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11:40 AM ET, September 21, 2023

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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
Washington Post:
Russia-Ukraine war live updates
Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Lawmakers Warn White House on Ukraine Aid as Zelensky Visits Washington
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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Harry Litman / Los Angeles Times:
What Trump's assistant told investigators about classified records and why it's so damning  —  Donald Trump has successfully made up his own rules in the political arena, but in the legal arena, he will have to adhere to the rules that apply to all.  That's why a witness such as Molly Michael is so dangerous to him.
Discussion: Raw Story and UPROXX
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: KTSM-TV and NPR
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 and Political Wire
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 …
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 …
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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’
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
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.”
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 …
Mike Damiano / The Boston Globe:
Following layoffs, Boston University announces ‘inquiry’ into Ibram Kendi's Antiracist Center  —  Boston University announced Wednesday it would conduct an “inquiry” into Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's Center for Antiracist Research after complaints emerged about the center's culture and financial management.
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.
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
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 …
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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Washington Examiner:
Blame Bidenomics for UAW strike
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Bloomberg:
Poland Seeks to Mend Ukraine Rift With Arms Supplies U-Turn
Bill Cotterell / Tallahassee Democrat:
Lucy Morgan, a Florida journalism legend, dies at 82 in Tallahassee
Associated Press:
The US is allowing hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans in the country to work legally
Department of Homeland Security:
Secretary Mayorkas Announces Extension and Redesignation of Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status
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Matt Dixon / NBC News:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Margaret Hartmann / New York Magazine:
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Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Murdoch Compared to ‘Mafia Boss’ Ordering Hit in Smartmatic Case
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