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12:35 PM ET, September 22, 2023


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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 …
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
Is Trump running for a second Biden term?  —  Despite outward appearances, President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump increasingly resemble each other.  And they are taking steps to be even more alike.  —  Their old age — 80 and 77, respectively — is a key similarity everyone knows about and dislikes.
Washington Post:
Why Debbie Dingell isn't urging Biden to walk the UAW picket line
Discussion: The Hill and Chicago Tribune
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
NBC News:
Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on 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 …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Request for Gag Order on Trump Raises Free Speech Dilemma
Discussion: Townhall and Raw Story
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
Discussion: The Messenger
Washington Post:
U.S. close to providing Ukraine with long-range cluster missiles  —  After nearly a year of rebuffing Kyiv's pleas, the Biden administration intends to send a variant of the Army Tactical Missile System, which would enable strikes farther into Russian-held territory
Discussion: The Messenger and Euromaidan Press
‘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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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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Eric Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
America's Cities Need Republicans, and I'm Becoming One
Discussion: The Texas Tribune
Fox News:
Biden handed major legal defeat in attempt to restrict oil, gas drilling in Gulf of Mexico
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
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
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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