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9:35 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 …
Erica Orden / Politico:
Trump fraudulently inflated his net worth by up to $2.2 billion, New York judge rules  —  The ruling is a major blow for Trump and his business empire in the run-up to a civil fraud trial.  —  NEW YORK — A state judge on Tuesday found Donald Trump and his company liable for fraud for inflating …
ABC News:
Judge rules Trump engaged in repeated fraud, effectively deciding central question in $250M civil trial  —  The civil case is scheduled to go to trial on Oct. 2.  —  Former President Donald Trump submitted “fraudulent valuations” for assets that were then used by himself …
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Trump Found Liable for Fraud in New York Attorney General's Case
Discussion: NBC News
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.
Senate moves shutdown-prevention plan that's ‘not gonna happen’ in House
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
House GOP advances four spending bills after failed attempts
Discussion: Roll Call and Washington Times
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 …
Peter Nicholas / NBC News:
Biden makes history by joining striking autoworkers on the picket line
Associated Press:
UAW strike: Biden joins auto workers' picket in historic visit
President Joe Biden Visits Auto Workers Picket Line In Michigan
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.
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: Vanity Fair and Raw Story
Elizabeth Crisp / The Hill:   Cassidy Hutchinson warns second Trump term wouldn't have ‘guardrails’
CBS News:
CBS News poll: Trump leads in Iowa and New Hampshire, where retail campaigning hasn't closed the gap  —  The conventional wisdom is that retail politics — the door-knocking, hand-shaking grassroots campaigning for months before the primaries — make Iowa and New Hampshire different from what we see nationally.
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Trump is crushing it in California. His rivals are ‘in denial.’
Discussion: RedState
Michelle Cottle / New York Times:
What Is J.D. Vance's Angle?
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The GOP's defenses of Bob Menendez, and what they ignore  —  The dam is breaking on Democrats urging Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) to resign.  They responded with cautious silence Friday after the Justice Department announced Menendez's indictment on bribery charges; by Tuesday …
Christopher Maag / New York Times:
Booker Says Menendez Should Resign, Breaking Silence
Tori Otten / New Republic:
The Sick, Racist Message Behind Why Trump Chose That Particular Gun Store  —  During a campaign trip to South Carolina, Donald Trump took some time to visit the gun store that sold weapons to the racist Jacksonville, Florida, mass shooter.  —  Trump visited Palmetto State Armory on Monday …
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: Raw Story
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 …
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
Fox News:
Hunter Biden received $250K wires originating in Beijing with beneficiary address listed as Joe Biden's home  —  EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Biden received wires that originated in Beijing for more than $250,000 from Chinese business partners during the summer of 2019 — wires that listed the Delaware home …
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
ABC News:
From secretaries to secretary of state, Biden documents probe casts wide net: Sources  —  Investigators have interviewed scores of witnesses — some more than once.  —  The federal investigation into President Joe Biden's handling of classified documents prior to becoming president has grown …
Discussion: The Messenger and The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
California is first state to levy a tax on guns and ammo to fund safety programs  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California will ban people from carrying firearms in most public places while doubling the taxes on guns and ammunition sold in the state under two new laws Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Tuesday …
Walter Morris / NBC4 Washington:
‘Thwarted diabolical plot’: Man arrested minutes before mass shooting at Northern Virginia church, police say  —  Investigators said they were able to stop the potential massacre at Park Valley Church in Haymarket thanks to someone who saw troubling posts on Instagram and called police
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
Decapitation Victim's Dad Pleads for Leniency for Sex Killer  —  “Everybody makes bad choices,” Michael Thyrion said of Taylor Schabusiness.  —  Warning: This story contains graphic description of violence.  —  A Wisconsin woman on Tuesday was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility …
Trump expands criminal defense team  —  Emil Bove, a former federal prosecutor, and Kendra Wharton, a white collar defense lawyer, joined the former president's legal team after the abrupt departures of three Trump attorneys over the summer.  —  Donald Trump has added at least two veteran attorneys …
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Senators reveal bipartisan plan to avert shutdown for 7 weeks
Discussion: Defense One and Forbes
The Messenger:
How House Republicans Will Try to Prove Bribery in Biden Impeachment Inquiry (Exclusive)
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Chris Geidner / Law Dork:
Fifth Circuit halts “religious-liberty training” order the day before it was to take place
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Chris Lehmann / The Nation:
Donald Trump Calls Reporting the News a Capital Offense
Discussion: The Hill, RedState and Vanity Fair
McCarthy pushes for Biden meeting with shutdown 5 days away
NBC News:
Jonathan Van Ness breaks down in tears while discussing trans rights on Dax Shepard's podcast
 Earlier Items: 
Joyce Vance / Civil Discourse with Joyce Vance:
Judge Cannon Enters a Minute Order
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Alexandra Marquez / NBC News:
Poll: Republicans have advantages on immigration, crime and the economy
Kimberly Wehle / The Atlantic:
The Coming Attack on an Essential Element of Women's Freedom
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Florida school district orders librarians to purge all books with LGBTQ characters
Discussion: New Republic
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Hunter Biden sues former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani over infamous laptop