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7:30 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 …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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).
Jessica Valenti / New York Times:
Abortion Bans by Any Other Name Are Still Abortion Bans  —  In the year since Roe v. Wade was overturned, the Republican Party has tested out constantly changing talking points and messages on abortion in an attempt to make its anti-abortion policies sound less extreme.
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 …
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 …
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?’
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 …
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