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12:15 PM ET, September 28, 2023


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Craig Mauger / The Detroit News:
Donald Trump: UAW negotiations 'don't mean as much as you think'  —  Clinton Township — Republican Donald Trump railed against electric vehicles during a campaign stop in suburban Detroit Wednesday night, saying they're too expensive, aren't capable of traveling far enough and would spur job losses for Americans.
Isaac Arnsdorf / Washington Post:
Trump demands union support for nationalist vision, warns of doom otherwise  —  Trump's speech in Michigan opposite the GOP debate marked the unofficial kickoff of a general election rematch with President Biden  —  CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Former president Donald Trump sharpened …
Discussion: Washington Monthly, CNN and CBS News
Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Rips RNC, Says They Have To Stop Debates … In an exclusive sit-down interview with the Daily Caller, Trump said there would not be a breakout candidate and the debates are bad for the Republican Party.  —  “They have to stop the debates.  Because it is just bad for the Republican Party.
Associated Press:
Judge Chutkan denies Trump's request to recuse herself in federal election subversion case
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Trump Tries to Court Blue-Collar Workers at a Nonunion Factory
Aaron Rupar / Public Notice:
My expectations for the debate were low, but holy crap  —  Republican also-rans put their unreadiness for prime time on full display. … The first thing to understand about the Republican primary is that it's not really a contest.  It's over.  It's been over for months now.  It was never even really in doubt.
Discussion: HotAir, Rolling Stone, IJR and Daily Kos
Seven candidates will hit the GOP debate stage as Trump skips the party again
Kimberly Ross / Washington Examiner:
Why not Nikki Haley?  —  Of the Republican 2024 contenders, Nikki Haley, former ambassador to the United Nations and former governor of South Carolina, sticks out for all the right reasons.  Haley carries with her the kind of experience that is invaluable and not easily replicated.
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
At second Republican debate, all eyes are on insurgent Nikki Haley
Washington Post:
The small group of House Republicans who might force a government shutdown  —  Roughly 10 lawmakers have at various times thwarted Speaker Kevin McCarthy's proposals for both short- and long-term funding  —  Moments after a majority of House Republicans hammered out a plan to fund the government …
Discussion: The Hill and Ohio Capital Journal
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
House Votes to Strip Defense Secretary of Salary as Right Wing Flexes Muscles
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Accuses Trump Lawyers of Dragging Their Feet in Documents Case  —  Prosecutors said the former president's defense team was trying to use an arcane law to derail the scheduled start of his trial on charges of mishandling classified material and obstructing justice.
Rolling Stone:
Trump Asked His Lawyers for Ways to Suppress His ‘Perfect Call’
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and Political Wire
Steve Reilly / The Messenger:
Trump's Georgia Prosecutor Fires Back at Efforts to Have RICO Case Charges Dismissed
Discussion: Raw Story
Eliza Collins / Wall Street Journal:
Kari Lake to Announce Senate Run, Setting Up High-Stakes Arizona Race  —  Republican will launch her campaign at Oct. 10 rally; three-way race with independent Kyrsten Sinema and Democrat Ruben Gallego is likely  —  PHOENIX—Kari Lake will announce a run for Kyrsten Sinema's Senate seat next month …
Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Kari Lake launching Arizona Senate campaign Oct. 10  —  Former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake will officially launch a Senate campaign next month, her campaign confirmed on Thursday.  —  The much-anticipated announcement — expected on Oct. 10 — will make Lake the most significant Republican …
Discussion: NBC News
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.
NBC News:
Republican congressman struggles to answer questions about allegations Biden has influenced the DOJ
Matt Berg / Politico:
Christie defends attack on Jill Biden: 'That's the truth'  —  “I am standing by the wording,” Chrstie said.  —  Chris Christie stood by his attack on first lady Jill Biden the morning after the second GOP debate, saying that his remarks were “the truth.”  —  On Wednesday night …
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
Mariana Alfaro / Washington Post:
Senate adopts resolution requiring men to wear business attire on chamber floor  —  The Senate on Wednesday adopted a resolution requiring male senators to wear a coat, tie and slacks or other long pants on the chamber's floor following days of upheaval sparked by Senate Majority Leader Charles …
Bridget Bowman / NBC News:
Majority of voters oppose Biden impeachment hearings as GOP inquiry begins  —  A new national NBC News survey finds 56% of registered voters believe Congress should not move forward with impeachment hearings.  —  House Republicans kick off their impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden on Thursday …
Anna Noryskiewicz / CBS News:
Germany bans decades-old neo-Nazi group Artgemeinschaft, accused of trying to “raise new enemies” of the state  —  Berlin — German police raided the homes of 39 members of an extremist far-right group with neo-Nazi links Wednesday after it was banned in the country.
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United States Department of State:
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken Launches Global Music Diplomacy Initiative, Music Icon and Former U.S. Jazz Ambassador Music Director Quincy Jones …
Discussion: Billboard and The Messenger
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
EXCLUSIVE: Instant Recap from the Second Republican Debate
Christopher Ketcham / New York Times:
Cliven Bundy Is Still Out in the Nevada Desert, and So Are His Cattle
Julia Shapero / The Hill:
Ramaswamy: Kids 16 and under shouldn't use ‘addictive’ social media
Discussion: Associated Press
Erin Woo / The Information:
Musk's X Cuts Half of Election Integrity Team After Promising to Expand It
Mackenzie Mays / Los Angeles Times:
New law allows doctors living in ‘hostile’ red states to get abortion training in California
Discussion: Associated Press
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Mary K. Jacob / New York Post:
Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate worth ‘at least’ $300M, not $18M as NY judge cites
Scott Stump / NBC News:
Colin Kaepernick writes letter offering to join Jets after Aaron Rodgers injury
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Jared Kushner pressured Washington Post to fire editor over Russia, book says