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2:15 PM 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 …
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.
Washington Post:   Governor races in at least five states could determine abortion legality
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Herschel Walker faces another abortion report that threatens his Senate campaign
Jennifer Agiesta / CNN:
CNN Polls: Democrat holds edge in Arizona Senate race while Nevada contest has no clear leader  —  New CNN polling in two critical Senate battlegrounds finds that Arizona Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly holds a narrow lead over Republican challenger Blake Masters, while there is no clear leader …
Lauren Maxwell / KTUU:
Foreign nationals detained after boating from Russia to St. Lawrence Island  —  GAMBELL, Alaska (KTUU) - Village authorities on St. Lawrence Island notified the Coast Guard on Tuesday that two foreign nationals had landed near the community of Gambell in a small boat.
Discussion: Нов … and Мед …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Ina Fried / Axios:
Exclusive: Boston Dynamics pledges not to weaponize its robots  —  Several robotics companies, including Boston Dynamics, are pledging not to support the weaponization of their products and are calling for others in the industry to do the same, according to a letter shared first with Axios.
Discussion: NPR and Gizmodo, more at Techmeme »
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
VP was in car accident; Secret Service first called it ‘mechanical failure’
New York Times:
U.S. to Begin Screening Air Passengers From Uganda for Ebola  —  There are no cases in the United States, but federal health officials also urged doctors to be vigilant for patients with symptoms.  —  Worried by an outbreak of Ebola in Uganda, the Biden administration said on Thursday …
The Moscow Times:
Jailed Kremlin Critic Kara-Murza Charged With ‘Treason’  —  Jailed Kremlin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza faces up to 20 years in prison on newly levied charges of “treason,” the state-run TASS news agency reported Thursday, citing his lawyer Vadim Prokhorov.  —  The latest charges against Kara-Murza …
Discussion: The Guardian, CBS News and TASS
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, RedState, NRSC and Twitchy
Nathan Williams / BBC:
Mexico mayor assassinated in town hall massacre  —  Gunmen have shot dead the mayor of a small town in western Mexico, and at least 17 others, officials say.  —  Police say gunmen stormed the San Miguel Totolapan town hall at 14:00 (19:00 GMT) on Wednesday.  Photos online show it riddled with bullet holes.
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 …
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Dr. LaShonda Brenson / Joint Center:
Racial Diversity Among Top Staff in the U.S. House of Representatives
Discussion: Roll Call and The Hill
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
Barnard College Plans to Offer Abortion Pills on Campus
Discussion: Live Action News
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Most people on Twitter don't live in political echo chambers — but mostly because they don't care enough to bother building one
House GOP amps up talk about impeaching Biden's border chief, posing a test for McCarthy
Discussion: RedState
Thai Daycare Center Shooting Leaves 32 Dead, Mostly Children
 Earlier Items: 
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
Matt Brennan / Los Angeles Times:
The real lesson of ‘Bros’: It's OK to let gay art bomb
Colleen Slevin / Associated Press:
Colorado baker fighting ruling over gender transition cake
Discussion: and Twitchy