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6:50 PM ET, October 1, 2023


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Aileen Graef / CNN:
Matt Gaetz says he will attempt to oust Kevin McCarthy from the speakership this week  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz is planning to attempt to oust Speaker Kevin McCarthy from the role this week after the House leader worked with Democrats to avoid a government shutdown on Saturday.
Andrew Solender / Axios:
Gaetz's plan to oust McCarthy meets chilly Dem reception  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) wants to remove House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for working across the aisle to stop a government shutdown — but some Democrats are not on board. … - McCarthy responded in a CBS News interview that he will …
Fox News:
House GOP members seek to expel Gaetz amid renewed threat to vacate House Speaker McCarthy  —  House GOP members are preparing a motion to expel Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., amid his renewed threat to pursue a motion to vacate House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.  —  The House Republican members …
Playbook: Inside the chess match between McCarthy, Jeffries and Gaetz  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SPOTTED leaving the Capitol after the House CR vote: House Democratic leaders HAKEEM JEFFRIES, KATHERINE CLARK and PETE AGUILAR all laughing …
Karoun Demirjian / New York Times:
Gaetz Says He Will Move to Oust McCarthy for Working With Democrats  —  A day after the Republican speaker turned to Democrats for help passing a stopgap spending bill to avert a shutdown, the far-right congressman promised to try to remove him from his post.
Peter Wade / Rolling Stone:
AOC Says She Would ‘Absolutely’ Vote to Oust ‘Very Weak’ Speaker McCarthy  —  The congresswoman quipped that in attempting to avert a shutdown Republicans were “run[ning] around the House like a Roomba, until they found a door that House Democrats opened”  —  IN A RARE moment of unity …
Miranda Nazzaro / The Hill:
McCarthy: Border is bigger priority than Ukraine
Discussion: CBS News and Breitbart
Associated Press:
Biden says there's ‘not much time’ to keep aid flowing to Ukraine and Congress must ‘stop the games’
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
McCarthy, McConnell suffer setbacks over control of their caucuses
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Inside McCarthy's Shutdown Turnabout That Left His Speakership at Risk
Taiyler S. Mitchell / HuffPost:
Nikki Haley Says Trump's Campaign Sent Her A Birdcage  —  The move came after Trump dubbed her “birdbrain” after she criticized him at the second GOP primary debate.  —  LOADING  —  Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley suggested Sunday that former President Donald Trump's campaign sent …
Zachary Leeman / The Messenger:   Joe Manchin On Potential 2024 Third Party Run: ‘Why Not Have Options?’
Andrew Solender / Axios:
Scoop: Rep. Dean Phillips steps down from Dem leadership  —  Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) is stepping down from his role in House Democratic leadership after floating a primary challenge to President Biden. … - “I celebrate Leader Jeffries for his remarkable and principled leadership …
David French / New York Times:
One Reason the Trump Fever Won't Break  —  The more I consider the challenge posed by Christian nationalism, the more I think most observers and critics are paying too much attention to the wrong group of Christian nationalists.  We mainly think of Christian nationalism as a theology or at least as a philosophy.
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
Minnesota Twin Cities marathon canceled due to record-setting heat  —  Sunday in Minneapolis and St. Paul will be the hottest day of the week with record-setting temperatures possible in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.  —  The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon …
Discussion: UPI, Associated Press and The Messenger
Brian Klaas / The Garden of Forking Paths:
The Case for Amplifying Trump's Insanity  —  The “Banality of Crazy” has warped American politics, as few voters recognize just how deranged, delusional, and dangerous Donald Trump is...because the press rarely reports on his routine insanity. … Sometimes, you have to write when you're angry.
NBC News:
Police are searching for 9-year-old girl abducted from a New York campground  —  Charlotte Sena was last seen at Moreau Lake State Park in Saratoga County around 6:15 p.m. Saturday.  Police believe she's in “imminent danger of serious harm and/or death.”  —  New York State Police are searching …
David Marchese / New York Times:
Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Here to Pump You Up (Emotionally)  —  Arnold Schwarzenegger has been a part of the American landscape for so long that the improbability of his story is all too easy to take for granted: An immigrant bodybuilder from Austria with a long and unwieldy name …
Discussion: Insider and Althouse
Tara Suter / The Hill:
Fetterman: 'I'm done normalizing this dysfunction'  —  Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman (D) expressed his frustration with the recent state of Congress in the wake of the Senate voting to approve a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded Saturday.
Discussion: Vox, Insider, RedState and New Jersey Globe
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
To Many Americans, Government Dysfunction Is the New Normal
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Sarah Fortinsky / The Hill:
Newsom vetoes bill that would allow striking workers to get unemployment checks
Erica Orden / Politico:
Trump goes to trial in New York before a judge who just ruled he's a fraud
Discussion: Washington Post and NBC News