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1:35 PM 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.
Adam Klasfeld / The Messenger:
Judge Shuts Down Trump's Claim That He Reversed Himself on Statute of Limitations  —  The former president claimed the judge ‘overruled’ himself and would knock out ‘80%’ of the case, but the judge began day two of the trial by shooting that down  —  A Facebook icon representing an external link …
Kimberly Ross / Washington Examiner:
Trump's birdbrained attacks against Haley won't save his campaign  —  Two days after the second Republican debate, former President Donald Trump slammed Nikki Haley on Truth Social, calling her a “birdbrain.”  On Oct. 1, the “birdbrain” insult became physical in the form of a birdcage …
Discussion: New York Times and The Messenger
New York Times:
As Trump's Legal Woes Have Escalated, So Have His Violent Remarks  —  Recent incendiary statements by the former president, including that shoplifters should be shot, come at a time when his supporters are already angry over his indictments.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump had a lot …
Discussion: The Root and Washington Examiner
New York Times:   How Trump Turned an Oval Office Fantasy Into G.O.P. Doctrine
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
In fresh line of attack, DeSantis warns voters that Trump will ‘sell you out’
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Breitbart
Why Reality TV Star Donald Trump Is More Trusted than Most News Outlets
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and NBC News
Olafimihan Oshin / The Hill:
John Kelly confirms Trump's ‘suckers’ remark about war dead
Discussion: Raw Story, BizPac Review and HuffPost
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
John Bolton: It's ‘entirely possible’ Trump wants his supporters to kill Mark Milley
Discussion: The Messenger and Political Wire
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump fundraises off fraud trial: ‘Nothing can break me’
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.
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Kevin McCarthy: 'I'm Not Going To Provide Anything' To Dems To Save My Speakership  —  The GOP leader is apparently counting on his own party to keep him in charge as his far-right flank prepares to try to oust him.  —  LOADING  —  House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) …
New York Times:
Democrats Weigh Whether to Rescue McCarthy From G.O.P. Ouster Bid
The Hill:
Gaetz moves to oust Speaker McCarthy
Associated Press:
Rep. Matt Gaetz files resolution to oust Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the House
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Texas Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar carjacked in Washington, D.C.  —  Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) was carjacked at gunpoint on Monday night.  It happened in Navy Yard neighborhood, just blocks away from the Capitol.  —  The carjacking took place about 9:30 p.m. near his home.  Fortunately, Cuellar was not injured.
United States Capitol Police:
USCP Searching for Criminals Who Carjacked Congressman  —  The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is working to find the three criminals who carjacked a Member of Congress.  —  “We have a number of leads,” said U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger.  “Our investigators are focused, determined and working around the clock.”
Discussion: The Messenger
Miranda Nazzaro / The Hill:
Rep. Cuellar unharmed in armed carjacking in DC
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”
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
'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 …
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 …
Discussion: BizPac Review and Raw Story
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
Zach Schonfeld / The Hill:
Supreme Court appears hesitant to upend Consumer Financial Protection Bureau  —  The Supreme Court justices at oral arguments Tuesday appeared hesitant to upend the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) by finding the agency's funding mechanism unconstitutional.
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