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11:55 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: Insider and The Wrap
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 …
Travis Waldron / HuffPost:
Brazil Presidential Election Headed To Runoff After Surprisingly Strong Vote For Far-Right Bolsonaro  —  The head-to-head battle will have massive implications for the world's fourth-largest democracy, as right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro seeks to undermine Brazil's election.
Associated Press:
Bolsonaro, Lula appear headed for runoff in Brazil race
Billy Eichner Seems to Blame Homophobia for ‘Bros’ Low Box Office  —  BILLY EICHNER SEEMS TO BLAME HOMOPHOBIA ... For ‘Bros’ Box Office Bomb  —  Billy Eichner's new romcom completely bombed at the box office — and he appears to be chalking it up to homophobia across the country.
Wall Street Journal:
Judge Laurence Silberman Shaped Second Amendment Jurisprudence  —  The influential jurist, who has died at age 86, sat for decades on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit  —  Laurence Silberman, an influential conservative during a long career as an appeals court judge …
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.
Andrew Solender / Axios:
Scoop: House GOP expands map with new $14 million ad blitz  —  A super PAC tied to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is pouring another $14 million into ad reservations in key House districts as the midterm campaign enters its final stage, Axios has learned.
Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
Nevada Democrats see signs of nightmare scenario: Latino voters staying home
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
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.
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Racist ‘Willie Horton’-style fearmongering on crime may win midterms for GOP
Jon Gabriel / Arizona Republic:
A lot of folks are running the White House.  Joe Biden just isn't one of them  —  Opinion: I've known several older folks who were sharper at 80 than I was at 40.  Joe Biden is not one of them.  This isn't about his age as much as his competence.  —  Joe Biden isn't as lively as he used to be.
Abdul Hakim-Shabazz / IndyPolitics.Org:
New Poll Shows Close U.S. Senate Race  —  A survey conducted by Indy Politics and ARW Strategies of likely voters in Indiana between September 25th and 26th shows the United States Senate race neck-and-neck heading into the final month.  —  Incumbent Republican Todd Young is receiving …
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
Thomas Curwen / Los Angeles Times:
An L.A. journalist's death by suicide still confounds years later.  “Can we ever understand that?”  —  Three years after her husband took his life, Sara Scribner wants to talk.  She knows it won't be easy, but the time is right.  Suicide and mental illness have long been the subject …
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
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Wire:
Trans Student Walkout Group Admits Most Just Wanted To Skip School, Boasts About Tricking Media  —  National media covered “walkouts” by students supposedly objecting to transgender policies from Virginia Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's administration, but internal video of the “student” …
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 …
William Carwile / Bend Bulletin:
Guest Column: Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Congress … The purpose of this letter is to express my full support for Jamie McLeod-Skinner as she seeks to represent us in Washington.  During my 45 years of service, 30 of which was in the U.S. Army and 15 years as a senior FEMA official assisting …
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 …
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?”
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.
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 and PoliticusUSA
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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
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.
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Will Nostalgia Kill the British Right?
New Jersey Online:
The Star-Ledger endorsement: Tom Malinowski over Tom Kean Jr.
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Republicans abandon Obamacare repeal
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ and PoliticusUSA
Soumya Karlamangla / New York Times:
Anti-Vaccine Parents Go From Welcome to Ostracized in Marin County
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