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7:35 PM ET, October 2, 2022

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New York Times:
The Story Behind DeSantis's Migrant Flights to Martha's Vineyard  —  Asylum seekers in Texas were recruited for the flights by a woman who appeared to be a former Army counterintelligence agent.  “We were tricked,” one migrant said.  —  SAN ANTONIO — In June, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed …
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
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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Capitol attack officer Fanone hits out at ‘weasel’ McCarthy in startling interview  —  Michael Fanone makes candid and profane remarks about Republicans in Rolling Stone interview as he promotes memoir  —  In an extraordinarily candid and profane interview with Rolling Stone, Michael Fanone …
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.
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 …
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Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
Nevada Democrats see signs of nightmare scenario: Latino voters staying home
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
Yasmeen Abutaleb / Washington Post:
Apocalypse now: Democrats embrace a dark midterm message
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
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.
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Trump's latest attack on McConnell sets a new standard of despicable
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
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 …
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?”
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Lloyd Green / The Guardian:
Confidence Man review: Maggie Haberman takes down Trump
Discussion: CBS News and Mediaite
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 Kraushaar / Axios:
Democrats' new Senate struggles  —  Democrats are facing fresh problems in two pivotal Senate battlegrounds in which their nominees are facing attacks for being too progressive. … In Pennsylvania, recent polling suggests Democrat John Fetterman's double-digit advantage over Republican Mehmet Oz has shrunk to a statistical tie.
Joshua Zitser / Insider:
Marjorie Taylor Greene deceptively tells Trump rally that Democrat ‘killings’ of Republicans have already started  — Marjorie Taylor Greene spoke at a rally for Donald Trump in Michigan on Saturday night.  — A video shows her accusing Democrats of murdering Republicans, saying the “killings” have already begun.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
As New Term Starts, Supreme Court Is Poised to Resume Rightward Push  —  The justices return to the bench on Monday to start a term that will include major cases on affirmative action, voting and discrimination against gay couples.  Several will take on questions about race.
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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.
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: Alternet.org, PoliticusUSA and The Hill
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.
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 …
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: RedState, The Western Journal and TRMLX
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
 
 
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Richard Hanania / Richard Hanania's Newsletter:
The Year of Fukuyama  —  American Triumphalism and “Normie Theories of Democracy”
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
What happens when Biden actually has to go out and campaign?
Discussion: Sputnik News and Breitbart
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
Justin George / Washington Post:
Fare evasion in D.C. is rising. Money troubles are pushing Metro to confront it.
 Earlier Items: 
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
Caitlin McFall / Fox News:
VP Kamala Harris says hurricane recovery should take ‘equity’ into account
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Americans captured by Russia detail months of beatings, interrogation