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10:45 AM ET, September 27, 2023


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Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
Judge rules Donald Trump defrauded banks and 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, and he ordered some of the former president's companies removed …
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 …
New York Times:
Ruling Against Trump Cuts to the Heart of His Identity  —  The finding by a judge in a New York civil case that Donald Trump committed fraud in valuing his real estate properties undermined the narrative of the business career that launched him in politics.  —  Nearly every aspect …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Washington Post:
McCarthy's new shutdown strategy: Shifting the blame  —  Good morning, Early Birds.  The New York Times's Vanessa Friedman says it's “a cliché” to wear a Patagonia fleece vest in the office if you don't work in outdoor recreation — but it's so cold in The Post's newsroom.  What's a man to do?
Discussion: NBC News
Dems eye their price to bail out the speaker  —  Presented by With assists from POLITICO's Congress team  —  TICK TOCK: The government will shut down in 5 days if Congress can't pass a funding patch.  —  DEMS STILL WEIGHING THE COST OF SAVING MCCARTHY  —  It's the question that Capitol Hill …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
New York Times:
New Senate Proposal Aims to Head Off Weekend Government Shutdown
Kayla Gallagher / The Messenger:
Trump Adds Two Attorneys to Criminal Defense Team  —  The former president has been stacking his defense team as he prepares for the trove of legal cases against him and their upcoming trials  —  A Facebook icon representing an external link to share the article on Facebook.A Twitter icon representing …
Discussion: Political Wire
Kayla Gallagher / The Messenger:
Virginia Republican Gov. Youngkin Says He Does Not Plan to Endorse GOP Presidential Candidate
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Dan Merica / The Messenger:
Trump Wooed UAW Workers with Big Promises in 2016. Here's What Actually Happened
Discussion: HuffPost and The Hill
Adam Klasfeld / The Messenger:
Pro-Trump Lawyer Tells Georgia Judge ‘Less Than Two Months’ of Legal Advice Isn't Racketeering
Discussion: Raw Story
William Vaillancourt / The Daily Beast:
UAW Leader Has No Desire at All to Talk to Trump in Michigan  —  Trump's expected appearance Wednesday at a non-union auto plant is a “pathetic irony,” Shawn Fain said on CNN.  —  The United Auto Workers union's president derided GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump as being out of touch …
Kim Tong-Hyung / Associated Press:
North Korea says it will expel Travis King, the US soldier who crossed into the country in July  —  North Korea said Wednesday that it will expel a U.S. soldier who crossed into the country through the heavily armed border between the Koreas in July.  The North's official Korean Central News Agency …
Washington Post:
What Republican voters think of GOP candidates before the second debate  —  Seven Republican presidential candidates will debate Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.  So 538, The Washington Post and Ipsos are teaming up once again to survey Republicans …
Public Notice:
“They've already succeeded”: Will Bunch on the GOP's impeachment clown show  —  They don't have evidence.  But they don't need any for their purposes.  —  ∙ Paid … As House Republicans turn the impeachment process into a joke with their evidence-free Joe Biden fishing expedition …
House Republicans vow to continue impeachment inquiry even if government shuts down
Discussion: Plain Dealer
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 …
Target Corporate:
Target Closes Select Stores to Prioritize Team Member and Guest Safety  —  At Target, we take the decision to close stores very seriously, and only do so after taking meaningful steps to invest in the guest experience and improve business performance.  With that said, we have made the difficult decision …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Sun, Reason and Jezebel
Washington Post:
Under India's pressure, Facebook let propaganda and hate speech thrive  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Nearly three years ago, Facebook's propaganda hunters uncovered a vast social media influence operation that used hundreds of fake accounts to praise the Indian army's crackdown in the restive border region …
Julia Shapero / The Hill:
FCC chair proposes reinstating Obama-era net neutrality rules  —  Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said on Tuesday that she plans to put forward a proposal to reinstate net neutrality rules that were repealed under former President Trump.
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 …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Unraveling what's really happening in Florida school libraries  —  On Tuesday, Popular Information reported that librarians in Charlotte County, Florida, were instructed by the school district superintendent to remove all books with LGBTQ characters.  This story was based on a document dated July 24 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Mike Gonzalez / Washington Examiner:
How the Marxist Left captured higher education  —  The mission of a university is to discover truth and transmit that essential knowledge to future generations.  That has been achieved by what we call in the West the Socratic Dialogue — that is, ferreting out what is good, true, and beautiful by testing ideas in an academic setting.
Discussion: Heritage Foundation
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Mike Esterl / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Carter presidential library moves birthday plans amid shutdown threat
Discussion: The Messenger and Raw Story
NBC10 Philadelphia:
At least 20 arrested in night of looting throughout Philly, police say
Josh Christenson / New York Post:
Virginia Dem Susanna Gibson down big in new poll after sex video scandal
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
United Farm Workers endorses Biden, says he's an ‘authentic champion’ for workers and their families
Discussion: UFW and Chicago Sun Times
Farid Abdulwahed / Associated Press:
A fire at a wedding hall in northern Iraq has killed more than 100 people and injured 150
 Earlier Items: 
Senators reveal bipartisan plan to avert shutdown for 7 weeks
Discussion: Defense One and Forbes
Associated Press:
California is first state to levy a tax on guns and ammo to fund safety programs
Washington Dc / NBC4 Washington:
‘Thwarted diabolical plot’: Man arrested minutes before mass shooting at Northern Virginia church, police say
Trump expands criminal defense team