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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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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 …
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.
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.
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
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:   Democrats Dealt a Blow on Immigration Plans
National Review:   The Immigration Radicalism of the Democratic Reconciliation Bill
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Covid Vaccine Prompts Strong Immune Response in Younger Children, Pfizer Says  —  Vaccinated kids aged 5 to 11 showed evidence of protection against the virus, the company said.  The data must be reviewed by the F.D.A. before children can be inoculated.  —  The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine …
Discussion: Forbes
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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 …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Amanda Sealy / CNN:
Covid-19 vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds is safe and shows ‘robust’ antibody response, Pfizer says  —  (CNN)In a highly anticipated announcement, Pfizer said on Monday a Phase 2/3 trial showed its Covid-19 vaccine was safe and generated a “robust” antibody response in children ages 5 to 11.
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).
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 …
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David R. Lurie / The Daily Beast:
Bill Barr's Still Making a Mockery of Justice. Merrick Garland's Letting Him.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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 …
Politico:
'It's spreading': Phony election fraud conspiracies infect midterms  —  It started as one big, false claim — that the election was stolen from Donald Trump.  —  But nearly a year later, the Big Lie is metastasizing, with Republicans throughout the country raising the specter of rigged elections …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:   Pennsylvania Republicans invade voters' privacy in service of the ‘big lie’
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Ignoring Haitians' humanity exposes Biden's broken promise — and a looming crisis  —  They seemed to come out of literally nowhere and then they just kept coming — Haitian refugees, suddenly crammed by the thousands in the shade under a highway overpass in Del Rio, Texas …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Max Chafkin / New York Magazine:
Peter Thiel's Origin Story His ideology dominates Silicon Valley.  It began to form when he was an angry young man.  —  Sometime around the spring of 1988, several members of the Stanford University chess team traveled to a tournament in Monterey, California, in an old Volkswagen Rabbit.
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.
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.
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.
Susannah George / Washington Post:
After 20 years of waging religious guerrilla warfare, Taliban fighters in Kabul say they miss the battle  —  KABUL — Since celebrating the fall of Kabul a month ago, after years of waging a holy war to overthrow the U.S.-backed government, the 250 Taliban fighters under Abdulrahman Nifiz's command …
Discussion: Insider and New York Post
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:
American Greatness:
The Afghanistization of America  —  We are doing our best to become a Third-World country of incompetency, constitutional erosion, a fractious and politicized military elite, and racially and ethnically obsessed warring tribes.  —  The United States should be at its pinnacle of strength.
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
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 …
Roger L. Simon / theepochtimes.com:
The Democrats War on Blacks Keeps Growing in the Pandemic  —  One of the key reasons I left the Democratic Party years ago was the atrocious way they treated black people.  —  I'm not just talking about “Jim Crow” or LBJ's well-known patriarchal and racist use of the “n-word” …
Discussion: Instapundit and The Daily Caller
 
 
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Andrea Bernstein / NPR:
The Trump Organization Is Back In Court To Fight Tax Fraud Charges In New York
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Raw Story
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
This $100,000 Donation by Matt Gaetz Raises All the Eyebrows
Discussion: Raw Story
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump won these counties big. His supporters question the results there, too.
Matthew Walther / New York Times:
Norm Macdonald's Comedy Was Quite Christian
Janet Yellen / Wall Street Journal:
Congress, Raise the Debt Limit
Discussion: Bloomberg and Mother Jones
Heath Druzin / The Daily Beast:
This Doc Stoked the COVID Crisis. These Women Are Paying the Price
Discussion: Raw Story
Mark Whittington / The Hill:
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Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Madison Cawthorn Once Said He Was ‘Always’ Armed With Knife
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
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: Florida Phoenix, Reason and CNN
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:
Why Wokeism Will Rule the World
Harry Enten / CNN:
Voters still don't like the GOP's answer to the coronavirus
Heather Long / Washington Post:
‘The pay is absolute crap’: Child-care workers are quitting rapidly, a red flag for the economy
Discussion: HuffPost