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6:35 PM ET, September 22, 2023


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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 …
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 …
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 …
David Wildstein / New Jersey Globe:
Andy Kim tells Menendez to resign  —  Democratic congressman: ' It doesn't matter what your job title is or your politics — no one in America is above the law'  —  Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) is calling on U.S. Senator Bob Menendez to resign following his indictment on federal corruption charges.
Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
Sen. Bob Menendez indicted over gifts of gold bars, car, apartment
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Bob Menendez's indictment highlights: Gold bars and wads of cash
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 …
Zach Schonfeld / The Hill:
Kagan says ‘good faith disagreements’ holding up ethics code  —  Justice Elena Kagan said Friday it would “be a good thing” for the Supreme Court to adopt a binding code of ethics, but she acknowledged “complicated issues” that have held up the nine justices from reaching an agreement in their closed-door conferences.
Discussion: Politico, NBC News and Breitbart
Katherine Clark names the Democrats' price to save Kevin McCarthy  —  The number two Democratic leader in the House reveals the conditions upon which her caucus may lend Kevin McCarthy the votes he needs to pass a CR and fend-off a potential challenge to his speakership.
Manu Raju / CNN:
Schumer in talks with McConnell as shutdown fears grow: ‘We may now have to go first’  —  Watch CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju's interview with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer this Sunday at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT on CNN's “Inside Politics”.  —  CNN —
Lauren Irwin / The Hill:   Democrat rips McCarthy for pulling Ukraine funding: ‘All he does is say yes’
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.
The Texas Tribune:
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson switches to Republican Party
Discussion: Fox News
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: UPROXX and Raw Story
Liz Dye / Public Notice:
Trump lights his legal defenses on fire on Meet the Press  —  This free edition of Public Notice is made possible by paid subscribers.  If you aren't one already, please sign up to support our work.  We're currently offering free trials for all new signups.  Just click the button below.
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
Alex Thompson / Axios:
Biden's GOP debate strategy: Send Newsom  —  Joe Biden's re-election campaign is deploying California Gov. Gavin Newsom to the second Republican presidential debate next week in Simi Valley, Calif., Biden campaign advisers tell Axios.  —  Why it matters: It's the latest example …
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:   Biden tries to seize on GOP drama with ‘split-screen’ strategy
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
Is Trump running for a second Biden term?
Discussion: Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal and CNBC
Washington Post:
UAW widens strike against GM and Stellantis but not Ford  —  Union President Shawn Fain said the UAW is broadening its strike to 38 warehouses in 20 states over lack of progress in contract talks  —  The United Auto Workers on Friday widened its strike against General Motors and Jeep-maker Stellantis …
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
U.A.W. President Steps Up Pressure on Biden With Invite to Picket Lines
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
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Jack Smith adds war crimes prosecutor — his deputy from the Hague — to special counsel team  —  The special counsel's office is gearing up to put Donald Trump on trial in two criminal cases next year.  —  Special counsel Jack Smith has added a veteran war crimes prosecutor …
Discussion: Raw Story
Margery A. Beck / HuffPost:
Nebraska Mother Gets Prison For Giving Abortion Pills To Pregnant Daughter  —  The woman was sentenced Friday to two years in prison for assisting her teen daughter with an abortion and helping to conceal it.  —  LOADING  —  A Nebraska mother who pleaded guilty to giving her teenage daughter pills …
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.
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Peter Hotez / Los Angeles Times:
Scientists have become sitting ducks. We need leaders to step up and defend us
Lisa Kashinsky / Politico:
Trump notches another delegate selection rule win in Massachusetts
Discussion: Political Wire
Kristen Holmes / CNN:
Third Republican debate will be held on November 8
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Brooke Migdon / The Hill:
Democrats reintroduce anti-harassment legislation for colleges
 Earlier Items: 
Lauren Irwin / The Hill:
Hillary Clinton on Trump saying he's unlikely to pardon himself: 'I don't believe him'
Discussion: HuffPost
Betsy Klein / CNN:
Office of Management and Budget to initiate process of preparing for a shutdown