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10:15 PM ET, September 30, 2023


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Erin B. Logan / Los Angeles Times:
Kevin McCarthy avoided 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 …
Mabinty Quarshie / Washington Examiner:
Vivek Ramaswamy slams House-passed stopgap measure to fund the government  —  ANAHEIM, California — Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy criticized a just-passed stopgap measure from the House of Representatives to keep the federal government funded after he finished speaking at the California GOP convention.
Discussion: The Hill and Los Angeles Times
'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?
Washington Post:
Government shutdown hours away as House GOP pitches last-ditch deal  —  Just hours before a government shutdown, the House planned to vote on a measure to keep the government open for 45 days at current spending levels, adding money for U.S. disaster relief but none of the billions of dollars …
Sarah Polus / The Hill:
Jeffries: House stopgap bill ‘total defeat for the extreme MAGA Republicans’  —  House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) on Saturday hailed Democratic efforts in passing a short-term bill to fund the government, calling it a “defeat” for “MAGA Republicans.”
Associated Press:
Threat of government shutdown ends as Congress passes a temporary funding plan and sends it to Biden  —  The threat of a federal government shutdown ended late Saturday, hours before a midnight deadline, as Congress approved a temporary funding bill to keep agencies open and sent the measure to President Joe Biden to sign.
Al Weaver / The Hill:
McConnell announces Senate Republicans will defer to House spending bill
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.
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
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.
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.”
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 …
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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Gregory Korte / Bloomberg:
DeSantis Super PAC Cuts Back Iowa, New Hampshire TV Ads in Shift
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
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Craig Mauger / The Detroit News:
Michigan Republican Party faces financial turmoil, bank records show
Discussion: RedState, Raw Story and Political Wire
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: TASS, Politico and Bloomberg
Brian Darling / The Hill:
Dress code debate reflects the US Senate's diminished reputation