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2:35 PM ET, September 25, 2023


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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Bob Menendez, Al Franken, and the presumption of innocence  —  “Bob Menendez has been a dedicated public servant and is always fighting hard for the people of New Jersey.  He has a right to due process and a fair trial.”  —  That was the response of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer …
Dan Merica / The Messenger:
Fetterman Plans to Give Back Menendez Donation In Cash-Filled Envelopes (Exclusive)  —  Fetterman is the only Senate Democrat to call on Menendez to resign after a federal bribery indictment  —  A Facebook icon representing an external link to share the article on Facebook.A Twitter icon representing …
Alexandra Hutzler / ABC News:
Sen. Bob Menendez, facing corruption charges, rebuffs calls for his resignation  —  The New Jersey lawmaker delivered his first post-indictment remarks on Monday.  —  Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., signaled Monday that he will remain in office despite pressure to resign after being indicted on corruption charges.
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Sen. Bob Menendez indicates he will not resign after indictment on bribery charges
Brian Klaas / The Atlantic:
Trump Floats the Idea of Executing Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley  —  The former president is inciting violence against the nation's top general.  America's response is distracted and numb.  —  Late Friday night, the former president of the United States—and a leading candidate to be the next president …
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Trump says automatic voter registration in Pennsylvania will harm him  —  Former President Trump is urging Republicans to oppose moves toward automatic voter registration in Pennsylvania, saying it will hurt GOP candidates in the state, including him in next year's presidential election.
Rachel Scully / The Hill:
Trump pledges to investigate MSNBC parent company for ‘threatening treason’  —  Former President Trump pledged to investigate Comcast, the parent company for NBC and MSNBC, if he is elected in 2024, saying it “will be thoroughly scrutinized for their knowingly dishonest and corrupt coverage of people, things, and events.”
Deal!  WGA, AMPTP Reach Historic Contract Agreement to End 146-Day Writers Strike: ‘This Deal Is Exceptional’  —  Hollywood heaves a sigh of relief.  The WGA and major studios and streamers have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract that promises to end the 146-day strike …
Writers Guild and studios reach tentative deal, potentially ending a monthslong strike that ground Hollywood to a halt
Katie Kilkenny / Hollywood Reporter:
Writers Guild Reaches Tentative Agreement With Studios and Streamers, Union Says
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP donor wants his money back after candidate hires Corey Lewandowski  —  An alleged unwanted advance causes ripples in Louisiana's gubernatorial primary two years later.  —  John Odom, a major Republican donor, has been a top backer of Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Jeff Landry.
Washington Post:
Could a discharge petition keep the government open?  —  Good morning, Early Birds.  If you observe Yom Kippur, have an easy fast.  Tips:  Was this forwarded to you?  Sign up here.  Thanks for waking up with us.  —  In today's edition ... Sen. Bob Menendez holds …
Playbook: How McCarthy is angling to survive the week
Discussion: HuffPost and The Daily Caller
Noah Berlatsky / Public Notice:
Biden is presiding over a labor renaissance  —  He's joining UAW workers on the picket line.  But his solidarity goes beyond symbolism. … President Joe Biden announced last week that he will join striking United Auto Workers (UAW) workers on the picket line in Michigan on Tuesday.
Discussion: The Guardian, Politico, Bloomberg and CNN
Elizabeth Elkind / Fox News:
AOC contradicts Biden, says economy in ‘crisis’ during union workers speech
Discussion: RedState, Twitchy and Boston Herald
New York Times:
2 Looming Rulings Could Shape Trump's Fraud Trial in New York  —  Donald J. Trump has adopted a long-shot legal strategy to try to delay his upcoming civil trial and severely limit the case against him.  —  After four years of investigating and litigating, Letitia James was finally due for her day in court against Donald J. Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Newsom and DeSantis agree to debate on Fox News  —  Florida Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis (R) and California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) have agreed to participate in a televised debate in November that will be moderated by Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Kyrsten Sinema pitches donors on a ‘path to victory’ in Arizona by courting Republicans  —  A two-page document obtained by NBC News maps out a possible independent Senate bid, touting Sinema's record and suggesting she'd win over more Republicans than Democrats.
Rob Gillies / Associated Press:
Leader of Canada's House of Commons apologizes for honoring man who fought for Nazis  —  The speaker of Canada's House of Commons apologized Sunday for recognizing a man who fought for a Nazi military unit during World War II.  Just after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delievered …
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Before Jan. 6, the FBI predicted extremists would be ‘very willing to take action’ over a 2020 election dispute  —  An FBI “red cell” report predicted that law enforcement action and a “lack of coordination” between groups would prevent widespread violence in response to a disputed election.
Ari Natter / Bloomberg:
Shutdowns Cost Billions as US Federal Workers Paid to Stay Home  — Fees go uncollected, billions spent to pay furloughed workers  — Government shutdowns ‘leave the government to waste money’  —  The costly truth about US government shutdowns: They don't save taxpayers a dime.
Discussion: Pluribus News
Shannon Pettypiece / NBC News:
Pay for millions of federal workers is at risk with a looming government shutdown
Discussion: Reason
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Marc Caputo / The Messenger:
Trump Unveils More Top South Carolina Backers in ‘Crazy’ Show of Support (Exclusive)
Discussion: Political Wire
Macie Goldfarb / CNN:
Missing toddler found sleeping in woods using her dog as a pillow after walking 3 miles barefoot
Discussion: CBS News, Breitbart and IJR
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
Scott targets 2024 rivals on issue of abortion in new ad
Discussion: Washington Times
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Greece, Battered a Decade Ago, Is Booming
Ximena Bustillo / NPR:
Thousands of federal firefighters face a looming pay cut. How much is up to Congress
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Michael E. Mann / Los Angeles Times:
Yes, there was global warming in prehistoric times. But nothing in millions of years compares with what we see today
Discussion: New York Times