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10:40 AM ET, September 21, 2023

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Wall Street Journal:
Why Is Donald Trump Afraid to Debate?  —  He's ducking exchanges with his competitors who could challenge his record and platform.  —  Donald Trump has a big lead in the polls for the GOP presidential nomination, but he's acting as if he has already won.  After skipping the first GOP debate …
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
It's Not a Race, Yet, in the Republican Primary  —  Donald Trump is polling about as well as any candidate in the modern history of contested presidential primaries.  —  Donald J. Trump's lead in the Republican primary just keeps growing.  —  He breached 60 percent of the vote in Fox News …
Discussion: The Hill
NBC News:
Ron DeSantis' descent continues, unabated by the debate and time on the trail  —  At the same time, the Florida governor is racing to raise money in Texas and California.  —  Ron DeSantis' long slide continues.  —  The Florida governor, once seen as the top rival to former President Donald Trump …
CNN:
CNN Poll: Trump leads in New Hampshire while Ramaswamy, Haley, Christie and DeSantis battle for second
Anjali Huynh / New York Times:
DeSantis Slams Biden Climate Policy: ‘An Agenda to Control You’
Politico:
Playbook: A breakthrough or a mirage?  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  WELCOME TO WASHINGTON, MR. ZELENSKYY — This morning, more than two dozen Hill Republicans — including six senators, led by Ohio's J.D. VANCE — are sending a letter …
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
The Patriot  —  How General Mark Milley protected the Constitution from Donald Trump  —  The missiles that comprise the land component of America's nuclear triad are scattered across thousands of square miles of prairie and farmland, mainly in North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming.
Discussion: Insider and Washington Post
Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Lawmakers Warn White House on Ukraine Aid as Zelensky Visits Washington
Noah Berlatsky / Public Notice:
Republicans can't pass bills for the same reason they support insurrection  —  The defense bill disaster shows that they can't even make deals with themselves. … Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and the foaming clown car that is his caucus once again performed their expected rituals …
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Politico:
Centrist Dems and McCarthy's allies are in secret talks to strike a deal
Discussion: CNN
Daniel Arkin / NBC News:
Conservative media titan Rupert Murdoch to step down as chairman of Fox Corp. and News Corp.  —  He will become chairman emeritus of the two corporations, the company said in a news release.  —  Rupert Murdoch, the Australian press baron who reshaped conservative media in his image …
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Ignorant, pathetic Merrick Garland wilts on the hot seat before Congress  —  You would think that an attorney general who has presided over the embarrassing debacle of the Hunter Biden investigation would express contrition, or maybe a little anger at the underlings who have shamed him …
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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Massie suggests Garland is in contempt of Congress
Washington Post:
Merrick Garland faced fire from Republicans on Hunter Biden, Trump
Summer Concepcion / NBC News:
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton suggests he might run against Sen. John Cornyn  —  Paxton last week was acquitted on 16 impeachment articles alleging corruption, abuse of public trust, misuse of public funds and other charges.  —  In the wake of his impeachment acquittal …
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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.
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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Book banners target public libraries  —  The campaign to censor America's libraries is expanding.  —  A new report from the American Library Association (ALA) finds that this year, between January 1 and August 31, there have been “695 attempts to censor library materials and services and documented challenges to 1,915 unique titles.”
Washington Examiner:
Blame Bidenomics for UAW strike  —  If you want to understand why the United Auto Workers union is striking now, look at the three factories it chose to target for its first wave shutdowns.  —  The General Motors plant in Wentzville, Missouri, makes the Chevy Colorado and the GMC Savana.
Discussion: UPI, NPR and The Labor Tribune
Associated Press:
The US is allowing hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans in the country to work legally  —  The Biden administration says it's granting temporary legal status to hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans who are already in the country — quickly making them eligible to work …
Andrew Kerr / Washington Free Beacon:
Meet the Real Househusbands of the ‘Squad’  —  It pays to be married to the “Squad.”  —  As Democratic Reps. Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), and Cori Bush (Mo.) rage against capitalism from within the halls of Congress, their husbands bring home the bacon …
Reuters:
Five suspected Russian spies to be charged in the U.K.  —  Britain has been seeking to take tougher action on external security threats and potential spies.  —  British prosecutors said on Thursday they had authorized charges to be brought against five Bulgarian nationals accused of spying for Russia for almost three years.
Discussion: cps.gov.uk, Politico, The Sun and Apa.az
Politico:
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
Bloomberg:
Poland Seeks to Mend Ukraine Rift With Arms Supplies U-Turn  — Warsaw will continue to send weapons under existing contracts  — Escalating spat between Poland and Ukraine has alarmed allies  —  The Polish government sought to walk back remarks by its premier that the country …
Eva Surovell / The Messenger:
Trump in Iowa Rally Warns GOP They Will Lose Elections Without Exceptions to Abortion Bans  —  Trump added that Republicans should learn how to ‘properly talk about abortion’  —  A Facebook icon representing an external link to share the article on Facebook.A Twitter icon representing …
Robert Downen / The Texas Tribune:
Extremists have turned Texas into a hotbed for hate, report finds  —  The report blames an “alarming rise in extremist ideology and activity” on white supremacist and anti-LGBTQ+ groups that are active or headquartered in Texas.  —  Texas continues to be a hotbed for extremism and antisemitism …
Department of Homeland Security:
Secretary Mayorkas Announces Extension and Redesignation of Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status  —  Redesignation Allows Additional Eligible Venezuelan Nationals in the U.S. to Apply for TPS and Employment Authorization Documents  —  WASHINGTON — Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro …
 
 
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Harry Litman / Los Angeles Times:
What Trump's assistant told investigators about classified records and why it's so damning
Discussion: Raw Story and UPROXX
Bill Cotterell / Tallahassee Democrat:
Lucy Morgan, a Florida journalism legend, dies at 82 in Tallahassee
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Wildfire smoke is eroding decades of air quality improvements, study finds
Matt Dixon / NBC News:
‘We knew the numbers were bad’: Law enforcement staff raised concerns about Ron DeSantis' top crime talking point
Discussion: Raw Story
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Margaret Hartmann / New York Magazine:
Cassidy Hutchinson Says Rudy Giuliani Groped Her During January 6 Rally
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Murdoch Compared to ‘Mafia Boss’ Ordering Hit in Smartmatic Case
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Chris Joyner / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Lin Wood: 'I didn't flip on President Trump'
Kali Holloway / The Nation:
Florida's “War on Woke” Is Spurring a Brain Drain
Discussion: Raw Story
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
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