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11:05 AM ET, September 22, 2023


 Top Items: 
Clarence Thomas Secretly Participated in Koch Network Donor Events  —  Friends of the Court: SCOTUS Justices' Beneficial Relationships With Billionaire Donors  —  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' decadeslong friendship with real estate tycoon Harlan Crow and Samuel Alito's luxury travel …
Washington Post:
Why Debbie Dingell isn't urging Biden to walk the UAW picket line  —  Good morning, Early Birds.  Today is the last weekday of summer.  Enjoy!  Tips:  Thanks for waking up with us. … In today's edition ... Clarence Thomas went to Koch network donor events …
Playbook: How Matt Gaetz took over the House  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  NEW SCOTUS INVESTIGATION JUST DROPPED — ProPublica is up with its latest must-read dive into ethics on the Supreme Court.  This time, the story centers …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Jordan Weissmann / Semafor:
Is Kevin McCarthy even really still speaker?  —  The News  —  House Republicans plunged their way into previously unexplored depths of dysfunction on Thursday, after a group of hardliners sank Speaker Kevin McCarthy's latest attempt to pass some sort of budget legislation before a government shutdown.
Kristin Wilson / CNN:   How unusual is it for the House to fail to pass a rule? A look at the recent history
Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
Sen. Bob Menendez indicted over gifts of gold bars, car, apartment  —  Menendez has served as senator from New Jersey since 2006.  —  A federal grand jury in New York has returned an indictment against United States Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., chairman of the powerful Foreign Relations Committee.
NBC News:
Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on bribery charges  —  The New Jersey Democrat and Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair had been under investigation for about a year.  This is his second indictment since becoming a senator.  —  Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., has been indicted on federal bribery charges …
Liz Dye / Public Notice:
Trump lights his legal defenses on fire on Meet the Press  —  This is why you shut the hell up when you're facing criminal charges. … Last week, Kristen Welker kicked off her tenure at NBC's “Meet the Press” by interviewing Donald Trump.  It was roundly criticized as an epic shitshow …
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: Raw Story and ABC7
‘Waiting for him to drop out’: DeSantis' influence nosedives in Florida  —  Some party members view the once-powerful governor as weakened amid his campaign struggles.  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is losing his clout in Florida.  —  College boards, stacked …
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
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Why I Can Never Forgive Rupert Murdoch
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Pentagon exempts Ukraine operations from potential government shutdown  —  The decision means that training on American tactics and equipment can move forward uninterrupted if lawmakers don't reach a funding deal by the end of the month.  —  The Pentagon will exempt its Ukraine operations …
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Michigan attorney general says fake GOP electors she charged are ‘brainwashed’  —  Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said at a recent event with liberal activists that the fake Republican electors from 2020 that she charged were “brainwashed” to keep former President Donald Trump in power …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
David Strom / HotAir:
David Brooks is laughing at you, peasant  —  David Brooks, the “moderate” columnist for the New York Times, is a very deep thinker who understands the important issues of the day well, and who deigns to share his understanding with the plebs as long as he gets a nice paycheck for doing so.
NHC Atlantic Wallet 1:
Summary for Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen (AT1/AL162023)  —  None.  —  SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:  —  A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for... * Duck North Carolina to Chincoteague Virginia * Chesapeake Bay south of Windmill Point * Neuse and Pamlico Rivers * Portions of Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
‘Weak in the knees’: Former Trump ally Nikki Haley blasts Trump in new speech  —  2024 GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley responds to a question about how former President Donald Trump, her opponent for the Republican nomination, will be remembered in history.
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.
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: Washington Post and The Messenger
Nancy Vu / Washington Examiner:
Biden expands use of ‘social cost of greenhouse gases’ in budgeting and purchasing
Discussion: The Hill
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PEN America:
School Book Bans: The Mounting Pressure to Censor
The White House:
President Joe Biden to Establish First-Ever White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention, To Be Overseen by Vice President Kamala Harris
Todd Bensman /
New Records: Biden DHS Has Approved Hundreds of Thousands of Migrants for Secretive Foreign Flights Directly into U.S. Airports
Caleb Wethington / WSMV-TV:
Evangelist, wife face multiple child rape, sexual abuse charges in Murfreesboro
Discussion: The Messenger and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Joe Gould / Politico:
Senate confirms Army and Marine chiefs, bucking Tuberville logjam
Wisconsin State Journal:
Former justices see no legitimate reason to impeach Janet Protasiewicz
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
New York Post:
Hochul issues dire warning to migrants coming to NY: ‘We are truly out of space’
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Manchin circulates proposal to reverse Schumer on dress code
NEW: Project Veritas Suspends All Operations Amid Devastating Layoffs and Fundraising Struggles