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6:30 PM ET, September 17, 2023


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Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
‘A colossal mistake to showcase this sociopath’: NBC facing backlash after ‘shameful’ Trump interview airs  —  NBC's attempt to avoid the pitfalls of the Donald Trump CNN town hall which was a contributing factor to the departure of CEO of CNN Worldwide Chris Licht does not appear to have panned out despite being taped and edited.
Discussion: The Mahablog and NBC News
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
‘Waste of time’: Rhetoric expert explains why there's no way to fact-check Trump's ‘layers of lies’  —  Rhetoric expert, Professor Jennifer Mercieca, explained that the way that new “Meet the Press” host Kristen Welker held the interview with Donald Trump had no hope of ever being able to adequately fact-check the president.
Discussion: Newsbusters
Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
Kristen Welker's ‘Meet the Press’ Debut Derailed by Trump Derangement  —  Her debut turn as “Meet the Press” moderator was doomed from the moment she booked Donald Trump as her first interview.  —  Journalists and commentators for years have wrestled with the question of how to approach Donald Trump …
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Fact checking Trump's ‘Meet the Press’ interview  —  At least 11 different points during the interview, former President Trump flubbed numbers, misstated facts or omitted critical context.  —  Full Trump Interview: 'I don't consider us to have much of a democracy right now'
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'
New York Times:
‘A Terrible Mistake’: Trump Criticizes DeSantis on Abortion Ban  —  The former president, while denouncing his chief rival for the Republican nomination, also largely evaded questions on the issue.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump, whose Supreme Court appointments led to the overturning of Roe v. Wade …
New York Times:
Trump Says He Hopes Meadows Will Remain ‘Loyal’ to Him in Election Case  —  The former president, who has been warned against saying anything that could influence witnesses in his election interference case, made the statements during an interview on “Meet the Press.”
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Trump says it was his decision to persist with 2020 election challenges  —  Former U.S. President Donald Trump said he dismissed the views of his own lawyers in continuing to challenge his 2020 defeat because he did not respect them, saying in an interview aired on Sunday that he had made up his own mind …
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump says he doesn't worry about going to jail: 'I don't even think about it'
Scoop: Schumer ditches Senate's informal dress code … - “Senators are able to choose what they wear on the Senate floor. … - Fetterman, who was elected last year, initially followed Senate tradition and wore suits. … The change applies only to senators — staff members will still be required to follow the old dress code.
Fox News:   Senate will no longer enforce a dress code for senators
Alicia Diaz / Bloomberg:
Biden Says ‘Lots of Luck’ to Republicans Looking to Impeach Him  — President first reacted to impeachment inquiry last week  — Republicans probe as federal budget deadline approaches  —  President Joe Biden derided the House's impeachment probe against him, responding with sarcasm …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Jann Wenner Removed From Rock Hall Board After Times Interview  —  The Rolling Stone co-founder's exit comes a day after The New York Times published an interview in which he made widely criticized comments.  —  Jann Wenner, the co-founder of Rolling Stone magazine, has been removed …
Associated Press:
Indiana attorney general sues hospital system over privacy of Ohio girl who traveled for abortion  —  The lawsuit, filed Friday in Indianapolis federal court, marked Attorney General Todd Rokita's latest attempt to seek disciplinary legal action against Dr. Caitlin Bernard.
Discussion: Raw Story
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: How GOP pressured Texas senators over Paxton's impeachment trial  —  Following a secret campaign coordinated by top Trump allies, Texas state senators yesterday acquitted Attorney General Ken Paxton of all impeachment charges, allowing him to return to his post.
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
Discussion: The Messenger and UPI
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Mace on Gaetz's push to oust McCarthy: He should ‘put his money where his mouth is’  —  Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) called on Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) on Sunday to follow through on his vow to introduce a motion to remove Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).  —  “It hasn't happened yet, and I am not going to comment on conjecture here.
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Caleigh Bartash / ABC News:
'We'll be fine': Top US military officer confident there won't be a Jan. 6 repeat
Discussion: The Hill