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Politico:
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.
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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.
Zach Schonfeld / The Hill:
Trump defends Herschel Walker after abortion report
New York Times:
Republicans Rally Behind Herschel Walker After Abortion Report
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
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 …
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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 …
Tierney Sneed / CNN:
Trump goes to Supreme Court over Mar-a-Lago search and seizure of documents
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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Daniel Marans / HuffPost:   Republicans Say John Fetterman's A Racist Vigilante — And Also A Crime-Loving Radical
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.
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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 …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Tim Scott beefs up political operation with top Senate aide  —  South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott's closest adviser is leaving his office to take a broader role in his political operation, a move that comes amid a growing role in the midterm campaign — and speculation that he could run for president in 2024.
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Bridget Bowman / NBC News:
George W. Bush to fundraise for Colorado GOP Senate candidate Joe O'Dea
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
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Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
Ron Johnson acknowledges texting with Trump attorney on Jan 6
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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.
CNN:
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: Fox News and Fortune
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 …
Discussion: New Lines Magazine
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Sohrab Ahmari / The American Conservative:   Iran's Empty Uprising
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: Associated Press and Raw Story
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: Associated Press and Fox News
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.
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
 
 
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Nathan Layne / Reuters:
Republican clerk could be charged in Michigan voting-system breach
Discussion: Raw Story
David French / The Dispatch:
Lifting Up the Rock on the Gutter Right
Insider:
Trump used a slur for people with intellectual disabilities to describe his one-time Attorney Jeff Sessions, book says
Discussion: al.com
Ron Fonger / MLive.com:
Flint water crisis charges dismissed against seven former officials
Discussion: The Hill and The Root
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
Discussion: The Political Insider
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Wall Street Journal:
Endowment Tax on Wealthiest Universities Netted a Fraction of Predictions in 2021
The Post Millennial:
EXCLUSIVE: Father of 11-year-old speaks out as New York hospital, courts attempt to medically transition his child
Discussion: Twitchy, Breitbart and GC News
Ben Samuels / Haaretz:
Obama Charges Netanyahu as a World Leader Who Fueled ‘Putinism’, Report Reveals
Susan J. Demas / Michigan Advance:
Michigan Republicans beg Whitmer to zip it on abortion rights
Discussion: MLive.com and Fox News
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell saw killing Manchin bill as personal