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7:45 AM ET, September 20, 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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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.
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 for their plan to give millions of immigrants a chance to become citizens, the Senate's parliamentarian said late Sunday …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Scoop: Sinema issues ultimatum to Biden  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  PAS SI DIPLOMATE — The indoor dining area of Le Diplomate closed early Sunday night due to a violent disturbance caused by a man that lasted 15 minutes, an employee told our tipster.
Discussion: New Republic, RedState and Bloomberg
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
Politico:
Dems vow to go the distance as September problems pile up  —  The House and Senate return to Washington together this week with Democrats facing four tasks that would be challenging on their own — but, taken together, are the legislative equivalent of Hercules' labors.
Washington Post:
Meet Manchin's K Street whisperers  —  Salutations, Early birds.  Tips, comments, recipes?  Send them to earlytips@washpost.com and we'll post the best gastronomic delight that comes our way.  —  🚨: President Biden seeks a phone call with Emmanuel Macron as the U.N. General Assembly starts tomorrow.
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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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 …
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Luke Broadwater / New York Times:   Democrats Dealt a Blow on Immigration Plans
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:   Senate parliamentarian nixes immigration measure in budget bill
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 …
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Ben Westcott / CNN:   Angry and afraid, Afghanistan's LGBTQ community say they're being hunted down after Taliban takeover
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
US launches mass expulsion of Haitian migrants from Texas  —  DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — The U.S. flew Haitians camped in a Texas border town back to their homeland Sunday and tried blocking others from crossing the border from Mexico in a massive show of force that signaled the beginning …
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Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Ignoring Haitians' humanity exposes Biden's broken promise — and a looming crisis
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Washington Post:
Low dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is safe and effective in children ages 5 to 11, companies' study finds  —  A lower dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine — one-third the amount given to adults and teens — is safe and triggered a robust immune response in children as young as 5 years old …
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.
Washington Post:
Biden seeks a phone call with France's Macron to calm the waters  —  REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. — President Biden is pressing to set up a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron in coming days, U.S. officials said Sunday, hoping to end a frantic stretch of public snubs and behind-the-scenes exchanges between the two allies.
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Tyler O'Neil / Fox News:
Biden goes for bike ride at the beach amid national crises, refuses to answer questions
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Guardian:
UK-France defence summit cancelled in Aukus row
Discussion: Politico and Al Jazeera
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:
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham and Mike Lee personally vetted Trump's fraud claims, new book says.  They were unpersuaded.  —  “Peril,” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, reveals the lengths the two Republicans went to in examining the president's baseless claims.  —  Sen. Lindsey O. Graham agreed to hear Rudolph W. Giuliani out.
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 …
Heath Druzin / The Daily Beast:
This Doc Stoked the COVID Crisis.  These Women Are Paying the Price  —  Here's what happens when you need hospital care but live in a misinformation wasteland, and sick anti-vaxxers are taking up all the beds.  —  Even as the coronavirus pandemic ravages her state of Idaho …
Discussion: Raw Story
Mark Whittington / The Hill:
Inspiration4 and the quest to cure childhood cancer  —  The Inspiration4 crew has lifted off onboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon.  By the time the gentle reader sees that it will likely have already returned to Earth after one of the most unusual and heartwarming space missions ever undertaken.
 
 
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Tom Rogan / Washington Examiner:
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Heather Long / Washington Post:
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Discussion: HuffPost
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