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5:50 PM ET, September 26, 2023

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Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
Judge rules Donald Trump defrauded banks, insurers while building real estate empire  —  A judge ruled Tuesday 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 in a civil lawsuit brought …
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New York Times:
Judge Finds Trump Inflated Property Values, a Victory for New York A.G.  —  The decision will simplify the path for Attorney General Letitia James, who has accused former President Donald J. Trump of overvaluing his holdings by as much as $2.2 billion.  —  The New York attorney general won …
CNN:
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
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Trump Found Liable for Fraud in New York Attorney General's Case
Discussion: Insider
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 …
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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.
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
Discussion: Associated Press
HuffPost:
President Joe Biden Visits Auto Workers Picket Line In Michigan
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: earlytips@washpost.com.  Thanks for waking up with us.
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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.
New York Times:
New Senate Proposal Aims to Head Off Weekend Government Shutdown  —  An agreement between Senate Republicans and Democrats would keep agencies open through mid-November and provide billions in aid for Ukraine and disaster relief.  But House Republicans are likely to balk.
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 …
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Kevin Collier / NBC News:
Amazon used market power to warp prices of goods across the internet, FTC alleges
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
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 …
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Alexandra Marquez / NBC News:
Poll: Republicans have advantages on immigration, crime and the economy
Discussion: The Messenger and The Hill
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult Pro:
1 in 3 Voters Would Blame Congressional Republicans for a Shutdown
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
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.
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Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court rejects Alabama's bid to use congressional map with just one majority-Black district
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 …
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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Dam Breaks For Bob Menendez: Senate Democrats Pile On In Calls For Resignation
Adam Klasfeld / The Messenger:
Pro-Trump Lawyer Tells Georgia Judge ‘Less Than Two Months’ of Legal Advice Isn't Racketeering  —  Ken Chesebro says his role in the alleged conspiracy fell “well short of the substantial period of time” required for a RICO prosecution  —  A Facebook icon representing an external link …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Betsy Klein / CNN:
Commander Biden bites another Secret Service agent, the 11th known incident  —  President Joe Biden's younger dog, Commander, bit another US Secret Service agent at the White House Monday evening, CNN has learned, the 11th known biting incident involving the 2-year-old German Shepherd.
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
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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.
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Chris Geidner / Law Dork:
Fifth Circuit halts “religious-liberty training” order the day before it was to take place  —  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit was in rare form on Monday, even for the most conservative appeals court in the nation.  —  We'll take things in reverse order …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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.
 
 
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Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
Decapitation Victim's Dad Pleads for Leniency for Sex Killer
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The Messenger:
How House Republicans Will Try to Prove Bribery in Biden Impeachment Inquiry (Exclusive)
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Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Jan. 6 defendant who wanted to arrest ‘the traitors’ to ‘protect the Capitol’ sentenced to four years
Discussion: Associated Press
Politico:
McCarthy pushes for Biden meeting with shutdown 5 days away
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Thomas Catenacci / Fox News:
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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
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Ralph Nader, wary of Trump, offers to help Joe Biden win
Discussion: The Hill
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Florida school district orders librarians to purge all books with LGBTQ characters
Discussion: New Republic
 

 
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