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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 …
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Walker's Christian fans unfazed by abortion revelations  —  ATLANTA — Pastor Anthony George didn't set out to be a defender of Herschel Walker.  —  But as the prominent Baptist minister welcomed Walker into his church this week for a scheduled prayer event with faith leaders …
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Herschel Walker Returns  —  Georgia GOP nominee for Senate Herschel Walker returned to the program this AM:  —  Audio:  —  10-06hhs-walker  —  Transcript:  —  HH: Joined now by Herschel Walker, candidate for Senate in Georgia.  Good morning, Herschel.  Welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.
Discussion: Washington Times and
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Herschel Walker faces another abortion report that threatens his Senate campaign
Washington Post:   Governor races in at least five states could determine abortion legality
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Walker responds to abortion story with words, but legal action has yet to follow
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
A majority of GOP nominees — 299 in all — deny the 2020 election results  —  Experts say their dominance in the party poses a threat to the country's democratic principles and jeopardizes the integrity of future votes  —  A majority of Republican nominees on the ballot this November for the House …
Discussion: USA Today and CNN
Fredreka Schouten / CNN:
Money flowing to some election deniers sets off scramble in secretary of state races  —  Election skeptics who are their state's Republican nominees for secretary of state have outraised their Democratic rivals in two races viewed as competitive by political handicappers …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Cheney warns Arizona voters that the GOP nominees for governor and secretary of state are threats to democracy
Timothy Snyder / Thinking about:
How does the Russo-Ukrainian War end?  —  Sometimes you change the subject, and sometimes the subject changes you  —  At first, no one could imagine that the Russo-Ukrainian war could begin.  And yet it began.  And now, no one can imagine how it will end.  And yet end it will.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:   How the war in Ukraine has remade Europe
Marist Poll:
Biden's Job Approval Rating & the Midterm Elections  —  NPR/Marist National Poll  —  Biden's Approval Rating on Upswing as Dems Edge GOP in Midterm Elections  —  President Joe Biden's job approval rating is at 44% among Americans, marking a three-month upward swing in perceptions of the president's job performance.
The White House:
Statement by President Joe Biden on Protecting Dreamers
Biden's new Saudi strategy
The White House:
Statement from National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and NEC Director Brian Deese
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 …
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Kamala Harris was in accident falsely dismissed as ‘mechanical failure’  —  Vice President Kamala Harris was involved in a minor car accident Monday, one that was initially — and falsely — dismissed as “mechanical failure.”  —  Harris was heading to the White House just before 10:30 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Maggie Haberman on How She Covers Trump Without Losing Her Mind  —  I first met Maggie Haberman in 2014.  She was a correspondent for Politico with roots in city tabloids, and while I didn't know much about politics or the media, I knew that when she reported something, it seemed to carry a certain weight …
Rebecca Jennings / Vox:
The Instagram capital of the world is a terrible place to be  —  Just because you can (sort of) afford to go somewhere doesn't mean you'll enjoy it.  —  This time last week I was wandering the stony streets of Positano, a small village on Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Democrats Worry as G.O.P. Attack Ads Take a Toll in Wisconsin  —  Mandela Barnes, the party's Senate candidate, is now wobbling in his race against Ron Johnson, the Republican incumbent.  Democratic nominees in other states face similar challenges.  —  MADISON, Wis. — Politicians …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Max Chafkin / Bloomberg:
Even After $100 Billion, Self-Driving Cars Are Going Nowhere  —  The first car woke Jennifer King at 2 a.m. with a loud, high‑pitched hum.  “It sounded like a hovercraft,” she says, and that wasn't the weird part.  King lives on a dead-end street at the edge of the Presidio …
Tim Miller / New York Times:
Online Fund-Raising Was Supposed to Save Politics.  Instead, It's Dragging Us to Hell.  —  In late 2003 the spirit of revolution was in the air and on our Yahoo browsers.  Shock and awe had given way to the long slog of war.  And the internet was allowing supporters of politicians to use new tools such as …
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
Fetterman records show light schedule as Pa. lieutenant gov.  —  In his campaign for a crucial U.S. Senate seat, Democrat John Fetterman takes credit for reinventing Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor's office, transforming it from a political pit stop into a “bully pulpit” from which he's advanced progressive causes.
Discussion: Fox News and RedState
As more transgender children seek medical care, families confront many unknowns  —  USA-TRANSYOUTH/CARE  —  Across the United States, thousands of youths are lining up for gender-affirming care.  But when families decide to take the medical route, they must make decisions about life-altering treatments …
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
Barnard College Plans to Offer Abortion Pills on Campus  —  It is one of many colleges and universities deliberating over how to respond to the fall of Roe v. Wade.  —  Barnard, the private women's college in New York City, will begin offering abortion pills on campus next year, college officials announced Thursday.
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’
Jared Gans / The Hill:
IMF predicts darkening outlook for global economy, $4 trillion loss  —  The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is predicting an increasingly gloomy global economic outlook for the coming years, projecting a $4 trillion loss in global output from now to 2026.  —  Kristalina Georgieva …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Fox News CEO warned against ‘crazies’ after 2020 election, Dominion says  —  Besieged by angry viewers, denounced by then-President Trump, questioned by some of its own stars, Fox News found itself in a near-impossible spot on Election Night 2020 after its election-analysis team announced …
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 …
Discussion: and Twitchy
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
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Discussion: RedState
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Elena Schneider / Politico:
Republican support from this key voting group is in jeopardy. Abortion is to blame.
Discussion: Washington Post
Guttmacher Institute:
100 Days Post-Roe: At Least 66 Clinics Across 15 US States Have Stopped Offering Abortion Care
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Matt Brennan / Los Angeles Times:
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Washington Post:
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Discussion: WFLA-TV and National Review
Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
Medical Care Alone Won't Halt the Spread of Diabetes, Scientists Say