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12:30 PM ET, September 16, 2023


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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Trump's become a runaway train in the GOP primary.  Here's why.  —  A POLITICO analysis shows Trump's supporters are more conservative and more assured in their candidate than voters backing other Republican candidates.  —  They're more conservative than other Republicans.  More likely to be men.
Inyoung Choi / NBC News:
Trump says he likes ‘the concept’ of a female VP pick  —  In an interview with NBC “Meet the Press” moderator Kristen Welker, the former president talked about a running mate, age limits for presidents and the letter he left for Biden.  —  Former President Donald Trump said he hasn't yet given …
Florida Republicans reject DeSantis for Trump in loyalty pledge fight  —  “People will be pissed if we keep Trump off the ballot,” said one state GOP member.  —  ORLANDO — The latest contest between former President Donald Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis in Florida came down to a loyalty pledge.
Mark Alfred / The Daily Beast:
Trump Explains Melania's Absence on the Campaign Trail
Giselle Ruhiyyih Ewing / Politico:
Boebert, caught on video, apologizes for inappropriate behavior at ‘Beetlejuice’ show  —  The congressmember had denied acting inappropriately until surveillance video surfaced showing her disrupting the performance.  —  Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert apologized after she and a male companion …
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Lauren Boebert Now Admits She Vaped in Theater: 'I'm Truly Sorry'  —  “There's not a person walking the face of this planet that hasn't had a moment of weakness and fallen short and I think people will get that,” Boebert told The Daily Beast.  —  Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
There's Videotape!  Annals of Feral Lauren Boebert ...  THE BACKCHANNEL  —  Ever since she managed to get reelected last year by only a few hundred votes, words been out that she'd have to put some time into securing her seat if she wanted to remain in Congress.
ABC News:
Special counsel seeks ‘narrowly tailored’ gag order against Trump, citing ‘disparaging and inflammatory attacks’  —  The court filing accuses Trump of engaging in a campaign of disinformation.  —  Special counsel Jack Smith and his team have requested a federal judge in Washington, D.C. …
New York Times:
Special Counsel Obtained 32 Private Messages From Trump's Twitter Account
NBC News:
Special counsel asks for ‘narrow’ gag order for Trump in election interference case
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Special Counsel Seeking Gag Order on Trump in Election Case
Myah Ward / Politico:
Ramaswamy wants to end the H-1B visa program he used 29 times  —  The GOP candidate pledges to get rid of a the system he calls “indentured servitude.”  —  GOP candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has vowed to “gut” the system for H-1B temporary worker visas if he wins the White House.
Washington Post:
Speaker McCarthy steps into the breach as his conference toils  —  The next two weeks will put the California Republican to the test of whether he can unite Republican lawmakers and avert a government shutdown  —  After a drawn-out fight to attain the speakership in early January …
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis turns on ‘malignant narcissist’ ex-president  —  Ellis, one of 18 Trump associates charged in Georgia election subversion case, says she 'simply can't support him' again  —  Jenna Ellis - the Donald Trump lawyer who like the former president faces criminal charges …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Inside Trump's Gambit to Get Rid of a Judge by Suing Him  —  Trump is attempting to at least slam the brakes on the New York AG case against him by taking on the judge.  It's extremely unlikely to work for a number of good reasons. … For nearly a year, Donald Trump has been forcefully trying …
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos, CNN and Bloomberg
The Economist:
The hard right is getting closer to power all over Europe  —  It does not need to join governments to affect policymaking  —  Enjoy more audio and podcasts on iOS or Android.  —  In sint-genesius-rode, a well-to-do commuter town in the hills south of Brussels, a crowd of 50 or so gathered …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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New York Post:
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