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12:25 AM ET, September 21, 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
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
Tara Suter / The Hill:
Former White House lawyer Ty Cobb compares Trump to ‘mob boss’
Discussion: Raw Story and USA Today
University of New Hampshire Scholars' Repository:
Trump Leads, DeSantis Crashes in NH GOP Primary 9/20/2023  —  Former President Donald Trump continues to lead among likely 2024 Republican primary voters in New Hampshire, followed by entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Anjali Huynh / New York Times:
DeSantis Slams Biden Climate Policy: ‘An Agenda to Control You’  —  The Florida governor delivered an address in Texas that favored oil and gas development over climate agreements and electric vehicles.  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida on Wednesday unveiled an energy plan in the heart of oil country …
ABC News:
DeSantis calls out Trump's abortion comment as ‘mistake’: 'He's a different candidate' than in 2016
Centrist Dems and McCarthy's allies are in secret talks to strike a deal  —  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.
Discussion: New York Times and Political Wire
McCarthy privately outlines new GOP plan to avert shutdown, setting up clash with Senate
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and IJR
Lindsey McPherson / The Messenger:
House Speaker McCarthy to Hardliners: 'It's Like You're Walking Into a Fight Losing'
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 …
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Massie suggests Garland is in contempt of Congress
NBC News:
Merrick Garland spars with House Judiciary over Jan. 6 and Hunter Biden
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 …
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 …
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.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
U.S. Will Resume Offering Free At-Home Covid Tests
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.
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, The Messenger and NBC News
Washington Post:
Georgia Trump electors argue they acted under federal authority
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.
Matt Dixon / NBC News:
‘We knew the numbers were bad’: Law enforcement staff raised concerns about Ron DeSantis' top crime talking point  —  Three former staffers in Florida's top law enforcement agency told NBC News they could not get behind the statement that state crime was at “a 50-year low.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Former prosecutor who quit Trump-Russia probe says she left over concerns with Barr  —  Nora Dannehy had been part of the investigation led by John Durham.  —  HARTFORD, Conn. — A former federal prosecutor who helped investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe said Wednesday she left …
Discussion: Raw Story and CT Mirror
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump vows expanded travel ban if reelected  —  Former President Trump on Wednesday vowed to reimpose and expand a travel ban that targeted several majority-Muslim countries and said he would shift parts of federal law enforcement to focus on immigration if he is elected to a second White House term.
Julia Mueller / The Hill:
Paxton on possible challenge to Cornyn: 'Everything's on the table for me'  —  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R), who was acquitted last week in his historic impeachment trial in the state, took swipes at Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and kept the door open to a possible run for the senator's seat in 2026 …
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.
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
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Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Murdoch Compared to ‘Mafia Boss’ Ordering Hit in Smartmatic Case
Discussion: Raw Story and Insider
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Ibram Kendi's Center for Antiracist Research Hasn't Produced Any Research
Kelly Garrity / Politico:
DeSantis: Humans are ‘safer than ever’ from effects of climate change
Discussion: CBS News
 Earlier Items: 
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
FBI lost count of how many paid informants were at Capitol on Jan. 6, and later performed audit to figure out exact number: ex-official
Carter Sherman / The Guardian:
Ohio abortion rights activists suffer blow in suit over referendum language
U.S. Department of Defense:
Don't Ask, Don't Tell Resources
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Launches American Climate Corps to Train Young People in Clean Energy, Conservation, and Climate Resilience Skills …
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
The anti-vaccine movement is on the rise. The White House is at a loss over what to do about it.
Discussion: National Review

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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

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

Adam B. Vary / Variety:
The Blair Witch Project cast requests retroactive residuals and “meaningful consultation” on future projects, after Lionsgate and Blumhouse announced a reboot

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