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9:45 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
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 …
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 …
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Russia's annexation puts world ‘two or three steps away’ from nuclear war
Discussion: Vox
New York Times:
In Washington, Putin's Nuclear Threats Stir Growing Alarm
Konstantin Kisin:
Putin: “The End of Western Hegemony is INEVITABLE”
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
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 …
Discussion: DW.COM, PBS NewsHour, Bloomberg and CBS News
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Fox News
Associated Press:
Election officials brace for confrontational poll watchers  —  The situation with the poll watcher had gotten so bad that Anne Risku, the election director in North Carolina's Wayne County, had to intervene via speakerphone.  “You need to back off!”  Risku recalled hollering …
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.
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.
Discussion: Politico, The Guardian and Bloomberg
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
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John Branch / New York Times:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Grunwald / The Atlantic:
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Discussion: Emissions
Caitlin McFall / Fox News:
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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
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Chris Kirkham / Reuters:
Superyacht linked to sanctioned Russian on sale for 29.5 million euros
Discussion: The Guardian
Scoop: Menendez warns Netanyahu against working with Jewish supremacists
Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
Judge rules against Abrams group in voting rights lawsuit
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats worry polls showing them as Senate favorites are wrong
Discussion: Sputnik News
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