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1:25 AM ET, September 23, 2023


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Matt Friedman / Politico:
‘This is horrifying’: Top New Jersey Democrats call on Bob Menendez to resign after his second indictment  —  Democrats figured there would be new developments in the Bob Menendez investigation, but the charges are far more serious than any of them anticipated.
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.
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 …
Governor Phil Murphy / State of New Jersey:
Statement by Governor Murphy on Today's Indictment Against U.S. Senator Robert Menendez  —  “The allegations in the indictment against Senator Menendez and four other defendants are deeply disturbing.  These are serious charges that implicate national security and the integrity of our criminal justice system.
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Calls On Sen. Robert Menendez To Resign
Jake Offenhartz / Associated Press:
Sen. Menendez, wife indicted on bribe charges as probe finds $100,000 in gold bars, prosecutors say
NBC News:
Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on bribery charges
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
Quid Pro Whoa: Feds Drop Bombshell Bribery Indictment on Sen. Robert Menendez
Andrew Zhang / Politico:
Biden to join the picket line in UAW strike  —  His decision to stand alongside the striking workers represents perhaps the most significant display of union solidarity ever by a sitting president.  —  President Joe Biden will travel to Michigan to join the picket line of auto workers on strike nationwide, he said on Friday afternoon.
Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Michigan lawmaker calls UAW strike a ‘fundamental struggle’ that will benefit all  —  Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) joined the United Auto Workers picket line in his home state on Friday, claiming the union members' “fundamental struggle” will help all families in the communities he represents.
Washington Post:
UAW widens strike against GM and Stellantis but not Ford
Danielle Kaye / NPR:
UAW significantly ramps up strikes against GM and Stellantis — but not Ford
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 and The Gateway Pundit
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  —  Though the mayor's position in Dallas is technically nonpartisan, Johnson joins Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker as one of two Republican mayors to lead a major Texas city.  —  Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, a longtime Democrat …
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 —
CBS News:
Former White House staffer Cassidy Hutchinson says Trump is “dangerous for the country”  —  Cassidy Hutchinson, a former senior advisor to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, made international headlines when she testified before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack.
Discussion: The Hill
Graham Kates / CBS News:
Judge asked to decide if Trump property valuations were fraud or “genius”  —  Did former President Donald Trump commit fraud when he valued properties far higher than appraisers when applying for loans, or was he applying his “investment genius” to the valuations?
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 …
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.
Clarence Thomas Secretly Participated in Koch Network Donor Events
Coast Guard Academy banned a retired captain from its grounds after CNN reported he sexted a student.  Now more allegations are surfacing.  —  The US Coast Guard Academy on Friday announced it had banned a retired captain from its grounds following a CNN report this week that revealed the captain …
Jay P. Greene, Ph.D. / Heritage Foundation:
The Dangerous DEI Bloat at Virginia's Public Universities  —  Authors:  —  KEY TAKEAWAYS  —  Virginia leads the nation as the state with the largest diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) bureaucracies in its public universities.  —  DEI staff and departments urge students …
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Lisa Kashinsky / Politico:
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Kristen Holmes / CNN:
Third Republican debate will be held on November 8
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Biden tries to seize on GOP drama with ‘split-screen’ strategy
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Brooke Migdon / The Hill:
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Josh Sisco / Politico:
A monopoly-busting Amazon lawsuit might be Biden's boldest move yet to tame tech
Lauren Irwin / The Hill:
Hillary Clinton on Trump saying he's unlikely to pardon himself: 'I don't believe him'
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