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6:25 PM ET, September 21, 2021


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Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Trump Campaign Knew Lawyers' Voting Machine Claims Were Baseless, Memo Shows  —  Days before lawyers allied with Donald Trump gave a news conference promoting election conspiracy theories, his campaign had determined that many of those claims were false, court filings reveal.
New York Times:
No More Apologies: Inside Facebook's Push to Defend Its Image  —  Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive, has signed off on an effort to show users pro-Facebook stories and to distance himself from scandals.  —  Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, signed off last month on a new initiative code-named Project Amplify.
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: 62% of Iowans disapprove of the job Joe Biden is doing as president  —  Fewer than one third of Iowans approve of the job Joe Biden is doing as president, a steep drop from earlier this year.  —  Thirty-one percent of Iowans approve of how Biden is handling his job …
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Chuck Grassley leads Abby Finkenauer in test of possible U.S. Senate matchup  —  Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley leads Democrat Abby Finkenauer by 18 percentage points among likely voters in an early test of what could be a marquee matchup in the 2022 midterms.
Discussion: The Hill
Miami Herald:
New FL surgeon general opposes mask, vaccine mandates  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a new surgeon general for Florida on Tuesday, a Harvard-trained doctor who advocated for an approach to the coronavirus pandemic that emphasizes protecting individual rights over community-based precautions.
DeSantis' new surgeon general questions masks, vaccines, other COVID-19 measures  —  TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed a new state surgeon general Tuesday who has written essays questioning the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, the effectiveness of masks and favoring hydroxychloroquine …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
READ: Trump lawyer's memo on six-step plan for Pence to overturn the election  —  (CNN)John Eastman, a conservative lawyer working with then-President Donald Trump's legal team, outlined in a two-page memo a scheme to try to persuade then-Vice President Mike Pence to subvert the Constitution …
Dems fear Biden's domestic agenda could implode  —  Internal Democratic discord has wounded President Joe Biden's massive social spending plan, raising the prospect that the package could stall out, shrink dramatically — or even fail altogether.  —  Myriad problems have arisen.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Biden's agenda is in trouble. It's absolutely clear who is to blame.
Alisha Ebrahimji / CNN:
Texas couple asked to leave restaurant for wearing face masks to protect their immunocompromised infant  —  (CNN)A Texas couple who landed themselves a rare night out with friends says it was cut short when the restaurant kicked them out for wearing face masks, which they say they wore to protect their immunocompromised 4-month-old son.
Luke McGee / CNN:
Boris Johnson admits he has six children  —  London (CNN)Boris Johnson has finally admitted that he has six children, a question he has previously dodged in numerous interviews and press conferences.  —  The British Prime Minister, speaking to NBC's Today show on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly …
Discussion: YouTube and
Heather Stewart / The Guardian:
Boris Johnson admits he has six children
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Sarah Kliff / New York Times:
Their Baby Died in the Hospital.  Then Came the $257,000 Bill.  —  A New York family had good health insurance.  But the bills for their daughter's care started showing up and kept coming.  —  Brittany Giroux Lane gave birth to her daughter, Alexandra, a few days before Christmas in 2018.
POLITICO Playbook PM: Sinema, House mods get their way  —  House Democratic leaders confirmed this morning that they won't be delaying the Sept. 27 vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill — even though the party's larger $3.5 trillion reconciliation package won't likely be ready to go by then.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Democrats Begin Effort to Curb Post-Trump Presidential Powers
Democrats' dwindling 2022 map  —  Democrats are trying to unseat only about half as many Republican House members next year as they did in 2020, trimming their target list from 39 to 21.  —  Why it matters: The narrowing map — which reflects where Democrats see their best chance of flipping seats …
Discussion: The Dispatch and Fox News
Ayushi Agarwal / ABC News:
Full transcript: Biden addresses 76th UN General Assembly  —  The president encouraged countries to act together to fight COVID-19.  —  President Joe Biden delivered his first United Nations General Assembly speech on Tuesday morning, encouraging countries to “work together as never before” …
The White House:
Remarks by President Biden Before the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Sinema Cueing Up To Go Indy (Must Read)  —  Absolutely fascinating look at Kyrsten Sinema's efforts to position herself as an independent in Arizona, possibly formally but definitely in effect.  It makes pretty clear she's not done with politics or angling for a high dollar lobbying gig, as some speculate.
Discussion: The Daily Poster and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Huge hack reveals embarrassing details of who's behind Proud Boys and other far-right websites  —  Researchers say it will allow them to gain important new insights into how extremists operate online  —  Epik long has been the favorite Internet company of the far-right …
Discussion: The Daily Dot
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
Haitian migrants revolt in custody and seize control of privately contracted bus  —  DEL RIO, Texas — Haitian migrants who were being transported on a federally contracted private bus away from the border revolted during the ride and overtook control of the commercial vehicle before escaping, according to two law enforcement officials.
Michael Brendan Dougherty / National Review:
Angelo Codevilla, R.I.P.  —  Angelo Codevilla, the historian of spycraft and powerful analyst of American political and social trends, has died.  It is difficult for many commentators to see beyond the current news cycle.  But Codevilla, because he could see America as it is presently, could also see into the future.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Angelo Codevilla, RIP
Discussion: National Review
Human Rights Watch:
US: Treatment of Haitian Migrants Discriminatory  —  Chased by Border Agents on Horseback; Returned to Danger in Haiti  —  (Washington, DC) - The US deployment of border agents on horseback against Haitian migrants on September 19, 2021, stems from abusive and racially discriminatory immigration policies …
New York Times:
Where are the tests?  —  Your daughter wakes up with a scratchy throat, and you can't decide whether she should go to school.  —  You can't shake a runny nose and start wondering whether it's really because of allergies.  —  You're planning a family gathering, but you are nervous about your aging parents being there.
Discussion: CNN, National Review and HotAir
Konrad Putzier / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Buy New York City Office Building for $2.1 Billion  —  Manhattan deal is priciest sale of a U.S. office building since pandemic began  —  Google said it is buying a Manhattan office building for $2.1 billion, one of the clearest signals yet of Big Tech's growing appetite for office space …
Ohio Senate candidate who compared refugees to alligators is the grandson of refugees aided by resettlement organizations  —  (CNN)An Ohio Senate candidate who has pushed strong anti-refugee messages against Afghans and others is the grandson of refugees from Europe who settled in the Cleveland area …
Discussion: Political Wire
Steve Neavling / Detroit Metro Times:
James Craig says he supports abortion ban in secret recording  — Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig was swarmed by protesters at his campaign launch at Belle Isle.  —  Republican gubernatorial candidate James Craig said if elected he would block any attempt by Democrats …
Discussion: The Hill and TheBlaze
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Politico Playbook: Hey, the Hunter-laptop story was legit after all  —  The deuce you say.  Maybe the rest of the national media shouldn't have rushed to bury the story of Hunter Biden's laptop in the first place, huh?  A new book from a Politico reporter belatedly clears the decks …
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Herschel Walker will speak at Trump rally in Georgia  —  Herschel Walker, the NFL-star-turned-Senate-hopeful, will speak at former President Donald Trump's rally in Georgia on Saturday.  —  Walker will be joined by two other Georgia Republicans running for statewide office, Rep. Jody Hice …
Chip Cutter / Wall Street Journal:
Texas Abortion Law Faces Pushback From Some Companies  —  Lyft, Box, Stitch Fix among dozens of companies to sign statement; some large Texas employers declined to sign  —  Dozens of businesses are going public with their opposition to a new Texas law that bars abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy …
Discussion: Forbes and ABC7
Zach Everson / Forbes:
Eric Trump's Lawyer In New York State Attorney General's Suit Quits  —  Alawyer representing Eric Trump in the New York Attorney General's civil suit alleging the Trump Organization committed fraud has quit, according to a court filing he submitted last week.
Discussion: and Raw Story
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Mnuchin's $2.5 Billion Fund Shows a Need for Tougher Ethics Rules  —  Did the former Treasury secretary lay the groundwork for his new venture while traveling to Saudi Arabia on government business?  That's a question we shouldn't have to ask.  —  Former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's …
Caroline Downey / National Review:
After Altercation at Restaurant, Black Lives Matter Claims NYC Vaccine Mandate Is Being Weaponized  —  After a skirmish involving NYC's vaccine mandate and African-American patrons erupted at Carmine's restaurant in the Upper West Side last week, Black Lives Matter of Greater New York …
Washington Post:
GOP Senate candidates back Trump on almost everything.  But only Greitens has joined him in publicly attacking McConnell.  —  Former Missouri governor Eric Greitens (R), who is running for Senate, said Tuesday that if he wins next year, he will not support Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell …
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Nathan Bernard / Beacon:
Few health workers actually quitting over vaccine mandate despite ongoing protests
Discussion: Raw Story
Hanin Ghaddar / Politico:
Hezbollah's Grip on Lebanon Is Weakening. Here's How Washington Can Help.
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About Amazon:
Amazon is supporting the effort to reform the nation's cannabis policy
Discussion: CBS News, Insider and The Daily Caller
Karen Heller / Washington Post:
Al Franken has a new comedy tour. His targets? Former Senate colleagues.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Paul Kiernan / Wall Street Journal:
SEC's Gensler Doesn't See Cryptocurrencies Lasting Long
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Gannett under fire for staffers working overtime without pay
Discussion: The Hill
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
In Central York, kids rose up to save books on MLK, Rosa Parks from their parents
 Earlier Items: 
Anthony York / Capitol Weekly:
Remembering Scott Lay, 1972-2021
Discussion: Sacramento Bee
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
Sean Wilentz Fires Back on the 1619 Project and the Climate of Anti-History
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Texas governor signs more abortion restrictions into law
Christine Vendel / PennLive:
Man charged with felony, jailed on $50k cash bond for 43-cent ‘theft’
Discussion: Reason and
Anna Gustafson / Michigan Advance:
Kent Co. health director tells commissioners after almost being run off the road: ‘I need help’
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Raw Story