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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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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.
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 …
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.
Shannon McCaffrey / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Herschel Walker's campaign in turmoil as adult son accuses him of violence, lying
David Leonhardt / New York Times:   A Public Health Success Story
Scott Gleeson / USA Today:
Herschel Walker calls report he paid for abortion ‘flat-out lie’ and a ‘hatchet job’
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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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.
Greg Hilburn / USA Today:
Louisiana Democrat Katie Darling gives birth in ad for campaign against Steve Scalise
Josh Kraushaar / Axios:
Scoop: Oz to report $17.2 million (including a $7 million loan)
Discussion: The Hill
Steven Shepard / Politico:   Our newest ratings and updates, fresh out of the oven
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 and Yahoo News
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Tatiana Stanovaya / Carnegie Endowment …:
Russia's Elites Are Starting to Admit the Possibility of Defeat  —  Stanovaya  —  Carnegie Politika  —  The longer the conflict rages and the more resources the Russian regime throws into the furnace of war, the more isolated Putin may become in his bid for nuclear escalation.
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.
Bloomberg:
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:
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 …
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New York Times:
Lawyer Declined Trump Request to Tell Archives All Material Was Returned
Benoit Faucon / Wall Street Journal:
Iran's Crippled Economy Sustains Protests After Religious Police Lit Flame  —  The country's middle class is shrinking for the first time in decades amid U.S. sanctions, corruption and economic mismanagement  —  TEHRAN—The protests that have gripped Iran for three weeks started over a headscarf …
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Nahid Siamdoust / New Lines Magazine:   Woman, Life, Liberty: A Slogan One Hundred Years in the Making
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: Digby's Hullabaloo
Politico:
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.
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: MLive.com and Talking Points Memo
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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
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Lauren Mayk / NBC10 Philadelphia:   Fetterman Campaign to Launch ‘Republicans for Fetterman’ as Pa. Senate Race Tightens
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: Jacobin and HuffPost
Lucia Mutikani / Washington Free Beacon:
Job Openings Post Biggest Drop Since Start of Pandemic  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters)—U.S. job openings fell by the most in nearly 2-1/2 years in August, suggesting that the labor market was starting to cool as the economy grapples with higher interest rates aimed at dampening demand and taming inflation.
Washington Examiner:
Biased media hit Florida before Ian  —  Were Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) not a national political juggernaut, biased journalists would not be trying to blame him for a natural disaster and its largely inevitable ill effects.  —  And if you don't think that's what the journalists have been doing …
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Nick Wilson / Center for American Progress:
Fact Sheet: Weakening Requirements to Carry a Concealed Firearm Increases Violent Crime
David Westin / Bloomberg:
NYC's Migrant Crisis Needs ‘Federal Solution,’ Hochul Says
Discussion: HotAir and The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
Endowment Tax on Wealthiest Universities Netted a Fraction of Predictions in 2021
New York Times:
The Influential Group Helping Eric Adams Identify a Vision for New York
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell saw killing Manchin bill as personal
Financial Times:
Truss finally admits defeat on tax benefit for the wealthy