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10:50 AM ET, September 18, 2023


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Washington Post:
Could McCarthy really lose his job?  —  Good morning, Early Birds.  If you're looking to brush up on Bibi ahead of President Biden's meeting with him in New York on Wednesday, allow us to suggest David Remnick's 1998 profile in which Benjamin Netanyahu smokes a Davidoff in his office without offering Remnick one.
Punchbowl News:
9/18/23 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM  —  This is an enormous week for Speaker Kevin McCarthy and House Republicans.  —  The federal government will shut down in 13 days unless Congress greenlights more funding.  And House Republicans are pushing a partisan stopgap spending bill …
Playbook: McCarthy's latest gambit falls flat  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BREAKING OVERNIGHT — “Iran-US prisoner swap likely set in motion as $6 billion of once-frozen Iranian assets reaches Qatar,” by AP's Jon Gambrell …
Discussion: The Hill and Reuters
Mariana Labbate / The Messenger:
Democratic Virginia Rep. Jennifer Wexton Won't Seek Reelection  —  Wexton was diagnosed with supranuclear palsy  —  A Facebook icon representing an external link to share the article on Facebook.A Twitter icon representing an external link to share the article on Twitter.An Email icon …
Jennifer Wexton will not seek reelection, citing health concerns  —  Democratic Rep. Jennifer Wexton of Virginia announced Monday morning she will finish out her term in Congress but will not seek reelection, citing health concerns.  —  Wexton was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease a few months ago …
Five Americans detained in Iran are freed and on flight out of country, officials tell CNN  —  Doha and Washington CNN —  Five Americans who had been imprisoned in Iran have been freed and are on a flight out of the country, a senior Biden administration official and a Qatari official briefed …
Associated Press:
Officials say 5 prisoners sought by the US in a swap with Iran have flown out of Tehran
Aaron Rupar / Public Notice:
How not to interview Trump  —  Kristen Welker's tenure as “Meet the Press” moderator got off to an inauspicious start. … Kristen Welker's whitewashing of Trump began in the opening seconds of her debut as Chuck Todd's replacement on “Meet the Press.”  —  “I sat down with the former president …
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Rhetoric expert explains why there's no way to fact-check Trump's ‘layers of lies’
Discussion: CNN
Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
Kristen Welker's ‘Meet the Press’ Debut Derailed by Trump Derangement
Yoel Roth / New York Times:
I Was Attacked by Trump and Musk.  It Was a Strategy to Change What You See Online.  —  When I worked at Twitter, I led the team that placed a fact-checking label on one of Donald Trump's tweets for the first time.  Following the violence of Jan. 6, I helped make the call to ban his account from Twitter altogether.
NBC News:
Meet the Press - September 17, 2023  —  Former President Donald Trump, Peter Baker, Laura Jarrett and Carol Lee  —  KRISTEN WELKER:  —  This Sunday, my exclusive interview with former President Donald Trump.  —  KRISTEN WELKER:  —  When you go to bed at night, do you worry about going to jail?
New York Times:
‘A Terrible Mistake’: Trump Criticizes DeSantis on Abortion Ban
New York Times:
Mark Meadows's Testimony in Georgia Case May Have Done Him No Favors  —  Mark Meadows, a former top Trump aide, took the witness stand in hopes of having his election interference case moved to federal court.  So far, the strategy has not paid off.  —  One morning last month …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Chantal Da Silva / NBC News:
U.S. asks for help finding missing F-35 fighter jet after pilot ejects during ‘mishap’  —  Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina appealed to the public for information in its bid to “locate an F-35 that was involved in a mishap” on Sunday afternoon.  —  A U.S. fighter jet's stealth abilities appear …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Hunter Biden sues IRS over disclosures  —  The lawsuit over IRS agent interviews with Congress and the press comes as a special counsel weighs charging him with tax crimes  —  President Biden's son Hunter Biden filed a lawsuit Monday against the Internal Revenue Service …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Billionaire Ken Griffin, former DeSantis donor, sits out GOP presidential primary  — Billionaire and Citadel CEO Ken Griffin says he is sitting on the sidelines for the 2024 Republican presidential primary.  — Griffin explained that so far he's not impressed with what he's seeing …
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Republicans who objected to a Biden impeachment inquiry now say they're fine with it  —  The shift in tone after Speaker Kevin McCarthy launched the inquiry by himself reflects the continued reluctance of House Republicans in swing districts to buck their party leaders.
George Parker / Financial Times:
Keir Starmer pledges to seek major rewrite of Brexit deal  —  Labour leader tells FT his government would put closer trading relationship with Brussels at heart of growth policy  —  Sir Keir Starmer has promised to seek a major rewrite of Britain's Brexit deal in 2025 if Labour win …
Discussion: Reuters, UPI,, CityAM, Politico and spiked
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Ken Paxton emerges victorious from yet another career scandal  —  It marked a screaming milestone in a two-decade political career that has seen Paxton harness the state's increasingly conservative politics — and later the rise of Donald Trump — to stay in power longer than his vulnerabilities would suggest.
Discussion: The Hill and Diane Ravitch's blog
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