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9:55 PM ET, October 7, 2022

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New York Times:
Herschel Walker Urged Woman to Have a 2nd Abortion, She Says  —  The Georgia Senate candidate's ex-girlfriend says he wanted her to terminate a pregnancy in 2011.  She chose to have their son instead.  —  ATLANTA — A woman who has said Herschel Walker, the Republican Senate nominee in Georgia …
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Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Herschel Walker's Wife Reaches Out to His Abortion Accuser  —  Herschel Walker still maintains he doesn't know who the woman is who's accusing him of having an abortion.  His wife seems pretty clear on the matter. … Herschel Walker has maintained that he still doesn't know the identity …
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
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.
Marc Caputo / NBC News:
Texts show family strife between Herschel Walker's wife and woman who alleged he paid for her abortion  —  “I'm not saying she did or didn't have one [an abortion],” Walker told NBC News.  “I'm saying I don't know anything about that.  I don't know.”  —  Herschel Walker …
Geoff Duncan / CNN:
The GOP should never have bet on Herschel Walker
Susan Rinkunas / Jezebel:
Dr. Oz Stood in Front of One of Hitler's Cars at a Fundraiser and Had Jordan Peterson Call In  —  Matt Gaetz's in-laws hosted the high-dollar dinner from hell.  What is this campaign doing?  —  Alerts  —  In what continues to be an incredibly puzzling campaign, Dr. Mehmet Oz attended …
Rolling Stone:
Justice Department Asking if Trump Stashed Documents in Trump Tower  —  Investigators have quizzed multiple witnesses about whether Trump is holding sensitive government documents at other properties outside Mar-a-Lago, including at his Manhattan tower and his New Jersey club
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Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Donald Trump seeks to withhold two folders seized at Mar-a-Lago  —  The former US president is trying to exclude a specific set of seized documents from an inquiry into his handling of government records  —  Donald Trump is seeking to withhold from the justice department two folders marked …
Discussion: Law & Crime and Washington Post
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
Discussion: The Guardian
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Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:   After Russian retreat in east Ukraine, police find dozens of torture sites
The Economist:
Elon Musk's foray into geopolitics has Ukraine worried
Discussion: Insider and The Dispatch
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 …
ABC News:
Uvalde school district suspends entire police force, superintendent to retire amid fallout from shooting  —  The district has faced withering criticism over its police department's actions.  —  An officer walks outside of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, May 24, 2022.
Politico:
How Influential Senate Democrats Shut Down a Bid to Call Witnesses Against Trump  —  Jamie Raskin's eyes bulged as he skimmed the CNN story on his phone.  Huddled with his team in the impeachment managers' holding room after the Senate trial proceedings had finished on Friday evening …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
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Jessica Piper / Politico:
Why Trump's last-minute super PAC spending doesn't go as far  —  Former President Donald Trump's new super PAC is hitting the airwaves backing GOP Senate candidates in five key races.  But his paid media efforts are unlikely to reach as many viewers as the campaigns and even some other outside groups.
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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 …
Roula Khalaf / Financial Times:
Elon Musk: 'Aren't you entertained?' … Dinner with Elon Musk begins with a drive in a Tesla.  I am seated in the back, next to X, the billionaire's two-and-a-half-year-old son.  It's around 7pm in Austin, and X is, as one would expect, cranky.  We had set off to Fonda San Miguel …
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Joe Biden is still pretty unpopular
Politico:
Biden's inside man in Trump land  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration. … In the spring of 2020, JOE BIDEN's transition team viewed CHRIS LIDDELL skeptically.  —  As a deputy chief of staff to DONALD TRUMP …
Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
Flynn, Gingrich testimony sought in Georgia election probe  —  The Georgia prosecutor investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and others illegally tried to interfere in the 2020 election filed paperwork Friday seeking to compel testimony from a new batch of Trump allies …
Discussion: The Hill and MindWar
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Associated Press:
Michael Flynn's ReAwaken roadshow recruits ‘Army of God’
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Nature:
Cable news and COVID-19 vaccine uptake  —  12, Article number: 16804 (2022) Cite this article  —  Abstract  —  COVID-19 vaccines have reduced infections and hospitalizations across the globe, yet resistance to vaccination remains strong.  This paper investigates the role of cable television news …
Mary Ellen Klas / Miami Herald:
Florida may have violated its own guidelines in flying migrants to Martha's Vineyard  —  Documents obtained from the state agency charged with managing the controversial migrant relocation program explicitly say that its mission was “to relocate out of the State of Florida foreign nationals …
Discussion: Fox News
Emily Singer / The American Independent:
Utah GOP congressman says it ‘stinks’ that he has to decide abortion issues for women  —  'I wish, as a man, I didn't have to make this decision.  I wish women could make this decision,' Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) said during a debate on Oct. 6.  —  Incumbent Republican Rep. John Curtis of Utah …
Discussion: Deseret News, The Hill, Mediaite and Jezebel
Associated Press:
Biden's ‘Armageddon’ talk edges beyond bounds of US intel  —  President Joe Biden's warning that the world is at risk of a nuclear “Armageddon” was designed to send an unvarnished message that no one should underestimate the extraordinary danger if Russia deploys tactical nuclear weapons …
Ty Ross / Occupy Democrats:
STAMPED OUT: Letitia James protects the mail with huge judicial win against DeJoy  —  “After he assumed leadership in June 2020, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy pushed through drastic changes to the U.S. Postal Service's operations that slowed mail operations nationwide, harmed everyday Americans, and made a mockery of the right to vote.
Discussion: Associated Press and Daily Kos
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Late-night comedy flounders in ratings as Colbert, Kimmel, others openly root for Democrats, shred Republicans  —  Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Trevor Noah have seen their ratings tank since Trump left office  —  Greg Gutfeld: The new king of late night  —  If there were two things Americans …
Discussion: CNSNews
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 …
 
 
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