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3:40 PM ET, October 5, 2022


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Michael Shellenberger:
Biden's Secret Promise To OPEC Backfires
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CNSNews
Hanna Ziady / CNN:
OPEC announces the biggest cut to oil production since the start of the pandemic
FOX 5 Poll: Raphael Warnock leads Herschel Walker after abortion allegations  —  ATLANTA - A new InsiderAdvantage/FOX 5 poll shows Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock leading Republican challenger Herschel Walker in the race for U.S. Senate in Georgia after a new report of abortion allegations against Walker.
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Herschel Walker is a Preview of 2024  —  The GOP keeps swallowing.  —  The GOP's reaction to the news that Herschel Walker paid for a girlfriend's abortion is less a revelation than a reminder of what the party has become.  —  It's also a preview of what will happen in 2024.
Washington Post:
Republicans cling to Walker's denials
InsiderAdvantage/FOX 5 Poll: Warnock, Walker still in statistical tie
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 …
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.”
NBC News:
This one demographic has driven much of the GOP's gains with Latino voters  —  Conservative Latinos have gone from Democratic-leaning voters in 2012 to base GOP voters now.  —  Of all the numbers from our recent NBC News/Telemundo poll of Latino voters, this set maybe stands out the most …
New York Times:
U.S. Believes Ukraine Was Behind an Assassination in Russia  —  American officials said they were not aware of the plan ahead of time for the attack that killed Daria Dugina and that they had admonished Ukraine over it.  —  WASHINGTON — United States intelligence agencies believe parts …
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 …
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Common Touch Key to Senate Race  —  Oz makes small gains but Fetterman support solidifies  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Democrat John Fetterman is seen as understanding the concerns of ordinary Pennsylvanians more than Republican Mehmet Oz, according to the latest Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll of the U.S. Senate race.
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.
J. Miles Coleman / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
House Rating Changes: RGV versus RCV  —  Two House rating changes, both in favor of 2022 special election winners  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — We are making a couple of House rating changes this week, both of which are to the benefit of members who won recent special elections.
William Saletan / The Bulwark:
Fox News: Putin Propaganda Primetime  —  Here are the top 20 anti-Ukraine, pro-Russia claims and arguments that Fox viewers are hearing.  —  For seven months, Russia has waged a vicious war of aggression in Ukraine, killing thousands of civilians.  To make matters worse, in the past two weeks …
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
Murder Rate Mystery: New FBI Crime Stats Don't Include NYC, LA  —  The FBI's latest crime report shows violent crime dropped in 2021, but there are a few gaps in the data — like New York and Los Angeles.  —  Police departments in the nation's two biggest cities were among those that failed …
Stuart A. Thompson / New York Times:
Election Software Executive Arrested on Suspicion of Theft  —  The executive, Eugene Yu, and his firm, Konnech, have been a focus of attention among election deniers.  —  The top executive of an elections technology company that has been the focus of attention among election deniers …
Radley Balko:
The maddening irrelevance of Charlie Vaughn's innocence  —  A severely intellectually disabled man has spent more than 30 years in an Arkansas prison.  The system doesn't care if he's actually guilty.  —  In the summer of 1995, an envelope arrived at the federal courthouse in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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: Washington Post and Raw Story
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 …
Deena Winter / Minnesota Reformer:
Congressional candidate Tyler Kistner has repeatedly suggested he saw combat, but he didn't  —  Ads from an outside GOP group touting Kistner's ‘four combat deployments’ were taken down after a veterans' group complained  —  During his first bid for Congress in 2020, Republican candidate …
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.
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Martin Austermuhle / DCist:
D.C. Council Gives First Approval To Bills To Let Non-Citizens Vote, Make Mail Voting Permanent
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Sarah Ewall-Wice / CBS News:
Weeks before midterm elections, Republicans warn of an army of 87,000 IRS agents that will harass Americans
Annie Karni / New York Times:
For Pelosi and McCarthy, a Toxic Relationship Worsens as Elections Approach
Deidre McPhillips / CNN:
90% of US adults say the United States is experiencing a mental health crisis, CNN/KFF poll finds
Discussion: The Hill and KFF
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
STUDY: Fox prime time is covering key Senate races more than CNN and MSNBC — combined
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
A cop in a MAGA hat and an Oath Keeper: Inside one of Jan. 6's strangest moments
Wall Street Journal:
Chess Investigation Finds That U.S. Grandmaster ‘Likely Cheated’ More Than 100 Times