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11:15 AM 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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Judge Finds Trump Inflated Property Values, a Victory for New York A.G.  —  The decision will simplify the path for Attorney General Letitia James, who has accused former President Donald J. Trump of overvaluing his holdings by as much as $2.2 billion.  —  The New York attorney general won …
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 …
ABC News:
Judge rules Trump engaged in repeated fraud, effectively deciding central question in $250M civil trial
Molly Jong-Fast / Vanity Fair:
Let's Not Sleepwalk Into Another Trump Presidency
Discussion: Mediaite and The Hill
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 …
Kayla Gallagher / The Messenger:
Trump Adds Two Attorneys to Criminal Defense Team  —  The former president has been stacking his defense team as he prepares for the trove of legal cases against him and their upcoming trials  —  A Facebook icon representing an external link to share the article on Facebook.A Twitter icon representing …
Discussion: Political Wire and Politico
Dan Merica / The Messenger:
Trump Wooed UAW Workers with Big Promises in 2016.  Here's What Actually Happened  —  “He, in so many words, has talked a great talk, but he didn't walk any of the walk,” a striking UAW worker said of Trump's 2016 promises to union workers  —  A Facebook icon representing an external link …
Discussion: HuffPost and The Hill
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 and Chicago Sun Times
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
New York Times:
New Senate Proposal Aims to Head Off Weekend Government Shutdown
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Fox News:
Hunter Biden received $250K wires originating in Beijing with beneficiary address listed as Joe Biden's home
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 …
Betsy Klein / CNN:
Commander Biden bites another Secret Service agent, the 11th known incident  —  President Joe Biden's younger dog, Commander, bit another US Secret Service agent at the White House Monday evening, CNN has learned, the 11th known biting incident involving the 2-year-old German Shepherd.
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Mike Esterl / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Carter presidential library moves birthday plans amid shutdown threat
Discussion: The Messenger and Raw Story
Mike Gonzalez / Washington Examiner:
How the Marxist Left captured higher education
Discussion: Heritage Foundation
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
Farid Abdulwahed / Associated Press:
A fire at a wedding hall in northern Iraq has killed more than 100 people and injured 150
 Earlier Items: 
Senators reveal bipartisan plan to avert shutdown for 7 weeks
Discussion: Defense One and Forbes
Tori Otten / New Republic:
The Sick, Racist Message Behind Why Trump Chose That Particular Gun Store
Discussion: The Sun, Reason and Jezebel
Associated Press:
California is first state to levy a tax on guns and ammo to fund safety programs
Washington Dc / NBC4 Washington:
‘Thwarted diabolical plot’: Man arrested minutes before mass shooting at Northern Virginia church, police say

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Meta says it is testing its Meta AI chatbot with WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger users in India and parts of Africa

Cristiano Lima-Strong / Washington Post:
Sources detail how Senate Commerce Committee chair Maria Cantwell, who recently proposed a privacy bill, has undermined privacy negotiations for years

Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Elon Musk's xAI previews Grok-1.5 Vision, its first multimodal model, and says the AI model will be available soon to “early testers and existing Grok users”

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