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4:50 PM ET, September 21, 2021

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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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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Biden's agenda is in trouble. It's absolutely clear who is to blame.
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 …
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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 and Reason
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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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
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: Raw Story
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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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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.
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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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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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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
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.
Steve Neavling / Detroit Metro Times:
Secret recording captures gubernatorial candidate James Craig taking extreme position on abortion  — 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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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 …
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
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
U.S. default this fall would cost 6 million jobs, wipe out $15 trillion in wealth, study says  —  GOP refuses to help Democrats raise debt ceiling as study spells out devastating consequences of inaction  —  America could plunge into an immediate recession if Congress fails to raise …
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
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 …
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 …
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
UN secretary-general calls out wealthy countries for vaccine ‘selfishness’  —  NEW YORK — Wealthy nations “are getting an F in Ethics” due to the uneven distribution of vaccines against the coronavirus pandemic, drawing a sharp rebuke from United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Lee Harris / American Prospect:
Paid Leave Advocates Won't Push Back on Payouts to Private Insurance  —  House proposal would fork over paid leave benefits to private insurers.  —  Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) conducts the Ways and Means Committee markup of the Build Back Better Act, September 14, 2021, on Capitol Hill.
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 …
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 …
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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Karen Heller / Washington Post:
Al Franken has a new comedy tour. His targets? Former Senate colleagues.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Huge hack reveals embarrassing details of who's behind Proud Boys and other far-right websites
Discussion: The Daily Dot
Chloe Atkins / NBC News:
House Oversight Committee to examine states' efforts to restrict abortion access
Discussion: The Hill
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Gannett under fire for staffers working overtime without pay
Discussion: The Hill
Jeanne Mancini / Washington Examiner:
Oppose Democratic efforts to make abortion taxpayer-funded
Anthony York / Capitol Weekly:
Remembering Scott Lay, 1972-2021
Discussion: Sacramento Bee
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Angelo Codevilla, RIP
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
Sean Wilentz Fires Back on the 1619 Project and the Climate of Anti-History
Luke Gentile / Washington Examiner:
New Ben and Jerry's flavor pushes defunding police
Discussion: New York Post, 77 WABC and RedState
Christine Vendel / PennLive:
Man charged with felony, jailed on $50k cash bond for 43-cent ‘theft’
Discussion: Reason and HillReporter.com
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:
Rubin Is Not Good for the Jennifers  —  Jennifer Rubin is not an ideologue.  She is an emotive teenager.
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