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Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Biden Tells Top Democrats He's Preparing Lobbying Blitz on Filibuster Reform, Voting Rights  —  The president, sources say, has promised to lean on centrists to change the filibuster rules and save Democrats' imperiled effort to pass a new voting rights bill
Discussion: Bipartisan Report
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Julia Cherner / ABC News:
Manchin, Sanders at odds over $3.5 trillion budget resolution  —  Sen. Joe Manchin and Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared on ABC's “This Week” Sunday.  —  Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., reiterated his call on Sunday for a strategic pause on the $3.5 trillion budget resolution, while Sen. Bernie Sanders …
Justin Gomez / ABC News:
Murthy calls Biden's new COVID-19 actions an ‘appropriate response’ to tackle pandemic
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats see $3.5T spending goal is slipping away
Discussion: New York Times and Political Wire
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Matt Bai / Washington Post:   Chris Christie comes back to reality
Alyssa Lukpat / New York Times:
The U.S. is falling to the lowest vaccination rates of the world's wealthiest democracies.  —  Japan initially struggled to get its Covid-19 vaccination program into full gear, but now that it has, the percentage of its population that has received at least one dose has edged past the level achieved …
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:   Republicans seize on Biden's novel use of a law on workplace safety to attack his vaccine mandates.
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI releases 9/11 investigation document that scrutinized Saudis  —  The FBI has released the first of what are expected to be several documents from its investigation into whether agents of the Saudi Arabian government provided support to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror plot …
Discussion: Washington Times and Common Dreams
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Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
FBI releases newly declassified record on Sept. 11 attacks
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Where the Meaning of Flight 93 Can Never End The national memorial was built to allow multiple interpretations.  —  Paul Murdoch did not set out to heal the wound in the Earth, but to preserve it as a scar.  The architect of the Flight 93 National Memorial has spent most of the last two decades refining …
NBC News:
‘Overall crime decreased in 2020’ in the United States, report finds  —  WASHINGTON — After crime rates in the United States surged in the second half of the 20th century, moderate Democrats persuaded the party to toughen up its platform in the 1990s to channel widespread voter concerns spreading from big cities to the suburbs.
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Justice Breyer opposes politics surrounding Supreme Court, supports one possible reform  —  Breyer, 83, plans to retire from the court, but he has not said when that will happen  —  Justice Breyer reacts to Biden's Supreme Court commission on ‘Fox News Sunday’
Yelena Dzhanova / Insider:
Doctor says ‘death is imminent’ for a woman on a hospital bed in Michigan who refused the COVID-19 vaccine ‘adamantly’  — Dr. Nicole Linder from Michigan said she watched a patient's COVID-19 symptoms worsen for weeks.  — Her patient, Kathy, refused to get vaccinated, and now it's too late, Linder said.
Gary Detman / NewsBreak:
Florida leader who called Dr. Fauci ‘Dr. Falsey’ hospitalized with COVID-19  —  VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (CBS12) — A Florida county councilman who referred to Dr. Anthony Fauci as “Dr. Falsey” and promoted conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic is hospitalized with COVID-19.
Reuters:
Taliban say women can study at university but classes must be segregated  —  Women in Afghanistan will be allowed to study in universities as the country seeks to rebuild after decades of war but gender-segregation and Islamic dress code will be mandatory, the Taliban's new Higher Education minister said on Sunday.
Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
The 9/11 Era is over.  Good.  —  A few last words as my generation's defining event recedes into history  —  I think this is the last post I'll write about 9/11.  The reason is not just that I, and the world, are running out of things to say about that awful event — although that is certainly true.
Joseph Guzman / The Hill:
Elon Musk drives through loophole by launching Tesla on tribal land  —  Tesla opened its first facility in New Mexico this week in partnership with the Nambé Pueblo.  —  Story at a glance  — New Mexico has laws on the books that prohibit car makers from selling directly …
Maria Godoy / NPR:
Yes, Gov. DeSantis, Studies Do Show Masks Curb Covid-19 In Schools  —  From a political and legal standpoint, the battle over whether mask wearing should be enforced in schools is still raging.  But from a scientific standpoint, there's little debate: Masks really do help curb the spread of the coronavirus in school.
Susan J. Demas / Michigan Advance:
Republicans never had a COVID plan.  They just wanted us to accept mass death.  —  When COVID-19 first paralyzed our nation last winter, many Republican leaders blasted stay-home orders, arguing they would kill businesses and inconvenience folks who had to pause going to the mall or the movies.
KIRO 7 News Seattle:
NY hospital to pause baby deliveries after staffers quit over vaccine mandate  —  LOWVILLE, N.Y. — An upstate New York hospital said it will pause the delivery of babies in two weeks because of a spate of resignations by maternity unit workers who are objecting to COVID-19 vaccination mandates.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The GOP's halting, uneven journey toward becoming the anti-vaccine mandate party  —  Or in this case, toward opposing something that isn't a vaccine mandate at all.  —  There are a couple of perplexing things about the political opposition to the Biden administration's decision …
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
BoJo scraps immunity passports for UK  —  There had been consistent rumors circulating across the pond that if the United Kingdom couldn't get their surge in COVID cases under control, extended or additional lockdowns might be coming over the winter.  Also, there were plans being drawn …
Discussion: Reuters
Joel Zinberg / City Journal:
Delta is Dying  —  New CDC findings show that we're closer than ever to the end of the pandemic.  —  Covid-19  —  Despite media claims that “We Can't Turn the Corner on Covid,” the numbers of Covid-19 cases, new hospitalizations, and deaths nationwide peaked and started to decline around the beginning of September.
Discussion: Power Line
American Greatness:
A Failure of Memory and Nerve  —  We don't remember much, it seems, or for long. … I write on the 20th anniversary of the Islamic terrorist attacks against New York and Washington, D.C. No matter where you turn, it seems, the message is the same, a combination of injunction and protestation …
 
 
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Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Pranksters Trick Newsmax Into Interviewing Fake Paul Wolfowitz TWICE (And The Impersonator Didn't Even Try to Sound Like Him)
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Deepa Shivaram / NPR:
San Francisco Schools Have Had No COVID-19 Outbreaks Since Classes Began Last Month
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Crooks and Liars
Axios:
Bush alludes to Capitol rioters' “determination to defile national symbols” in 9/11 speech
Discussion: TheBlaze and CNN
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Behind the Texas Abortion Law, a Persevering Conservative Lawyer
New York Times:
Phony Diagnoses Hide High Rates of Drugging at Nursing Homes
Chris Jewers / Daily Mail:
REVEALED: 26 out of the 27 Lancet scientists who trashed theory that Covid leaked from a Chinese lab have links to Wuhan researchers
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
In Shanksville, Biden says the future of democracy is on the line.
Leila Fadel / NPR:
For Many American Muslims, The Legacy Of 9/11 Lies In The Battle For Civil Rights
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
Biden's vaccine push wins cautious business support as political opponents fume
Garrett M. Graff / New York Magazine:
Escape From New York The great maritime rescue of lower Manhattan on 9/11.
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
The Taliban flag flies at the Afghan presidential palace on 9/11
Discussion: Associated Press and Axios
Danny Westneat / The Seattle Times:
'Sophie's choice, over and over': Death panels are the new phase of the pandemic
United States Capitol Police:
USCP's January 6 Internal Investigations