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1:45 PM ET, September 28, 2023

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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: The Hill, Rolling Stone, IJR and Daily Kos
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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.
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.
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 …
Brooke Singman / Fox Business:
Trump fires back after GOP opponents take turns bashing him in Republican debate
NPR:
Seven candidates will hit the GOP debate stage as Trump skips the party again
Associated Press:
Judge Chutkan denies Trump's request to recuse herself in federal election subversion case
Politico:
It's not just a shutdown — Congress has no plan for the FAA either  —  The airline sector is staring down an authorization and funding lapse amid congressional paralysis.  —  It's not just a broader government shutdown.  By Sunday, the aviation system could also have almost …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Connor O'Brien / Politico:
McCarthy's Hail Mary: Strip Ukraine aid and finally pass Pentagon spending bill  —  Pulling the funding marks another reversal for the speaker, who opted to keep it in over the weekend.  —  House Republicans are making another run at yanking Ukraine aid from a Pentagon spending bill …
Discussion: Fox News and Sputnik News
Washington Post:
The small group of House Republicans who might force a government shutdown
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
The Messenger:
Donald Trump, Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump, Plus Michael Cohen, Listed as New York AG's Witnesses in Civil Fraud Case  —  Donald Trump and his company are expected to stand trial starting Monday in a $250 million civil case brought by AG Letitia James  —  A Facebook icon representing …
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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.
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
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Washington Post:
Biden impeachment inquiry latest news: Republicans hold first hearing
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
NBC News:
Republican congressman struggles to answer questions about allegations Biden has influenced the DOJ
The Pavlovic Today:
Read: Second Republican Debate Transcript - September 27, 2023  —  BRIT HUME, FOX NEWS SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST (voice-over): High in the hills of California's Simi Valley stands a monument to one of the most beloved leaders in our nation's history, Ronald Reagan, the Gipper, the Great Communicator, America's 40th commander in chief.
Discussion: Reason and Jacobin
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Paula Bolyard / PJ Media:
Whose Side Is Fox on Anyway?
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
The biggest loser of last night's debate was ...
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.
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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 …
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Nick Robertson / The Hill:   Kari Lake launching Arizona Senate campaign Oct. 10
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
New data on ultra-rich tax cheats wrecks the ‘working-class GOP’ ruse  —  Republicans have been amplifying the claim lately that their party has undergone a “populist” makeover, rendering it both anti-elite and pro-working class.  One way Republicans purport to illustrate …
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 …
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Washington Post:
Biden to announce creation of John McCain library in Arizona  —  In a speech Thursday in Arizona on the importance of democracy, Biden will announce a facility honoring his former Republican colleague  —  PHOENIX — President Biden will make an impassioned plea Thursday about the importance …
Discussion: NBC News, Associated Press and The Hill
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Biden to Create Library Honoring His Friend and Rival John McCain
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
Ben Leonard / Politico:
Manchin snarls top VA nominee over abortion  —  Manchin and Republicans say the agency has overstepped its authority.  —  Sen. Joe Manchin has stalled President Joe Biden's nominee to serve as the VA's general counsel for more than a year to pressure the agency to stop providing abortions …
Discussion: Associated Press
Olafimihan Oshin / The Hill:
Democrats eye passport backlog with new legislation  —  A duo of Democrat lawmakers have introduced legislation that would implement new measures to clear passport application backlogs and reduce processing delays.  —  The proposed legislation, called the PASSPORT Act …
Discussion: schiff.house.gov
 
 
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United States Department of State:
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