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9:20 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 …
Isaac Arnsdorf / Washington Post:
CPAC backpedals on pro-Russia tweet as some U.S. conservatives back Putin  —  The prominent conservative group decried ‘gift-giving to Ukraine’ while adopting Putin's view of ‘Ukraine-occupied territories’  —  Prominent Republicans are digging in against American support …
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 …
Washington Post:
Putin overruled his top security service in prisoner swap with Ukraine  —  The prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine in late September was approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin over the objections of his top security service, the FSB, which had concerns about a public backlash in Russia …
Discussion: RedState and Mother Jones
Associated Press:
Russia withdraws troops after Ukraine encircles key city
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Putin Is Turning Russia Into a Giant North Korea
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 …
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.
CBS News:
Live Updates: Ian weakens over South Carolina as death toll rises in Florida
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 …
The Guardian:
‘Women are in charge.  They are leading’: Iran protests continue despite crackdowns  —  People, determined to defy violence by security forces and online blackout, are resorting to old-fashioned methods to organise unrest  —  The messages, printed on scraps of paper, were thrown …
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.
New York Times:   American Prisoners Are Released From Venezuela and Iran
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
NBC News:   Ticket-splitting voters were going extinct. Now they may decide 2022's biggest races.
New York Times:
The Supreme Court Has a Crisis of Trust  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.  It is separate from the newsroom.  —  The Supreme Court's authority within the American political system is both immense and fragile.
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 …
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