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8:45 AM ET, September 24, 2023


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McCarthy stares into the shutdown abyss
Clarence Thomas' Latest Pay-to-Play Scandal Finally Connects All the Dots  —  ProPublica released a new report on Friday detailing Justice Clarence Thomas' close relationship with the Koch brothers with previously undisclosed and extraordinarily damning new details.
Nick Robertson / The Hill:
New Jersey rep. announces challenge to unseat Menendez following indictment  —  Rep. Andy Kim (D-N.J.) announced Saturday that he will primary Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) after the senator was indicted on corruption charges Friday.  —  “After calls to resign, Senator Menendez said 'I am …
Mia McCarthy / Politico:
Fetterman calls for Menendez to resign  —  Menendez was indicted for accepting bribes Friday.  —  Sen. John Fetterman (D-Penn.) called for Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) to resign from the Senate on Saturday, making him the first Democratic senator to call for his resignation.
CBS News:
Eye Opener: New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez indicted
Matt Friedman / Politico:
‘This is horrifying’: Top New Jersey Democrats call on Bob Menendez to resign after his second indictment
Washington Post:
Misinformation research is buckling under GOP legal attacks  —  An escalating campaign, led by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and other Republicans, has cast a pall over programs that study political disinformation and the quality of medical information online  —  Academics, universities …
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Joe Biden Is About to Go Where No President Has Gone Before  —  A picket line.  —  On September 15, the United Auto Workers began a targeted strike against Ford, GM, and Stellantis (the conglomerate that includes Chrysler) in an effort to secure higher wages, a four-day work week, and other protections in the union's next contract.
Jessica Piper / Politico:
Anti-vaxxers are now a modern political force  —  The once-fringe movement is now seeing an influx in cash after the Covid pandemic.  —  This is the final story of a five-part series diving into the rise of the anti-vaccine political movement.  —  For years, groups at the vanguard …
Washington Post:
Across GOP, many see Trump as likely nominee — including some rival supporters  —  Even some of his critics are moving toward that conclusion for 2024, as the former president continues to dominate the Republican presidential race  —  Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota is backing …
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
The Wrecking-Ball Caucus: How the Far Right Brought Washington to Its Knees  —  Right-wing Republicans who represent a minority in their party and in Congress have succeeded in sowing mass dysfunction, spoiling for a shutdown, an impeachment and a House coup.
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
New York Times:
U.S. Provided Canada With Intelligence on Killing of Sikh Leader  —  American intelligence gave assistance, but communications intercepted by Canada were more definitive in linking India to the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar.  —  American spy agencies provided information to Ottawa …
Washington Post:
Post-ABC poll: Biden faces criticism on economy, immigration and age  —  A finding that shows Trump leading Biden by a wide margin does not match other recent polling, however, suggesting it is an outlier  —  A Washington Post-ABC News poll finds President Biden struggling to gain approval …
Nicholas Nehamas / New York Times:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Flirts With the Libertarian Party  —  Mr. Kennedy sat down with the party's chair in July, a previously undisclosed meeting, as Democrats fret about a third party bid.  —  For months, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has said he plans to continue his long-shot challenge …
Lauren Irwin / The Hill:
Richard Branson to climate change deniers: 'it's a fact of life'  —  While in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson shared details of his next endeavor: combating climate change.  —  The billionaire British businessman announced Monday …
Discussion: NBC News
Robert Draper / New York Times:
Cassidy Hutchinson Reappears.  She Has More Trump Stories to Tell.  —  “I would like not to be a hermit,” the former White House aide says upon the publication of a memoir about her journey down a political rabbit hole.  —  Cassidy Hutchinson dropped out of sight last year after she testified …
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The conversational nature of AI chatbots makes them more trustworthy, which could result in problems including “hidden exploitation” and outright fraud

Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
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