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5:40 PM ET, October 11, 2022


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Matthew Champion / VICE:
Elon Musk Spoke to Putin Before Tweeting Ukraine Peace Plan: Report  —  The world's richest man spoke directly with Vladimir Putin, Eurasia Group's Ian Bremmer wrote.  —  MC  —  Elon Musk spoke directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin before tweeting a proposal to end the war …
Joseph Bernstein / New York Times:
Elon Musk Has the World's Strangest Social Calendar  —  When the world's richest man isn't tweeting, he's flying to Burning Man, trying to impress comedians and hopping on yachts.  —  When a snapshot of Elon Musk and Ghislaine Maxwell surfaced on social media in 2020, the Tesla …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Mother Jones and ABC News
Anna Merlan / VICE:
Watch the Disturbing Kanye Interview Clips That Tucker Carlson Didn't Put on Air  —  Motherboard obtained footage of Ye making bigoted statements about Jewish people and bizarre claims about “fake children,” as well as describing visions of “kinetic energy” cities sent to him by God.  —  Anna Merlan
New York Times:
Biden's Folksiness Can Veer Into Folklore, or Falsehoods  —  President Biden has been unable to break himself of the habit of embellishing narratives to weave a political identity.  —  WASHINGTON — Standing in front of Floridians who had lost everything during Hurricane Ian …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Biden to Re-evaluate Relationship With Saudi Arabia After Oil Production Cut  —  Angered by the kingdom's decision to team up with Russia to slash petroleum output, the president signaled openness to retaliatory measures, including a halt to arms sales and a new antitrust measure.
Ken Klippenstein / The Intercept:
“Election Interference”: Oil Price Hike Is Saudi Arabia's October Surprise Against Biden … When, just one month before midterm elections, Saudi Arabia announced it would be slashing oil production by 2 million barrels a day, White House officials called it a “hostile act” and said the administration was …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans Plan Debt Crisis to Force Cuts to Medicare, Social Security … The November elections will likely give Republicans control of the House of Representatives as a platform from which to oppose the Democratic-controlled White House.  And one thing Republicans will do with this power …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
In Fight for Congress, a Surprising Battleground Emerges: New York
Discussion: The Hill, Nevada Current and Al Jazeera
Nate Cohn / New York Times:   Why Republicans Could Prevail in the Popular Vote but Lose in the House
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Biden says Putin ‘totally miscalculated’ by invading Ukraine but is a ‘rational actor’  —  Watch Jake Tapper's exclusive interview with President Joe Biden on CNN Tonight with Jake Tapper at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday.  —  CNN —  President Joe Biden said in an exclusive CNN interview Tuesday …
Marist Poll:
Bennet Leads O'Dea in Colorado Senate Race... Polis with Double-Digit Lead Over Ganahl in Governor's Contest  —  In the race for U.S. Senate in Colorado, Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet has a 7-point advantage over his Republican challenger Joe O'Dea among registered voters statewide.
Camille Mumford / Emerson Polling:
Georgia 2022: Sen. Warnock Leads Walker by Two; Gov. Kemp Leads Abrams by Five
Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:
Biden calls on Nury Martinez, other L.A. councilmembers to resign after audio leak  —  President Biden believes Nury Martinez and other councilmembers should resign from the Los Angeles City Council over racist remarks heard in leaked recordings that were made public this week, a White House spokesperson said Tuesday.
Los Angeles Times:
Protests, anger, tears roil L.A. City Council meeting over leaked racist recordings
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
What does Madison Cawthorn do now?  —  The defeated congressman's next chapter may offer insight into how redemption works, or doesn't, for a scandal-plagued Republican who still loves Trump  —  Madison Cawthorn left his Capitol Hill office on a recent afternoon like a man with a purpose …
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Joe Biden Just Crushed China's Semiconductor Industry  —  Dark Brandon strikes again.  —  1. Chips  —  There was some big, important news on Friday and no one really noticed: The Biden administration hit China, hard, with a series of export controls that are going to hurt.
Dan Merica / CNN:
Bolduc raises unsubstantiated possibility of 2022 election impropriety ahead of New Hampshire Senate contest  —  New Hampshire Senate nominee Don Bolduc, a Republican who has pushed the falsehood that the 2020 election was stolen, raised the unsubstantiated prospect that the same could happen …
Your Cheat Sheet to the 2022 General Elections
Supreme Court declines to hear fetal personhood case  —  The Supreme Court declined on Tuesday to wade into the so-called fetal personhood debate, deciding not to take up a case out of Rhode Island over whether fetuses should have constitutional rights.  —  A Catholic group and two pregnant women wanted …
NBC News:
Fetterman says his stroke recovery ‘changes everything,’ but that he's fit to serve as senator  —  BRADDOCK, Pa. — John Fetterman, the Democratic nominee in a crucial Pennsylvania Senate race, still struggles to understand what he hears and to speak clearly following a stroke in May.
Parisa Hafezi / Reuters:
Iranian journalist who broke news on Mahsa Amini pays heavy price  —  Niloofar Hamedi, an Iranian journalist specialising in women's rights, got away with hard-hitting stories for years - until the day she took a photo of Mahsa Amini's parents hugging each other in a Tehran hospital where their daughter was lying in a coma.
Joshua Kaplan / Articles and Investigations:
