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1:45 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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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 …
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 …
CNN:
New York judge finds Donald Trump liable for fraud  —  A New York judge found Donald Trump and his adult sons liable for fraud and canceled the Trump Organization's business certification, a shocking ruling that poses an existential threat to the former president's financial empire as he runs for a second term in the White House.
Julia Mueller / The Hill:
Biden tops Trump by 5 points in new survey  —  President Biden tops former President Trump by 5 points among registered voters in a 2024 hypothetical matchup, new polling shows.  —  Asked who they'd back if Trump and Biden were their respective party's nominees, 45 percent of registered voters …
Discussion: Politico, NBC News and Washington Times
William Vaillancourt / The Daily Beast:
UAW Leader Has No Desire at All to Talk to Trump in Michigan
Molly Jong-Fast / Vanity Fair:
Let's Not Sleepwalk Into Another Trump Presidency
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
Tim Miller / The Triad:   Where Is the Trump Panic?  —  Hi, y'all—Tim here, sitting in for JVL.
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.
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,
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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
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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
Ellen Mitchell / The Hill:
Tuberville says he opposed Joint Chiefs chair over ‘equal opportunity’ push  —  Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R) said he voted against the nomination of the Pentagon's next Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman over the military officer's push to promote “woke policies.”
Discussion: CNBC and al.com
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 and Political Wire
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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Minyvonne Burke / NBC News:
Missouri woman mistakenly declared dead in 2007 still trying to prove she's alive
Discussion: The Messenger
Elizabeth Elkind / Fox News:
95-year-old veteran kicked out of nursing home to make way for migrant housing, lawmakers say
Discussion: RedState, BizPac Review and Twitchy
CBS News:
Nearly 9 million Americans have long COVID, CDC says
Discussion: ABC7
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
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Christenson / New York Post:
Virginia Dem Susanna Gibson down big in new poll after sex video scandal
United States House Committee on Oversight …:
Comer Reveals Wires from China Have Joe Biden's Wilmington Home as the Beneficiary Address
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Unraveling what's really happening in Florida school libraries
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Under India's pressure, Facebook let propaganda and hate speech thrive
Tori Otten / New Republic:
The Sick, Racist Message Behind Why Trump Chose That Particular Gun Store
Discussion: The Sun, Reason and Jezebel
Betsy Klein / CNN:
Commander Biden bites another Secret Service agent, the 11th known incident
 

 
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Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

Matthew Keys / The Desk:
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