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3:40 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.
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
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
The biggest loser of last night's debate was ...  ... not any of the seven candidates on the stage.  It wasn't even one of the candidates who weren't on the stage — Donald Trump, Asa Hutchinson, and an assortment of also rans.  The biggest loser of the debate was Fox Business Channel, with the RNC that arranged it a close runner-up.
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.
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
The Fear Factor in Republican Politics  —  IN THE HUNDRED THOUSANDTH EXAMPLE of his disordered psyche, former president Trump stated on his social network that Gen. Mark Milley is guilty of “treason.” … This is not new, but that shouldn't diminish our outrage.
Paula Bolyard / PJ Media:
Whose Side Is Fox on Anyway?  —  The Fox Business GOP presidential debate was a total trainwreck—and that's putting it mildly.  —  If you watched, you were treated to nearly two hours of left-wing talking points from the moderators, who not only had no control of the debate but ignored …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Alarmed Republicans are preparing to draft Glenn Youngkin  —  Robert Costa is the chief election and campaign correspondent for CBS News.  —  Some of the biggest Republican donors in the country will converge next month at the historic Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach for a two-day meeting to rally behind Gov. Glenn Youngkin.
New York Times:
Trump's Sprawling Legal Defense Effort Comes Under Strain  —  Former President Donald Trump's team has found lawyers for others caught up in his prosecutions and has paid many of their legal bills.  That arrangement may not be sustainable.  —  The call came out of the blue.
Discussion: CNN and Rolling Stone
Brooke Singman / Fox Business:
Trump fires back after GOP opponents take turns bashing him in Republican debate
Seven candidates will hit the GOP debate stage as Trump skips the party again
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
Washington Post:
The small group of House Republicans who might force a government shutdown
Discussion: Vox and The Hill
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Biden to Create Library Honoring His Friend and Rival John McCain
Bridget Bowman / NBC News:
Majority of voters oppose Biden impeachment hearings as GOP inquiry begins
Washington Post:
Biden impeachment inquiry latest news: Republicans hold first hearing
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Trump New York fraud trial cleared to start Monday after appeals panel ruling  — The New York civil fraud trial of former President Donald Trump and his company is back on track to start Monday after a state appeals court lifted a temporary stay of the case.
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: The Messenger and Associated Press
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 …
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: and The Messenger
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, Washington Times and Mediaite
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Rumble host Stew Peters airs segment calling for the executions of Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce  —  Advertising for the NFL has been placed on Peters' X account  —  Rumble host Stew Peters yesterday aired a segment calling for the executions of Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce …
Discussion: Deadspin and Rumble
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.
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 …
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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Education Department presses colleges to increase diversity efforts
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