The Show Notes: Markets Surge, Democrats Pivot, SCOTUS Nonsense, & Ukraine Advances
Welcome! Two fishermen were busted for cheating in a major fishing tournament over the weekend.
NEW: Ian death toll rises to 76 in Florida.
HEADLINE: Democrats lead GOP among Latino voters by smaller margins than past elections - Axios
Dumbest headline of the day: The Supreme Court Is Blowing Up Law School, Too - Slate
Clip of the day:
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Democrats Go Dark
Despite unmitigated attacks from Republicans on inflation and the economy, Democrats have pivoted their midterm messaging away from their list of limited accomplishments and to Donald Trump and abortion rights. According to Politico, Democrats have spent $18 million airing 100+ pro-abortion tv ads across the country.
The Washington Post summarizes the Democrats’ message this way: “If Republicans take power, they will establish a dystopia that cripples democracy and eviscerates abortion rights and other freedoms.”
More from The Washington Post:
“For months leading Democrats, starting with President Biden, signaled that they would campaign on having helped Americans, from fixing bridges to cutting drug costs. Biden suggested that attacking Republicans too harshly would divide the country and alienate potential supporters.
But with Trump’s reemergence, the proliferation of Republican nominees who reject fair elections, and the Supreme Court’s overturning abortion rights, the calculus has starkly changed. Biden now all but admits his initial approach no longer works.”
Ukraine made major strides in retaking one of the four eastern regions Russia annexed last week.
Why it matters: While none of the four newly annexed regions are entirely under Russian control, Kherson was the only regional capital that Russia captured since February. Ukraine is aiming to gain as much ground as possible before Russia’s new reservists are trained and ready for battle. Thankfuly, they may have a while.
Response: Russia responded to Ukraine’s advancement by bombing a Ukrainian medical center for children with special needs. Horrible.
Make sure you read my morning piece on funding Ukraine.
Get the deep dive at Understanding War.
Three Senate Races To Watch
Republicans are gaining steam in three pivotal senate races.
NEVADA: Adam Laxalt has gained a 5.7% lead over Dem Sen. Catherine Cortez Mastro in polling conducted between August and September.
WISCONSIN: GOP Sen. Ron Johnson is leading his Democrat challenger Mandela Barnes in the latest batch of polls released.
PENNSYLVANIA: John Fetterman’s commanding lead over Dr. Oz for the open Senate seat in Pennsylvania has all but dissipated as questions linger about Fetterman’s health.
Dude is not ok.
Greenland Ice Sheet Recovers as Scientists Say Earlier Loss was Due to Natural Warming Not CO2 Emissions
From Daily Skeptic:
A popular scare story running in the media is that the Greenland ice sheet is about to slip its moorings under ferocious and unprecedented Arctic heat and arrive in the reader’s front room any day now (I exaggerate, but not much). Meanwhile back in the scientific world, scientists are scrambling to understand what natural causes lie behind the sudden slow-down in Greenland’s summer warming and ice loss dating back to 2010. The recovery of Arctic summer sea ice has been spectacular of late, with the U.S.-based National Snow and Ice Data Center reporting that this year’s September minimum was 1.28 million square kilometres higher than the 2012 low point of 3.39 million square kilometres.
The rest of the news:
Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw shares he’s had 2 different bouts with cancer over the last year - CNN
Buccaneers’ Cameron Brate played after concussion in latest NFL mess - NY Post
The storm coming for Florida’s insurance market - Politico
GOP Leads On Image, Handling Terrorism, Nation's Prosperity - Gallup
America's aching economy is forcing tough choices. How people are 'barely making it' work. - USA Today
Republicans edge Democrats in survey of favorability - The Hill
Kim Kardashian charged by SEC, agrees to pay $1.3 million fine - CNN Business
"Maybe it's just a bad movie": Billy Eichner leaves internet divided by blaming homophobia for Bros low box office numbers - Sports Keeda
Scenes from the Anarchy in Portland - National Review
Oil prices could soon return to $100 as OPEC+ considers ‘historic’ cut, analysts say - CNBC
Fan dies from fall at Acrisure Stadium following Jets-Steelers game - NY Post
Seahawks’ DK Metcalf carted off field to use bathroom: ‘Wouldn’t have made it’ - NY Post
The Braves Sweep The Mets In The Biggest Series Of The Season To All But Seal A Historic Collapse - Barstool
Tweets that caught my eye: