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11:00 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.
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.
Rachel Roubein / Washington Post:
It's booster shot week
Discussion: NBC Chicago and Poynter
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Kathleen Rice's Questionable Rationale for Voting Down Drug Pricing Reform
Discussion: The Guardian
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
This Powerful Democrat Linked to Fossil Fuels Will Craft the U.S. Climate Plan
Discussion: HotAir
Kiran Stacey / Financial Times:
US to relax EU and UK travel restrictions for vaccinated passengers  —  Biden administration to announce new travel policy effective from November  —  Vaccinated passengers will be able to travel to the US from the EU and UK from November onwards, the Biden administration will announce on Monday …
Discussion: CNN, Insider, Mercury News and Variety
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and POLITICUSUSA
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.
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
New York Times:
Biden to Push Global Plan to Battle Covid as National Gaps Widen
Discussion: CNN and UPI
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Masking 2-year-olds is proof positive we've gone way too far
Discussion: Louder With Crowder
Jason Gale / Bloomberg:   Bats in Laos Caves Harbor Closest Relatives to Covid-19 Virus
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:
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.
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, Firstpost and New York Post
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
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
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 …
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).
Martha Pskowski / El Paso Times:
Haitian migrants face tough choices in Del Rio amid crackdown at Texas-Mexico border  —  CIUDAD ACUÑA, MEXICO — A mounted U.S. Border Patrol agent shouted commands in a tense encounter with Haitian migrants wading through the Rio Grande near Del Rio, Texas.
Associated Press:
US launches mass expulsion of Haitian migrants from Texas
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
Arif Rafiq / Middle East Institute:
Afghanistan must address existential and structural challenges before tapping natural resource wealth  —  With the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the rapid victory of the Taliban, some observers have pronounced the commencement of a new Chinese-led regional order.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Require Foreign Nationals Seeking Entry to Show Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination  —  New rules by Biden administration would replace travel bans put in place by President Trump  —  WASHINGTON—Foreign nationals seeking to enter the U.S. will have to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination under …
'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 …
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 …
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Tom Joyce / Washington Examiner:
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Joe Cunningham / RedState:
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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
Discussion: Judicial Watch
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Allan Smith / NBC News:
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Matthew Walther / New York Times:
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The Democrats War on Blacks Keeps Growing in the Pandemic
Discussion: Instapundit
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
The Economic Mistake the Left Is Finally Confronting
Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
In the Heart of Nashville, Rolling Parties Rage at Every Stoplight
Hannah Nightingale / The Post Millennial:
BLM to protest NYC restaurant where black women were denied service due to lack of vaccine proof