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5:35 PM ET, September 20, 2023


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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Ex-Trump aide Cassidy Hutchinson claims Rudy Giuliani groped her on January 6  —  Exclusive: in a new book, Hutchinson describes incident in which the former New York mayor put his hand ‘under my blazer, then my skirt’  —  Cassidy Hutchinson, the former Trump aide turned crucial January 6 witness …
Rolling Stone:
Trump Privately Frets He Could Be Headed to Prison  —  Would he be sent to a “club fed” style prison — or a “bad” one?  Would he have Secret Service protection?  And what would they make him wear?  Those are some of the questions Donald Trump is asking his lawyers as his many trials loom
Margaret Hartmann / New York Magazine:
Cassidy Hutchinson Says Rudy Giuliani Groped Her During January 6 Rally
Tara Suter / The Hill:
Former White House lawyer Ty Cobb compares Trump to ‘mob boss’
Discussion: USA Today, Raw Story and HuffPost
David Edwards / Raw Story:   Rudy Giuliani accused of groping Cassidy Hutchinson on Jan. 6
Bipartisan McCarthy bailout talks gaining steam thanks to House chaos  —  Any Democratic participation in a plan to stop a shutdown — let alone save the speaker's gavel — would have huge conditions attached.  —  The long-shot idea that Democrats could bail out the beleaguered Speaker Kevin McCarthy is suddenly getting real.
Why the White House is letting McCarthy flail  —  The administration has no plans to help as Kevin McCarthy and House Republicans inch closer to a government shutdown.  —  Speaker Kevin McCarthy is struggling to pass a bill to fund the government — and the White House isn't about to throw him a lifeline.
Lindsey McPherson / The Messenger:
House Speaker McCarthy to Hardliners: 'It's Like You're Walking Into a Fight Losing'  —  ‘I want to be able to win these battles,’ McCarthy says, blaming fellow Republicans for a blockade on government funding and diminishing his negotiating leverage with Democrats
Chris Joyner / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Lin Wood: 'I didn't flip on President Trump'  —  X  —  Former Atlanta attorney Lin Wood pushed back Wednesday on the notion that he would testify against Donald Trump in Fulton County's racketeering case.  —  Wood's name turned up in a new filing by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis naming …
Adam Klasfeld / The Messenger:
Pro-Trump Lawyer Lin Wood Turned State's Witness in Georgia Racketeering Case, DA Reveals  —  A once-prominent defamation lawyer who represented Richard Jewell, Lin Wood surrendered his law license in July under the shroud of disciplinary proceedings  —  A Facebook icon representing …
Alexander Tin / CBS News:
Free COVID test kits are coming back.  Here's how to get them.  —  The Biden administration is preparing to resume taking orders for free at-home COVID-19 tests starting September 25, officials announced Wednesday.  The administration is also planning a new infusion of money to boost domestic manufacturing of the test kits.
Chelsea Cirruzzo / Politico:
Feds to restart mail-order Covid test program
Discussion: The Messenger
Nathaniel Rakich / ABC News:
Democrats have been winning big in special elections  —  That could bode well for them in the 2024 election.  —  Democrats just scored a big win in an election on Tuesday: Democrat Hal Rafter defeated Republican James Guzofski 56 percent to 44 percent in a special election to fill …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trumpism costs the GOP in a crucial election, again  —  The Republican Party's increasing Trump-era tendency toward more extreme nominees and its struggles to account for the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade have already cost it plenty.  It's quite possible that these things cost …
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and NH Journal
Washington Post:
Merrick Garland faced fire from Republicans on Hunter Biden, Trump  —  House Republicans peppered Attorney General Merrick Garland with criticisms during the nearly six-hour House Judiciary Committee hearing.  The divide between Democratic and Republican lawmakers on a range of issues …
NBC News:
Merrick Garland spars with House Judiciary over Jan. 6 and Hunter Biden
CNN Poll: Trump leads in New Hampshire while Ramaswamy, Haley, Christie and DeSantis battle for second  —  Former President Donald Trump holds a sizable lead in the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination in New Hampshire, but a close contest for second place …
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
