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10:30 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 …
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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
Tara Suter / The Hill:
Former White House lawyer Ty Cobb compares Trump to ‘mob boss’
Discussion: USA Today and Raw Story
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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’
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Trump and Meadows joked about Covid on plane after Biden debate, book says
ABC News:
DeSantis calls out Trump's abortion comment as ‘mistake’: 'He's a different candidate' than in 2016
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 …
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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
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 …
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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
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 …
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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 …
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.
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Politico:
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
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
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CNN:
McCarthy privately outlines new GOP plan to avert shutdown, setting up clash with Senate
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and IJR
Politico:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
U.S. Department of Defense:
Don't Ask, Don't Tell Resources  —  DOD is committed to increasing its efforts to reach LGBTQ+ veterans discharged under less than honorable conditions for homosexual conduct prior to the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell to ensure they are aware of the process to request a correction to their military record.
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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
Gloria Oladipo / The Guardian:
Texas teacher fired for showing Anne Frank graphic novel to eighth-graders
Kelly Garrity / Politico:
DeSantis: Humans are ‘safer than ever’ from effects of climate change
Discussion: CBS News
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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
NBC News:
White House told U.S. ambassador to Japan to stop taunting China on social media
Carter Sherman / The Guardian:
Ohio abortion rights activists suffer blow in suit over referendum language
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Launches American Climate Corps to Train Young People in Clean Energy, Conservation, and Climate Resilience Skills …
 

 
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