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5:05 PM 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 …
California's newly-appointed senator may not live in California at all
Susanne Rust / Los Angeles Times:
Who is Laphonza Butler? What to know about Newsom's pick for Feinstein's Senate seat
Izzy Gardon / California Governor:
Governor Gavin Newsom Appoints Laphonza Butler to Complete Senator Feinstein's Term in the U.S. Senate
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Trump tax accountant takes witness stand at $250 million New York fraud trial  — The $250 million civil fraud trial that could see Donald Trump permanently banned from doing business in New York has begun.  — Trump is present in the courtroom in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Associated Press:
Trump says New York fraud case is a ‘scam’: Latest updates  —  Donald Trump denounces New York fraud case as ‘scam’  —  New York Attorney General Letitia James: President Trump engaged in ‘persistent and repeated fraud’  —  The fraud lawsuit that could cost former President Donald Trump control …
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
New York Post pans Trump's ‘birdbrain’ attack on Haley
Erica Orden / Politico:
Trump blasts judge during first day of $250 million fraud trial
New York Times:
As His Fraud Trial Begins, Trump Looks to Capitalize on It
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Three in 10 Republicans don't think the Biden impeachment probe will be fair  —  Leaders of the House Republican conference would like Americans to be under the impression that the party's investigation into the possible impeachment of President Biden is a sober act, one undertaken solely …
Victoria Prodeline / Monmouth University …:
Little Enthusiasm for 2024 Front-Runners  —  Voters much more likely to see Biden as too old than Trump  —  West Long Branch, NJ - There is not a lot of enthusiasm for either President Joe Biden or former President Donald Trump becoming the major party nominees in 2024.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Anti-Trump Republicans Won't Save Democracy. Can Anybody?
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
Sarah Fortinsky / The Hill:
Matt Gaetz's father seeking return to Florida Senate  —  Don Gaetz, Rep. Matt Gaetz's (R-Fla.) father, announced on Monday that he will be running again for the Florida Senate, where he served from 2006 to 2016.  —  Don Gaetz, a Republican, said that he has no intentions of seeking higher office …
Tom McLaughlin / Pensacola News Journal:
Rep. Matt Gaetz's father, former State Senator Don Gaetz, seeking a return to office
GOP senators weigh go-big-or-go-home strategy on 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 …
Yuliya Talmazan / NBC News:
E.U. makes historic show of support for Ukraine after U.S. budget deal snub
Wall Street Journal:
Matt Gaetz: 'Biden's Favorite Republican'
Olafimihan Oshin / The Hill:
Spartz says she'll consider resigning from Congress  —  Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.) announced that she'll consider resigning from her position if Congress does not create a debt commission by the end of this year.  —  “I've done many very difficult things being one woman standing many times …
Devan Cole / CNN:
Supreme Court declines to consider longshot bid to disqualify Trump from running for president  —  The Supreme Court said Monday that it will not take up a longshot challenge to Donald Trump's eligibility to run for president because of his alleged role in the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol.
Michael Lewis / Washington Post:
Play it again, Sam  —  Inside Bankman-Fried's last year in the crypto game  —  Most of the people who went to work for Sam Bankman-Fried ended up in jobs for which they were not obviously qualified, and Natalie Tien was no exception.  She'd been raised in Taiwan by middle-class parents whose …
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
Supreme Court denies Eastman petition, with rare recusal from Thomas  —  The Supreme Court on Monday denied an effort by lawyer John Eastman to appeal a ruling that found he may have acted criminally with the legal advice he gave former President Trump.  It spurred a rare recusal …
Associated Press:
North Dakota State Senator And His Family Killed In Utah Plane Crash  —  State Sen. Doug Larsen, his wife and two young children died after the small plane they were in crashed outside Moab.  —  A state senator from North Dakota, his wife and their two young children died when the small plane …
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Leaked U.S. strategy on Ukraine sees corruption as the real threat  —  A report obtained by POLITICO details specific plans to reform Ukrainian institutions and warns Western support may hinge on cutting corruption.  —  Biden administration officials are far more worried about corruption …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Fox News and RedState
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
Putin's Next Target: U.S. Support for Ukraine, Officials Say
Discussion: CNN
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
An unexpected check on Supreme Court's sharp move right: Justice Kavanaugh  —  Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh during his combative 2018 confirmation hearing.  In stark contrast, the justice today displays a generally upbeat manner.  (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)  —  WASHINGTON —
Discussion: HotAir, Raw Story and New Republic
Bowman camp slams ‘Nazi’ Republicans after fire alarm flap  —  Republicans have vowed to punish the progressive in the wake of the incident, with one member already introducing a motion to expel him from Congress.
New York Times:
Trump Civil Fraud Trial: Trump Begins Fraud Trial by Attacking Attorney General and Judge  —  Opening statements concluded in the trial of the former president, who has been accused in a lawsuit of inflating his net worth to win favorable terms on loans.
Discussion: Raw Story and Althouse
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