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3:25 PM ET, October 2, 2022


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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 …
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
WATCH: Rick Scott Squirms When Pressed on Trump's Racist Attack Against Mitch McConnell's Wife  —  Florida Senator Rick Scott floundered when asked about former President Donald Trump's racially-charged attack against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's wife.
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.
Discussion: The Wrap
Mark Murray / NBC News:
GOP cuts into Democrats' lead among Latino voters, new poll shows  —  Less than six weeks before November's midterm elections, Democrats lead Republicans by more than 20 points among Latino voters, but that Democratic advantage has declined from previous election cycles …
Yasmeen Abutaleb / Washington Post:
Apocalypse now: Democrats embrace a dark midterm message
Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
Nevada Democrats see signs of nightmare scenario: Latino voters staying home
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and CBS News
CBS News:
Maggie Haberman on Donald Trump: “He saw the presidency as the ultimate vehicle to fame”  —  CBS News' John Dickerson asked New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, who has become the chronicler-in-chief of the Donald Trump era, “How long has Donald Trump been in your head, or you in his?”
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: Jezebel and Eschaton
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.
Rolling Stone:
Aretha Franklin Was Tracked By the FBI for 40 Years.  Here's What's In Her File  —  The agency tried — and failed — for decades to tie the Queen of Soul to “extremists”  —  FROM 1967 TO 2007, the Federal Bureau of Investigation methodically collected information about Aretha Franklin …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
A shaken Supreme Court returns to chambers  —  When a nondescript man with a scraggly beard sauntered up to prominent race scholar and professor Cornel West at a religious liberty conference in Rome in July, West wasn't exactly sure who he was dealing with.  —  “I walk into this big, old …
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 and Vanity Fair
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
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
The Sunday Times:
Liz Truss advised King Charles to stay away from Cop27 climate summit … The King, a passionate environmental campaigner, has abandoned plans to attend next month's Cop27 climate change summit after Liz Truss told him to stay away.  —  He had intended to deliver a speech at the meeting of world leaders in Egypt.
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.
David French / The Dispatch:
When Culture Wars Go Way Too Far  —  State efforts to break families over transgender issues threaten foundational American rights.  —  Last month The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg published a fascinating interview with Israeli prime minister Yair Lapid.  The entire interview is worth reading …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and New York Post
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
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 …
CBS News:
Transcript: H.R. McMaster on “Face the Nation,” Oct. 2, 2022  —  The following is a transcript of an interview with retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, former national security adviser in the Trump White House and a CBS News contributor, that aired on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022.
Discussion: The Hill, PoliticusUSA and
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,” …
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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
Michael Grunwald / The Atlantic:
Why the Florida Fantasy Withstands Reality
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Emissions
 Earlier Items: 
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
Washington Post:
Putin overruled his top security service in prisoner swap with Ukraine
Discussion: RedState
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
National Archives says it's still missing records from Trump officials
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