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11:55 AM ET, September 17, 2023


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Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Letter shows Pope Pius XII probably knew about Holocaust early on  —  Wartime Pope Pius XII knew details about the Nazi attempt to exterminate Jews in the Holocaust as early as 1942, according to a letter found in the Vatican archives that conflicts with the Holy See's official position …
Elisabetta Povoledo / New York Times:
Pope Pius XII Likely Knew of Holocaust, Newly Discovered Letter Suggests  —  The newly discovered letter, written by a German Jesuit to Pope Pius XII's personal secretary, suggests that the pope knew of Hitler's atrocities but chose to remain silent.  —  A letter found among the private papers …
Discussion: The Messenger and UPI
NBC News:
Full transcript: Read Kristen Welker's interview with Trump  —  NBC's “Meet the Press” moderator Kristen Welker conducted a wide-ranging interview with former President Donald Trump.  —  Full Trump Interview: 'I don't consider us to have much of a democracy right now'
Discussion: The Hill and The Messenger
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Man groped by Lauren Boebert during frisky ‘Beetlejuice’ date owns gay-friendly bar that hosts drag shows  —  A bar owned by Rep. Lauren Boebert's apparent new beau has staged at least one drag show, according to a review of social media posts.  —  In January, the Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar in Aspen …
New York Times:
Democratic Leaders Are More Optimistic About Biden 2024 Than Voters  —  Party leaders have rallied behind the president's re-election bid, but as one top Democratic strategist put it, “The voters don't want this, and that's in poll after poll after poll.”  —  As President Biden shifts …
Discussion: CBS News and Digby's Hullabaloo
Caleigh Bartash / ABC News:
'We'll be fine': Top US military officer confident there won't be a Jan. 6 repeat  —  Gen. Milley said he was not concerned about more riot threats after he retires.  —  As former President Donald Trump continues to falsely claim he won the last election while he campaigns …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Steven McIntosh / BBC:
Russell Brand accused of rape and sexual assault
Aria Bendix / NBC News:
Sore throat, then congestion: Common Covid symptoms follow a pattern now, doctors say  —  Doctors who treat Covid describe the ways the illness has gotten milder and shifted over time to mostly affect the upper respiratory tract.  —  How Covid symptoms have evolved since the pandemic
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 …
Josh Fiallo / The Daily Beast:
Texas AG Ken Paxton Survives Fiery Impeachment Trial
Erin Prater / Fortune:
COVID levels are so high, they're hovering near 2020's initial peak, as the WHO urges those at high risk to take any booster they can get their hands on  —  IRFAN KHAN, LOS ANGELES TIMES VIA GETTY IMAGES  —  U.S. COVID infections are hovering near levels of the pandemic's first peak in 2020 …
Donald Trump / The Washington Stand:
Presidential Straw Poll Results: Pray Vote Stand Summit 2023  —  These are the results from the straw poll held at the Pray Vote Stand Summit 2023 in Washington, D.C.  —  Votes for President:  —  CandidateCountPercent  —  63.9%  —  27.3%  —  2.2%  —  1.9%  —  1.7%  —  1.5%  —  0.9%
Jack Ewing / New York Times:
Battle Over Electric Vehicles Is Central to Auto Strike  —  Carmakers are anxious to keep costs down as they ramp up electric vehicle manufacturing, while striking workers want to preserve jobs as the industry shifts to batteries.  —  A battle between Detroit carmakers and the United Auto Workers union …
Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Obama on UAW strike: Time to ‘do right’ by workers that keep companies ‘on their feet’
Stephanie Lai / Bloomberg:
Trump Plans Two Mar-a-Lago Fundraisers for Campaign, Legal Fees  — Separate events said to include a dinner for $100,000 per seat  — Former president has been fundraising on his four indictments  —  Former President Donald Trump is planning separate fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago in October …
Discussion: Political Wire, Fox News, CNN and Politico
Tara Copp / Associated Press:
Military officers begin to speak out on the harm done by Sen. Tuberville's holds on promotions  —  In the months since a single senator froze military promotions over the Pentagon's abortion policy, the uniformed officers affected have been largely silent, wary of stepping into a political fray.
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: Bloomberg and The Atlantic
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