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1:00 PM ET, September 27, 2023


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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 …
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The Republican debate is fake  —  With Trump dominating the GOP primary, the debate is a cosplay of a competitive election — and a distraction from an ugly truth.  —  Tonight's Republican primary debate is not a real event.  It is a performance, a show, a pantomime: a shiny object …
Molly Jong-Fast / Vanity Fair:
Let's Not Sleepwalk Into Another Trump Presidency  —  The GOP front-runner's “treason” talk makes clear, yet again, that he's a danger to democracy.  —  In late September 2016, Salena Zito wrote glowingly in The Atlantic about Donald Trump on the campaign trail in Pittsburgh and famously postulated that …
Brad Dress / The Hill:
Trump's threats to Milley fuel fears he'll seek vengeance in second term  —  Former President Trump's violent rhetoric toward Gen. Mark Milley is raising fears he will use a second term in the Oval Office to seek retribution against his enemies.  —  Trump suggested Friday that Milley …
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 …
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
President Drink Bleach says what? Trump now claims he beat George W. Bush and Barack Obama
Discussion: IJR
New York Times:
Judge Finds Trump Inflated Property Values, a Victory for New York A.G.
ABC News:
Judge rules Trump engaged in repeated fraud, effectively deciding central question in $250M civil trial
Tim Miller / The Triad:   Where Is the Trump Panic?  —  Hi, y'all—Tim here, sitting in for JVL.
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Trump Wants His Enemies to Fear for Their Lives
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 …
John Nichols / The Nation:
My President Joined a Picket Line  —  No matter what you think of Joe Biden, his decision to stand with UAW workers is historic.  And it might just get him reelected.  —  Pocket  —  Abraham Lincoln, arguably the most class-conscious president in American history, declared in his first annual message to the US Congress,
Kayla Gallagher / The Messenger:
Trump Adds Two Attorneys to Criminal Defense Team
Discussion: Political Wire
Kayla Gallagher / The Messenger:
Virginia Republican Gov. Youngkin Says He Does Not Plan to Endorse GOP Presidential Candidate
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
United Farm Workers endorses Biden, says he's an ‘authentic champion’ for workers and their families
Discussion: UFW
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 …
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 …
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korea Says It Will Expel U.S. Soldier Who Fled Over the Border
Target says it will close nine stores in major cities, citing violence and theft  — Target said it will close nine stores across the country after struggling with crime and safety threats at those locations.  — Target, which has nearly 2,000 stores in the U.S., has been outspoken …
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 …
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
Alex Marquardt / CNN:
Biden administration announces visa-free travel for Israelis  —  Israel will be joining the US Visa Waiver Program, allowing Israeli citizens to soon enter the United States without a visa and vice versa, the Biden administration has announced.  —  Israeli citizens will be expected to be able …
Discussion: Associated Press and UPI
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.
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
United States House Committee on Oversight …:
Comer Reveals Wires from China Have Joe Biden's Wilmington Home as the Beneficiary Address  —  WASHINGTON—House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) today announced the House Oversight Committee subpoenaed and obtained two bank wires revealing Hunter …
Fox News:
Hunter Biden received $250K wires originating in Beijing with beneficiary address listed as Joe Biden's home
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CBS News:
Nearly 9 million Americans have long COVID, CDC says
Discussion: ABC7
Luc Cohen / Reuters:
US Senator Bob Menendez pleads not guilty to corruption charges
Mike Esterl / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Carter presidential library moves birthday plans amid shutdown threat
Discussion: Raw Story and The Messenger
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
Washington Post:
Under India's pressure, Facebook let propaganda and hate speech thrive
 Earlier Items: 
Farid Abdulwahed / Associated Press:
A fire at a wedding hall in northern Iraq has killed more than 100 people and injured 150
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
House GOP advances four spending bills after failed attempts
Tori Otten / New Republic:
The Sick, Racist Message Behind Why Trump Chose That Particular Gun Store
Discussion: The Sun and Reason
Associated Press:
California is first state to levy a tax on guns and ammo to fund safety programs
Betsy Klein / CNN:
Commander Biden bites another Secret Service agent, the 11th known incident