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The midterms are on Tuesday, so today we focus election coverage. In addition, you'll find reporting on corporate media failures, Brazil and Cuba, and what's going on in libertarian Kochland.

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Election Special!

Money in Politics

While Big Oil, with the help of corporate media, pretends it's going to save the planet, it's raking in record profits and bankrolling super PACs that aim to elect climate change-denying Republicans on Tuesday. SLUDGE reports, with research contributed by yours truly.

Oil and Gas Companies Fuel GOP Congressional Takeover Attempt
As it collects record profits, Big Oil is donating more than ever to the largest Republican super PACs.
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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul faces a GOP challenger, U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, who has big-time backing from billionaire-funded super PACs. Atop the list of megadonors is Robert Lauder of the Estée Lauder empire, reports NEW YORK FOCUS.

Meet the Moguls Fueling Lee Zeldin’s Super PAC Boost
New York Focus found six big spenders who have poured money into PACs backing Kathy Hochul’s Republican challenger.
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Democratic Minnesota AG Keith Ellison is running for reelection with union support against GOP candidate Jim Schultz, a hedge fund lawyer who promises to cut funding to the state's corporate prosecution division, reports THE LEVER.

Corporate Power Is On The Ballot In Minnesota
The attorney general race between Keith Ellison and Jim Schultz could shape consumer rights litigation across the country.
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Rightwing Conspiracies

Voter intimidation coming from the right is a big concern in these elections, reports STATES NEWSROOM via IOWA CAPITAL DISPATCH.

Concerns grow that voter intimidation could disrupt midterm elections - Iowa Capital Dispatch
Across the country, election workers and voters are growing increasingly concerned about the threats of voter intimidation at the polls.
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Steven Rosenfeld of VOTING BOOTH says we should get ready for another spat of baseless denial after Election Day.

Trump’s Amateur Sleuths Poised to Decry Another ’Stolen
Amateur election observers are likely to feed propaganda, even if their “evidence” doesn’t stand up in 2022’
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THE MAJORITY REPORT discusses this phenomenon, which will be worse if the results prove the pollsters, who predict a strong showing for the GOP, wrong.

More Election News

PROGRESS REPORT lays out the health care stakes of the midterms.

While they have not made it a central component of their messaging, Democrats at the national level have passed significant policy to help ease the financial burden of medical care. The Inflation Reduction Act included a few major provisions that will save Americans thousands of dollars per year in healthcare premiums, prevent an estimated 2 million people from losing insurance coverage, and expand access to and limit price increases for prescription drugs.
These achievements could be rolled back if Republicans take control of Congress.
The sick stakes for health care in this election
Millions of people could gain — or lose — coverage, for starters.
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Corporate Media Failures of the Week

CBS is guilty of "moral and ethical wreckage," writes POPULA's Tom Scocca.

The New York attorney general said that top CBS executives—the people who decided for decades what millions of people would and wouldn’t see on TV—colluded with a crooked LAPD captain to get confidential information about a sexual-assault victim for the sake of corporate damage control...
Wait, CBS Did What?
And Then the LAPD Did What??
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Bret Stephens, whose very first New York Times op-ed questioned climate science, has allegedly just now come around to acknowledging humans' role in warming the planet. Three cheers for Bret? Well...not exactly. Turn out the guy's response to finally accepting the scientific consensus is to is regurgitate fossil fuel propaganda in essay form for the paper of record. When with The Times figure out that printing climate misinformation is dangerous and unethical? From HEATED and Popular Information:

A New York Times columnist went to Greenland and discovered fossil fuel talking points
Bret Stephens’ 6,000 word essay in the Times is a prime example of delay discourse.
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For the thirtieth time in a row, the UN voted nearly unanimously to condemn the U.S.'s embargo on Cuba. Cuban college students expressed their disappointment that the U.S. still maintains its deeply unpopular policy.

Speaking of Cuba: As a potential nuclear crisis looms in Ukraine, and the U.S. Congress is deeply divided, DAILY MONTANAN recalls a previous nuclear threat 60 years ago—when JFK had bipartisan congressional support for his strategy to ward off a catastrophe.

When bipartisanship really happened – Daily Montanan
What happened 60 years ago was a masterclass in bipartisanship writes columnist Marc C. Johnson, and few leaders have been able to come together like Everett Dierksen and Mike Mansfield.
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Journalists with ATMOS write about the environmental implications of leftist Lula da Silva's presidential election victory in Brazil.

The Frontline travels to Brazil during the presidential election to meet with scientists, politicians, and land defenders protecting the Amazon Rainforest. They highlight the many ways to save a forest.
Brazil Has A New President. What’s Next for the Amazon? | Atmos
Before and after Brazil’s election, land defenders work to protect the Amazon Rainforest. They highlight the many ways to save a forest.
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Michael Fox and THE REAL NEWS NETWORK also report on Brazil.

Tens of thousands of Lula supporters poured onto São Paulo’s Paulista Avenue for a huge victory celebration. But Bolsonaro fans have also taken to the streets blocking highways and rejecting the result. Lula takes office on January 1st.


OptOut's Walker Bragman has a new report on the Koch network's role in spreading COVID-19 misinformation, written for EXPOSED BY CMD.

Koch-Funded Legal Group Fights to Protect Online Covid Misinformation - EXPOSEDbyCMD
A litigation group funded by Charles Koch is helping propagators of Covid-19-related misinformation sue the Biden administration over what it calls “censorship” on social media.
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The Koch-founded CATO INSTITUTE, a libertarian think tank, is predictably suing to block President Joe Biden's attempt to cancel some federally held student loan debt. THE RING OF FIRE analyzes the situation.

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