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9:50 AM ET, October 2, 2023


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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Newsom picks Laphonza Butler as Feinstein replacement  —  California's governor chose a labor leader turned power player to serve in the Senate, and an adviser told POLITICO there were no preconditions about whether she could run in 2024.  —  California Gov. Gavin Newsom …
Playbook: A new senator, and a new showdown  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  MADAME SENATOR — EMILY's List President LAPHONZA BUTLER will be named California's junior senator later today by Gov. GAVIN NEWSOM, Chris Cadelago scooped last night.
Washington Post:
Newsom set to name Emily's List leader to fill Feinstein's Senate seat  —  Three other Democrats in the House are vying to permanently fill Feinstein's seat in November 2024  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom's office confirmed late Sunday that he plans …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway, NBC News and FOX40
Wall Street Journal:
Gavin Newsom Appoints Laphonza Butler to Fill Dianne Feinstein's Senate Seat  —  Butler, previously a labor leader in California, is currently president of Emily's List  —  California Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Emily's List President Laphonza Butler to succeed the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Shawn Hubler / New York Times:
Newsom Names Emily's List President as Feinstein Successor  —  Laphonza Butler fills the Senate vacancy left by the death of Dianne Feinstein, the governor announced Sunday.  —  Gov. Gavin Newsom of California announced on Sunday night that he has chosen Laphonza Butler …
New York Times:
As His Fraud Trial Begins, Trump Looks to Capitalize on It  —  The former president is making the case to his supporters that he is being wrongfully prosecuted.  And it might bring him more support.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump is expected to attend the opening of the civil trial …
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
Donald Trump plans to make a rare court appearance in a trial that threatens his real estate empire  —  With control over some of his most prized real estate holdings in jeopardy, former President Donald Trump said he'll make a rare, voluntary trip to court in New York on Monday for the start …
Taiyler S. Mitchell / HuffPost:
Nikki Haley Says Trump's Campaign Sent Her A Birdcage
Tesnim Zekeria / Popular Information:
North Carolina Republicans create “secret police force”  —  North Carolina's new $300 billion state budget contains a provision that gives extraordinary investigative powers to a partisan oversight committee co-chaired by Senate Leader Phil Berger (R) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R).
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
‘Red Caesarism’ is rightwing code - and some Republicans are listening  —  Argument for a ‘red Caesar’ to rule US may seem esoteric but conservative thinktank behind idea has connections to Trump  —  In June, rightwing academic Kevin Slack published a book-length polemic claiming that ideas …
First on CNN: Fulton County DA subpoenas former NY police commissioner to testify at first trial, and he wants immunity  —  The Fulton County district attorney's office has issued a subpoena to former New York Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik to testify in the first trial later this month …
Discussion: The Messenger and Mediaite
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 …
Andrew Solender / Axios:
Gaetz's plan to oust McCarthy meets chilly Dem reception
The Messenger:
Meet Joe Biden's Newest Campaign Surrogates: The Republicans Who Hate Him  —  A Biden campaign strategy has turned Marjorie Taylor Greene, Ron DeSantis, and Nikki Haley into effective messengers for his reelection campaign  —  A Facebook icon representing an external link to share the article …
Discussion: Political Wire
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Few in new poll say conservatives can speak freely on college campuses  —  Americans in a new survey said that they believe college campuses are more likely to be open to liberals than conservatives when it comes to free speech.  —  Forty-seven percent of adults questioned said that liberals …
Discussion: The Messenger and Associated Press
Lisa Needham / Public Notice:
Four SCOTUS cases to watch this term  —  The 2023-24 term starts today.  Let's break down some cases worth tracking. … The 2023-24 Supreme Court term starts today and we're staring down the barrel of nine months of decisions from a hyper-conservative majority.
Inside the Senate's looming showdown over the future of Ukraine  —  The GOP confrontation last week over continued aid was a rude awakening for Mitch McConnell and other senators who back Ukraine funding.  —  From Mitch McConnell on down, the Senate's pro-Ukraine coalition is trying to reassure …
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Adam Wren / Politico:
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Discussion: HuffPost, The Messenger and The Hill
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Andrew Solender / Axios:
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