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6:10 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.
Discussion: NBC News, Bloomberg, The Hill, CNN and Fox News
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.
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Bulwark
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 …
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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 …
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
Democrats Dealt a Blow on Immigration Plans  —  The Senate's parliamentarian ruled that Democrats' plan to give 8 million immigrants a path to citizenship could not be achieved through the reconciliation process.  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate parliamentarian dealt a major setback Sunday …
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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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 …
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
Brandon Judd / Fox News:   Biden's Del Rio border crisis - admin cedes control of US security to cartels
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 …
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
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:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Pennsylvania Republicans invade voters' privacy in service of the ‘big lie’
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
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Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
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Hannah Nightingale / The Post Millennial:
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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: 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:
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New York Times:
Haiti Protests Mass U.S. Deportation of Migrants to Country in Crisis
Discussion: UPI and Financial Times
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
Tom Rogan / Washington Examiner:
Why the US should offer to buy France's submarines for Vietnam
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