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8:05 PM ET, September 30, 2023


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Erin B. Logan / Los Angeles Times:
Kevin McCarthy may avoid a government shutdown.  But the fiasco shows he's weaker than ever  —  Election 2024,California Politics  —  Kevin McCarthy's struggle to become House speaker should have been the most embarrassing moment in his political career.  The U.S. House of Representatives …
Al Weaver / The Hill:
McConnell announces Senate Republicans will defer to House spending bill  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Senate Republicans will vote against advancing the chamber's bipartisan stopgap spending bill as members see an emerging bill coming from the House as the main way to avoid a government shutdown.
'It's crazy': Shutdown caps Congress' week from hell
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Kayla Guo / New York Times:
How Did the Government Get to a Shutdown, and What Will It Take to Reopen?
NBC News:
McCarthy compares Rep. Jamaal Bowman pulling a fire alarm to Jan. 6 rioters  —  The fire alarm, which Bowman's office suggested was unintentional, came as Democrats were trying to delay a vote after Republicans rushed to pass the stopgap measure.  —  Rep. Jamal Bowman allegedly pulls fire alarm in House building
Rep. Bowman pulled House fire alarm amid vote chaos  —  The New York Democratic lawmaker has not immediately responded to a request for comment.
Marisa Kabas / The Handbasket:
Elon Musk crosses the border to Nazi  —  He's blown past blatant antisemitism and is now aligning with Jew-hating, right wing Germans.  What else would you call that?  —  On Thursday I posted on Bluesky that it's been a quiet week for the Jews, and that turned out to be a mistake.
House GOP stunner: Spending patch passes with mostly Dem votes  —  “We're tired of f—king around with these whack jobs,” one House Republican said as Kevin McCarthy risked a far-right rebellion aimed at taking his gavel.
Travis Gibson / WJXT-TV:
Powerful political player was under investigation in ‘bizarre’ scheme involving Taylor Swift tickets before suicide: SAO  —  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A powerful political player in Jacksonville who took his own life in an Atlantic Beach parking lot last year was under investigation for a …
Discussion: Raw Story, WJXX-TV and Florida Politics
David Milliken / Reuters:
UK aims to offer military training inside Ukraine, minister says  —  Britain's government wants to deploy military instructors to Ukraine, in addition to training Ukrainian armed forces in Britain or other Western countries as at present, British defence minister Grant Shapps said in a newspaper interview.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Squabbles, missteps and failure to govern: The Republican week that was  —  Republicans offered a kaleidoscopic display of self-inflicted wounds by politicians unwilling to govern responsibly and loath to confront the damage done by Donald Trump  —  There are good weeks and bad weeks …
Kara Voght / Washington Post:
The MAGAmerican dream lives in Sarasota  —  On Florida's Gulf Coast, a loose coalition of activists, officials and Trumpworld celebrities is building the world they want to live in  —  There are a few ways to enter Sarasota County's modern conservative paradise, but Vic Mellor led me in through what he calls “the cave of doom.”
Gregory Korte / Bloomberg:
DeSantis Super PAC Cuts Back Iowa, New Hampshire TV Ads in Shift  — DeSantis trails Trump by smaller margin in early-voting states  —  Never Back Down, the super PAC supporting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis's presidential bid, cut more than $530,000 in reserved time on broadcast television stations …
Matt Holt / The Messenger:
Poll: Trump Maintains Commanding Lead After Second GOP Debate (Exclusive)  —  Voters believed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won the debate, but he gained no ground on Trump  —  A Facebook icon representing an external link to share the article on Facebook.A Twitter icon representing an external link …
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Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
‘No enemies to the right’: DeSantis ally hosts debate hedging white nationalism
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Trump animates California Republicans with calls to shoot people who rob stores
NBC News:
‘Multiple’ people dead after truck crash and ammonia leak lead to evacuation in Illinois
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
A President on a Picket Line
Craig Mauger / The Detroit News:
Michigan Republican Party faces financial turmoil, bank records show
Discussion: RedState and Political Wire
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Julianne McShane / NBC News:
Pregnant with no OB-GYNs around: In Idaho, maternity care became a casualty of its abortion ban
National Agency on Corruption Prevention:
Dialogue has started: NACP suspends 5 Greek shipping companies and OTP Bank from the list of international sponsors of war while negotiations are underway
Discussion: Bloomberg, Politico and TASS
Brian Darling / The Hill:
Dress code debate reflects the US Senate's diminished reputation