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5:30 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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David Cay Johnston / DCReport.org:
Judge Gives Trump Organization the Corporate Death Penalty  —  Donald Trump is no longer in business.  —  Worse, the self-proclaimed multibillionaire may soon be personally bankrupt as a result, stripped of just about everything because for years he engaged in calculated bank fraud …
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 …
CNN:
New York judge finds Donald Trump liable for fraud
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?
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Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
McCarthy told conference he won't allow vote on Senate stopgap: GOP lawmakers  —  Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told members of the House GOP conference Wednesday morning that he will not bring the Senate's bipartisan continuing resolution to the floor for a vote.
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Trump Tries to Court Blue-Collar Workers at a Nonunion Factory  —  A day after President Biden appeared on a union picket line, the former president will speak at an auto parts factory, but it's unclear whether any striking workers will be in the crowd.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump …
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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 …
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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Jared Kushner pressured Washington Post to fire editor over Russia, book says  —  Marty Baron says Trump's son-in-law leaned on Post publisher to withdraw support of Russia election interference investigation  —  Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser, Jared Kushner …
Politico:
The 2024 field braces for a ‘devastating’ fall, with drop-outs on the horizon  —  Candidates had already come and gone at this point in the 2016 campaign.  —  Tim Scott, Chris Christie and Doug Burgum are still polling in low single digits nationally, while former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson failed to qualify for Wednesday's debate.
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Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The Republican debate is fake
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The impeachment inquiry is starting exactly as might have been expected  —  When the Democratic majority in the House held the first public hearing in its 2019 impeachment inquiry targeting President Trump, it heard testimony from members of Trump's administration who could speak to the central allegation …
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NBC10 Philadelphia:
At least 20 arrested in night of looting throughout Philly, police say  —  Large crowds — mostly consisting of juveniles — looted multiple stores and damaged property across Philadelphia Tuesday night, police said.  —  It was around 8 p.m. when, officials said, police started receiving calls …
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: The Hill and IJR
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
Christopher Condon / Bloomberg:
Yellen Goes to Georgia to Tout Over $1 Billion in Infrastructure Spending  — Treasury aims at disconnect between economy and Biden approval  — Will highlight port, power and broadband improvements  —  Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will travel to the battleground state of Georgia …
Discussion: Political Wire
Kyle Morris / Fox News:
Utah House speaker jumps in Senate race to replace Romney: ‘Our country is not on the right path’  —  Brad Wilson will formally announce his US Senate candidacy at an event Wednesday evening in Draper, Utah  —  FIRST ON FOX: Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson, a Republican …
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Byron Kaye / Reuters:
Musk's X disabled feature for reporting electoral misinformation - researcher  —  Elon Musk's X, formerly called Twitter, disabled a feature that let users report misinformation about elections, a research organisation said on Wednesday, throwing fresh concern about false claims spreading just before major U.S. and Australian votes.
Max Tani / Semafor:
Fox slashes ad prices for second debate as primary turns into ‘snoozer’  —  The Scoop  —  Advertisers paid a premium for airtime during the first Republican presidential debate on Fox News, but it looks like they'll be getting a major discount during round two on Wednesday night.
Cory Doctorow / New York Times:
Amazon Is the Apex Predator of Our Platform Era  —  The Federal Trade Commission's chair, Lina Khan, has brought her long-awaited, audacious case against Amazon, signaling the Biden administration's determination to restore an approach to competition law that has been in decline since the Carter administration.
Lisa Chinn Marvashti / University of Mary Washington:
Virginians Closely Divided Over 2023 Legislative Elections in Statewide Survey  —  SEPTEMBER 27, 2023 BY CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP AND MEDIA STUDIES  —  Virginians are nearly evenly divided in their preferences for the upcoming legislative elections, with 40 percent favoring Democratic Party majorities …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.”
 
 
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New York Times:
In Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict, a Bloody End in Nagorno-Karabakh
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Marisa Iati / Washington Post:
Bidens' dog bites Secret Service officer in 11th known aggressive incident
Minyvonne Burke / NBC News:
Missouri woman mistakenly declared dead in 2007 still trying to prove she's alive
Discussion: The Messenger and KSDK-TV
Lara Seligman / Politico:
The Quotable Milley: The chair's most memorable lines from the past four years
Victoria Prodeline / Monmouth University …:
Public Wants Budget Compromise to Avoid Government Shutdown
Discussion: New Jersey Globe and The Hill
CBS News:
Nearly 9 million Americans have long COVID, CDC says
Discussion: ABC7
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CNBC:
Target says it will close nine stores in major cities, citing violence and theft
Julia Shapero / The Hill:
FCC chair proposes reinstating Obama-era net neutrality rules
Josh Christenson / New York Post:
Virginia Dem Susanna Gibson down big in new poll after sex video scandal
Associated Press:
US secures the release of the soldier who crossed into North Korea 2 months ago
 

 
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Financial Times:
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