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5:00 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.
The Hill:
GOP leadership tells members to go home but be on call amid funding stalemate  —  House Republican leadership told members they can leave Washington Thursday after the conference failed to make any progress on funding the government ahead of the Sept. 30 shutdown deadline.
Discussion: CNN and Balloon Juice
Noah Berlatsky / Public Notice:
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Discussion: Politico and Axios
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.
Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Lawmakers Warn White House on Ukraine Aid as Zelensky Visits Washington
Eli Okun / Politico:
Playbook PM: ‘Groundhog Day’ in the House
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
Don't believe the House GOP hype yet — it still doesn't have the votes to stop a shutdown
Discussion: Axios
Republicans resigned to being the villains in the inevitable government shutdown
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 …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
It's Not a Race, Yet, in the Republican Primary
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 …
Daniel Arkin / NBC News:
Conservative media titan Rupert Murdoch to step down as chairman of Fox Corp. and News Corp.
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, The Messenger and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Why Is Donald Trump Afraid to Debate?
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 …
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.
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
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 …
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 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
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.”
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