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5:45 PM ET, October 5, 2022


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US believes elements within Ukraine's government authorized assassination near Moscow, sources say  —  The US intelligence community believes that the car bombing that killed Darya Dugina, the daughter of prominent Russian political figure Alexander Dugin, was authorized by elements within …
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Red wave alert: DeSantis up big in governor's race  —  Hello and welcome to Wednesday.  —  For your radar— While Florida is still dealing with the fallout of Hurricane Ian, one new poll suggests that Republicans — including Gov. Ron DeSantis — could be on their way to a significant sweep in the November elections.
Loree Seitz / Yahoo Entertainment:
DeSantis Claims ‘National Regime Media’ Wanted Hurricane Ian to Hit Tampa to ‘Pursue Their Political Agenda’
Lee Brown / New York Post:
DeSantis blasts ‘illegal alien’ looters after Hurricane Ian in Florida
Marc Caputo / NBC News:
DeSantis leads ‘defanged’ Crist after hurricane, poll shows
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 …
Michael Shellenberger:
Biden's Secret Promise To OPEC Backfires  —  In 2020, Democrats blocked Trump's proposal to buy American oil at $24 a barrel.  Yesterday, a Biden official disclosed a secret offer to buy OPEC+ oil at $80 a barrel.  —  In early September, United States Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm …
Hanna Ziady / CNN:
OPEC announces the biggest cut to oil production since the start of the pandemic
NBC News:
OPEC will cut production by 2 million barrels a day, likely sending gas and oil prices back up
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 …
Trump Says US Agency Packed Top-Secret Documents.  These Emails Suggest Otherwise.  —  Former President Donald Trump publicly said that one reason that the FBI found boxes of classified documents improperly stored at his Florida estate was that federal workers had packed up the White House after his 2020 defeat.
Discussion: Insider and The Hill
Zoe Tillman / Bloomberg:
Inside Mar-a-Lago: Pardons, White House Emails, Legal Bills
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.
Paul Sonne / Washington Post:
Putin faces limits of his military power as Ukraine recaptures land  —  Russia's leader is betting an impending infusion of drafted troops can change the dynamic on the battlefield in Ukraine, but he is losing time as Ukraine's counteroffensive advances  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
FBI Releases 2021 Crime in the Nation Statistics … In anticipation of UCR's evolution to NIBRS, the FBI collaborated with the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to develop comprehensive methodologies to bring a NIBRS estimation process to fruition and establish 2021 as the first year …
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
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 …
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Brett Pransky / The Rick Smith Show:
The Working-Class Heroes Tour - Allentown, PA
Alexander Panetta / CBC News:
A controversy-courting U.S. politician causes stir on Canadian university campus
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The Atlantic
Deena Winter / Minnesota Reformer:
Congressional candidate Tyler Kistner has repeatedly suggested he saw combat, but he didn't
Stuart A. Thompson / New York Times:
Election Software Executive Arrested on Suspicion of Theft
Radley Balko:
The maddening irrelevance of Charlie Vaughn's innocence
Annie Karni / New York Times:
For Pelosi and McCarthy, a Toxic Relationship Worsens as Elections Approach
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
STUDY: Fox prime time is covering key Senate races more than CNN and MSNBC — combined
Discussion: RedState
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
The facts need a bullhorn
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
A cop in a MAGA hat and an Oath Keeper: Inside one of Jan. 6's strangest moments
Discussion: Forbes
Wall Street Journal:
Chess Investigation Finds That U.S. Grandmaster ‘Likely Cheated’ More Than 100 Times