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7:10 PM ET, September 19, 2021

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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  —  Survey shows sharp drop for Texas governor among independents after summer of pushing to ban abortion and mandates on masks and vaccines.  —  WASHINGTON — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott …
Discussion: Salon, The Hill and Political Wire
Jessica Chasmar / Fox News:
Beto O'Rourke plans to challenge Greg Abbott for Texas governor: Report
Discussion: Page Array
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.
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Victoria Balara / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Majorities favor mask and vaccine mandates as pandemic worries increase  —  Three-quarters of registered voters are ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ concerned about the pandemic  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for September 19  —  Majorities support mask and vaccine mandates advocated …
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms
Discussion: RedState
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: CBS News
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 …
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.
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Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:   Why A Transformation Of Caregiving Could Be Biden's B.F.D.
Tyler Cowen / Bloomberg:
Why Wokeism Will Rule the World  —  The woke movement could be the next great U.S. cultural export — and it is going to do many other countries some real good.  —  I am decidedly un-woke.  As a professor of economics, I strongly favor a market-oriented approach.
The Guardian:
UK-France defence summit cancelled in Aukus row  —  Paris furious at scrapping of Australian submarine contract and new three-way technology pact  —  A Franco-British defence ministers' summit due to take place this week has been cancelled as Paris steps up its protests over the loss …
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Aamer Madhani / Associated Press:
Biden pitching partnership after tough stretch with allies
Matthew Brown / USA Today:
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves attacks vaccine mandates, downplays state's high death toll  —  WASHINGTON — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves downplayed the severity of the coronavirus pandemic in his state on Sunday, while challenging the legitimacy of vaccine mandates rolled out by the Biden administration.
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Sam Kestenbaum / New York Times:
The Trump Prophets Regroup  —  When you are in the business of prophecy, what do you do when prophecy fails?  —  This spring, the media mogul Stephen E. Strang made an unusual apology to readers in the pages of his glossy magazine.  —  Mr. Strang presides over a multimillion-dollar …
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
New York Times:
How Top Accounting Firms Help Their Clients Sidestep Taxes  —  Lawyers from top accounting firms do brief stints in the Treasury Department, with the expectation of big raises when they return.  —  For six years, Audrey Ellis and Adam Feuerstein worked together at PwC, the giant accounting firm …
Discussion: Common Dreams
David French / The Dispatch:
Did Donald Trump Make the Church Great Again?  —  How unchurched Evangelicals are helping create a God-and-country lifestyle brand.  —  From the very beginning of the white Evangelical embrace of Donald Trump, there have been a series of raging debates about how that embrace would affect the church.
Discussion: New York Times
Erwin Chemerinsky / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: Are Supreme Court justices ‘partisan hacks’?  All the evidence says yes  —  If Supreme Court justices don't want to be seen as “partisan hacks,” they should not act like them.  —  In a speech last week at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville Law School …
Discussion: Reason and CNN
Joanna Chiu / Toronto Star:
A Chinese student in Canada had two followers on Twitter.  He still didn't escape Beijing's threats over online activity  —  In “China Unbound: A New World Disorder,” Toronto Star reporter Joanna Chiu examines China's growing influence around the world, including in western countries …
Darrell Owens / Darrell's Newsletter:
The Look of Gentrification  —  If you think of gentrification as coffee shops and bike lanes then you don't understand gentrification at all.  It's about what's inside, not outside.  —  My grandparents' house was located in a nice neighborhood in Berkeley, California filled with bungalows, Victorians and a few dingbat apartments.
Tom Rogan / Washington Examiner:
Why the US should offer to buy France's submarines for Vietnam  —  The U.S. would achieve three objectives by purchasing a number of Shortfin Barracuda submarines from France and then giving them to Vietnam.  —  First, the Biden administration would repair relations with America's oldest ally.
Brandon Judd / Fox News:
Biden's Del Rio border crisis - admin cedes control of US security to cartels  —  For every 1,000 people the Border Patrol was able to process, another 5,000 entered  —  Officials plead with Biden for more resources as southern border worsens  —  On June 17, 2021, the Department …
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Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Border Patrol hiring civilians as “processing coordinators” while Biden border crisis escalates
 
 
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Barak Ravid / Axios:
Netanyahu mocks Biden about debunked falling asleep video
Discussion: Reuters and Raw Story
New York Post:
Making kids under 6 mask isn't science, it's child abuse
Praveen Swami / Firstpost:
Kabul Airport suicide attacker was freed by Taliban after four years in CIA custody for New Delhi terror plot
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
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Travis Waldron / HuffPost:
Georgia Is How American Democracy Falls Apart
Christopher Rowland / Washington Post:
The days of full covid coverage are over. Insurers are restoring deductibles and co-pays, leaving patients with big bills.
Discussion: Political Wire
Dante Chinni / NBC News:
Delta perceptions lock Biden's economy in perpetual purgatory
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Rep. Lee Zeldin Confirms Leukemia Diagnosis
Allahpundit / HotAir:
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Hunter Walker / Rolling Stone:
The ‘JusticeForJ6’ Rally Wasn't a Joke — It Was A Warning
Discussion: Breitbart, Raw Story and Roll Call
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
Trump's ‘Waning Influence’ Shown in ‘Very Small Crowd Size’ at ‘Justice for J6’ Rally: Ted Lieu