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4:40 PM ET, September 22, 2023


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Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Bob Menendez's indictment highlights: Gold bars and wads of cash  —  Menendez and his wife Nadine were indicted on federal bribery charges on Friday.  —  Gold bars worth over $100,000.  A new Mercedes-Benz convertible in the garage.  Wads of cash stuffed in the pockets of a jacket with “Bob Menendez” embroidered on the breast.
New York Times:
Senator Robert Menendez Is Indicted in New York  —  Mr. Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, was charged six years after his trial in a different corruption case ended in a hung jury.  —  Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee …
Jake Offenhartz / Associated Press:
Sen. Menendez, wife indicted on bribe charges as probe finds $100,000 in gold bars, prosecutors say  —  U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and his wife were indicted Friday on charges that they took bribes of cash, gold bars and a luxury car for a range of corrupt acts …
Eli Okun / Politico:
Playbook PM: Inside the shocking Menendez indictment  —  NOT GREAT, BOB — Federal authorities today unveiled stunning criminal corruption charges against Sen. BOB MENENDEZ (D-N.J.) and his wife, NADINE, which will immediately upend his political career and likely force him to step down as Senate Foreign Relations chair.
NBC News:
Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on bribery charges
Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
Sen. Bob Menendez indicted over gifts of gold bars, car, apartment
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
Quid Pro Whoa: Feds Drop Bombshell Bribery Indictment on Sen. Robert Menendez
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 …
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 …
Jordan Weissmann / Semafor:
Is Kevin McCarthy even really still speaker?
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
Biden tries to seize on GOP drama with ‘split-screen’ strategy  —  White House seeks to contrast President Biden's U.N. appearance with House Republicans' struggles to pass basic bills  —  On Tuesday, as President Biden exhorted the world's leaders at the United Nations to seize this …
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
U.A.W. President Steps Up Pressure on Biden With Invite to Picket Lines
Washington Post:
Why Debbie Dingell isn't urging Biden to walk the UAW picket line
Discussion: Chicago Tribune, The Hill and Raw Story
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 …
Rolling Stone:
Why Did Trump Lose His ‘Billion Dollar Lawyer’?  —  Nasty infighting and a brutal indictment led to Trump parting ways with “one of the finest lawyers I've ever dealt with,” says one Atlanta defense attorney  —  LAST MONTH, WHEN Donald Trump parted ways with “Billion Dollar Lawyer” …
Discussion: Raw Story
Eric Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
America's Cities Need Republicans, and I'm Becoming One  —  While Dallas has thrived, elsewhere Democratic policies have exacerbated crime and homelessness.  —  Dallas  —  I have been mayor of Dallas for more than four years.  During that time, my priority has been to make the city safer, stronger and more vibrant.
NBC News:
U.S. will send Ukraine ATACMS long-range missiles for the first time  —  Some in Washington had resisted supplying the weapons system, known as “attack-ems,” out of fear that would widen the war with Russia.  —  U.S to give Ukraine an additional $325 million in military aid
Lauren Irwin / The Hill:
Ted Cruz claims Democrats could parachute Michelle Obama in as presidential nominee  —  Texas Senator Ted Cruz claimed Democrats could “parachute” Michelle Obama in as a presidential nominee if his theory of President Biden dropping out of the race holds true.
Max Seddon / Financial Times:
Russian state TV promotes new Tucker Carlson show  —  Rightwing former Fox News presenter said he was unaware of the “absurd” claim  —  Russia's flagship state news channel is advertising a new programme hosted by Tucker Carlson, apparently without the firebrand rightwing US TV host's knowledge or consent.
Discussion: Insider, Forbes and Political Wire
‘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 …
Betsy Klein / CNN:
Office of Management and Budget to initiate process of preparing for a shutdown  —  While the House and Senate remain far apart on a spending deal, the federal government will soon formally initiate the process of preparing for a potential shutdown, participating in the mandatory but standard process …
Lisa Kashinsky / Politico:
Trump notches another delegate selection rule win in Massachusetts  —  The state Republican Party on Thursday voted to keep a winner-take-all threshold likely to benefit Trump.  —  SAUGUS, Mass. — Massachusetts Republicans just handed Donald Trump another win in his quest to tilt state delegate-selection rules in his favor.
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 …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
U.S. braces for calamitous, costly government shutdown in eight days  —  Federal workers and military service members won't be paid, while federal programs — from some food safety inspections to child care funds — come to an abrupt halt  —  Millions of federal employees …
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Kristen Holmes / CNN:
Third Republican debate will be held on November 8
Discussion: The Hill
Brooke Migdon / The Hill:
Democrats reintroduce anti-harassment legislation for colleges
The Daily Free Press:
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Lauren Irwin / The Hill:
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Discussion: HuffPost
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Request for Gag Order on Trump Raises Free Speech Dilemma
Discussion: Townhall and Raw Story
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