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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.
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:
In Speedy Embrace of Herschel Walker, Republicans Make Familiar Political Bargain
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
Erick-Woods Erickson / Erick Erickson Show Notes:
About the Herschel Walker Story
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  —  Former President Donald Trump has asked the Supreme Court to intervene in the dispute over materials marked as classified the FBI seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate this summer.  —  His emergency request …
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.
Washington Post:
Ukraine hammers Russian forces into retreat on east and south fronts
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 …
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: Sputnik News, Fox News and Fortune
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 …
Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
Ron Johnson acknowledges texting with Trump attorney on Jan 6
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Bridget Bowman / NBC News:
George W. Bush to fundraise for Colorado GOP Senate candidate Joe O'Dea
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
David French / The Dispatch:
Lifting Up the Rock on the Gutter Right  —  Lie after lie after lie.  —  I want to write about cruelty and slander and how those dark sins are wielded as weapons of political and cultural warfare in the worst corners of the online right.  While politics has never been a gentle pursuit …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
JUST IN: Trump's Own Lawyers Mocked His Lack of Wealth In Emails Revealed By January 6 Committee  —  Former President Donald Trump's own lawyers mocked their client's claims of wealth behind his back in a set of emails revealed by the January 6 committee.  —  Exaggerated or false claims …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Politico
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 …
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.
Lauren Kaori Gurley / Washington Post:
Amazon suspends 50 workers who refused to work after a warehouse fire  —  The warehouse associates stopped working for a few hours over safety concerns at the Staten Island facility, home to the only unionized workforce at Amazon  —  Amazon suspended at least 50 workers on Tuesday …
Discussion: CBS News and Engadget
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.
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
Sohrab Ahmari / The American Conservative:   Iran's Empty Uprising
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
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 …
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Associated Press:
North Korea sends missile soaring over Japan in escalation
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Pence and His Group, Pushing Conservative Causes, Keep a 2024 Dream Alive
Camille Mumford / Emerson Polling:
Oregon 2022: Republican Christine Drazan with Two-Point Lead Over Democrat Tina Kotek for Governorship; Sen. Wyden Holds 19-Point Lead in Re-election Bid
New York Times:
Florida Leaders Rejected Major Climate Laws. Now They're Seeking Storm Aid.
Nathan Layne / Reuters:
Republican clerk could be charged in Michigan voting-system breach
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Trump used a slur for people with intellectual disabilities to describe his one-time Attorney Jeff Sessions, book says
Nick Wilson / Center for American Progress:
Fact Sheet: Weakening Requirements to Carry a Concealed Firearm Increases Violent Crime
Discussion: The Political Insider
Arizona GOP Chair pleaded the Fifth, Jan. 6 committee attorney says
Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story
Ben Samuels / Haaretz:
Obama Charges Netanyahu as a World Leader Who Fueled ‘Putinism’, Report Reveals
Discussion: Jacobin and The Times of Israel
James Ball / Rolling Stone:
Roger Waters: I'm on a Ukrainian ‘Kill List’
Discussion: OutKick, Variety and Digby's Hullabaloo