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10:40 AM ET, October 3, 2023


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Jake Tapper / CNN:
Exclusive: John Kelly goes on the record to confirm several disturbing stories about Trump  —  John Kelly, the longest-serving White House chief of staff for Donald Trump, offered his harshest criticism yet of the former president in an exclusive statement to CNN.
New York Times:
How Trump Turned an Oval Office Fantasy Into G.O.P. Doctrine  —  The Republican push to use military force in Mexico against drug cartels started in the Trump White House.  He has plans to make the idea a reality in 2025.  —  The first time Donald Trump talked privately about shooting missiles …
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Trump's decision to show up in New York for start of his civil trial was as personal as it was political
Olafimihan Oshin / The Hill:
John Kelly confirms Trump's ‘suckers’ remark about war dead
Discussion: Raw Story and BizPac Review
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
New York Post pans Trump's ‘birdbrain’ attack on Haley
Discussion: New York Post and Florida Politics
Punchbowl News:
Is it too late for McCarthy to save his job as speaker? … But it might be too late.  —  With the House on the brink of voting on a motion to oust McCarthy, there's very strong sentiment inside the Democratic Caucus against helping the speaker, according to multiple aides and lawmakers.
Chris Cameron / New York Times:
Here's What Happens Now That Gaetz Has Moved to Oust McCarthy  —  The “motion to vacate” that Representative Matt Gaetz put forward on Monday sets up a two-day showdown between the speaker and hard-right Republicans in the House.  —  Representative Matt Gaetz pressed forward on Monday evening …
Punchbowl News:
10/3/23 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM … But it might be too late.  —  With the House on the brink of voting on a motion to oust McCarthy, there's very strong sentiment inside the Democratic Caucus against helping the speaker, according to multiple aides and lawmakers.
New York Times:
Democrats Weigh Whether to Rescue McCarthy From G.O.P. Ouster Bid
Associated Press:
Rep. Matt Gaetz files resolution to oust Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the House
Bob Inglis / New York Times:
My Fellow Republicans: It's Time to Grow Up
Discussion: PJ Media and Raw Story
The Hill:
Gaetz moves to oust Speaker McCarthy
Ben Collins / NBC News:
What was Elon Musk's strategy for Twitter?  —  A year after the world's richest man acquired the social media platform, a game plan published by a fired Trump White House staffer provides a clue.  —  On the day that public records revealed that Elon Musk had become Twitter's biggest shareholder …
Miranda Nazzaro / The Hill:
Rep. Cuellar unharmed in armed carjacking in DC  —  Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) was carjacked in Washington, D.C. on Monday night, according to a staffer from his office.  —  Cuellar was parking his car outside of his apartment in Navy Yard, D.C. when three armed individuals approached …
ABC News:
Congressman Henry Cuellar carjacked at gunpoint in Washington  —  Congressman Cuellar was carjacked at gunpoint Monday.  —  LIVE  —  Democratic Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar was carjacked at gunpoint Monday night near his residence in the Navy Yard area of Washington, D.C. just blocks from the Capitol.
Marcia Lubin / US Department of Justice:
Two Anne Arundel County Men, Including Department of Defense Deputy Chief, Charged with Facilitating Dog Fighting Ring  —  For Immediate Release  —  U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland  —  A Related Federal Search Recovered Veterinary Steroids and a Device Consisting of an Electrical Plug …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
No Labels makes its choice  —  No Labels claims to be a non-partisan centrist organization.  It describes itself as a movement for the “politically homeless.”  But in practice, it has supported Republicans and very conservative Democrats.  This year, No Labels has spent millions …
Why Reality TV Star Donald Trump Is More Trusted than Most News Outlets  —  Today, Donald Trump is attending the first day of the fraud trial that he already substantially lost.  —  Depending on who you believe, he is either attending because he's using his attendance to delay a deposition …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump fundraises off fraud trial: ‘Nothing can break me’
'They're just meat': Russia deploys punishment battalions in echo of Stalin  —  Drunk recruits.  Insubordinate soldiers.  Convicts.  —  They're among hundreds of military and civilian offenders who've been pressed into Russian penal units known as “Storm-Z” squads and sent to the frontlines …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Neither Party Well-Liked, but GOP Holds Advantage on Issues  — Republican and Democratic Parties viewed unfavorably on balance  — Between the two, Republican Party trusted more on economy and security  — GOP also ahead on which party can handle “most important problem”
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
FBI interviewed individuals who accuse Amy Coney Barrett faith group of abuse  —  Revealed: individuals contacted by agency gave detailed accounts of abusive behavior they allegedly experienced or witnessed  —  The FBI has interviewed several individuals who have alleged they were abused …
Playbook: Inside a new senator's big decision  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  CAREFUL OUT THERE — Rep. HENRY CUELLAR (D-Texas) was carjacked at gunpoint last night outside his apartment building south of the Capitol, Sarah Ferris and Nick Wu first reported.
Anna Betts / New York Times:
What to Know About Laphonza Butler, Newsom's Appointee to the Senate
New York Times:
Nobel Prize Awarded to Covid Vaccine Pioneers  —  The physiology or medicine prize for Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman recognized work that led to the development of vaccines that were administered to billions around the world.  —  Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman …
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Former Detroit police chief James Craig enters the GOP Senate race in Michigan
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Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Clarence Thomas recuses himself as Supreme Court rejects ex-Trump lawyer John Eastman's appeal
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Putin's Pals Brag: Elon Musk ‘Really Is Our Agent!’
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Alliance Defending Freedom's Crusade Against Trans Rights
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Three in 10 Republicans don't think the Biden impeachment probe will be fair
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From Techmeme:

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases emergency security updates for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS to fix two zero-days that may have been exploited, reaching 20 zero-days patched in 2023

Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Google says RCS in Google Messages now has over 1B MAUs, and adds Photomoji, Voice Moods, Screen Effects, Custom Bubbles, Animated Emoji, and other features

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