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4:00 PM ET, September 21, 2023

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Politico:
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: The Daily Beast
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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.
Noah Berlatsky / Public Notice:
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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.
Politico:
Don't believe the House GOP hype yet — it still doesn't have the votes to stop a shutdown
Discussion: Axios
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.
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Eli Okun / Politico:   Playbook PM: ‘Groundhog Day’ in the House
Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Lawmakers Warn White House on Ukraine Aid as Zelensky Visits Washington
Washington Post:
Russia-Ukraine war live updates
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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NBC News:
Ron DeSantis' descent continues, unabated by the debate and time on the trail
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
It's Not a Race, Yet, in the Republican Primary
Discussion: New York Magazine, KTSM-TV and NPR
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
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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 …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
U.S. Will Allow Nearly 500,000 Venezuelan Migrants to Work Legally  —  The move, announced late Wednesday, followed intense lobbying by New York Democrats before and during President Biden's visit to New York City this week.  —  The Biden administration said late Wednesday that it would allow hundreds …
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Associated Press:
The US is allowing hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans in the country to work legally
Department of Homeland Security:
Fact Sheet: The Biden-Harris Administration Takes New Actions to Increase Border Enforcement and Accelerate Processing for Work Authorizations, While Continuing to Call on Congress to Act
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 …
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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 …
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.”
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
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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US Department of Justice:
U.S. Government Contractor Arrested on Espionage Charges
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