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7:30 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
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  —  Prime minister, previously coy about his complex family life, answers interviewer during US visit  —  Boris Johnson has admitted for the first time that he has six children, claiming in an interview on US television that he “changes a lot of nappies”.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Political journalists are both-siding a “crisis” caused entirely by the GOP  —  Republican congressional leaders are flagrantly ginning up a major political and financial crisis — safe in the knowledge that the Washington press corps will blame both sides.  —  At issue is a formality …
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.  —  As Democrats hurtle into the final stretch of negotiations over the multi-trillion-dollar reconciliation bill, centrists holding out against its spending levels are spinning a new narrative about how we got here.
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: WGN-TV and The Guardian
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
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.
House Democrats strip Iron Dome money from government funding bill  —  House Democrats on Tuesday stripped $1 billion for Israel's Iron Dome defense system from its short-term government funding bill after backlash from progressives, people familiar with the decision tell Axios.
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
Amanda Mull / The Atlantic:
Americans Have No Idea What the Supply Chain Really Is  —  Behind shipping delays and soaring prices are workers still at mortal risk of COVID-19.  —  At this point, the maddeningly unpredictable Delta variant has changed the expected course of the coronavirus pandemic so much that it can be hard …
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 …
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
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
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
Foreign Policy:
State Department Plans ‘China House’ to Counter Beijing  —  Some fear larger State Department China desk could be a “massive bureaucratic blob.”  —  The U.S. State Department is planning to expand the number of officials dedicated to monitoring China, a bid to track Beijing's growing footprint in key countries around the world.
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: A socialist beat the mayor of Buffalo in a primary.  He's still running.  —  In this edition: Democrats vs. socialism in Buffalo, six easy steps to steal the presidency, and liberals get organized in Hawaii.  —  Yes, I had wings while I was in Buffalo, you can stop asking me, and this is The Trailer.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Tom Phillips / The Guardian:
Bolsonaro vowed to show a new Brazil but ‘lie-filled’ UN speech cuts little ice  —  Far-right president peddled unproven Covid remedies and made baseless claims about Brazilian politics and the environment  —  The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, told the United Nations general assembly …
Discussion: New York Times and New York Post
Karen Heller / Washington Post:
Al Franken has a new comedy tour.  His targets?  Former Senate colleagues.  —  NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — For more than eight years in the Senate, Al Franken largely stifled the funny, as though he coexisted with a powerful alter ego in desperate need of submission: Senator Franken and “Saturday Night Live” Al.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Paul Kiernan / Wall Street Journal:
SEC's Gensler Doesn't See Cryptocurrencies Lasting Long  —  Regulator says history of ‘wildcat banking’ in U.S. shows limited viability for private forms of money  —  WASHINGTON—Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler said Tuesday he doesn't see much long-term viability for cryptocurrencies …
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Charles Sykes / Politico:
Why Sane Republicans Are Purging Themselves
Discussion: The Bulwark and FiveThirtyEight
Nathan Bernard / Beacon:
Few health workers actually quitting over vaccine mandate despite ongoing protests
Discussion: Raw Story
About Amazon:
Amazon is supporting the effort to reform the nation's cannabis policy
Discussion: CBS News, Insider and The Daily Caller
Caroline Downey / National Review:
After Altercation at Restaurant, Black Lives Matter Claims NYC Vaccine Mandate Is Being Weaponized
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Herschel Walker will speak at Trump rally in Georgia
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Gannett under fire for staffers working overtime without pay
Discussion: The Hill
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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Mnuchin's $2.5 Billion Fund Shows a Need for Tougher Ethics Rules
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
In Central York, kids rose up to save books on MLK, Rosa Parks from their parents
Chip Cutter / Wall Street Journal:
Texas Abortion Law Faces Pushback From Some Companies
Discussion: Forbes and ABC7
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
Sean Wilentz Fires Back on the 1619 Project and the Climate of Anti-History
Christine Vendel / PennLive:
Man charged with felony, jailed on $50k cash bond for 43-cent ‘theft’
Discussion: Reason and
Zach Everson / Forbes:
Eric Trump's Lawyer In New York State Attorney General's Suit Quits
Discussion: and Raw Story