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4:45 AM ET, October 2, 2022


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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
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 …
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
Putin Has Left the World No Other Option But Regime Change  —  The Russian dictator's deranged “annexation” speech should make it clear to the global community of nations that his staying in power won't provide “stability.” … Vladimir Putin must go.  —  His demented Kremlin speech Friday …
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
Russia withdraws troops after Ukraine encircles key city
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.
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
National Archives Says Some Trump Administration Records Are Still Missing
Discussion: Raw Story, Bloomberg and Fox News
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
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 and Politico
CBS News:
Live Updates: Ian weakens over South Carolina as death toll rises in Florida
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.
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 …
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 …
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,” …
Jay Reeves / Associated Press:   U.S. captives ‘prayed for death’ on brutal ride from Ukraine
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CBS News
Associated Press:
Venezuela releases 7 jailed Americans; US frees 2 prisoners
The Sunday Times:
Kwasi Kwarteng's ‘budget day’ cocktail party with financiers who may have profited from crash  —  Kwasi Kwarteng attended a private champagne reception hours after delivering his mini-budget where hedge fund managers who would gain from a crash in the pound egged him on to commit to his plans.
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