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9:40 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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer sets up path for Senate to move first on funding stopgap  —  Faced with the House stalemate over a government stopgap funding bill, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday set up a path for the Senate to move first on a bill to fund the government beyond Sept. 30.
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
Kristin Wilson / CNN:   How unusual is it for the House to fail to pass a rule? A look at the recent history
The Hill:
GOP leadership tells members to go home but be on call amid funding stalemate
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Lawmakers Warn White House on Ukraine Aid as Zelensky Visits Washington
Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
House recesses after Defense bill, government funding plan implode
Noah Berlatsky / Public Notice:
Republicans can't pass bills for the same reason they support insurrection
Discussion: Politico
Eli Okun / Politico:
Playbook PM: ‘Groundhog Day’ in the House
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
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.
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.
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 …
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Why I Can Never Forgive Rupert Murdoch  —  The Fox News honcho destroyed the real conservative movement I still hold dear, and he did it for the money. … Rupert Murdoch's decision to step down as chairman of the Fox Corporation and News Corp ends an era that has upended American politics …
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 …
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.
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
State Dept. Contractor Is Accused of Stealing Satellite Imagery of Africa
Discussion: CBS News, The Register and CNN
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.
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 …
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces New Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Combat the Climate Crisis  —  New steps will catalyze action across the federal government to account for climate change impacts in budgeting, procurement, and other agency decisions, and save hardworking families money
Discussion: The Messenger
Nancy Vu / Washington Examiner:
Biden expands use of ‘social cost of greenhouse gases’ in budgeting and purchasing
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Why Is Donald Trump Afraid to Debate?
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: Raw Story 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 …
Discussion: Instapundit
Heidi Przybyla / Politico:
‘Sexy’ Biden and family get-togethers: Comer views new email details  —  Emails provided to House Oversight Chair Jim Comer included no smoking guns.  —  House Oversight Chair James Comer, who is investigating President Joe Biden for what Republicans call potentially impeachable offenses …
Breanne Deppisch / Washington Examiner:
Bloomberg launches $500 million war to close all coal plants and block new gas plants  —  Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he will spend $500 million on a campaign to close all remaining U.S. coal plants and block the construction of any new natural gas plants.
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
Caleb Wethington / WSMV-TV:
Evangelist, wife face multiple child rape, sexual abuse charges in Murfreesboro  —  The charges stem from actions that were alleged to have occurred in February 2021.  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - An evangelist is facing a slew of child rape and sexual abuse charges in Murfreesboro, according to court records.
Discussion: The Messenger and Raw Story
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.
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Daniel Boguslaw / The Intercept:
UAW Files Labor Complaint Against Sen. Tim Scott for Saying “You Strike, You're Fired.”
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Times
Todd Bensman /
New Records: Biden DHS Has Approved Hundreds of Thousands of Migrants for Secretive Foreign Flights Directly into U.S. Airports
Steve Reilly / The Messenger:
Pro-Trump Lawyer Names RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel and Van Jones Among 50-Plus Potential Defense Witnesses For Georgia Trial
Discussion: ABC7 and Raw Story
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Chesebro asks court to suppress use of emails in Trump Georgia election case
Discussion: The Messenger, NBC News and Raw Story
Melanie Mason / Politico:
LA Council member caught in racist recording announces reelection bid
New York Post:
Hochul issues dire warning to migrants coming to NY: ‘We are truly out of space’
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Mike Damiano / The Boston Globe:
Following layoffs, Boston University announces ‘inquiry’ into Ibram Kendi's Antiracist Center
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
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Jay Peters / The Verge:
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