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11:40 PM ET, October 5, 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 …
Discussion: The Wrap, Juanita Jean's and Townhall
FOX 5 Poll: Raphael Warnock leads Herschel Walker after abortion allegations
Ryan Bort / Rolling Stone:
Newt Gingrich Defends Herschel Walker: ‘He Had a Lot of Concussions’
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
Lee Ying Shan / CNBC:
Time for U.S. to reevaluate Saudi relationship, Sen. Chris Murphy says ahead of OPEC output cut
Michael Shellenberger:
Biden's Secret Promise To OPEC Backfires
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, USA Today and
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.
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.”
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.
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
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
US believes elements within Ukraine's government authorized assassination near Moscow, sources say
Discussion: New York Times
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
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’
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 …
Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News:
A big chunk of Latino independent voters are undecided ahead of midterms, poll shows
Discussion: NPR and Politico
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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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
Judge Aileen Cannon Treated a Public Letter about Trump's Health as More Sensitive than America's National Security
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and Bloomberg
David Covucci / The Daily Dot:
Someone is spamming InfoWars with a supercut video of Alex Jones day-drinking at work
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and Gizmodo
Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
Medical Care Alone Won't Halt the Spread of Diabetes, Scientists Say
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
Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press:
Drug companies in opioid crisis have donated to Ohio's Ryan
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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
Loree Seitz / Yahoo Entertainment:
DeSantis Claims ‘National Regime Media’ Wanted Hurricane Ian to Hit Tampa to ‘Pursue Their Political Agenda’
Radley Balko:
The maddening irrelevance of Charlie Vaughn's innocence
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Elon Musk's Twitter Will Be a Wild Ride