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4:40 PM ET, October 7, 2022


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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 …
The Guardian:
‘Someone will fall victim’: insiders reveal elite anguish as Russia's war falters  —  Key figures including Wagner Group's Yevgeny Prigozhin are using military defeats to undermine defence chief Sergei Shoigu  —  Friends, rivals and enemies took their seats in the Grand Kremlin Palace …
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 …
Morale is plummeting in Putin's private army as Russia's war in Ukraine falters
Discussion: The Guardian
New York Times:
Biden Warns of Nuclear ‘Armageddon’ After Putin's Recent Threats
Robyn Dixon / Washington Post:
As Ukraine war falters, Russians ask a risky question: Could Putin fall?
Discussion: Newsbusters
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: HuffPost and Political Wire
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Raw Story
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: and Insider
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Is Said to Believe Trump Has More Documents
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.
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 …
Samantha Beech / CNN:
NYC Mayor Eric Adams declares state of emergency over influx of migrants
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 and Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: CNN and PoliticusUSA
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 …
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.
Maeve Reston / CNN:
Trump's Arizona slate risks turning off independent-minded voters in key Senate and governor's races
Discussion: IJR, Mollyesque and The Hill
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Dwayne Johnson says White House bid ‘off the table’  —  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is no longer cooking up a White House bid, saying a run for president is “off the table.”  —  “I will say this because it requires a B side to this,” Johnson said in a preview clip from “CBS Sunday Morning” released Friday.
Mandela Barnes has signaled support for removing police funding and abolishing ICE — despite ad claiming otherwise  —  Wisconsin Democratic Senate nominee Mandela Barnes has previously signaled his support for removing police funding and abolishing ICE according to a review by CNN's KFile …
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
News on Statehouses, With a Twist: Covering All 50 at Once  —  Numerous news start-ups have raced to fill a void of statehouse coverage.  Pluribus News is planning to report on the policy trends making their way from one legislature to the next.  —  As he has observed lawmaking across the country …
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
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
White House Tightens Rules on Counterterrorism Drone Strikes  —  A classified new policy requires President Biden's approval to add suspected terrorists to a kill list.  The Trump administration had decentralized control over targeting decisions.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden has signed …
Leor Sapir / Reality's Last Stand:
The Distortions in Jack Turban's Psychology Today Article on ‘Gender Affirming Care’  —  Turban's public statements on pediatric gender medicine have been less than honest.  —  Writes Leor Sapir  · Subscribe  —  Reality's Last Stand is a reader-supported publication.
Associated Press:
Supreme Court's new ‘class photo’ includes number of firsts  —  The group photo of the Supreme Court's nine members is a long-standing ritual.  But it has never looked quite like the one taken on Friday.  —  The new image includes Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black female justice, who joined the court in June.
Discussion: Insider
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Trump tell-all cites Adelson's bankrolled Israel embassy move
New York Times:
In Record Numbers, Venezuelans Risk a Deadly Trek to Reach the U.S. Border
Keisha Lance Bottoms “Very Concerned At The Lack Of Enthusiasm” In The Georgia Elections
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Pentagon: No sign Putin is planning to use nukes after Biden's ‘Armageddon’ comment
Asher Notheis / Washington Examiner:
Adidas puts Yeezy deal under review after ‘White Lives Matter’ controversy
 Earlier Items: 
Kayode Crown / Mississippi Free Press:
Jackson Garbage Collection to ‘Cease’ Indefinitely, Putting 150,000 Residents At Risk
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jamie Goldberg / Oregonian:
Nike co-founder Phil Knight changes course, donates $1 million to Republican governor candidate Christine Drazan
Steve Feinstein / American Thinker:
The Democrats Wrecked My Retirement
Timothy Shenk / New York Times:
A Lost Manuscript Shows the Fire Barack Obama Couldn't Reveal on the Campaign Trail
Michael Schaffer / Politico:
The Secret Tapes of Michael Fanone
Discussion: Raw Story