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1:00 PM ET, October 2, 2022


 Top Items: 
Yasmeen Abutaleb / Washington Post:
Apocalypse now: Democrats embrace a dark midterm message  —  Biden and the Democrats planned to run mostly on their accomplishments.  But warnings of a Republican dystopia are becoming a bigger part of their message.  —  Democrat Max Frost, running for U.S. Congress in Florida …
Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
Nevada Democrats see signs of nightmare scenario: Latino voters staying home
Discussion: Washington Post
Mark Murray / NBC News:
GOP cuts into Democrats' lead among Latino voters, new poll shows
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Trump's latest attack on McConnell sets a new standard of despicable  —  When you are dealing with someone for whom there is no bottom, it's not exactly surprising to seem him hit a new low.  Nonetheless, Donald Trump's latest social media broadside against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell …
Alex Morris / Rolling Stone:
Michael Fanone Is Not Your Fucking Hero  —  He almost lost his life defending the Capitol on Jan. 6.  Now, he's a #resistance star — and he hates it  —  Jared Soares for Rolling Stone … ET IT BE known that Michael Fanone does not in any way, shape, or form want to visit the U.S. Capitol.
Soumya Karlamangla / New York Times:
Anti-Vaccine Parents Go From Welcome to Ostracized in Marin County  —  The wealthy California county just north of San Francisco has one of the nation's highest Covid-19 vaccination rates after years of being known for parents who opposed shots for childhood diseases.
New York Times:
Lawmakers Confront a Rise in Threats and Intimidation, and Fear Worse  —  Violent political speech has increasingly crossed into the realm of in-person confrontation for members of Congress in both parties, raising the prospect of a disastrous event.  —  WASHINGTON — In Bangor, Maine …
Discussion: Insider
Washington Post:
Putin overruled his top security service in prisoner swap with Ukraine
Discussion: RedState
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
Putin Has Left the World No Other Option But Regime Change
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Republicans abandon Obamacare repeal  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans are abandoning their long crusade to repeal the Affordable Care Act, making the 2022 election the first in more than a decade that won't be fought over whether to protect or undo President Barack Obama's signature achievement.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Associated Press:
10 torture sites in 1 town: Russia sowed pain, fear in Izium  —  The first time the Russian soldiers caught him, they tossed him bound and blindfolded into a trench covered with wooden boards for days on end.  Then they beat him, over and over: Legs, arms, a hammer to the knees, all accompanied by furious diatribes against Ukraine.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
New Jersey Online:
The Star-Ledger endorsement: Tom Malinowski over Tom Kean Jr.  —  To take the measure of Republican Tom Kean Jr.'s character, start with a visit to his campaign web site, where you will not see a single word about abortion.  —  But know that he has a second web site, one that his campaign pushes only to conservative voters.
Lloyd Green / The Guardian:
Confidence Man review: Maggie Haberman takes down Trump  —  The New York Times reporter presents a forensic account of the damage he has done to America  —  aggie Haberman, the New York Times' Trump whisperer, delivers.  Her latest book is much more than 600 pages of context, scoop and drama.
Bud Foster / KOLD-TV:
Teen girl denied medication refill under AZ's new abortion law  —  TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A 14-year-old Tucson girl was denied a refill of a life-saving prescription drug she had been taking for years just two days after Arizona's new abortion law had taken effect.
Discussion: Eschaton
Paul Farrell / Daily Mail:
Biden phones hero Coast Guard diver to congratulate him for rescuing lives of Florida residents - just days before he will FIRE him for being unvaccinated as 20,000 members of military face axe  — An heroic Coast Guard swimmer who saved the life of a disabled woman during Hurricane Ian …
Discussion: TRMLX
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
How Iran's Hijab Protest Movement Became So Powerful  —  Four decades after the Islamic Revolution, simmering tensions have come to a head.  What sets the current wave of protests apart from those that came before?  —  Last month, Iran's morality police arrested Mahsa Amini …
Discussion: The National Interest
Justin George / Washington Post:
Fare evasion in D.C. is rising.  Money troubles are pushing Metro to confront it.  —  Evasion has proliferated during the pandemic and is a visible reminder to many riders of revenue Metro is not collecting  —  The financial and service challenges Metro is facing amid a shift to telework …
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Americans captured by Russia detail months of beatings, interrogation … TRINITY, Ala. — Alex Drueke and Andy Tai Huynh evaded Russian forces for hours, slogging through pine forests and marshes in Ukraine to avoid detection.  The U.S. military veterans were left behind — “abandoned,” …
Discussion: CBS News
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
US supreme court to decide cases with ‘monumental’ impact on democracy  —  Many fear the potential for extreme rightwing rulings on topics ranging from affirmative action to voting rights  —  n Monday, the nine justices of the US supreme court will take their seats at the start of a new judicial year …
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.
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
A shaken Supreme Court returns to chambers
Diane Rado / Florida Phoenix:
President Biden, First Lady, scheduled to travel to FL on Wednesday following aftermath of Ian
Discussion: Sputnik News and The White House
Jessica Chasmar / Fox News:
Georgia Gov. Kemp refuses to say whether he'll campaign with Trump
Discussion: The Hill
Tana Ganeva / Rolling Stone:
‘We Are Human Beings’: Alabama Prisoners Strike to Protest Abusive Conditions, Excessive Sentencing
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Will Nostalgia Kill the British Right?
Associated Press:
Election officials brace for confrontational poll watchers
John Branch / New York Times:
The Racial Divide Herschel Walker Couldn't Outrun
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Grunwald / The Atlantic:
Why the Florida Fantasy Withstands Reality
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Emissions
Caitlin McFall / Fox News:
VP Kamala Harris says hurricane recovery should take ‘equity’ into account
The Sunday Times:
Kwasi Kwarteng's ‘budget day’ cocktail party with financiers who may have profited from crash
Spencer Lindquist / Breitbart:
George Soros's Open Society Foundation Puts Millions Behind Pro-Amnesty, Pro-Illegal Immigration Groups
Linda Robertson / Miami Herald:
Searching for survivors at Ian's ground zero, Fort Myers Beach. It doesn't always end well
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Politico