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2:45 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 …
Lauren Egan / Politico:
Biden joins striking auto workers on picket line  —  DETROIT — President Joe Biden on Tuesday became the first sitting president to walk a picket line with striking workers, vividly demonstrating his commitment to labor and its central role in his reelection campaign.
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Ralph Nader, wary of Trump, offers to help Joe Biden win
Discussion: The Hill and Vanity Fair
Associated Press:
Biden is headed to Michigan to join the UAW picket line. He's all-in on showing his union bona fides
Washington Post:
Biden, Trump square off for Michigan's working-class voters
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: Mediaite and PolitiFact
William Vaillancourt / The Daily Beast:
Cassidy Hutchinson Begs GOP to Stop Donald Trump Before It's Too Late
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 …
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 …
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.
NBC News:
NBC News poll shows GOP with largest-ever lead on the economy  —  First Read is your briefing from the NBC News Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  Happening this Tuesday: President Biden joins UAW picket line in Michigan at noon ET …
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 Hill
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
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 sues Rudy Giuliani and his former attorney, alleging they tried to hack his devices
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
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Trump is crushing it in California. His rivals are ‘in denial.’
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
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 …
Thomas Catenacci / Fox News:
Republicans open probe into Biden's energy secretary after police called on her EV road trip  —  Granholm's EV road trip ‘illustrates yet again how out of touch the Biden Administration is,’ Republicans write  —  Republicans on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee …
Mariam Zuhaib / Washington Examiner:
House Oversight launches investigation into Granholm electric vehicle road trip
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
Matthew Goldstein / New York Times:
JPMorgan Settles Epstein Suits With U.S. Virgin Islands and James Staley  —  The bank agreed to pay $75 million to settle with the U.S. Virgin Islands and also reached a confidential settlement with a former top banker who pushed to keep the disgraced financier as a client.
Discussion: Raw Story
JPMorgan Chase settles Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking suit by U.S. Virgin Islands for $75 million
Kimberly Wehle / The Atlantic:
The Coming Attack on an Essential Element of Women's Freedom  —  No-fault divorce has improved the lives of millions.  Now some extreme Republicans want to abandon it.  —  For the past half century, many women in America have enjoyed an unprecedented degree of freedom and legal protection …
Discussion: The Sun
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.
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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
RFK Jr. Adds 9/11 to Growing List of Conspiracies: ‘Strange Things’ Happened
Donald Trump once backed 2012 privatization plans for Medicare, despite attacks on key 2024 rival for the same position
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
With Rupert Murdoch leaving Fox News, an even more deranged MAGA media is making its move
Discussion: Raw Story
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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
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Cassidy and the Guys  —  Plus: Menendez is an old-school crook.  —  Catching up:
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
David Wildstein / New Jersey Globe:
Tammy Murphy is a possible U.S. Senate candidate
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump urges judge to reject proposed gag order in federal election case