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1:05 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 …
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  —  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 …
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 …
Aileen Graef / CNN:
Matt Gaetz says he will attempt to oust Kevin McCarthy from the speakership this week
Karoun Demirjian / New York Times:
Gaetz Says He Will Move to Oust McCarthy for Working With Democrats
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 …
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 …
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?’
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 …
CBS News:
Church roof collapses in Mexico, Catholic officials say at least 1 dead  —  The roof of a church collapsed in northern Mexico during a Mass on Sunday, killing an undetermined number of people among approximately 30 parishioners believed trapped in the rubble, authorities said.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
Miranda Nazzaro / The Hill:
McCarthy: Border is bigger priority than Ukraine  —  Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Sunday said he's committed to helping Ukraine, but that addressing the crisis at the border is a bigger priority.  —  “The priority for me is America and our borders,” McCarthy said when pressed during …
Associated Press:
Biden says there's ‘not much time’ to keep aid flowing to Ukraine and Congress must ‘stop the games’
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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