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4:45 PM ET, September 16, 2023

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Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton acquitted in impeachment trial  —  Paxton was impeached for allegedly taking bribes, but ultimately members of his party chose not to vote for his conviction and removal from office.  —  Impeached Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was acquitted …
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Josh Fiallo / The Daily Beast:
Texas AG Ken Paxton Survives Fiery Impeachment Trial  —  Ken Paxton was accused of using his job as the state's top prosecutor to dish out favors to a big-donor friend.  —  The embattled Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton avoided an impeachment conviction on Saturday with Texas' Republican …
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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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.
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
Trump's indictments — and mug shot — are deepening his supporters' anger and revving up their support  —  Phil Jensen wore a bright red T-shirt with Donald Trump's mug shot and “NEVER SURRENDER!” printed on it to the former president's rally in Rapid City, South Dakota, last week.
The Sunday Times:
Russell Brand accused of rape, sexual assaults and abuse  —  Four women, including one who was just 16, make allegations after an investigation by The Sunday Times, The Times and Channel 4 Dispatches  —  The comedian and actor Russell Brand has been accused of rape, sexual assaults …
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Inyoung Choi / NBC News:
Trump says he likes ‘the concept’ of a female VP pick
Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Obama on UAW strike: Time to ‘do right’ by workers that keep companies ‘on their feet’  —  Former President Obama backed the United Auto Workers strike on Saturday, telling automakers that it's time to “do right” by workers.  —  “Fourteen years ago, when the big three automakers were struggling …
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Jack Ewing / New York Times:
Battle Over Electric Vehicles Is Central to Auto Strike
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 …
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Politico:
California goes on offense against Big Oil  —  California is one of the country's top oil and gas producers, and Chevron, one of the defendants, is headquartered in the state.  —  Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a lawsuit Saturday against five major oil companies and their subsidiaries …
Lauren Irwin / The Hill:
GOP senators ask Biden to provide Ukraine with missiles needed to win war  —  A group of Republican senators on Saturday sent a letter to President Biden urging him to “immediately” provide the missiles Ukraine needs to win its war against Russia.  —  Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) …
Discussion: The Atlantic
Selcan Hacaoglu / Bloomberg:
Erdogan to Attend UN General Assembly Amid Tensions With US  —  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is traveling to New York to attend the UN General Assembly amid heightened tensions with Washington over Syria and Russia.  —  Erdogan is expected to arrive in New York on Sunday …
Discussion: Reuters and Fortune
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.
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 and Daily Kos
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. …
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New York Times:
Special Counsel Obtained 32 Private Messages From Trump's Twitter Account
 
 
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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
The US Senate passes the TikTok divestment bill by a margin of 79-18; the legislation now heads to President Biden, who has committed to sign it into law

Chris Morris / Fortune:
Taylor Swift's new album smashed streaming records; Spotify says it had 300M+ streams on launch day and became 2024's most-streamed album within just 12 hours

Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
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