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11:00 AM ET, October 5, 2022


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Washington Post:
Republicans cling to Walker's denials  —  Good morning, Early Birds.  Congratulations to White House grounds superintendent Dale Haney on 50 years of service.  (Haney started weeks before President Biden was first elected to the Senate.)  Tips:  Thanks for waking up with us.
POLITICO Playbook: What to expect from Elon Musk's Twitter  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  OOPS —Bloomberg's Zoe Tillman noticed a sealed filing that was accidentally made public in the Trump document case that includes details …
Discussion: Axios and Mediaite
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Senator Rick Scott On Herschel Walker And All The GOP Senate Candidates
Discussion: Breitbart and Just The News
Walker's team knew of an abortion allegation months before it surfaced
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate Dems face brutal 2024 map with at least eight undecided incumbents
Discussion: Just The News
Washington Post:
GOP leaders rally behind Walker. But in Georgia, Republicans fret.
GOP moves to contain Herschel Walker's latest scandal: 'We're going to need a few days to assess'
Lee Ying Shan / CNBC:
Time for U.S. to reevaluate Saudi relationship, Sen. Chris Murphy says ahead of OPEC output cut  — OPEC+'s plans to cut oil production is a “mistake,” said U.S. Senator Chris Murphy.  — “I think it is a mistake on their part.  And I think it's time for a wholesale re-revaluation …
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 …
Financial Times:
Saudi Arabia and Russia plan deep oil cuts in defiance of US  —  Riyadh and Moscow seek reductions that would push prices higher at crucial Opec+ meeting  —  Saudi Arabia is seeking to raise oil prices at a crucial meeting in Vienna, in a move set to anger the US and aid Russia.
David Sheppard / Financial Times:
Opec+ agrees to cut output by 2mn barrels a day
Discussion: The Hill and Energy Voice
Zoe Tillman / Bloomberg:
Inside Mar-a-Lago: Pardons, White House Emails, Legal Bills  —  The thousands of documents seized from former President Donald Trump's Florida home included a mix of government, business and personal affairs, including analysis about who should get a pardon, call notes marked with a presidential seal …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Trump Asks Supreme Court to Intervene in Review of Mar-a-Lago Records
CBS News:
Mark Kelly has edge in Arizona Senate race that hinges on abortion, economy, immigration — CBS News Battleground Tracker  —  Arizona is another battleground where strong opposing forces underpin the race.  —  Democratic candidates enjoy stronger personal ratings, while Republican voters …
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and The Daily Caller
Republicans have edge on crime, immigration ahead of U.S. midterms -Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Chess Investigation Finds That U.S. Grandmaster ‘Likely Cheated’ More Than 100 Times  —  An internal report reviewed by The Wall Street Journal alleges a previously unknown pattern of likely widespread cheating by Hans Moke Niemann, the player whose September victory over Magnus Carlsen has rocked the chess world
Tom Rogan / Washington Examiner:
Trump's no-hope CNN lawsuit has nothing to do with the law  —  Former President Donald Trump is suing CNN for defamation and demanding $475 million in damages.  His lawsuit has nothing to do with the law.  Instead, it helps Trump mobilize his supporters as he looks toward a 2024 presidential run.
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
The facts need a bullhorn  —  (Sorry about the long hiatus, I was dealing with issues.  But I'm back and angrier than ever.)  —  “The facts speak for themselves.”  —  That is what the political reporters and editors in our top newsrooms keep telling themselves — long after it has become clear that they don't.
Lee Brown / New York Post:
DeSantis blasts ‘illegal alien’ looters after Hurricane Ian in Florida  —  Most of the heartless looters busted in hurricane-ravaged Florida were illegal immigrants, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday — as he said he'd like to “drag them out by the collars” and “send them back to where they came from.”
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Elon Musk's Twitter Will Be a Wild Ride  —  His deal to buy the company is back on.  Here are six predictions about Twitter under Musk's control, if it happens.  —  Buckle up.  —  Elon Musk, who for months has been strenuously trying to back out of a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion …
Musk Proposes to Buy Twitter for Original Price of $54.20 a Share
John Frank / Axios:
Lauren Boebert's re-election in jeopardy, new poll shows  —  Republican firebrand Rep. Lauren Boebert is dangerously close to being upset by a little-known Democratic rival, a new poll in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District shows. … - 7% of voters are undecided, per the poll.
Eleanor Klibanoff / The Texas Tribune:
Attorney General Ken Paxton ordered to testify in abortion lawsuit after evading subpoena  —  A federal judge who previously quashed the subpoena ruled that the attorney general must take the witness stand in a lawsuit from abortion funds.  —  Copy link  —  A federal judge has ordered …
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 …
Discussion: Fox News
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
A cop in a MAGA hat and an Oath Keeper: Inside one of Jan. 6's strangest moments  —  WASHINGTON — It was an oddity amid the chaos.  As a rowdy pro-Trump mob tried to force their way into the Capitol on Jan. 6, a Capitol Police lieutenant emerged out of the Columbus Doors on the eastern side of the building …
Marc Caputo / NBC News:
DeSantis leads ‘defanged’ Crist after hurricane, poll shows  —  The Republican governor holds an 11-point lead as Florida voters begin receiving vote-by-mail ballots.  —  Ahead in fundraising and advertising, Florida Gov Ron DeSantis has a large 11-percentage-point lead …
New York Times:
Talk of ‘Civil War,’ Ignited by Mar-a-Lago Search, Is Flaring Online  —  Soon after the F.B.I. searched Donald J. Trump's home in Florida for classified documents, online researchers zeroed in on a worrying trend.  —  Posts on Twitter that mentioned “civil war” had soared nearly 3,000 percent …
Discussion: Raw Story
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Northeastern Lab Manager Charged With Staging Zuckerberg-Inspired Explosion  —  Jason Duhaime, who claimed he was injured by an explosive device that was sent to him last month with a threatening note, has been charged with fabricating the entire thing.  —  UPDATE, 10/4/22, 10:16PM ET …
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kemp raises about $29M to fuel final push in rematch against Abrams
Discussion: Associated Press and Fox News
Edward Ring / American Greatness:
The Globalist Climate Agenda is a Crime Against Humanity
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
FBI continues to suppress evidence of Hunter Biden's business dealings
Holly Ramer / Associated Press:
Another shift for NH GOP Senate candidate on 2020 election
Discussion: Washington Times
NEW ADS AND POLLING: Everytown Victory Fund and Action Fund Announces $2.1 Million Investment in Pennsylvania
Marc Siegel / New York Post:
America deserves answers on President Biden's cognitive function
Amy Sherman / PolitiFact:
What's ‘love’ got to do with it? Ad shows Ryan's support for Pelosi, but omits bid to replace her
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Kipp Jones / Mediaite:
Jesse Watters Says Democrats Leaving Border Open for Post-Civil War ‘Servants’, Migrants are ‘Waiters and Field Hands’
Discussion: Althouse
Lauren Kaori Gurley / Washington Post:
Amazon suspends 50 workers who refused to work after a warehouse fire
Discussion: CBS News and Engadget
New York Times:
Florida Leaders Rejected Major Climate Laws. Now They're Seeking Storm Aid.
Discussion: Florida Politics and Newsbusters