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8:45 PM ET, September 27, 2023

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Associated Press:
Judge Chutkan denies Trump's request to recuse herself in federal election subversion case  —  U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said Wednesday she won't recuse herself from Donald Trump's 2020 election interference case in Washington, rejecting the former president's claims …
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Aliza Chasan / CBS News:
Gen. Milley says he has “appropriate” safety measures after Trump social media threat  —  Outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley has “appropriate measures” to ensure his safety, he said this week in his first public response to shocking comments made by former President …
Discussion: HuffPost and Wall Street Journal
Rolling Stone:
Trump Asked His Lawyers for Ways to Suppress His ‘Perfect Call’  —  The former president says his demand to ‘find’ votes in Georgia was absolutely pristine.  Some of his lawyers have a different view  —  IN PUBLIC, DONALD Trump says his conversation with the Georgia secretary of state asking to …
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
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 …
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
President Drink Bleach says what? Trump now claims he beat George W. Bush and Barack Obama
Discussion: The Hill, The Mahablog and IJR
Mary K. Jacob / New York Post:
Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate worth ‘at least’ $300M, not $18M as NY judge cites  —  A New York judge's Tuesday ruling valuing Donald Trump's sprawling, headline-making Florida estate at $18 million has left industry experts perplexed.  —  In his verdict, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice …
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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 …
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
House Votes to Strip Defense Secretary of Salary as Right Wing Flexes Muscles  —  Little more than three days before a government shutdown, the Republican-led House spent the day adding hard-right proposals to a series of doomed spending bills.  —  The Republican-led House voted on Wednesday …
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Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
McCarthy told conference he won't allow vote on Senate stopgap: GOP lawmakers
Washington Post:
McCarthy's new shutdown strategy: Shifting the blame
Discussion: Punchbowl News, Raw Story and Politico
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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Jamie L. LaReau / Detroit Free Press:
‘Let me be blunt’: UAW VP for GM has strong words about Trump's visit to Michigan  —  The UAW's lead negotiator in contract talks with General Motors on Wednesday issued a scathing assessment of former President Donald Trump hours before Trump was due to speak in Detroit.
Suzanne Bates / Deseret News:
Poll: Republicans see Trump as a ‘person of faith’ ... more so than Mitt Romney, Mike Pence and others  —  Sen. Mitt Romney tops the list for independents, while more Democrats say President Biden is a man of faith  —  More than half of Republicans see former President Donald Trump as a person of faith …
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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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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 …
US Department of Justice:
Four-Time Congressional Candidate Charged in Long-Running Misuse of Campaign Funds  —  For Immediate Release  —  U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of California  —  LOS ANGELES - Federal prosecutors today unsealed a grand jury indictment that accuses a Torrance man who was a candidate …
Shawn Hubler / New York Times:
In Rare Alliance, Democrats and Republicans Seek Legal Power to Clear Homeless Camps  —  Dozens of leaders, mostly from Western states, have asked the Supreme Court to overturn lower court decisions that restrict enforcement against public camping.  —  Garbage, feces and needles run through …
Johnny Rubin / House Committee on Ways and Means:
Bombshell: Ways and Means Releases New Documents Revealing Hunter Biden Selling Access to White House, Investigators Blocked from Pursuing Evidence Related to President Biden  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - New documents released by the Ways and Means Committee today reveal Joe Biden's connections to his son Hunter Biden's business dealings.
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Latino leaders dismiss Sen. Menendez's claim of racial targeting  —  Rep. Pete Aguilar, the highest-ranking Latino in the House, rejected Menendez's claim that he is being targeted because he is Latino  —  As the highest-ranking Latino member in Congress called for Sen. Bob Menendez to resign Wednesday …
Discussion: HotAir, NBC News, The Hill and Insider
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.
Steve Reilly / The Messenger:
Trump's Georgia Prosecutor Fires Back at Efforts to Have RICO Case Charges Dismissed  —  Fani Willis filed a series of responses this week to motions from Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell seeking to dismiss the underlying Fulton County DA's charges  —  A Facebook icon representing …
Discussion: Raw Story
Scott Stump / NBC News:
Colin Kaepernick writes letter offering to join Jets after Aaron Rodgers injury  —  The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who has been out of the NFL since 2016, offered to play on the Jets' practice squad as the team struggles without Rodgers.  —  Seven years after he last took an NFL snap …
Ayelet Sheffey / Insider:
Student-loan borrowers have a new safeguard in place to ensure their debt doesn't pile up once they graduate  — The Education Department released its final version of the gainful employment rule.  — It would prevent borrowers from enrolling in program that leaves them with too much debt compared to earnings.
Discussion: USA Today, ED News and WCBD News 2
 
 
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House Committee on Ways and Means:
Meeting on Documents Protected Under Internal Revenue Code Section 6103
Kyle Morris / Fox News:
Utah House speaker jumps in Senate race to replace Romney: ‘Our country is not on the right path’
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
New York Times:
In Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict, a Bloody End in Nagorno-Karabakh
Discussion: ABC7 and NEWS.am
Marisa Iati / Washington Post:
Bidens' dog bites Secret Service officer in 11th known aggressive incident
Lisa Chinn Marvashti / University of Mary Washington:
Virginians Closely Divided Over 2023 Legislative Elections in Statewide Survey
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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CBS News:
Nearly 9 million Americans have long COVID, CDC says
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Kerry Breen / CBS News:
Arrest made in connection to 2015 disappearance and murder of Crystal Rogers, Kentucky mother of 5
CNBC:
Target says it will close nine stores in major cities, citing violence and theft
Luc Cohen / Reuters:
US Senator Bob Menendez pleads not guilty to corruption charges
 

 
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