The Untold Story of One Indicted Fake Trump Elector in Georgia  —  Before she was indicted for taking part in Trump's scheme to stay in power, Cathy Latham professed to hating politics for being a dirty business.  Now she's knee-deep in the mud. … In the weeks before she became …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Messenger
Washington Post:
Georgia Trump electors argue they acted under federal authority
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement  —  For release at 2:00 p.m. EDT  —  Recent indicators suggest that economic activity has been expanding at a solid pace.  Job gains have slowed in recent months but remain strong, and the unemployment rate has remained low.  Inflation remains elevated.
New York Times:
Senate Poised to Confirm Military Chiefs, Sidestepping Tuberville Blockade  —  Three generals were on track for confirmation, but Senator Tommy Tuberville, the Alabama Republican who has been blocking them, said he would continue to hold up others over a Pentagon abortion policy.
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Launches American Climate Corps to Train Young People in Clean Energy, Conservation, and Climate Resilience Skills, Create Good-Paying Jobs and Tackle the Climate Crisis  —  In its first year, the American Climate Corps will put more than 20,000 young people …
Kari Lake to launch Arizona Senate bid next month  —  The close ally of Trump is looking to run in the swing state again.  —  Arizona Republican Kari Lake will launch a Senate run as soon as early next month, according to three people familiar with her plans.
Kali Holloway / The Nation:
Florida's “War on Woke” Is Spurring a Brain Drain  —  Thanks to Ron DeSantis's education policies, the state is seeing an unprecedented exodus of teachers, professors, and college students.  —  Pocket  —  This article appears in the October 2/9, 2023 issue, with the headline “Florida's Brain Drain.”
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
White House told U.S. ambassador to Japan to stop taunting China on social media  —  Rahm Emanuel has mocked Chinese President Xi Jingping, speculating about the recent disappearance of a top official.  —  WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden's aides have asked that Rahm Emanuel …
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Murdoch Compared to ‘Mafia Boss’ Ordering Hit in Smartmatic Case  — Fox Corp. is seeking dismissal from the $2.7 billion lawsuit  — Company says Smartmatic case is ‘disconnected from reality’ … Fox Corp. agreed to pay $787.5 million in April to another voting-machine company …
Discussion: Insider
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
The anti-vaccine movement is on the rise.  The White House is at a loss over what to do about it.  —  “They keep just hoping it'll go away.”  —  This is the first story of a five-part series diving into the rise of the anti-vaccine political movement.  —  A Biden administration that vowed …
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Dan Zak / Washington Post:
Katie Porter and the politics of real life
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Tim Scott campaign to donors: Stay calm, carry on, write checks
Discussion: Axios, USA Today and Political Wire
Danielle Wallace / Fox News:
Eric Adams slams Biden for not meeting, ignoring migrant crisis on NYC visit: ‘Everybody knows where I am’
Kelly Garrity / Politico:
DeSantis: Humans are ‘safer than ever’ from effects of climate change
 Earlier Items: 
Fetterman pledges to wear suit if government avoids shutdown
The Daily Beast:
Freedom Caucus Holds Shutdown Talks in a Tax Cheat's Home. The Neighbors Are Pissed.
Discussion: Raw Story and PJ Media
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Progressive Org Plans $10 Million for School Board Races
Discussion: The Messenger
Carter Sherman / The Guardian:
Ohio abortion rights activists suffer blow in suit over referendum language
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump Jr.'s X account hacked
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Trump and Meadows joked about Covid on plane after Biden debate, book says
Discussion: New York Daily News

From Mediagazer:

Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify reports Q1 revenue up 20% YoY to €3.6B, MAUs up 19% YoY to 615M, below 617.9M est., subscribers up 14% YoY to 239M, and a €168M operating income

Sara Fischer / Axios:
Puck hires veteran journalist and TV commentator John Heilemann as its chief political columnist and partner, as the outlet expands its presence in Washington

Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
PEN America cancels its 2024 literary awards ceremony, set for April 29, after months of protests over the organization's response to the war in Gaza

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