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9:25 PM ET, October 4, 2023


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Sarah Fortinsky / The Hill:
Moderate Republican says he'd vote to remove 8 colleagues from GOP conference who supported McCarthy ouster  —  Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio) said in a Wednesday interview that he would support a theoretical vote to remove from the GOP conference the eight colleagues who voted …
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Imagine If Democrats Had Done It  —  The Republican party is sustained by two fundamental asymmetries.  And there's no cure for either of them.  —  ∙ Paid  —  We did an emergency live show last night about the McCarthy ouster.  You can find it here.  (There won't be a Thursday night show this week.)
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Why is protecting institutions largely the Democrats' responsibility?  —  The frustration that Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) had been trying to keep hidden for months (with varying degrees of success) seeped out on Tuesday evening.  At a news conference following his ouster as House speaker …
David Moye / HuffPost:
Former Mike Pence Aide Claims Matt Gaetz Likely Came To D.C. ‘For The Teenage Interns’NEW!
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Cut Off Their Own Heads
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
McCarthy ouster exposes the Republican Party's destructive tendencies
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Kevin McCarthy's embarrassing lesson: MAGA torches everything it touches — and will destroy itself
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Frog meets scorpion: House Republicans threaten to quit Problem Solvers Caucus after McCarthy ouster
Alex Gangitano / The Hill:
RNC chief on GOP infighting: 'I don't know how this helps us beat Joe Biden'
McCarthy behind move to kick Pelosi out of her office, sources say — so he can move into it  —  Kevin McCarthy was behind interim Speaker Patrick McHenry's move to kick former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Majority Leader Steny Hoyer out of their office spaces, two Republican sources told CNN.
Robert Draper / New York Times:
More Speaker Crisis Fallout: Pelosi Is Evicted From Bonus Office
Discussion: Raw Story, Puck and Townhall
Houston Keene / Fox News:
Nancy Pelosi evicted from her private office in the Capitol by interim House speaker
New York Times:
Inside the Menendez Indictment: A Mercedes and a Secretive Fatal Crash  —  A 2018 fatal car crash in Bogota, N.J., drew no media attention and resulted in no charges.  The driver was the soon-to-be wife of Senator Robert Menendez.  —  It was a cold evening in December 2018, and Nadine Arslanian …
Katie Sobko /
Bob Menendez's wife hit and killed a man while driving on Bogota's Main Street in 2018  —  Nadine Arslanian Menendez, federally indicted in a bribery scheme with her husband, Sen. Bob Menendez, struck and killed a man while driving her Mercedes-Benz on Main Street in Bogota in December 2018.
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Officiant fires gun to welcome bride, shoots grandson — and wedding goes on  —  Michael Gardner wanted to start his nephew's wedding with a bang.  —  His plan involved shooting a blank from a revolver into the air to signal to the roughly 200 people gathered on Saturday that the outdoor ceremony …
Quinnipiac University Poll:
PA 2024 Elections: Casey Leads McCormick In U.S. Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Pennsylvania Poll Finds; Race For The White House: Biden vs. Trump Matchup Barely Budges  —  mail_outline  —  Roughly two weeks after Republican David McCormick announced he would challenge incumbent Democratic …
David Paleologos / USA Today:
Nikki Haley vaults to second place in New Hampshire in new GOP primary poll
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Appeals court doubtful on Trump's lawsuit against Twitter  —  Trump's lawyers argue that Twitter violated his free speech rights when it suspended him in January 2021, but federal judges expressed skepticism.  —  A federal appeals court panel sounded skeptical Wednesday …
Matt Dixon / NBC News:
Trump is not ruling out being the new House speaker
Scalise and Jordan launch bids for House speaker after McCarthy ouster
Kelly Garrity / Politico:
Giuliani: ‘I have never had an alcohol problem’
Discussion: The Hill, UPI and Raw Story
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
