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11:05 AM ET, September 12, 2021

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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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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats see $3.5T spending goal is slipping away  —  There's a growing realization among Democrats that their plans for a $3.5 trillion spending package to reshape the nation's social safety net and to tackle climate change will have to be slimmed down because of anxious centrists worried about the 2022 midterms.
Discussion: New York Times and Political Wire
CNN:
Most Republicans want Trump as the GOP's leader but are divided about whether he'd help them retake the White House  —  Donald Trump is ‘99, 100 percent’ likely to run for president in 2024  —  (CNN)Most Republicans want former President Donald Trump to remain their party's leader, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and Forbes
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Yes, the Jan. 6 insurrectionists were terrorists.  George W. Bush just indicted them.  —  Few Americans expected wisdom from former president George W. Bush on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.  Even fewer expected wisdom on the current state of our politics.  That is nevertheless what we got from his remarks in Shanksville, Pa., today.
Discussion: Raw Story, BizPac Review and Yahoo News
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Dean Obeidallah / MSNBC:   After 9/11 Trump weaponized anti-Muslim hate — yet praises Jan. 6 insurrectionists
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 …
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
FBI releases newly declassified record on Sept. 11 attacks  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI late Saturday released a newly declassified document related to logistical support given to two of the Saudi hijackers in the run-up to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
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Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:   US pulls missile defenses in Saudi Arabia amid Yemen attacks
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.
United States Capitol Police:
USCP's January 6 Internal Investigations  —  After January 6, the United States Capitol Police promised to provide an update on its internal investigations related to the attack.  —  This week, the USCP provided the Department of Justice the administrative cases as part of the ongoing discovery production …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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David Reaboi / Late Republic Nonsense:   9/11/2001 +20  —  The expansion of government power used to deal with the very real threat …
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 …
Discussion: Reason
Politico:
Dems hurtle toward a new fiscal cliff  —  Democrats' internal wrangling over a massive new social spending plan will soon be eclipsed by much more urgent problems: avoiding an economic collapse and a government shutdown.  —  There is growing worry among some rank-and-file Democrats …
New York Times:
Phony Diagnoses Hide High Rates of Drugging at Nursing Homes  —  At least 21 percent of nursing home residents are on antipsychotic drugs, a Times investigation found.  —  The handwritten doctor's order was just eight words long, but it solved a problem for Dundee Manor …
Marcelo Rochabrun / Reuters:
Abimael Guzman, founder of Peruvian rebel group Shining Path, dies at 86  —  Abimael Guzman, leader of the Shining Path rebels who nearly toppled the Peruvian state in a bloody Maoist revolution, died on Saturday while in prison and following several weeks of poor health, the government said.
Discussion: New York Post
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Stephen Kinzer / New York Times:
Abimael Guzmán, Leader of Guerrilla Group That Terrorized Peru, Dies at 86
Discussion: The Guardian
 
 
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Katie Rogers / New York Times:
In Shanksville, Biden says the future of democracy is on the line.
TIME:
The U.S. Needs an Operation Warp Speed for Rapid COVID-19 Testing
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.
 Earlier Items: 
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Republicans seize on Biden's novel use of a law on workplace safety to attack his vaccine mandates.
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
Mark Fischer / New York Post:
Transgender fighter Alana McLaughlin wins MMA debut
Robert Snell / Detroit News:
FBI fires Whitmer kidnap case agent amid wife beating allegations
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Ruth Graham / New York Times:
Vaccine Resisters Seek Religious Exemptions. But What Counts as Religious?