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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.
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CNN:
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 …
Ned Foley / Election Law Blog:
Initial Reaction to Eastman Memo  —  My first thought on reading the Eastman memo revealed yesterday was that it could wait until I do the relevant work for a planned second edition of Ballot Battles before I reflect on it in earnest.  But in light of some discussion that I've seen on Twitter …
Discussion: Washington Post, Reason and CNN
Politico:
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.
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Jeanne Mancini / Washington Examiner:
Oppose Democratic efforts to make abortion taxpayer-funded  —  We find ourselves in a tremendous moment during the struggle to end abortion.  For the first time in decades, there is a nearly universal feeling of hope among pro-life advocates as states advance an unprecedented number of bills that protect women and unborn children.
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.
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ and KVEO-TV
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Samuel Chamberlain / New York Post:
DHS chief pushes back on claim whips used against Haitian migrants
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: National Review
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Maggie Fox / CNN:
Two dose version of Johnson & Johnson shot 94% effective against Covid-19, study finds
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.
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The Daily Poster:
Sinema Threat Followed Boost From Pharma Group
Discussion: Washington Post, Reason and STAT
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
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Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Texas governor signs more abortion restrictions into law
Discussion: IJR
Axios:
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
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Politico:
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.
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Democrats Begin Effort to Curb Post-Trump Presidential Powers  —  But to appeal to Republicans, a bill being introduced in the House to impose checks on executive authority may be broken into pieces in the Senate.  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats are planning to introduce a package of proposed …
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Two GOP operatives indicted for allegedly routing money from Russian national to support Trump campaign  —  A political strategist who was pardoned by the former president after being convicted in a 2012 campaign finance scheme is facing new charges related to an alleged 2016 plot …
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: Washington Post, WGN-TV and HotAir
New York Times:
In U.N. Debut, Biden Confronts Doubts About U.S. Global Leadership  —  Covid-19 and climate change are dominating the start of the General Assembly gathering.  The U.N. secretary general warned that an increasingly divided world was “on the edge of an abyss.”
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Olivier Knox / Washington Post:
Biden to China: We do not want ‘a new Cold War’
CNN:
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
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Nikki Haley says Biden ‘ignored’ threats in UN speech that did not mention Russia, China by name  —  Haley said Biden ignored the “reality and seriousness” of threats to the US, like “China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Afghanistan, and terrorism to name a few.”
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
In Central York, kids rose up to save books on MLK, Rosa Parks from their parents  —  Imagine the story of Charlie Brown, Lucy, and the football — but substitute a baseball.  That's been my backstory as summer comes to an end, and my fervent hope that the Phillies are actually in a pennant race …
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Angelo Codevilla, RIP  —  Terrible news out this morning of the death of Angelo Codevilla, at age 78, reportedly the victim of a drunk driver.  —  It is hard to overstate the importance and brilliance of Angelo.  If you only knew him by his many books and columns (including this 2015 piece …
Discussion: National Review
Sun-Sentinel:
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: Florida Politics
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: HillReporter.com and Raw Story
 
 
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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
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Anthony York / Capitol Weekly:
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Poll shows most Americans siding with Biden, not GOP, on vaccines
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
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Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Billionaire Leon Black Allegedly Raped a Woman in Epstein's New York Mansion, New Legal Documents Claim
Discussion: New York Post and Forbes
Aymann Ismail / Slate:
Trumpists Don't Need Rallies Anymore
Discussion: Raw Story
Christopher Tremoglie / Washington Examiner:
US was better with President Trump than with President Biden
Mark Judge / The Stream:
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Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
‘Private Funding’ Fueled Nazis in Charlottesville: Lawsuit
Discussion: Raw Story
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