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Washington Post:
Putin confronted by insider over Ukraine war, U.S. intelligence finds  —  The disagreement by a member of Putin's inner circle was deemed significant enough that it was included in President Biden's daily intelligence briefing  —  A member of Vladimir Putin's inner circle has voiced disagreement directly …
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CNN:
Morale is plummeting in Putin's private army as Russia's war in Ukraine falters  —  Russian troops are releasing video on social media that reveal what's really going on behind the lines  —  The Ukrainians' bodies lay side-by-side on the grass, the earth beside them splayed open by a crater.
Discussion: The Guardian
Associated Press:
Biden: Nuclear ‘Armageddon’ risk highest since '62 crisis
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Biden warns of nuclear ‘Armageddon’
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Times
Robyn Dixon / Washington Post:
As Ukraine war falters, Russians ask a risky question: Could Putin fall?
Discussion: Newsbusters
CNN:
Herschel Walker's campaign fires its political director in key Georgia Senate race  —  Herschel Walker's Senate campaign cut ties with its political director on Wednesday, CNN has learned, the move coming just days after The Daily Beast reported that the Georgia Republican paid for a woman's abortion more than a decade ago.
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Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Herschel Walker should do a ‘virtual withdrawal’ from his Senate race  —  Herschel Walker should announce he will forswear service in the Senate — but with a twist.  —  Start with this, though: It is long past time for national and state Republicans and Walker himself to admit …
Discussion: CNN and CBS News
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Is Said to Believe Trump Has More Documents  —  Conversations between department officials and the former president's representatives have underscored investigators' skepticism about his cooperation and exposed a rift among his lawyers.  —  A top Justice Department official …
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ABC News:
On Trump's last day in office, why were sensitive documents allegedly in such disarray?  —  The DOJ said it couldn't tell which documents were classified.  —  At the end of Donald Trump's presidency, his team returned a large batch of classified FBI documents and other government records …
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
DOJ Presses Trump Whether He Has More Documents to Turn Over
Discussion: Insider
The Economist:
Elon Musk's foray into geopolitics has Ukraine worried  —  His Starlink internet service has been crucial to the war effort  —  He was a hero, who went out of his way to keep Ukraine functioning as Russian tanks streamed across its borders.  Early in the war Elon Musk gave it access to his Starlink satellite-internet service.
Discussion: The Dispatch
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Financial Times:
Ukrainian forces report Starlink outages during push against Russia  —  Some of Elon Musk's SpaceX devices stopped working when Ukrainian soldiers liberated territory, Kyiv officials say  —  Ukrainian troops have reported outages of their Starlink communication devices on the frontline …
Discussion: Insider, UATV and TASS, more at Techmeme »
Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
‘We Are F**KED’: New Book Reveals How GOP Senators Bailed Out Trump During 1st Impeachment Trial  —  The ineptitude of Trump's legal team reportedly forced GOP senators to take matters into their own hands by choreographing his Ukraine trial defense.  —  Republican senators were more deeply involved …
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Politico:
How Influential Senate Democrats Shut Down a Bid to Call Witnesses Against Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Mayor Adams Declares State of Emergency to Respond to Migrant Crisis  —  The number of people in the New York City main shelter system has exceeded 61,000, nearing a record for the city.  —  Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency for New York City on Friday as the city struggles …
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John Leland / New York Times:
How a Dog's Killing Turned Brooklyn Progressives Against One Another  —  After a sudden confrontation that left a golden retriever dead, neighbors came together online to support the owner of the dog.  But then things changed.  —  Real-world ethics question: In a well-used city park …
CNN:
Republicans called Biden's infrastructure program ‘socialism.’ Then they asked for money.  —  Last November, GOP Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota released a statement slamming the passage of the freshly approved infrastructure law he referred to as “President Biden's multi-trillion dollar socialist wish list.”
Discussion: Alternet.org and Raw Story
Fox News:
BLOWING SMOKE: Kellyanne Conway and Mark Penn on Biden's weed pardon being ‘timed for the election’  —  Conway claimed that Kamala Harris' office “handled more than 1,900 marijuana convictions” while she was a prosecutor  —  Dr Russell Kamer: America's youth need to be educated on marijuana
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Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
GOP Rep. Nancy Mace praises Biden on marijuana pardons: ‘Credit where credit is due’
The White House:
Statement from President Biden on Marijuana Reform
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
The Astronaut and the Alien  —  In an uneventful debate, Mark Kelly has an encounter of the GOP kind.  —  Arizona's Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, an honest-to-goodness astronaut, must have felt like he was talking to an alien tonight.  —  No, not in space.
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Quit dragging Maggie Haberman  —  A traitor is defined as someone who “betrays another's trust or is false to an obligation or duty,” according to Merriam-Webster.  The dictionary people, however, might soon have to add an emerging variation: “A journalist who doesn't give me my juicy tidbits …
Discussion: New York Magazine, Mediaite and Slate
Associated Press:
Michael Flynn's ReAwaken roadshow recruits ‘Army of God’  —  By the time the red, white and blue-colored microphone had been switched off, the crowd of 3,000 had listened to hours of invective and grievance.  “We're under warfare,” one speaker told them.  Another said she would …
Discussion: Political Wire
Grid News:
Mark Finchem says Google and the ‘deep state’ are blocking his campaign site.  The truth is simpler — and implicates his own team.  —  If he wins in November, the Trump-backed “Stop the Steal” proponent would run Arizona's elections as secretary of state.  —  The Trump-endorsed …
Timothy Shenk / New York Times:
A Lost Manuscript Shows the Fire Barack Obama Couldn't Reveal on the Campaign Trail  —  At Harvard Law, he wrote a blistering manifesto he never published.  Its searing advice could help Democrats escape their current political quagmire.
Steve Feinstein / American Thinker:
The Democrats Wrecked My Retirement  —  If you're fortunate enough to lead a reasonably normal American life, things go something like this: you go through school and graduate from either high school or college, somewhere in the middle of the class.  You get a job, move out on your own, and meet your eventual spouse.
Mary Katharine Ham / MKHammer Time:
In the Age of Quiet Quitting, I Was Quiet Suspended, And I Can't Shut Up About It  —  On Toobin's wake, professionalism, and the lessons I thought we learned in #MeToo  —  People ask me these days if I'm still on TV.  The answer is: not really.  So, where have I been?
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
At the Athletic and New York Times, a marriage with promise and tension  —  Not long after the New York Times bought the Athletic earlier this year, the founders of the popular sports website held an all-staff call.  —  Most Athletic staffers were pleased with the purchase.
Jamie Goldberg / Oregonian:
Nike co-founder Phil Knight changes course, donates $1 million to Republican governor candidate Christine Drazan  —  Oregon's most well-known billionaire appears to have switched allegiance in the governor's race.  —  After donating $3.75 million to unaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson …
Axios:
Democrats' swing-state local news ploy  —  Writers for a D.C.-based media operation run by prominent Democratic operatives are behind a sprawling network of ostensible local media outlets churning out Democrat-aligned news content in midterm battleground states, Axios has learned.
 
 
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
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Discussion: The Daily Wire
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Discussion: New York Times
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Blue Virginia and CBS News
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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Michael Schaffer / Politico:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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