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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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Jessica Chasmar / Fox News:
Mayorkas insists border is closed as migrants stream across  —  DHS Secretary Mayorkas declines to give ‘ballpark’ migrant numbers during heated exchange with Sen. Ron Johnson  —  DHS Secretary Mayorkas, FBI Director Wray testify at Senate committee hearing on threats to the US
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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
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 …
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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.
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
Morgan O'Hanlon / Dallas Morning News:
Gov. Greg Abbott signs more Texas abortion restrictions, penalties into law
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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Connor Radnovich / Statesman Journal:
Oregon House Republicans furious after redistricting committee changes during special session
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 …
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
GOP operatives accused of funneling Russian cash to Trump
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
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 …
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, PIX11 and HotAir
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.”
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
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 …
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
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.
Anna Gustafson / Michigan Advance:
Kent Co. health director tells commissioners after almost being run off the road: ‘I need help’  —  After a woman attempted to run Kent County Health Department director Adam London off the road just hours after he issued a mask mandate for some schools last month, the health officer issued …
Discussion: Raw Story
Anthony York / Capitol Weekly:
Remembering Scott Lay, 1972-2021  —  In the months after California voters removed Gray Davis from office, I would roll out of bed at 5:30 a.m. and log on to find a document waiting for me.  It was from Scott Lay.  The document was the rough draft of that morning's edition of The Roundup …
Discussion: Sacramento Bee
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Poll shows most Americans siding with Biden, not GOP, on vaccines  —  When President Joe Biden recently unveiled the White House's ambitious vaccine policy, many Republicans responded with apoplexy, deeming it an outrageous abuse.  The latest national poll from Fox News suggests the GOP pushback …
 
 
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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’
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Democrats release debt ceiling bill that funds government through Dec. 3
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Aymann Ismail / Slate:
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Washington Post:
Jeff Bezos pledges $1 billion to protect 30 percent of the Earth's land and sea
Discussion: CNBC
Christopher Tremoglie / Washington Examiner:
US was better with President Trump than with President Biden
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
‘Private Funding’ Fueled Nazis in Charlottesville: Lawsuit
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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The Middle-Aged Sadness Behind the Cancel Culture Panic