20 GOP senators led by Rick Scott vow to block bills not related to funding government  —  Facing a pileup of spending bills and a possible government shutdown, 20 Republican senators led by Sen. Rick Scott (Fla.) say they will delay any legislation moving on the Senate floor that does not relate directly to funding the government.
Annie Nova / CNBC:NEW!
Biden cancels $9 billion in student debt for 125,000 borrowers  — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he approved $9 billion in student loan forgiveness for 125,000 Americans.  — The relief is a result of his administration's fixes to number of programs …
The White House:
President Biden Announces an Additional $9 Billion in Student Debt Relief for 125,000 Americans
Annie Karni / New York Times:
From a Capitol Hill Basement, Bannon Stokes the Republican Party Meltdown  —  The former Trump adviser has helped create the spectacle of G.O.P. dysfunction, using it to build his own following and those of the right-wing House rebels who took down Kevin McCarthy.
Associated Press:
Colorado high court to hear case against Christian baker who refused to make trans-themed cake  —  The baker previously won a case before the U.S. Supreme Court on a technicality in 2018, after refusing to make a gay couple's wedding cake.  —  On the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court victory …
NBC News:
Ron DeSantis' money problems deepen ahead of a key stretch in the GOP primary  —  The Florida governor's campaign spent more on the nominating fight than it raised in the third quarter, as it shifts staff from its headquarters in Tallahassee to Iowa.  —  Ron DeSantis has less money and more problems.
New York Times:
DeSantis Gets a $15 Million Cash Infusion and Moves Staff Into Iowa
Melissa Colorado / NBC New York:
Brooklyn public policy advocate stabbed to death in front of girlfriend  —  A Brooklyn man described as a rising star in the world of public policy was stabbed to death in front of his girlfriend while sitting on a bus bench early Monday morning.  —  Ryan Carson, 32, was waiting for a bus …
Davide Basso / Euractiv:
French government dissolves far-right Catholic association  —  Content-Type:  —  News Based on facts, either observed and verified directly by the reporter, or reported and verified from knowledgeable sources.  —  Languages: Français  —  The French government dissolved …
William M. Arkin / Newsweek:
Exclusive: Donald Trump Followers Targeted by FBI as 2024 Election Nears  —  The federal government believes that the threat of violence and major civil disturbances around the 2024 U.S. presidential election is so great that it has quietly created a new category of extremists that it seeks …
Natasha Bertrand / CNN:
Exclusive: US will transfer weapons seized from Iran to Ukraine  —  The US will transfer thousands of seized Iranian weapons and rounds of ammunition to Ukraine, in a move that could help to alleviate some of the critical shortages facing the Ukrainian military as it awaits more money …
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Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
GOP candidate says he smeared ‘fecal matter’ on daycare center because of Obama: reportNEW!
Discussion: HuffPost and New Jersey Globe
Lacey Rose / The Hollywood Reporter:
‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ Writers Decline to Return (Exclusive)
Kerry Breen / CBS News:
“Tennessee Three” Rep. Justin Jones sues House speaker, says he was unconstitutionally expelled
Discussion: Washington Post
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
POETRY SLAM: Ted Cruz Attacks Biden Court Pick For Writing Bad Poem 30 Years Ago
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The Faith Factor in Climate Change: How Religion Impacts American Attitudes on Climate and Environmental Policy
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Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
‘Sabrina’ Star Julia Ormond Sues Harvey Weinstein for Sexual Assault
Elon Musk's Machine for Fascism: A Tale of Three Elections

From Mediagazer:

Sources: AT&T is exploring options for its 70% stake in DirecTV, including selling the stake and exiting the venture as early as August 2024

Natalie Korach / The Wrap:
X starts removing preview headlines from posts with article links, showing only the lead image and domain name; Elon Musk mentioned the change in August 2023

Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Memo: Amazon is shutting down Amp, its live audio streaming app launched in March 2022 that let users act like DJs by playing music and talking alongside songs

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