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9:45 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 …
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
This Powerful Democrat Linked to Fossil Fuels Will Craft the U.S. Climate Plan
Discussion: HotAir
New York Times:
Biden to Push Global Plan to Battle Covid as National Gaps Widen  —  The U.N.-backed vaccine program is so far behind schedule that not even 10 percent of the population in poor countries is fully vaccinated, experts say.  —  WASHINGTON — Already grappling with divisions in his own country …
Discussion: CNN and UPI
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Heath Druzin / The Daily Beast:
This Doc Stoked the COVID Crisis. These Women Are Paying the Price
Discussion: Raw Story
Jason Gale / Bloomberg:   Bats in Laos Caves Harbor Closest Relatives to Covid-19 Virus
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Masking 2-year-olds is proof positive we've gone way too far
Discussion: Louder With Crowder
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 …
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David R. Lurie / The Daily Beast:
Bill Barr's Still Making a Mockery of Justice.  Merrick Garland's Letting Him.  —  WHAT A MESS … Letting Durham's weak case continue sets a bad, potentially dangerous, precedent for future abuses of prosecutorial power.  —  The investigation that former Attorney General William Barr ordered …
Discussion: Raw Story
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).
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 …
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
My Going Maskless Is Different, Says San Francisco Mayor, Because ‘I Was Feeling the Spirit’  —  The Mayor of San Francisco says that she shouldn't be criticized for breaking her own COVID rules, because, and I quote, “I was feeling the spirit and I wasn't thinking about a mask.”  CBS reports:
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Hill, ABC News, Raw Story and Power Line
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.
Adam Gurri / Liberal Currents:
The Case Not Made: A Response to Anne Applebaum's “The New Puritans”  —  All social relations create vulnerabilities and dependencies that are subject to abuse.  This is a fundamental fact about the social nature of humanity, a baseline from which all specific arrangements need to be judged.
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 …
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.
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
This $100,000 Donation by Matt Gaetz Raises All the Eyebrows  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz' largest political donation ever went to a Chris Christie group for a very strange reason that's caught the attention of election law experts.  —  On the day Donald Trump's second impeachment trial began in the Senate …
Discussion: Raw Story
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump won these counties big.  His supporters question the results there, too.  —  Former President Donald Trump won Mesa County, Colorado, by 28 points in last fall's election.  —  In Barry County, Michigan, he won by more than 32 points.  And in Lander County, Nevada, his victory was in excess of 61 points.
Sarah D. Wire / Los Angeles Times:
Threats against members of Congress are skyrocketing.  It's changing the job  —  A few months ago Rep. Norma Torres (D-Pomona) received an anonymous video of someone following her car.  The camera pans down to a 9mm handgun on the seat as a male voice says: “I see you.  I got something for you.”
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
Andrea Bernstein / NPR:
The Trump Organization Is Back In Court To Fight Tax Fraud Charges In New York … With multiple investigations still underway, attorneys involved with the tax fraud case against former President Donald Trump's family business and its longtime chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg …
Matthew Walther / New York Times:
Norm Macdonald's Comedy Was Quite Christian  —  Mr. Walther is the editor of The Lamp, a Catholic literary journal, and a contributing editor at The American Conservative.  —  The relationship between Christianity and stand-up comedy has been going steadily downhill for half a century.
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
When the Taliban Teamed Up With Bill Gates and UNICEF  —  Is taxpayer money going to train the terrorists of tomorrow?  —  Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
 
 
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Lee Smith / Just The News:
Judge in case of anti-Trump mudslinger is married to attorney for ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page
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Roger L. Simon / theepochtimes.com:
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Janet Yellen / Wall Street Journal:
Congress, Raise the Debt Limit
Discussion: Bloomberg and Mother Jones
National Review:
The Immigration Radicalism of the Democratic Reconciliation Bill
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
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Discussion: National Review
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 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
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