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11:45 AM ET, September 20, 2021


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New York Times:
U.S. to Lift Travel Ban on Vaccinated Visitors  —  The Biden administration will lift travel restrictions starting in November on those from abroad who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, ending a travel ban implemented to limit the spread of disease and reopening the United States …
Kiran Stacey / Financial Times:
US to relax travel restrictions for vaccinated foreign passengers  —  Biden administration announces new travel policy effective from November  —  Passengers who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to travel to the US from anywhere in the world from November …
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Biden administration to lift travel ban for fully vaccinated international travelers  —  White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients announced on Monday that the Biden administration will allow fully vaccinated travelers from around the world to enter the U.S. beginning in November.
Discussion: HotAir
Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
Biden administration easing travel restrictions for vaccinated foreign visitors  —  The Biden administration on Monday said it plans to ease restrictions on fully vaccinated international visitors beginning in early November.  —  All foreign visitors must be vaccinated …
Discussion: Breitbart and POLITICUSUSA
Christian Datoc / Washington Examiner:
White House announces new system allowing fully vaccinated foreign nationals to fly to US  —  The Biden administration announced Monday a new system to allow all fully vaccinated foreign nationals to once again fly to the United States after months of debate surrounding America's COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Wall Street Journal:   U.S. to Require Foreign Nationals Seeking Entry to Show Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination
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.
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Senate parliamentarian deals blow to Dems' immigration push
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Sinema tells White House she's opposed to current prescription drug plan
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Kathleen Rice's Questionable Rationale for Voting Down Drug Pricing Reform
Discussion: The Guardian
Rachel Roubein / Washington Post:
It's booster shot week
Discussion: NBC Chicago and Poynter
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.
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.
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:
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Haitians on border: We're not going anywhere.  CBP: Yes you are  —  On Saturday, we learned that the White House was finalizing a plan to begin flying the roughly 14,000 Haitian illegal aliens camped out under an overpass near Del Rio, Texas back to their home country.
Washington Post:
The Washington Post announces the addition of 41 editing roles, including 2 masthead positions … Announcement from Executive Editor Sally Buzbee, Managing Editor Cameron Barr, Managing Editor Tracy Grant, Managing Editor Krissah Thompson, Managing Editor Kat Downs Mulder:  —  Dear Colleagues,
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
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 …
Discussion: Twitchy
David R. Lurie / The Daily Beast:
Bill Barr's Still Making a Mockery of Justice. Merrick Garland's Letting Him.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.”
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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
Tom Joyce / Washington Examiner:
Both sides should support Marjorie Taylor Greene's primary challenger  —  Jennifer Strahan wants to do the country a favor.  —  The Georgia businesswoman recently announced that she plans to primary Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in Georgia's 14th Congressional District.
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 …
Samantha Ibrahim / New York Post:
Twitter lashes out over celebrities at 2021 Emmys going maskless  —  Mask on, mask off.  —  The 2021 Emmy Awards were full of colorful ensembles, moving speeches and coveted gold statuettes — but no masks in sight.  —  While 2020's coronavirus had awards shows very scaled down, the party only got bigger this year.
Discussion: HotAir and Townhall
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).
'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 …
ABC News:
Body ‘consistent with description’ of Gabby Petito found in Bridger-Teton National Forest  —  Her boyfriend, named a person of interest, has not been seen since Tuesday.  —  A body “consistent with the description of” Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old woman who went missing while on a cross-country road trip …
Discussion: Breitbart and CBS News
Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
Public Pans Texas Abortion Law  —  Most say leave Roe v. Wade as is  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Key aspects of the new Texas law restricting access to abortions receive a thumbs down from a broad majority of Americans, especially the so-called “bounty” payment provision.
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Richard W. Painter / MSNBC:
Trump's coercion and role in Jan. 6 warrant a special prosecutor  —  In August 2020, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo turned a diplomatic mission to the Middle East into a political event when he addressed the Republican National Convention in a video from Jerusalem with the Western Wall in the background.
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Wall Street Journal:
Stock Market Falls on Chinese Property Fears  —  Dow, S&P 500 open lower as concerns over indebted property developer China Evergrande spur broad retreat  —  A recent selloff in the stock market intensified on Monday as worries about China's indebted property sector rippled into global markets.
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