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6:45 PM ET, October 5, 2022


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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.
Herschel Walker Claimed He Supervised 6 Hospitals.  He Didn't.  —  The GOP Senate candidate has a long string of exaggerations about his record.  —  In September 2011, ESPN was rolling out its new documentary about Herschel Walker — but the man of the hour wouldn't be at the big premiere because, he said, he had real work to do.
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Herschel Walker is a Preview of 2024
Ryan Bort / Rolling Stone:
Newt Gingrich Defends Herschel Walker: ‘He Had a Lot of Concussions’
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 …
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
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.
Lee Brown / New York Post:
DeSantis blasts ‘illegal alien’ looters after Hurricane Ian in Florida
Loree Seitz / Yahoo Entertainment:
DeSantis Claims ‘National Regime Media’ Wanted Hurricane Ian to Hit Tampa to ‘Pursue Their Political Agenda’
Marc Caputo / NBC News:
DeSantis leads ‘defanged’ Crist after hurricane, poll shows
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 …
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
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
VP was in car accident; Secret Service first called it ‘mechanical failure’  —  A motorcade taking Vice President Harris to work was in a one-car accident on a closed roadway in D.C. Monday morning, an incident that concerned both the Secret Service director and the vice president and revived worries …
Ryan Broderick / Garbage Day:
Rich guys writing weird Elon Musk fanfic  —  Read to the end for an A.I.-generated Joe Biden Pokémon  —  The “Public Square” And The “Everything App”  —  Look, I really don't want to pretend like anything of any substance has happened with Elon Musk and Twitter.
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.
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
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 …
Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News:
A big chunk of Latino independent voters are undecided ahead of midterms, poll shows
Discussion: NPR and Politico
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 …
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Why Marjorie Taylor Greene is raging about the Biden ‘regime’
Discussion: The Constituent
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 …
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.
David Sacks / Newsweek:
The Neocons and the Woke Left Are Joining Hands and Leading Us to Woke War III  —  , VENTURE CAPITALIST AND CO-HOST OF THE ALL-IN PODCAST  —  Elon Musk got in hot water again on Twitter—for proposing peace.  On Monday, Musk proposed a peace deal to end the war in Ukraine …
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 …
Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press:
Drug companies in opioid crisis have donated to Ohio's Ryan  —  Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, who has made his opponent's questionable record fighting the opioid epidemic a central theme of his campaign for Ohio's open U.S. Senate seat, has accepted campaign donations over the years …
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Plans to Ease Venezuela Sanctions, Enabling Chevron to Pump Oil
Dillon Rosenblatt / Fourth Estate 48:
Mark Finchem's voter file shows he votes by mail
Discussion: CBS News
Noah Gallagher Shannon / New York Times:
What Does Sustainable Living Look Like? Maybe Like Uruguay
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
STUDY: Fox prime time is covering key Senate races more than CNN and MSNBC — combined
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
The facts need a bullhorn