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7:55 AM ET, September 18, 2023


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Washington Post:
House Republicans strike deal on short-term funding, but Senate likely to reject it  —  Half a dozen House Republicans announced a deal on Sunday to temporarily fund the government with the goal of averting a shutdown at the end of the month.  But it's far from certain that the proposal …
Discussion: Axios and The Messenger
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 …
Lauren Peller / ABC News:
House GOP groups propose agreement on short-term government funding bill  —  House Republicans from both sides of the conference came to a deal.  —  LIVE  —  FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Capitol Building is seen in Washington, U.S., August 31, 2023.  REUTERS/Kevin Wurm/File Photo
Discussion: CNN, Semafor and The Hill
Kristin Wilson / CNN:
McCarthy says defense spending bill will get a vote this week ‘win or lose’
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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.”
Discussion: HuffPost and
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
NBC News:
Full transcript: Read Kristen Welker's interview with Trump
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
House GOP in midst of ‘civil war’ amid shutdown threat, warns Dem leader
Trump moves to put the nail in DeSantis' campaign coffin  —  The ex-president is upping his presence in Iowa in an attempt to close any door on a comeback by the Florida governor.  —  Donald Trump's campaign believes Ron DeSantis is flatlining.  Now, they want to bury him.
New York Times:
‘A Terrible Mistake’: Trump Criticizes DeSantis on Abortion Ban
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
Washington Post:
Lawmakers are spending way more to keep themselves safe.  Is it enough?  —  A Post analysis of campaign and congressional reports shows spending on security has skyrocketed since the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol  —  Candidates running for House and Senate offices increased campaign spending …
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.
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
Miranda Nazzaro / The Hill:
Two pilots killed in crash at National Championship Races in Reno  —  Two pilots were killed Sunday after their planes collided while landing at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, the race organizers confirmed.  —  The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) …
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
In U.S. Visit, Zelensky to Make a Case for More Aid, and Say Thank You  —  The Ukrainian leader's second trip to America comes at a more delicate diplomatic moment, as he tries to navigate political currents while expressing gratitude for Western support.  —  A hero's welcome awaited President …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Elon Musk likes to think he saved us from Armageddon. He's just brought it closer
Associated Press:
Indiana attorney general sues hospital system over privacy of Ohio girl who traveled for abortion
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
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