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2:00 PM ET, September 21, 2023

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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.
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Noah Berlatsky / Public Notice:
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Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
McCarthy fails key House stress test as he seeks government shutdown stopgap  — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy failed a crucial test Thursday of his ability to unite his fractured caucus, when a procedural rules vote could not garner enough votes to pass.  — “I think we made tremendous progress …
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 …
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.
Eli Okun / Politico:
Playbook PM: ‘Groundhog Day’ in the House  —  IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED ... You might not succeed the second time, either.  The House GOP is continuing to prove itself ungovernable — and Congress paralyzed — as Speaker KEVIN McCARTHY's latest gambit to bring the Defense spending bill to the floor failed again today.
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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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
It's Not a Race, Yet, in the Republican Primary
Discussion: KTSM-TV and NPR
Harry Litman / Los Angeles Times:
What Trump's assistant told investigators about classified records and why it's so damning
Discussion: Raw Story and UPROXX
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 …
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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 …
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
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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Politico:
Don't believe the House GOP hype yet — it still doesn't have the votes to stop a shutdown
Discussion: Axios
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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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.”
The Messenger:
How a Government Shutdown Could Upend Virginia's Key Legislative Elections  —  No state is more directly tied to the federal government than Virginia.  Democrats see an opening … History may be repeating itself in Virginia as the federal government careens toward a shutdown in early October …
Emma Barnett / NBC News:
Doug Burgum and Asa Hutchinson bare frustration with time running short to make GOP debate  —  Both are pondering what's next if they miss the second debate.  —  CONCORD, N.H. — Two candidates who were on the stage for the first GOP debate are still shy of the thresholds needed to make the second one on Sept. 27.
NBC News:
Lizzo preaches self-love and acceptance.  But backstage, her team was mocked and bullied, designer says in a new lawsuit.  —  In the suit, the woman who designed outfits for Lizzo's dancers alleges that the singer's wardrobe manager referred to dancers as “fat,” “useless” and “dumb.”
Discussion: HotAir and TMZ.com
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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The White House:
Executive Order on Ensuring the People of East Palestine Are Protected Now and in the Future
Mike Damiano / The Boston Globe:
Following layoffs, Boston University announces ‘inquiry’ into Ibram Kendi's Antiracist Center
Washington Examiner:
Blame Bidenomics for UAW strike
Discussion: UPI, NPR and The Labor Tribune
Robert Downen / The Texas Tribune:
Extremists have turned Texas into a hotbed for hate, report finds
Andrew Kerr / Washington Free Beacon:
Meet the Real Househusbands of the ‘Squad’
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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
Washington Post:
Senate moving ahead on three key military nominations stalled by Tuberville delays
Department of Homeland Security:
Secretary Mayorkas Announces Extension and Redesignation of Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status
Politico:
Former prosecutor who quit Trump-Russia probe says she left over concerns with Barr
Discussion: Raw Story and CT Mirror
 

 
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