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10:25 AM ET, October 4, 2023


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Andrew Solender / Axios:
GOP tensions explode after McCarthy bows out of speaker race  —  House Republicans were distraught, furious and concerned for the future of their party after Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced he won't run for speaker again after being ousted on Tuesday.
John F. Harris / Politico:
The House GOP Is a Failed State  —  Kevin McCarthy's ouster is dramatic evidence, if redundant, about the state of the modern GOP.  —  At the start, Kevin McCarthy's speakership was effectively an optical illusion.  At the end, it was an exercise in self-abasement.  Francis Chung/POLITICO
'He's about clicks': Florida Republicans furious at Gaetz  —  They called him divisive and an attention-seeker.  —  MIAMI — Florida's congressional Republicans are done with Matt Gaetz.  —  They left the House chamber last night furious after Gaetz led seven other GOP members …
Juliegrace Brufke / Axios:
House bipartisan caucus risks collapse after McCarthy ouster … The Republicans say he was punished for “doing the right thing” after advancing a stopgap funding bill on a bipartisan basis.  — Frustrated members said that Democrats in the group, which is aimed at finding bipartisan solutions …
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Only Sin That Republicans Can't Forgive  —  The fall of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy today demonstrated again that the one sin that cannot be forgiven in the modern Republican Party is being seen as failing to fight the Democratic agenda by any means necessary.
The rudderless GOP careens toward 2024  —  Kevin McCarthy's undoing underscores a bigger problem — the inability to govern itself — that risks imperiling the party's chances in 2024.  —  There's no House speaker, Republicans are tearing each other to shreds over Kevin McCarthy's ouster …
Noah Berlatsky / Public Notice:
Kevin McCarthy is GOP incompetence made flesh  —  No Republican equipped to be speaker would want the job in the first place. … Republican Kevin McCarthy became the first House Speaker to be removed midterm by his own caucus on Tuesday.  He quickly announced that he would not run again; his brief speakership is over.
Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Texas Republican will nominate Trump for Speaker of the House  —  Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas) announced late Tuesday he will file paperwork to nominate former President Trump to be the next Speaker of the House.  —  “This week, when the U.S. House of Representatives reconvenes …
Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Ramaswamy says chaos not ‘a bad thing’ after McCarthy ousted as speaker  —  Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy agreed with those attacking Republicans who removed Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) from the Speakership on Tuesday, but said the resulting chaos is actually a good outcome.
Stephen Kruiser / PJ Media:
The Morning Briefing: Please Welcome to the Main Stage—YOUR Republican Dumpster Fire!
Discussion: Townhall
New York Times:
House Is Paralyzed, With No Speaker After McCarthy Ouster
Newt Gingrich / Washington Post:
Republicans must expel Matt Gaetz
Jamie Dettmer / Politico:
Trump is no ghost of the past — he's haunting Ukraine's present
The Hill:
McCarthy won't run for Speaker again
McHenry ordered Pelosi to leave her Capitol hideaway office by Wednesday  —  The former speaker blasted the move as a “sharp departure from tradition.”
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Judge Kicks Reporters Out of Courtroom to Talk to Trump and AG  —  Justice Arthur F. Engoron also issued a gag order against Trump earlier in the day after the former president attacked one of his law clerks on social media.  —  A turbulent second day at Donald Trump's bank fraud trial …
Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:
Trump Ordered Not to Comment on Judge's Staff in Fraud Case
Ella Lee / The Hill:
New York judge issues gag order after Trump attacks clerk on Truth Social
New York Times:
Giuliani's Drinking, Long a Fraught Subject, Has Trump Prosecutors' Attention  —  The former mayor's drinking has become an investigative subplot in Donald Trump's federal case over 2020 election interference.  But long before that, friends had grown deeply concerned.
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Mediaite, CNN and Althouse
Playbook: The House GOP's fight may have just begun  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  JUST POSTED — “Giuliani's Drinking, Long a Fraught Subject, Has Trump Prosecutors' Attention,” by NYT's Matt Flegenheimer and Maggie Haberman: “[RUDY] …
David Paleologos / USA Today:
Nikki Haley vaults to second place in New Hampshire in new GOP primary poll  —  Today's Suffolk University/Boston Globe/USA TODAY poll (yes, that's a mouthful) will be touted by Nikki Haley's campaign.  She's rocketed into second place with the support of 19% of likely New Hampshire Republican Primary voters …
USA Today:
Exclusive: Nikki Haley surges past DeSantis in New Hampshire as Trump maintains lead
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
A case study in unethical journalism  —  On September 26, Popular Information reported that librarians in Charlotte County, Florida, public schools were instructed to remove books with LGBTQ characters from school and classroom libraries.  This report was based on the following:
Kate Santaliz / NBC News:
Rep. Ruben Gallego snags support from abortion-rights group that once backed Kyrsten Sinema  —  Reproductive Freedom for All, formerly known as NARAL Pro-Choice America, is backing the Democratic congressman over the independent Arizona senator.  —  A powerful abortion-rights group is throwing …
Discussion: and New York Times
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.
ABC News:   Multiple Trump co-defendants approached about plea deals in Fulton County: Sources
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
Planned Parenthood is Helping Teenagers Transition After a 30 Minute Consult.  Parents and Doctors are Sounding the Alarm. … Fred has a history of developmental issues.  He was diagnosed with autism—technically ADHD with autistic traits—at age four, struggled with depression and anxiety as he got older …
Spencer Kimball / CNBC:
More than 75,000 workers strike at hundreds of Kaiser Permanente health facilities across U.S.  — Tens of thousands of Kaiser Permanente went on strike Wednesday amid a simmering dispute over staffing levels.  — The Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions has described the work stoppage …
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