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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.
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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 …
Erick-Woods Erickson / Erick Erickson Show Notes:
About the Herschel Walker Story  —  So, to start, can I just say the reactions to me tweeting about this story are a bit nuts.  I don't think I'm supposed to carry water for anyone.  But people on the right are infuriated that I'm not standing by their man.
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 …
New York Times:
Republicans Rally Behind Herschel Walker After Abortion Report  —  The Georgia Senate candidate, who supports a no-exceptions ban on abortion, paid for a girlfriend to have the procedure in 2009, according to The Daily Beast.  Mr. Walker denied it, and G.O.P. allies are sticking by him.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:   A Public Health Success Story
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.
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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 …
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Republican Group's Ads Take On Fetterman Over Gun Incident Involving Black Jogger  —  The $1.5 million ad buy focuses on when Mr. Fetterman brandished a shotgun to stop and detain an unarmed Black jogger in 2013.  —  The super PAC affiliated with the Republican Jewish Coalition is beginning …
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Steven Shepard / Politico:   Our newest ratings and updates, fresh out of the oven
Josh Kraushaar / Axios:
Scoop: Oz to report $17.2 million (including a $7 million loan)
Discussion: The Hill and Townhall
Lauren Mayk / NBC10 Philadelphia:   Fetterman Campaign to Launch ‘Republicans for Fetterman’ as Pa. Senate Race Tightens
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Judge in documents case is clearly playing for Team Trump. She shouldn't preside.
Discussion: emptywheel and 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.
Eliot A. Cohen / The Atlantic:
Russia's Nuclear Bluster Is a Sign of Panic  —  Margarita Simonyan, the editor in chief of RT and one of Russia's top propagandists, has in the space of seven months gone from supreme confidence that Kyiv would fall in days to something like despair at Russia's shambolic mobilization and battlefield defeats.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Josie Ensor / Telegraph:
Nuclear weapons convoy sparks fears Putin could be preparing test to send ‘signal to the West’
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
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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.
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.
Ben Samuels / Haaretz:
Obama Charges Netanyahu as a World Leader Who Fueled ‘Putinism’, Report Reveals  —  The Justice Department released the transcript of the off-record conversation, which took place between Obama and reporters three days before Trump assumed power  —  WASHINGTON - Former U.S. President Barack …
Discussion: HuffPost, The Nation and Insider
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.
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 …
Reuters:
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.
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 …
 
 
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Zach Schonfeld / The Hill:
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Matthew Brown / Associated Press:
Montana judge knocks down Republicans' tighter voting laws
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CNN:
Takeaways from the dramatic first day and opening statements of the Oath Keepers trial
Daniel Miller / The Forward:
My relative running for Congress is part of a movement that endangers Jews. Should my family speak out?
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's Husband No Longer Wants to Keep Divorce Private
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Biden tells Al Sharpton he will run for president again in 2024
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
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