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10:40 AM ET, October 4, 2022


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Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
‘Pro-Life’ Herschel Walker Paid for Girlfriend's Abortion  —  The woman has receipts—and a “get well” card she says the football star, now a Senate candidate, sent her. … Herschel Walker, the football legend now running for Senate in Georgia, says he wants to completely ban abortion …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Stunning developments dog Herschel Walker's campaign at pivotal time  —  Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker has weathered crises that have leveled other campaigns and still remained within striking distance of Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock thanks to relatively unshakable support from many in the GOP base.
Shannon McCaffrey / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Herschel Walker's campaign in turmoil as adult son accuses him of violence, lying  —  ‘You are not a family man’  —  U.S. Senate hopeful Herschel Walker's campaign was in turmoil Monday after his adult son accused his father of threatening to kill his family members, an accusation that came …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Public Health Success Story  —  We revisit the subject of Covid and racial inequities.  —  The Covid mass vaccination program in the U.S. began on Dec. 14, 2020, when a nurse at a hospital in Queens, N.Y., received a shot on live television.  —  But more than two months later …
Maya King / New York Times:
Herschel Walker Paid for Girlfriend's Abortion, Report Says
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Poll Update: Republicans Gain in the Senate  —  A closer look at Pennsylvania and Nevada, and some Democratic leads that seem vulnerable.  —  Two weeks ago, we noted early signs that Republicans were making gains in the race for the Senate.  —  Now it's clear the race has shifted toward Republicans in important ways.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Dems agonize over N.C. spending debacle as Senate race tightens  —  Senate Democrats are prioritizing a half-dozen states over North Carolina.  The state's House Democrats are openly fretting that the party could come to regret it.  —  As the midterms enter their final stretch …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Our newest ratings and updates, fresh out of the oven  —  Republicans are taking a pass on Democratic Rep. David Trone, with the pricey D.C. media market and Trone's Total Wine fortune posing big obstacles to contesting the seat, despite an improvement in redistricting.  —  Previous rating: Toss-Up
NBC News:
The White House is discussing a push around immigration — after the midterms  —  As they plot a post-midterms legislative agenda for President Joe Biden, White House officials have been considering whether changes to the country's immigration system should be one of his major policy pushes …
Bryan Anderson / WRAL-TV:
Budd, Beasley deadlocked in US Senate race as economic concerns weigh NC voters, WRAL News poll shows
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Trump's lawyer refused his request in February to say all documents returned  —  After initial return of 15 boxes, attorney Alex Cannon thought there might be more records at Mar-a-Lago, people familiar with the matter said  —  Former president Donald Trump asked one of his lawyers to tell …
Discussion: Insider, Mediaite, CNN and Raw Story
New York Times:
Lawyer Declined Trump Request to Tell Archives All Material Was Returned  —  When asked to say the former president had no more government documents after the return of 15 boxes in January, the lawyer, Alex Cannon, would not do so, uncertain of whether it was true.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Judge in documents case is clearly playing for Team Trump. She shouldn't preside.
Discussion: Raw Story
James Ball / Rolling Stone:
Roger Waters: I'm on a Ukrainian ‘Kill List’  —  In an explosive, wide-ranging interview, the Pink Floyd co-founder discusses his controversial views on Ukraine — and Russia, and Wikileaks, and Israel, and so much more.  —  ROGER WATERS DOES not want you to ignore his politics.
Walter Russell Mead / Wall Street Journal:
Putin's Nuclear Threat Is Real  —  The conflict isn't only about Ukraine.  He's waging a global war on the U.S.-led order.  —  1x  —  Even as poorly trained, poorly led and poorly supplied Russian forces retreat on the battlefield, the danger that the war in Ukraine will erupt into a wider conflict continues to grow.
