officials  —  The National Archives has told the House Oversight Committee that it has not yet recovered all of the records from Trump administration officials that should have been transferred under the Presidential Records Act.
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and Bloomberg
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 …
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.
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New York Times:
American Prisoners Are Released From Venezuela and Iran  —  Caracas let go seven Americans in a trade for two nephews of Venezuela's first lady who had been convicted on drug charges.  Separately, Tehran freed its longest-held American prisoner.  —  WASHINGTON — Seven Americans held …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats worry polls showing them as Senate favorites are wrong  —  Political handicappers are labeling Senate Democrats as the favorites to keep their majority, but Democratic senators themselves are worried the polls may be flawed in their favor just as they were in 2016 and 2020.
Discussion: Sputnik News and Breitbart
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Linda Robertson / Miami Herald:
Searching for survivors at Ian's ground zero, Fort Myers Beach.  It doesn't always end well  —  Pasco, a young black Labrador retriever on his first search and rescue mission, quickly picked up the scent on Anchorage Street.  He led a Miami firefighter to the top of a rubble pile and jumped down the other side.
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Politico and WSVN-TV
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CBS News:
Live Updates: Ian weakens over South Carolina as death toll rises in Florida
Axios:
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 …
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.
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: Sputnik News, CBS News and Al Jazeera
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.
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.
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.
Chris Kirkham / Reuters:
Superyacht linked to sanctioned Russian on sale for 29.5 million euros  —  A U.S.-based luxury yacht broker is advertising for sale a 168-foot superyacht linked to sanctioned Russian billionaire Igor Kesaev for 29.5 million euros, according to an email seen by Reuters.
Discussion: Forbes and The Guardian
 
 
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James Barragán / The Texas Tribune:
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