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6:00 PM ET, October 4, 2022


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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.
Walker's team knew of an abortion allegation months before it surfaced  —  Months before news broke alleging that Herschel Walker paid for an abortion, top Republicans in the state — including those advising his team — warned him that the story could torpedo his campaign.
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.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia Republicans distance themselves from Herschel Walker after abortion report
NBC News:
National Republicans stand by Herschel Walker after report he paid for an abortion
Shannon McCaffrey / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Herschel Walker's campaign in turmoil as adult son accuses him of violence, lying
Jessica Taylor / Cook Political Report:
Pennsylvania Senate Moves Back to Toss Up  —  When we shifted our Pennsylvania Senate rating to Lean Democrat about six weeks ago, we included this key caveat — Republican spending against Democratic nominee John Fetterman had yet to ramp up, and that while Republican Mehmet Oz still …
Josh Kraushaar / Axios:
Scoop: Oz to report $17.2 million (including a $7 million loan)
Discussion: Breitbart, HotAir and The Hill
Musk Proposes to Buy Twitter for Original Price of $54.20 a Share  —  Elon Musk revived his bid for Twitter Inc. at the original offer price of $54.20 a share, potentially avoiding a courtroom fight over one of the most contentious acquisitions in recent history.
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.
Eliot A. Cohen / The Atlantic:   Russia's Nuclear Bluster Is a Sign of Panic
Sarah Polus / The Hill:
Ye, Candace Owens wear ‘White Lives Matter’ shirts at Paris Fashion week  —  Rapper and fashion designer Ye and conservative U.S. political commentator Candace Owens made headlines with matching “White Lives Matter” t-shirts at Paris Fashion Week on Monday.  —  The duo, who are both Black …
Washington Post:
In Trump White House, classified records routinely mishandled, aides say  —  The jumble of secret and not-secret documents found by the FBI was typical of how Donald Trump handled records, former staffers said  —  Aides who had worked in Donald Trump's White House were not surprised this summer …
Sohrab Ahmari / The American Conservative:
Iran's Empty Uprising  —  Iran's Empty Uprising  —  Iran's liberal opposition must be able to answer a basic question: who would you have rule us?  —  Iranian protesters set their scarves on fire while marching down a street on October 1, 2022 in Tehran, Iran.  (Getty Images)
Benoit Faucon / Wall Street Journal:   Iran's Crippled Economy Sustains Protests After Religious Police Lit Flame
Nahid Siamdoust / New Lines Magazine:
Woman, Life, Liberty: A Slogan One Hundred Years in the Making
Discussion: The Noösphere
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Trump Asks Supreme Court to Intervene in Review of Mar-a-Lago Records  —  In earlier cases, the justices have ruled against Mr. Trump when he sought to shield his financial and presidential records from prosecutors and congressional investigators.  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Donald J. Trump asked …
Donald Judd / CNN:
Ron Johnson again says Jan. 6 was not an ‘armed insurrection,’ adds ‘protesters did teach us’ how to use flagpoles as weapons  —  Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson repeated his claim Tuesday that the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol was not an “armed insurrection,” adding however …
Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
Ron Johnson acknowledges texting with Trump attorney on Jan 6
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Jackson Turns Originalism Against Conservatives To Argue For Minority Voting Protections  —  Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson turned the favored tactic of her right-wing peers on its head Tuesday, advancing an originalist argument to support protections for racial minorities.
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
Citing Concern for Free Speech, 12 Federal Judges Say They Won't Take Clerks from Yale Law School  —  A dozen federal judges say they are no longer hiring clerks from Yale Law School, citing a slew of scandals that they say have undermined free speech and intellectual diversity.
Discussion: Original Jurisdiction
Greg Hilburn / USA Today:
Louisiana Democrat Katie Darling gives birth in ad for campaign against Steve Scalise  —  LAFAYETTE, La. —A digital ad from a Louisiana mother and Democratic congressional candidate has gone viral, focusing on the woman delivering her newborn baby boy last month while expressing alarm about the Bayou State's new abortion ban.
New York Times:
U.S. National Debt Tops $31 Trillion for First Time  —  America's borrowing binge has long been viewed as sustainable because of historically low interest rates.  But as rates rise, the nation's fiscal woes are getting worse.  —  WASHINGTON — America's gross national debt exceeded $31 trillion …
Discussion: Fox News
Arizona GOP Chair pleaded the Fifth, Jan. 6 committee attorney says  —  Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward asserted her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to avoid answering questions from the Jan. 6 select committee, a lawyer for the panel revealed in federal court Tuesday.
Discussion: Associated Press 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.
Discussion: OutKick, Variety and Digby's Hullabaloo
Ben Goggin / NBC News:
QAnon song played by Donald Trump removed from tech platforms  —  A song played at several Donald Trump rallies and speeches that has become known as a QAnon anthem has been removed from YouTube and Spotify after the creator of the song claimed that it was used by Trump and others without proper permissions.
White House launches last ditch effort to dissuade OPEC from cutting oil production to avoid a ‘total disaster’  —  The Biden administration has launched a full-scale pressure campaign in a last-ditch effort to dissuade Middle Eastern allies from dramatically cutting oil production …
Discussion: Fortune, Fox News and The Hill
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: HuffPost and The Daily Wire
Lauren Mayk / NBC10 Philadelphia:
Fetterman Campaign to Launch ‘Republicans for Fetterman’ as Pa. Senate Race Tightens
Discussion: Fox News and CNN
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 …
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 …
Nouran Salahieh / CNN:
Hurricane Ian's death toll rises as crews in Florida go door to door in search for survivors in decimated neighborhoods  —  fired at least one ballistic missile over the north of the country in an escalation of Pyongyang's missile tests that prompted immediate backlash from Tokyo.  CNN's Blake Essig reports.
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Tim Scott beefs up political operation with top Senate aide
Trump used a slur for people with intellectual disabilities to describe his one-time Attorney Jeff Sessions, book says
Ron Fonger /
Flint water crisis charges dismissed against seven former officials
Discussion: The Hill, The Root and Associated Press
The Guardian:
Trump sues CNN for defamation and seeks $475m in punitive damages
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Wilson / Center for American Progress:
Fact Sheet: Weakening Requirements to Carry a Concealed Firearm Increases Violent Crime
Wall Street Journal:
Endowment Tax on Wealthiest Universities Netted a Fraction of Predictions in 2021
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell saw killing Manchin bill as personal