Josie Ensor / Telegraph:
Nuclear weapons convoy sparks fears Putin could be preparing test to send ‘signal to the West’
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Gideon Rachman / Financial Times:   When conspiracy theorists run countries
Garry Kasparov / New York Daily News:
Mobilize the free world against Putin now
Susan J. Demas / Michigan Advance:
Michigan Republicans beg Whitmer to zip it on abortion rights  —  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gives the keynote address at the 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference on June 2, 2022 |  Susan J. Demas graphic using Allison R. Donahue photo  —  When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave her keynote address …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's lead over Tudor Dixon stretches to 17 points: new poll
Discussion: WDIV-TV and LGBTQ Nation
Washington Post:
Ukraine hammers Russian forces into retreat on east and south fronts  —  Ukrainian troops on Tuesday accelerated their military advances on two fronts, pushing Russian forces into retreat in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions to the east and Kherson region to the south.
Washington Post:
Refuting annexation, Ukrainian forces push on from Lyman toward Luhansk
Discussion: Politico, UPI and New York Times
Saudi prince has immunity in Khashoggi killing lawsuit, say lawyers  —  Lawyers for Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, facing a U.S. lawsuit over the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, told a court on Monday the crown prince's appointment as prime minister last week ensured him immunity from prosecution.
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Irony Meter Explodes as Migrants Lured TO Florida for Hurricane Ian Cleanup  —  OH, NOW YOU NEED THEM  —  Migrants are reportedly being transported from New York City to Florida for work supporting cleanup efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ian—weeks after the governor put migrants on a flight to Martha's Vineyard.
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Election officials confront a new problem: Whether they can trust their own poll workers  —  Election officials are growing concerned about a new danger in November: that groups looking to undermine election results will try to install their supporters as poll workers.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell saw killing Manchin bill as personal  —  For Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), killing Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-W.Va.) permitting reform bill was personal.  —  McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, looked like he'd been hoodwinked when Manchin announced a deal with Senate Majority …
Financial Times:
Truss finally admits defeat on tax benefit for the wealthy  —  Prime minister cuts her losses and abandons plan to ditch top rate of income tax after outcry  —  Prime minister Liz Truss sought to hold her nerve during the course of a fraught Sunday at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham …
J. Michael Luttig / The Atlantic:
There Is Absolutely Nothing to Support the ‘Independent State Legislature’ Theory  —  The Supreme Court will decide before next summer the most important case for American democracy in the almost two and a half centuries since America's founding.  —  In Moore v. Harper …
Washington Post:
Sheryl Sandberg's next chapter: Pledging millions to fight abortion bans  —  The longtime Facebook chief officer stepped down last week.  Three days later, she announced one of the biggest donations for abortion rights in ACLU history.  —  Less than three days after she left her position …
Discussion: Politico
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Trump sues CNN for defamation  —  Former President Trump has sued CNN in federal court in Florida for defamation.  —  In the l awsuit filed Monday, Trump's attorneys claim CNN “has sought to use its massive influence — purportedly as a ‘trusted’ news source — to defame the Plaintiff …
Kylie Cheung / Jezebel:
Dr. Oz's Scientific Experiments Killed Over 300 Dogs, Entire Litter of Puppies  —  Columbia's internal investigation found that Oz's research team inflicted extensive suffering on canine test subjects in violation of the Animal Welfare Act.  —  Alerts  —  In a scandal that will surely …
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Josh Kraushaar / Axios:
Scoop: Oz to report $17.2 million (including a $7 million loan)
Discussion: The Hill and Townhall
Ivana Saric / Axios:
Planned Parenthood opening first RV clinic to provide abortion services
Declan Harty / Politico:
Trump startup investors: Give us a better deal or we'll walk
Discussion: Bloomberg
Matthew Brown / Associated Press:
Montana judge knocks down Republicans' tighter voting laws
Discussion: The Root and Washington Times
Takeaways from the dramatic first day and opening statements of the Oath Keepers trial
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Miller / The Forward:
My relative running for Congress is part of a movement that endangers Jews. Should my family speak out?
Sean Wilentz / Washington Post:
Trump's origins in a New York world of con men, mobsters and hustlers
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's Husband No Longer Wants to Keep Divorce Private
Discussion: Raw Story
Victor Shi / The Boston Globe:
There is no home for Asian Americans in the Republican Party anymore
Discussion: Bloomberg
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
11th Circuit Rules On Case Seven Years Later, Hours After TPM Story