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5:10 PM ET, September 26, 2023


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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 …
Washington Post:
Inside the spending cuts House Republicans are fighting for  —  Good morning, Early Birds.  If you like Kehinde Wiley's famous portrait of former president Barack Obama, check out his new exhibition of portraits of 11 African leaders.  Tips:  Thanks for waking up with us.
Washington Post:
Bending to far right, McCarthy pushes steep safety net cuts in shutdown battle  —  Republican House speaker embraces major spending reductions in trying to win conservative support for funding bill  —  Cutting housing subsidies for the poor by 33 percent as soaring rents drive a national affordability crisis.
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Biden Joins U.A.W. Strike  —  President Heads to Picket Line in Michigan to Court Autoworkers  —  President Biden is traveling to Michigan a day before former President Donald J. Trump makes his own visit, as the two men offer dueling messages to a powerful voting bloc in a key swing state.
Washington Post:
Biden, Trump square off for Michigan's working-class voters
NBC News:
NBC News poll shows GOP with largest-ever lead on the economy
Peter Nicholas / NBC News:
Biden makes history by joining striking autoworkers on the picket line
Lauren Egan / Politico:   Biden joins striking auto workers on picket line
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Ralph Nader, wary of Trump, offers to help Joe Biden win
Discussion: The Hill
Cassidy Hutchinson's new book reveals a Trump White House even more chaotic than previously known  —  In her new book “Enough,” former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson paints the closing days of the Trump White House as even more chaotic and lawless than she previously disclosed in her shocking televised testimony last summer.
ABC News:
Cassidy Hutchinson says Trump said ‘hang’ as he watched rioters chant ‘hang Mike Pence’ on Jan. 6  —  He watched the Jan. 6 Capitol attack unfold on a TV in the Oval, she said.  —  Former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson claims without providing further evidence that former President Donald Trump …
Discussion: PolitiFact and Mediaite
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
Judge rules Donald Trump defrauded banks, insurers as he built real estate empire  —  A judge has ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to fame and the White House.  Judge Arthur Engoron, ruling Tuesday in a civil lawsuit brought …
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:   Trump Found Liable for Fraud in New York Attorney General's Case
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Sues Amazon for Illegally Maintaining Monopoly Power  —  Amazon's ongoing pattern of illegal conduct blocks competition, allowing it to wield monopoly power to inflate prices, degrade quality, and stifle innovation for consumers and businesses  —  The Federal Trade Commission …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Fulton DA prosecuting Trump, Young Thug says her family has been threatened  —  'It's been very troubling,' Fani Willis tells event crowd  —  X  —  Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, whose office is prosecuting cases involving former President Donald Trump …
Discussion: The Messenger and Raw Story
Christopher Maag / New York Times:
Booker Says Menendez Should Resign, Breaking Silence  —  The decision by Senator Cory Booker, a close ally, to condemn Senator Robert Menendez underscores the deepening crisis Mr. Menendez faces after his indictment.  —  Senator Cory Booker called on Senator Robert Menendez …
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Dam Breaks For Bob Menendez: Senate Democrats Pile On In Calls For Resignation
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court won't let Alabama use disputed House map for 2024  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused Alabama's request to hold 2024 elections under a new congressional map judged to be an unlawful attempt to diminish the power of the state's Black voters.
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court rejects Alabama's bid to use congressional map with just one majority-Black district
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: Associated Press and The Nation
Chris Lehmann / The Nation:
Donald Trump Calls Reporting the News a Capital Offense  —  In recent social media posts, he accused both a cable TV network and a serving military general of treason.  —  Pocket  —  I still vividly recall the morning after the 2016 election.  Numb with disbelief and sleep deprivation, I stumbled off the D.C. Metro and in to work.
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.
McCarthy pushes for Biden meeting with shutdown 5 days away  —  GOP leaders hope they'll be able to pass a handful of spending bills this week, believing it will give them a stronger hand in negotiations.  Their first test will be Tuesday night.
Joyce Vance / Civil Discourse with Joyce Vance:
Judge Cannon Enters a Minute Order  —  Today, Judge Aileen Cannon in the Southern District of Florida finally ruled on the special counsel's request to hold Garcia hearings to resolve potential conflicts of interest the lawyers for Trump's two co-defendants in the Mar-a-Lago case may have …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Sarah Fortinsky / The Hill:
Jewish leaders rip X, accuse Musk of antisemitism  —  A group of Jewish leaders published a letter warning of the rise in antisemitic rhetoric on X, formerly Twitter, and placed responsibility largely on owner Elon Musk — who they claimed has “facilitated and enabled” its growth.
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Jan. 6 defendant who wanted to arrest ‘the traitors’ to ‘protect the Capitol’ sentenced to four years  —  A defiant Ed Badalian repeatedly interrupted his sentencing judge and told the U.S. Marshals who took him into custody they had the duty to resist unconstitutional orders.
Discussion: Associated Press
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
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Betsy Klein / CNN:
Commander Biden bites another Secret Service agent, the 11th known incident
The Messenger:
How House Republicans Will Try to Prove Bribery in Biden Impeachment Inquiry (Exclusive)
Discussion: Political Wire and Forbes
Adam Klasfeld / The Messenger:
Pro-Trump Lawyer Tells Georgia Judge ‘Less Than Two Months’ of Legal Advice Isn't Racketeering
Discussion: Political Wire
Chris Geidner / Law Dork:
Fifth Circuit halts “religious-liberty training” order the day before it was to take place
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Asa Hutchinson sets new goal for 2024 campaign after missing debate requirement
Alexandra Marquez / NBC News:
Poll: Republicans have advantages on immigration, crime and the economy
Discussion: The Messenger and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Catenacci / Fox News:
Republicans open probe into Biden's energy secretary after police called on her EV road trip
Matthew Goldstein / New York Times:
JPMorgan Settles Epstein Suits With U.S. Virgin Islands and James Staley
Kimberly Wehle / The Atlantic:
The Coming Attack on an Essential Element of Women's Freedom
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
With Rupert Murdoch leaving Fox News, an even more deranged MAGA media is making its move
Discussion: Raw Story
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Cassidy and the Guys  —  Plus: Menendez is an old-school crook.  —  Catching up:
Discussion: New York Times and Politico