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1:55 AM ET, October 6, 2022


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Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
She Had an Abortion With Herschel Walker.  She Also Had a Child With Him.  —  Herschel Walker has claimed he has no idea who this woman could be.  Here's why that's surprising. … After a woman revealed that Republican senatorial candidate Herschel Walker had urged her to have an abortion …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Walker responds to abortion story with words, but legal action has yet to follow  —  When the story broke Monday night alleging that Herschel Walker had paid a former girlfriend to have an abortion, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate wasted no time responding.Within minutes he posted …
FOX 5 Poll: Raphael Warnock leads Herschel Walker after abortion allegations
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Plans to Ease Venezuela Sanctions, Enabling Chevron to Pump Oil  —  The proposed deal would require Caracas to open talks with political opponents, with the aim of free elections in 2024  —  The Biden administration is preparing to scale down sanctions on Venezuela's authoritarian regime …
Biden's new Saudi strategy  —  President Biden has tried to convince the Saudis to pump more oil with honey.  Now he's trying vinegar. … - For some Democrats, he needs to go further: “President Biden ... should call the King himself,” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) told Axios.
The White House:
Statement from National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and NEC Director Brian Deese
Michael Shellenberger:
Biden's Secret Promise To OPEC Backfires
Lee Ying Shan / CNBC:
Time for U.S. to reevaluate Saudi relationship, Sen. Chris Murphy says ahead of OPEC output cut
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.
Washington Post:
Ian is probably Florida's deadliest hurricane since 1935.  Most victims drowned.  —  FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — The water was rising quickly, so the women ran to the top floor of the vacation house they had rented for Nishelle Harris-Miles's 40th birthday and huddled together on a bed.
Paul Farrell / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: CNN's Jim Sciutto is absent from the air after it was revealed he suffered a ‘serious fall’ in Amsterdam and was ordered by network bosses to ‘address personal issues’  — Long time CNN news anchor Jim Sciutto has been absent from the air after it was revealed network told him to address ‘personal situation’
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
How the GOP counts on Democrats' goodwill to conceal its own cruelty  —  In a world where Republicans set political standards, one could expect that migrants would be abandoned in remote places without hope of succor and that funding for infrastructure construction and disaster relief would be provided only to GOP-led communities.
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Red wave alert: DeSantis up big in governor's race
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Cheney warns Arizona voters that the GOP nominees for governor and secretary of state are threats to democracy  —  TEMPE, Ariz. — Rep. Liz Cheney urged voters to reject Arizona's Republican nominees for governor and secretary of state in next month's midterm election, casting them as existential threats to U.S. democracy.
Dillon Rosenblatt / Fourth Estate 48:
Mark Finchem's voter file shows he votes by mail
Discussion: CBS News
Janelle Griffith / NBC News:
Hurricane Ian worsens Florida's housing crisis  —  Before Hurricane Ian caused billions of dollars in damage in Florida, Alaura Miller considered herself a part of the lower middle class.  —  Now, she says, she's among the poor.  —  The mobile home Miller rented for $1,000 a month and shared …
Discussion: New York Times
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Why Marjorie Taylor Greene is raging about the Biden ‘regime’  —  No U.S. lawmaker rhapsodizes about political violence as enthusiastically as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.  On Saturday, the Georgia Republican raged: “Democrats want Republicans dead, and they've already started the killings.”
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
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
A more strategic Russian retreat signals long fight ahead in Kherson  —  MYKOLAIV REGION, Ukraine — The drone operator ignored the occasional thunder of outgoing artillery in the distance and kept his eyes focused on the computer monitor in front of him, waiting for the burst of smoke to appear.
Steven Ertelt /
FBI Raids Home of Pro-Life Advocate Who Prayed and Sang Outside Abortion Biz  —  The FBI has raided the home of another pro-life advocate, this time targeting a pro-life man and his family after he prayed and sang outside an abortion business last year.  —  This is the second time in recent weeks …
Colleen Slevin / Associated Press:
Colorado baker fighting ruling over gender transition cake  —  The Colorado baker who won a partial Supreme Court victory after refusing on religious grounds to make a gay couple's wedding cake a decade ago is challenging a separate ruling he violated the state's anti-discrimination law …
Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
Medical Care Alone Won't Halt the Spread of Diabetes, Scientists Say  —  Now experts are calling for walkable communities, improved housing, and access to health care and better food, particularly in minority communities.  —  Over the past 50 years, medical advances have led …
David Wasserman / Cook Political Report:
House Rating Changes: Ten Races Shift, Mostly Towards Democrats  —  A pattern has begun to emerge: in surveys by both parties, House Democrats' polling numbers are holding up surprisingly well in states with contentious statewide races driving turnout, Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania to name a few.
Judge Aileen Cannon Treated a Public Letter about Trump's Health as More Sensitive than America's National Security  —  As I have shown, had Judge Aileen Cannon left well enough alone, the government would have handed all Category B documents identified by the filter team back to Trump on September 1.
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and Bloomberg
U.S. Department of Justice:
Eleven Defendants Indicted for Obstructing a Reproductive Health Services Facility in Tennessee  —  A federal indictment unsealed today charges 11 individuals with violations of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.  —  Chester Gallagher, Heather Idoni, Calvin Zastrow …
Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News:
A big chunk of Latino independent voters are undecided ahead of midterms, poll shows
Discussion: Politico and NPR
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
U.S. court allows Justice Dept to fast-track appeal in Trump case  —  A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday agreed to fast-track a legal challenge to a third-party review of most of the records seized by the FBI from former President Donald Trump's home, after prosecutors complained the process is hampering their investigation.
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Haley Britzky / Task & Purpose:
Army investigation blames general for ‘negative publicity’ after defending servicewomen online
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Post
David Covucci / The Daily Dot:
Someone is spamming InfoWars with a supercut video of Alex Jones day-drinking at work
Discussion: Gizmodo and Little Green Footballs
Air Force:
Department of the Air Force rolls out plan addressing climate change
Discussion: The Hill
Noah Gallagher Shannon / New York Times:
What Does Sustainable Living Look Like? Maybe Like Uruguay
Alexander Panetta / CBC News:
A controversy-courting U.S. politician causes stir on Canadian university campus
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
 Earlier Items: 
Trump Says US Agency Packed Top-Secret Documents. These Emails Suggest Otherwise.
Discussion: Insider
Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press:
Drug companies in opioid crisis have donated to Ohio's Ryan
J. Miles Coleman / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
House Rating Changes: RGV versus RCV
Deena Winter / Minnesota Reformer:
Congressional candidate Tyler Kistner has repeatedly suggested he saw combat, but he didn't
Discussion: Political Wire
Stuart A. Thompson / New York Times:
Election Software Executive Arrested on Suspicion of Theft
Radley Balko:
The maddening irrelevance of Charlie Vaughn's innocence