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11:00 AM ET, September 26, 2023


 Top Items: 
Alex Thompson / Axios:
Scoop: Biden team's don't-let-him-trip mission … - With a physical therapist, Biden has been doing exercises to improve his balance as far back as November 2021.  — Since his stumble in June, he has been wearing tennis shoes more often to avoid slipping — and using the short stairs on Air Force One …
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Ralph Nader, wary of Trump, offers to help Joe Biden win  —  The political firebrand, long estranged from Democrats, fears fascism will be on the ballot in 2024 and it must be defeated  —  The liberal activist Ralph Nader still remembers nearly the exact words Joe Biden used to banish …
Discussion: The Hill and Vanity Fair
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Americans Are Down on Biden. Why Does His Party Keep Winning Elections?
Rex Huppke / USA Today:
The GOP gives America a debate, an impeachment hearing and a government shutdown. Oh my.
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
Washington Post:
Biden, Trump square off for Michigan's working-class voters
Max Boot / Washington Post:
If you want to save democracy in 2024, Biden is the only viable choice
Eva Surovell / The Messenger:
Cassidy Hutchinson Book Reveals Chaos at End of Trump White House: 'I Don't Want People To Know We Lost'  —  Hutchinson recounts the final days of the Trump administration, including Jan. 6, 2021, in her new book  —  A Facebook icon representing an external link to share the article on Facebook …
Discussion: Raw Story, UPROXX and HuffPost
William Vaillancourt / The Daily Beast:
Cassidy Hutchinson Begs GOP to Stop Donald Trump Before It's Too Late  —  On MSNBC, the former White House aide warned that Trump “almost destroyed democracy in one day” and “wants to do it again.”  —  Former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, whose testimony before the House Jan. 6 Committee …
New York Times:
Trump Tells Gun Store He'd Like to Buy a Glock, Raising Legal Questions
Zachary Leeman / The Messenger:
Trump Tells South Carolina ‘This Country Is Finished’ if He Doesn't Win 2024: 'I Hate To Say It. It's Horrible'
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Cassidy and the Guys  —  Plus: Menendez is an old-school crook.  —  Catching up:  — Biden Heads to UAW Picket Line in Michigan - The New York Times  — New Poll by Saint Anselm College Survey Center shows Nikki Haley surging ahead of Ron DeSantis in New Hampshir e
David Wildstein / New Jersey Globe:
Tammy Murphy is a possible U.S. Senate candidate
Discussion: The Messenger
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Hunter Biden sues former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani over infamous laptop  — Hunter Biden sued former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and another attorney over alleged violations of computer fraud and data access related to a laptop computer Biden is said to have left at a Delaware repair shop.
Hunter Biden claims in lawsuit that Rudy Giuliani hacked his data  —  The lawsuit against former President Donald Trump's longtime ally is the latest move in the first son's increasingly aggressive legal strategy.  —  Hunter Biden on Tuesday sued Rudy Giuliani and his longtime lawyer Robert Costello …
Discussion: Bloomberg, CNN, WCBD News 2 and emptywheel
Michelle Cottle / New York Times:
What Is J.D. Vance's Angle?  —  J.D. Vance was trying to find his groove.  I had just shown up at his office last week to interview the Ohio Republican about his first nine months in the Senate, where he has proved curiously hard to pigeonhole.  As we sat down, Mr. Vance — at 39 …
Discussion: The Nation
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Trump is crushing it in California.  His rivals are ‘in denial.’  —  Republicans will descend on California this week for the second presidential debate and speeches before thousands of state party activists.  On the ground, it's a snoozer with Trump ascendent.
Discussion: Associated Press
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump urges judge to reject proposed gag order in federal election case  —  Prosecutors have asked Judge Tanya Chutkan to order Trump to stop attacking potential witnesses.  —  Donald Trump's lawyers said Monday that a gag order proposed by prosecutors would unconstitutionally silence …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Inside the courtroom of Trump's D.C. judge
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court rejects Alabama's bid to use congressional map with just one majority-Black district  —  The court's decision is in line with its June ruling in the same case that reaffirmed key protections for minority voters.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a defeat …
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Asa Hutchinson misses out as seven candidates qualify for second GOP debate  —  Former President Donald Trump is skipping another debate, while Hutchinson is the only candidate who made the first debate to miss the second one.  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson fell short of qualifying …
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Here's who made the second Republican presidential debate
Maeve Reston / Washington Post:
Seven GOP presidential candidates are set to debate Wednesday night
Discussion: Breitbart, The Hill and Fox News
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Florida school district orders librarians to purge all books with LGBTQ characters  —  Librarians in public schools in Charlotte County, Florida, were instructed by the school district superintendent to remove all books with LGBTQ characters or themes from school and classroom libraries.
Discussion: New Republic
Kadia Goba / Semafor:
Is McCarthy losing MTG?  —  House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's closely watched alliance with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is suddenly looking a little bit wobbly, as the Georgia hardliner has helped frustrate his efforts to pass a budget.  —  Greene announced on Sunday afternoon that she was a …
Miles Parks / NPR:
In some states, more than half of the local election officials have left since 2020  —  Josh Daniels got into running elections by accident.  —  A Marine veteran and registered Republican, Daniels was recruited in 2019 by a friend who'd been elected clerk in Utah County, Utah, to be her deputy.
Discussion: Denver Post and Raw Story
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Mariam Zuhaib / Washington Examiner:
House Oversight launches investigation into Granholm electric vehicle road trip
China says willing to play ‘constructive’ role in APEC's success
Discussion: Bloomberg and Associated Press
New York Times:
Fox News Announces a Newsom and DeSantis Debate in November
“Piker:” Donald Trump Rants as if Robert Menendez's 22 Ounces of Gold Were as Big as Jared's $2 Billion
New York Times:
A New Border Crossing: Americans Turn to Mexico for Abortions
Discussion: TIMCAST
 Earlier Items: 
Barreling toward shutdown, McCarthy scrambles to get even one spending win
Discussion: LewRockwell
Jocelyn Kiley / Pew Research Center:
Majority of Americans continue to favor moving away from Electoral College
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
The earmarks Adam Schiff delivered for donors