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1:20 PM ET, September 21, 2021


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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
Memo shows Trump lawyer's six-step plan for Pence to overturn the election
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.
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Top Democrats: ‘The votes will be there’ for Biden's embattled spending package  —  House Democrats will provide enough votes to pass a two-part spending package that is the centerpiece of President Joe Biden's agenda, top party lawmakers said Tuesday.  —  Democratic Caucus Committee Chairman …
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
Maggie Fox / CNN:
Two dose version of Johnson & Johnson shot 94% effective against Covid-19, study finds
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 …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Harris, Mayorkas say they were horrified by images of horse-mounted Border Patrol agents confronting Haitian migrants  —  Vice President Harris and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday both decried images of horse-mounted Border Patrol agents aggressively confronting Haitian immigrants …
Samuel Chamberlain / New York Post:
DHS chief pushes back on claim whips used against Haitian migrants
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: Bloomberg
Connor Radnovich / Statesman Journal:
Oregon House Republicans furious after redistricting committee changes during special session  —  House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, reneged on a deal Monday that gave House Republicans equal representation on the chamber's redistricting committee in an attempt to pass new congressional district maps …
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 …
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
GOP operatives accused of funneling Russian cash to Trump
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 …
Christopher Tremoglie / Washington Examiner:
US was better with President Trump than with President Biden  —  President Joe Biden was supposed to bring welcome change from Donald Trump.  He was going to be the “nice guy” president.  He was not going to lie.  He was going to be competent and respected.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Biden declares ‘new era’ of U.S. diplomacy in U.N. speech
Washington Post:
Biden seeks to open a new chapter in world affairs, facing fresh skepticism from allies
Morgan O'Hanlon / Dallas Morning News:
Gov. Greg Abbott signs more Texas abortion restrictions, penalties into law  —  The law, set to go into effect in December, could further restrict access to abortion-inducing medication.  —  AUSTIN — A bill adding more restrictions and raising criminal penalties for the use …
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Texas governor signs more abortion restrictions into law
Discussion: IJR
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 …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Tucker Bizarrely Claims Military Vax Mandate Is Plot to Root Out ‘Men With High Testosterone’  —  “The point of mandatory vaccination is to identify the sincere Christians in the ranks,” Carlson added.  “It's a takeover of the U.S. military!”  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson continued …
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
Aymann Ismail / Slate:
Trumpists Don't Need Rallies Anymore  —  A pro-Trump protest at the Capitol flopped.  What if the former president's movement doesn't need insurrections anymore?  —  In the days leading to Sept. 18, federal officials warned that violence was a possibility in the area around the United States Capitol.
Discussion: Raw Story
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Is Working on iPhone Features to Help Detect Depression, Cognitive Decline  —  Company is working with UCLA, Biogen to see if sensitive data like facial expressions, typing metrics could signal mental-health concerns  —  Apple Inc. is working on technology to help diagnose depression …
Washington Post:
Jeff Bezos pledges $1 billion to protect 30 percent of the Earth's land and sea  —  Bezos's large donations are transforming climate philanthropy — even as Amazon's cloud-computing business and shipping operations have a significant carbon footprint  —  Amazon founder Jeff Bezos earmarked $1 billion …
Discussion: CNBC
The Daily Poster:
Sinema Threat Followed Boost From Pharma Group  —  A PhRMA-backed dark money group started running ads for Kyrsten Sinema just before she threatened to take down Democrats' drug pricing plan.  —  A dark money group funded by drugmakers launched ads promoting Sen. Kyrsten Sinema …
Discussion: Washington Post, Jacobin and STAT
Mark Judge / The Stream:
Rubin Is Not Good for the Jennifers  —  Jennifer Rubin is not an ideologue.  She is an emotive teenager.  —  A Marxist, for instance, is someone with a deadly serious worldview.  Rubin, the Washington Post columnist, is a middle-schooler picking her favorite and most hated boy bands.
Luke Gentile / Washington Examiner:
New Ben and Jerry's flavor pushes defunding police  —  Ice cream maker Ben and Jerry's rolled out a new flavor this week that the liberal company says will aid the “Defund the Police” movement.  —  The company debuted the new flavor Monday, saying a portion of the profits …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Billionaire Leon Black Allegedly Raped a Woman in Epstein's New York Mansion, New Legal Documents Claim  —  The woman, identified in the documents as “Jane Doe,” says Black brutally assaulted her in the third-floor massage room of Jeffrey Epstein's townhouse in 2002.  “Complete fiction,” says Black's spokesperson.
Discussion: Forbes
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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
Gary Fineout / Politico:
‘Devastating’: Florida Republicans worried about 2022 as they crafted election law
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Democrats release debt ceiling bill that funds government through Dec. 3
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and New York Times
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Rule-Breaking Elites Let the Mask Slip on COVID Protocols
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Marina Bolotnikova / Vox:
America's car crash epidemic
Andrew C. McCarthy / New York Post:
Dem plot to ‘Steele’ the White House: Anatomy of a political dirty trick
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Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Becerra takes a back seat while others steer Covid response
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’
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The Middle-Aged Sadness Behind the Cancel Culture Panic
Discussion: Liberal Currents
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's impeachment rant goes off the rails: ‘God will no longer provide protection’
Discussion: VICE
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Bill Maher, Isiah Thomas score over the NFL's playing of ‘Black national anthem’