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8:00 PM ET, September 21, 2023


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Annie Karni / New York Times:
Right-Wing Rebels Block Defense Bill Again, Rebuking McCarthy on Spending  —  It was the second time in a week that hard-right Republicans had defied Speaker Kevin McCarthy on a spending measure, signaling that there was still no G.O.P. agreement on a bill to fund the government.
House GOP erupts as conservatives block defense bill again  —  To many in the conference, it proved that Speaker Kevin McCarthy has no power to avert a fast-approaching shutdown.
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Beast
NBC News:
House Republicans still don't have the votes as government shutdown looms  —  Speaker Kevin McCarthy brought up a vote to advance a bill to fund the Defense Department on Thursday.  For the second time this week, it failed.  —  House fails to advance military funding bill for the second time this week
Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
House recesses after Defense bill, government funding plan implode  — House Republican leaders on Thursday sent the chamber into recess, likely dashing hopes of passing a bill to fund the government in the coming days.  — The stinging defeat came after a procedural vote on a defense funding bill failed Thursday morning.
Discussion: NBC 7 San Diego, Raw Story and NBC News
The Hill:
GOP leadership tells members to go home but be on call amid funding stalemate
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Discussion: Politico
Kristin Wilson / CNN:   How unusual is it for the House to fail to pass a rule? A look at the recent history
Eli Okun / Politico:
Playbook PM: ‘Groundhog Day’ in the House
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
Lillian Rizzo / CNBC:
Rupert Murdoch steps down as chairman of Fox and News Corp.  — Rupert Murdoch is stepping down as chairman of News Corp. and Fox Corp.  — The news comes as the 92-year-old's empire, which includes Fox News, gears up for the 2024 election.  — Earlier this year …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Rupert Murdoch, whose creation of Fox News made him a force in American politics, is stepping down  —  Magnate Rupert Murdoch's surprise announcement Thursday that he's stepping down as leader of his two companies leaves his son Lachlan firmly in line of succession at Fox and the rest of the media empire.
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The Ludicrous Agony of Rupert Murdoch  —  It's nice to know that Fox News, which has so deranged America while making Rupert Murdoch ungodly sums of money, has in the end made Murdoch miserable, at least if the journalist Michael Wolff is to be believed.  But the consolation is a small one.
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Why I Can Never Forgive Rupert Murdoch
Daniel Arkin / NBC News:
Conservative media titan Rupert Murdoch to step down as chairman of Fox Corp. and News Corp.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Manchin circulates proposal to reverse Schumer on dress code  —  Centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is circulating a proposal to reestablish the Senate's dress code, which Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) loosened over the weekend to allow senators to wear whatever they want on the Senate floor …
New York Post:
Hochul issues dire warning to migrants coming to NY: ‘We are truly out of space’  —  Gov. Kathy Hochul said she supports nixing New York City's “right to shelter” law - as the relentless influx of migrants pouring in only continues to cripple an already “at capacity” Big Apple.
Associated Press:
The US is allowing hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans in the country to work legally
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
U.S. Will Allow Nearly 500,000 Venezuelan Migrants to Work Legally
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.
Nancy Cook / Bloomberg:
DeSantis Close to Getting Iowa Governor's Endorsement in Blow to Trump  — Support would boost odds of DeSantis upset in Iowa contest  — Reynolds endorsement not final, decision possible in November  —  Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is signaling she is likely to endorse Ron DeSantis for president …
Erica Orden / Politico:
Trump's latest legal gambit could cause ‘cascade’ of trial delays, New York warns  —  Postponing Trump's upcoming trial on business fraud might have ripple effects on all the other Trump cases, the state attorney general said.  —  NEW YORK — Donald Trump's trial calendar is a delicate balancing act …
US Department of Justice:
U.S. Government Contractor Arrested on Espionage Charges  —  For Immediate Release  —  IT Help Desk Technician Charged with Transferring Classified Materials to a Foreign Government  —  A U.S. government contractor was arrested on Aug. 24 based on espionage charges in a complaint unsealed today.
Joe Gould / Politico:
Senate confirms Army and Marine chiefs, bucking Tuberville logjam  —  But Democrats aren't declaring victory yet as more than 300 more officers are in limbo.  —  The Senate overwhelmingly approved two four-star generals to lead the Army and Marine Corps Thursday, as members made a small dent …
Matt Stieb / New York Magazine:
Democratic Senator Accused of Cartoonish Corruption  —  New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez possesses an ability to hang on through corruption scandals that would bury most politicians.  In 2018, less than one year after a federal bribery trial for accepting lavish gifts from a Florida eye doctor ended …
Wisconsin State Journal:
Former justices see no legitimate reason to impeach Janet Protasiewicz  —  The Wisconsin Constitution is clear: Impeaching a justice for following the rules that govern her conduct is an attack on the very independence of the court and violates the separation of powers.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Joseph Bernstein / New York Times:
She Pioneered Internet Fame, He Helped Draft a Constitution.  Now They're in Love.  —  Who would have guessed that the former New York media obsession Julia Allison and the law scholar Noah Feldman would make a great couple?  —  One afternoon in May 2020, Julia Allison sat in a hot spring near Joshua Tree National Park, crying.
Discussion: The Messenger and Althouse
NEW: Project Veritas Suspends All Operations Amid Devastating Layoffs and Fundraising Struggles  —  Project Veritas, the conservative organization founded by James O'Keefe, suspended all operations on Wednesday after another round of layoffs, Mediaite has learned.
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
White House to propose removing medical bills from credit reports  —  The Biden-Harris administration announced Thursday it has begun looking into removing medical debt from consumer credit reports in an effort to lessen the impact unexpected medical costs can have on people and help them recover from the expenses, which can be immense.
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.
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Steve Reilly / The Messenger:
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Discussion: ABC News and Raw Story
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
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Discussion: The Messenger, Raw Story and NBC News
NBC News:
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