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5:30 PM ET, October 3, 2023


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The Messenger:
Judge Gags Trump After Ex-President Attacks His Law Clerk  —  Shortly before a lunch break, Trump circulated a false rumor about Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron, which traces its origins to a now-shuttered satirical website  —  A Facebook icon representing an external link …
Nikki McCann Ramirez / Rolling Stone:
Trump Posts (Then Deletes) Attack Against Judge's Clerk During Trial  —  The former president is attending his New York civil fraud trial in person, ranting at cameras and on social media in between courtroom sessions … Trump last week was found guilty of committing fraud in the case …
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 …
Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:
Trump Ordered Not to Comment on Judge's Staff in Fraud Case  —  The former president attacked Justice Arthur F. Engoron's clerk in a social media post that soon disappeared.  He was called to account behind closed doors.  —  A New York judge placed a limited gag order on Donald J. Trump …
Zoë Richards / NBC News:
Trump fraud trial live updates: Day 2 begins with testimony from ex-Trump accountant  —  Trump appears in court for Day 2 of civil fraud trial … 2m ago / 6:59 PM UTC  —  Trump appears to delete post attacking judge's law clerk  —  Dan Gallo  —  Amid all the delays …
Kimberly Ross / Washington Examiner:
Trump's birdbrained attacks against Haley won't save his campaign
Discussion: New York Times and The Messenger
Newt Gingrich / Washington Post:
Republicans must expel Matt Gaetz  —  Newt Gingrich, a Republican from Georgia, was speaker of the House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999.  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) is an anti-Republican who has become actively destructive to the conservative movement.  —  Drama has filled the halls of Congress for 234 years.
Washington Post:
Will House Speaker Kevin McCarthy lose his job?  Here are the scenarios.  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) followed through his pledge to trigger a vote to oust Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Monday evening, kicking off a complicated process that will determine McCarthy's fate.
McCarthy becomes first speaker removed by U.S. House vote  —  The House has voted to remove Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the House, marking the first time in history that a speaker has been removed this way.  —  Congress has now entered unchartered territory.
NBC News:
Speaker Kevin McCarthy is on the ropes.  Here are some possible successors  —  The list of possibilities include members of his leadership team and some top conservative allies.  —  WASHINGTON — It's far from certain Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., can successfully topple House Speaker Kevin McCarthy …
Discussion: Insider, Raw Story, Slate and Fox News
Punchbowl News:
Is it too late for McCarthy to save his job as speaker?
Washington Post:
McCarthy tells GOP lawmakers that House will vote today on effort to oust him as speaker
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Rosendale says he'll vote for motion to oust McCarthy, as path for speaker to keep gavel narrows
Washington Post:
Kevin McCarthy's House speaker job under threat, with vote possible today
Chris Cameron / New York Times:
Here's What Happens Now That Gaetz Has Moved to Oust McCarthy
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The Supreme Court's uncharacteristic moment of sanity  —  Justices considering a case against the CFPB seem unlikely to trigger a second Great Depression.  —  Imagine that the Supreme Court of the United States spent an entire morning debating whether penguins are the primary cause …
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
RNC warns Christie and Ramaswamy not to hold joint Fox News segment  —  The two candidates will now sit down for separate interviews.  —  The Republican National Committee told former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy Monday night that if they went through …
Tamar Hallerman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Fulton prosecutors float plea deals to Trump defendants  —  First guilty plea in RICO case came Friday  —  Fulton County prosecutors are floating plea deals to a number of defendants in the election interference case involving former President Donald Trump, according to people with knowledge of the proposals.
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Hunter Biden pleads not guilty to three federal gun charges filed after his plea deal collapsed
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: No Labels and Associated Press
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Sinclair stations aired a sponsored segment featuring a white nationalist who supports killing journalists  —  Sinclair said “the segment in question is no longer on our air” following a Media Matters inquiry  —  At least 16 Sinclair television stations ran sponsored gold investment segments …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Daily Beast and WJLA-TV
Washington Post:
America's epidemic of chronic illness is killing us too soon  —  The United States is failing at a fundamental mission — keeping people alive.  —  After decades of progress, life expectancy — long regarded as a singular benchmark of a nation's success — peaked in 2014 at 78.9 years …
Discussion: New York Times
Raw Story:
‘A travesty’: Clarence Thomas refuses to recuse in case that could benefit billionaire benefactor  —  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday recused himself from a decision—but the rare move from the embattled right-winger came as he weighed in on another case involving …
Discussion: City Limits, New York Times and Insider
Washington Post:
How red-state politics are shaving years off American lives  —  ASHTABULA, Ohio — Mike Czup unspooled the hose to wash his hearse.  It was time to pick up the body of yet another neighbor who had died in the prime of life.  —  Since he started working at 15 in the funeral business, Czup has seen plenty of tragedies.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker calls on Biden to step up action on the migrant crisis
Rolling Stone:
Prosecutors Probe Trump's Efforts to Steal Arizona's Election — Years After He Lost
Discussion: Raw Story
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Justin Jones alleges Tennessee House Speaker violated Constitution with ‘disparate racial treatment’
United States Department of State:
Department of State Reduces Processing Times, Breaks Records for Passport Issuances
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
What's it like to be prosecuted by Jack Smith?
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
United States Capitol Police:
USCP Searching for Criminals Who Carjacked Congressman
Discussion: ABC News and The Messenger
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
FBI interviewed individuals who accuse Amy Coney Barrett faith group of abuse
Marcia Lubin / US Department of Justice:
Two Anne Arundel County Men, Including Department of Defense Deputy Chief, Charged with Facilitating Dog Fighting Ring
New York Times:
How Trump Turned an Oval Office Fantasy Into G.O.P. Doctrine
Miranda Nazzaro / The Hill:
Rep. Cuellar unharmed in armed carjacking in DC

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Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Spotify plans to lay off ~17% of its workforce, or ~1,500 staff, to “rightsize” its costs, citing slow growth and rising capital costs, after cutting 6% in June

Anthony Ha / Engadget:
A look at the escalating battle between YouTube and ad blockers, as YouTube speeds up its methods to detect blockers and rolls out new ways to serve ads

Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
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