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1:25 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 …
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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 …
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
President Drink Bleach says what?  Trump now claims he beat George W. Bush and Barack Obama  —  The press should cover his decline anyway  —  Donald Trump is skipping another GOP primary debate this week and the theories abound as to why.  Some paint it as a smart strategy …
Discussion: IJR
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
How much would your house be worth if the Trump Organization owned it?  —  A year offering no shortage of bad news for Donald Trump outdid itself Tuesday afternoon, with New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron ruling that the former president's namesake business, the Trump Organization …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
Judge rules Donald Trump defrauded banks and insurers while building real estate empire
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
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 …
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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
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
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Politico:
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 …
Associated Press:
US secures the release of the soldier who crossed into North Korea 2 months ago  —  The U.S. has secured the release of a U.S. soldier who sprinted across a heavily fortified border into North Korea more than two months ago, the White House announced Wednesday.  U.S. ally Sweden and rival China helped with the transfer.
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Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korea Says It Will Expel U.S. Soldier Who Fled Over the Border
CNBC:
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 …
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Target Corporate:
Target Closes Select Stores to Prioritize Team Member and Guest Safety
Ella Lee / The Hill:
Menendez ordered to turn over personal passport at arraignment  —  Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), who pleaded not guilty to federal bribery charges Wednesday, must turn over his personal passport as a condition for his release, multiple reports indicated following the senator's arraignment in Manhattan.
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Luc Cohen / Reuters:
US Senator Bob Menendez pleads not guilty to corruption charges
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 …
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CNN:
House Republicans vow to continue impeachment inquiry even if government shuts down
Discussion: Plain Dealer and KABC-AM
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
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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
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.
Victoria Prodeline / Monmouth University …:
Public Wants Budget Compromise to Avoid Government Shutdown  —  Neither party in Washington is seen as looking out for average Americans  —  West Long Branch, NJ - By a 2 to 1 margin, Americans want Congress to compromise on the federal budget in order to avoid a government shutdown.
Discussion: The Hill
Lara Seligman / Politico:
The Quotable Milley: The chair's most memorable lines from the past four years  —  From white rage to Ukraine to the need for haircuts, Gen. Mark Milley hasn't been shy about giving his opinion.  —  If there is one military officer the average American can name, it is Gen. Mark Milley …
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 …
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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
Tim Miller / The Triad:
Where Is the Trump Panic?  —  Hi, y'all—Tim here, sitting in for JVL.
Mike Esterl / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Carter presidential library moves birthday plans amid shutdown threat
Discussion: Raw Story and The Messenger
Mike Gonzalez / Washington Examiner:
How the Marxist Left captured higher education
Discussion: Heritage Foundation
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
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Under India's pressure, Facebook let propaganda and hate speech thrive
Farid Abdulwahed / Associated Press:
A fire at a wedding hall in northern Iraq has killed more than 100 people and injured 150
Tori Otten / New Republic:
The Sick, Racist Message Behind Why Trump Chose That Particular Gun Store
Discussion: The Sun and Reason
Betsy Klein / CNN:
Commander Biden bites another Secret Service agent, the 11th known incident
 

 
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