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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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Zach Schonfeld / The Hill:
Trump defends Herschel Walker after abortion report  —  Former President Trump on Tuesday backed Georgia Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker's denial of a Daily Beast report suggesting he paid for a woman's abortion in 2009 after they conceived a child.
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.
NBC News:
National Republicans stand by Herschel Walker after report he paid for an abortion
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia Republicans distance themselves from Herschel Walker after abortion report
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
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 …
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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.
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.
Josh Kraushaar / Axios:
Scoop: Oz to report $17.2 million (including a $7 million loan)
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
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.
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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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 …
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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
Discussion: The Noösphere
Sohrab Ahmari / The American Conservative:   Iran's Empty Uprising
Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
Ron Johnson acknowledges texting with Trump attorney on Jan 6  —  “What would you do if you got a text from the attorney for the president of the United States?”  Johnson said.  “You respond to it.”  —  MILWAUKEE — Sen. Ron Johnson on Tuesday acknowledged he exchanged text messages …
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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.
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.
Discussion: Variety and Digby's Hullabaloo
Julia Jacobs / New York Times:
Angelina Jolie Details Abuse Allegations Against Brad Pitt in Countersuit  —  In court papers related to a legal battle over a French winery they once owned together, she claims that he was abusive to her and their children during a 2016 plane ride.  —  Angelina Jolie filed a cross complaint …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, IndieWire and Page Six
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.
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
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 …
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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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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Ron Fonger / MLive.com:
Flint water crisis charges dismissed against seven former officials
Discussion: The Hill, The Root and Associated Press
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
Citing Concern for Free Speech, 12 Federal Judges Say They Won't Take Clerks from Yale Law School
Discussion: Original Jurisdiction
The Guardian:
Trump sues CNN for defamation and seeks $475m in punitive damages
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
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