How Ron DeSantis Blew Up Black-Held Congressional Districts and May Have Broken Florida Law  —  A User's Guide to Democracy  —  Congress Works For You.  Here's How to Be a Better Boss.  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was incensed.  Late last year, the state's Republican legislature …
New York Times:
She Went Out on a Limb for Trump.  Now She's Under Justice Dept. Scrutiny.  —  Christina Bobb is a former Marine and a fervent believer that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald J. Trump.  She went to work for him and quickly found herself enmeshed in an obstruction investigation.
Washington Post:
How Trump's legal expenses consumed GOP donor money  —  As some Republican candidates face a fundraising shortfall, the former president, the RNC and key state parties have all spent significant sums on legal fights  —  Donald Trump's political operation has spent more money since he left office …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
How will Tommy Tuberville's corporate backers respond to his racist diatribe?  —  On Saturday, Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) appeared at a rally in Minden, Nevada, to support the Republican nominee for Senate, Adam Laxit.  During his speech at the event, which also featured Donald Trump …
Tom Joyce / Washington Examiner:
The Biden administration acknowledges biological reality  —  To President Joe Biden's administration , men are men, and women are women — at least in one instance.  —  While Biden may be a part of the political party that thinks gender is limitless and people are whatever …
Manu Raju / CNN:
Exclusive: McConnell ignores Trump's attacks and says ‘I have the votes’ in quest to make history  —  It's become a throwaway line at former President Donald Trump's campaign rallies: GOP senators must boot Mitch McConnell from the leadership position he's held longer than any Republican in American history.
Discussion: Mercury News
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
The Inevitable Indictment of Donald Trump  —  As an appellate judge, Merrick Garland was known for constructing narrow decisions that achieved consensus without creating extraneous controversy.  As a government attorney, he was known for his zealous adherence to the letter of the law.
U.S. Department of Justice:
U.K. Businessman Arrested For Sanctions Evasion Benefitting Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska  —  Deripaska's Property Manager Arrested in U.K. for Funding U.S. Properties for Deripaska's Benefit and for Attempting to Expatriate Deripaska's Artwork from U.S. through Deception
The White House:
G7 Statement on Ukraine, 11 October 2022  —  1. We, the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7), convened today with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.  Our meeting took place against the backdrop of the most recent missile attacks against civilian infrastructure and cities across Ukraine, leading to the death of innocent civilians.
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
The Herschel Walker Abortion Exceptions Policy  —  For today's GOP, abortion is acceptable when it is for the convenience of the father, politics, and personal interest.  —  GOP Georgia Senate nominee Herschel Walker makes a solemn promise to his audience as part of his stump speech …
Jen Fifield / Votebeat Arizona:
Hand-counting ballots would cause “downright chaos” in an Arizona county, experts say  —  Cochise County officials consider plan for manually tallying votes in November — a method that produces inaccurate results and takes much longer, research shows.  —  Cochise County officials …
Manisha Sinha / CNN:
Why I hope 2022 will be another 1866  —  Editor's Note: Manisha Sinha is the Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut.  She is the author of multiple works on the history of slavery and abolition, the Civil War and Reconstruction, including the forthcoming …
Chrissy Clark / The Daily Caller:
Montgomery County Schools Saw 582% Increase In Reported Gender Nonconforming Students Over Two Years, Data Shows  —  Maryland's largest public school district saw a 582% increase the number of students identifying as gender nonconforming in just two years, according to internal data posted to an educator's Twitter page.
Discussion: The Post Millennial and Twitchy
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The White House:
Statement by President Joe Biden on Breakthrough Diplomacy in the Middle East
Discussion: USA Today, CBS News and Haaretz
James Doubek / NPR:
NASA says its asteroid defense test was a success
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
Archives pushes back on Trump claims that other presidents mishandled records
Stephanie Armour / Wall Street Journal:
New Affordable Care Act Rule Expands Subsidies to Families
ABC News:
Herschel Walker claims ex-girlfriend, whose identity he says he knows, is lying about abortion
Discussion: The Root
David Wasserman / Cook Political Report:
Newly Drawn OR-06 Moves from Lean Democrat to Toss Up
Discussion: Washington Examiner
 Earlier Items: 
Noam Scheiber / New York Times:
Biden Proposal Could Lead to Employee Status for Gig Workers
Michael Anton / American Greatness:
The Dishonest and Dishonorable Disagreements of Former Friends
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Brad Dress / The Hill:
Gabbard says she can't stay in 'today's Democratic Party'
Wall Street Journal:
Government Officials Invest in Companies Their Agencies Oversee
Igor Kossov / The Kyiv Independent:
What's behind Russia's unusually big missile attack on Ukraine?

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David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
A House committee report claims the Global Alliance for Responsible Media colluded to cut Twitter revenue after Musk's acquisition; GARM guidance is non-binding

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
McClatchy's Charlotte Observer is scaling back print editions to three days a week starting September 16, down from six days, and will rely on USPS for delivery

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