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11:55 PM ET, September 19, 2021

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Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop - Manchin: Delay Biden plan to '22  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is privately saying he thinks Congress should take a “strategic pause” until 2022 before voting on President Biden's $3.5 trillion social-spending package, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.
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Coral Davenport / New York Times:
This Powerful Democrat Linked to Fossil Fuels Will Craft the U.S. Climate Plan  —  Senator Joe Manchin is already a crucial swing vote in the Democrats' sweeping budget bill.  But he will also write the details of its climate change program.  —  WASHINGTON — Joe Manchin …
Discussion: Political Wire
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Sinema tells White House she's opposed to current prescription drug plan  —  The White House has a new headache as it struggles to get its multitrillion-dollar party-line spending bill passed: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's objections to drug pricing reforms that are already struggling to make it through the House.
Discussion: CNN
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Senate parliamentarian deals blow to Dems' immigration push  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats can't use their $3.5 trillion package bolstering social and climate programs to give millions of immigrants a chance to become citizens, the Senate's parliamentarian said late Sunday …
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CNN:
Democrats unlikely to get immigration measure in $3.5 trillion budget proposal after Senate parliamentarian ruling  —  ‘Absolutely not acceptable’: Sanders on Manchin's push to cut Dems' $3.5T bill  —  Washington (CNN)Senate Democrats likely will not be able to include a pathway to legalization …
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:   Democrats Dealt a Blow on Immigration Plans
Politico:
Dems vow to go the distance as September problems pile up
Discussion: Bloomberg
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:   Senate parliamentarian nixes immigration measure in budget bill
James Downie / Washington Post:
Tate Reeves and the high cost of covid incompetence  —  When naming the poster child for irresponsible leadership on covid-19, there are plenty of governors to choose from.  You could make a strong case for South Dakota Gov. Kristi L. Noem (R) or Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).
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Axios:
Scoop: Beto plans Texas comeback in governor's race  —  Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke is preparing to run for governor of Texas in 2022, with an announcement expected later this year, Texas political operatives tell Axios.  —  Why it matters: O'Rourke's entry would give Democrats a high-profile candidate …
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Dallas Morning News:
Abbott's right turn deflates GOP rivals but opens door for O'Rourke, McConaughey: News/UT-Tyler poll
Discussion: Salon, The Hill and Political Wire
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Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Ignoring Haitians' humanity exposes Biden's broken promise — and a looming crisis
Discussion: The Hill
Brandon Judd / Fox News:   Biden's Del Rio border crisis - admin cedes control of US security to cartels
New York Times:
In the Heart of Nashville, Rolling Parties Rage at Every Stoplight  —  As Nashville's popularity has grown, so has the “transportainment” business — a motley assortment including old buses, farm tractors and a truck with a hot tub.  Many think it has gotten out of hand.
THE CITY:
Eric Adams' Townhouse Trouble: Tax Filing ‘Mistake’ and Blown-Off Buildings Inspector  —  Campaign says mayoral nominee will amend tax returns for a second time after THE CITY pointed out irregularities concerning filings on his Bed-Stuy residence.  Adams also overlooked …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Looks for Challenger to Depose Mitch McConnell as Split Widens  —  GOP's most influential figure and its top elected official are divided on policy, politics and who should lead the party in the future  —  WASHINGTON— Mitch McConnell's record-long reign as Senate Republican leader …
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
The Exvangelicals  —  Even as evangelicals maintain their position as the most popular religion in the U.S., a movement of self-described “exvangelicals” is breaking away, using social media to engage tens of thousands of former faithful.  —  The big picture: Donald Trump's presidency …
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David French / The Dispatch:
Did Donald Trump Make the Church Great Again?
Discussion: HotAir, New York Times and Raw Story
Tyler O'Neil / Fox News:
Biden goes for bike ride at the beach amid national crises, refuses to answer questions  —  Reporters shouted questions at Biden as he zipped on by.  —  President Biden dodges questions on beach bike ride  —  President Biden went for a bike ride at the beach on Sunday amid multiple national crises …
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Glenn Greenwald:
The Indictment of Hillary Clinton's Lawyer is an Indictment of the Russiagate Wing of U.S. Media  —  The DOJ's new charging document, approved by Biden's Attorney General, sheds bright light onto the Russiagate fraud and how journalistic corruption was key.  —  A lawyer for Hillary Clinton's …
Discussion: The Western Journal and The Hill
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How the U.S. Helped, and Hampered, the Escape of Afghan Journalists  —  The secretary of state cites a “massive effort” by the government, but people involved in the evacuation instead describe bureaucratic snags.  —  As American news organizations scrambled to evacuate their Afghan journalists …
Discussion: CNN, more at Mediagazer »
Jason Gale / Bloomberg:
Bats in Laos Caves Harbor Closest Relatives to Covid-19 Virus  — Pasteur Institute scientists tested hundreds of horseshoe bats  — Finding moves researchers closer to pinpointing Covid origins  —  Bats dwelling in limestone caves in northern Laos were found to carry coronaviruses …
Heather Long / Washington Post:
‘The pay is absolute crap’: Child-care workers are quitting rapidly, a red flag for the economy  —  Child care employment is still down more than 126,000 positions as workers leave for higher-paying positions as bank tellers, administrative assistants and retail clerks.
Discussion: HuffPost
New York Times:
Gabby Petito's Disappearance: a Timeline  —  The authorities said they had found human remains in Wyoming consistent with a description of Gabrielle Petito, 22.  The search continues for her fiancé, Brian Laundrie.  —  Here's what you need to know:
Harry Enten / CNN:
Voters still don't like the GOP's answer to the coronavirus  —  (CNN)Republicans have been hoping to turn the political page from the coronavirus pandemic for over a year now.  —  We saw then-President Donald Trump try to do it in the lead-up to the 2020 election.  It didn't work.
Kathy Gannon / Associated Press:
Taliban-run Kabul municipality to female workers: Stay home  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men, the interim mayor of Afghanistan's capital said Sunday …
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BBC:
Afghanistan: Stay home, female Kabul government workers told
Discussion: Slate and Associated Press
 
 
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Hannah Nightingale / The Post Millennial:
BLM to protest NYC restaurant where black women were denied service due to lack of vaccine proof
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Netanyahu mocks Biden about debunked falling asleep video
Discussion: Raw Story, Reuters and Mediaite
Erwin Chemerinsky / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: Are Supreme Court justices ‘partisan hacks’? All the evidence says yes
Discussion: CNN and Reason
Praveen Swami / Firstpost:
Kabul Airport suicide attacker was freed by Taliban after four years in CIA custody for New Delhi terror plot
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Tyler Cowen / Bloomberg:
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Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:
Syrian detention camp rocked by dozens of killings blamed on Islamic State women
Eduardo Medina / New York Times:
Covid-stricken Alabama had more deaths than births last year, a first in its recorded history.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
John L. Dorman / Insider:
Kellyanne Conway told Trump that he didn't have ‘swagger’ in 2020 and said his campaign resembled Hillary Clinton's 2016 bid: book
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Sam Kestenbaum / New York Times:
The Trump Prophets Regroup
Travis Waldron / HuffPost:
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New York Times:
How Top Accounting Firms Help Their Clients Sidestep Taxes
Discussion: Mother Jones and Common Dreams