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10:20 AM ET, September 21, 2021

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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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story, Mediaite and HotAir
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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 …
CNN:
Memo shows Trump lawyer's six-step plan for Pence to overturn the election  —  Washington (CNN)A conservative lawyer working with then-President Donald Trump's legal team tried to convince then-Vice President Mike Pence that he could overturn the election results on January 6 when Congress counted …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Mayorkas says he was ‘horrified’ by images of horse-mounted Border Patrol agents confronting Haitian migrants  —  Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Tuesday that he was “horrified” by images of horse-mounted Border Patrol agents attempting to grab Haitian migrants and use …
Discussion: Politico
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Samuel Chamberlain / New York Post:
DHS chief pushes back on claim whips used against Haitian migrants  —  Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas denied Monday that Border Patrol agents used whips to prevent Haitian migrants from crossing the Rio Grande to reach an encampment set up under a Texas bridge where thousands of other migrants have gathered.
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, National Review and NRCC
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 …
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
House Democrats press forward with effort to curtail presidential powers after Trump  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats plan to press forward with legislation aimed at preventing abuses of presidential power, strengthening Congress' ability to enforce subpoenas and boosting protections …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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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 …
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 …
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.
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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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Double trouble for Biden  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SIREN, just posted: “Dems fear Biden's domestic agenda could implode,” by Burgess Everett and Heather Caygle, POLITICO's co-congressional bureau chiefs: “Internal Democratic discord has wounded President JOE BIDEN's massive …
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.
Maggie Fox / CNN:
Two dose version of Johnson & Johnson shot 94% effective against Covid-19, study finds  —  (CNN)A two-dose version of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine provides 94% protection against symptomatic infection, the company said Tuesday — making a two-dose regimen of J&J's Janssen vaccine comparable …
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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The Middle-Aged Sadness Behind the Cancel Culture Panic  —  “The Chair,” a Netflix comic drama about academia starring Sandra Oh, turns on a particularly absurd and unfair cancellation.  In the first episode Bill, a onetime superstar English professor who's falling apart after the death of his wife …
Discussion: Liberal Currents
Andrew C. McCarthy / New York Post:
Dem plot to ‘Steele’ the White House: Anatomy of a political dirty trick  —  There is a long game and a short game going on in special counsel John Durham's indictment of Democratic Party lawyer Michael Sussmann on a false-statements count.  —  The short of it is this …
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Techno Fog / The Reactionary:
Where does John Durham go from here?
Discussion: Lawfare
Washington Post:
Biden seeks to open a new chapter in world affairs, facing fresh skepticism from allies  —  NEW YORK — President Biden, who was welcomed by much of the world as the steady hand who would restore trust in American leadership and repair alliances ruptured by President Donald Trump …
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Michelle Nichols / Reuters:   EU backs France in submarine dispute, asking: Is America back?
The Hill:
Democrats look for Plan B after blow on immigration  —  Democrats and immigration advocates are ready to pitch a Plan B after the Senate parliamentarian spiked a Democratic proposal aimed at providing a pathway to citizenship for millions of people.  —  Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough …
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Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden's ship has started to sink  —  August 2021 will probably be remembered as the month when Joe Biden's presidency was holed below the waterline.  September is the month when it started to sink.  —  Biden is beset by several disasters at once.  All the blame is his …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Eric Trump Signs Up to Hype Daddy's Record at Anti-Vax Event  —  Eric Trump said the vaccine push during his dad's tenure could end up “one of the greatest accomplishments of any president in history.”  His hosts called it a “SHOT OF POISON!”  —  Donald Trump's son Eric Trump will give …
Anna Gustafson / Michigan Advance:
Kent Co. health director tells commissioners after almost being run off the road: ‘I need help’  —  Email details abuse after department issued school mask mandate  —  After a woman attempted to run Kent County Health Department director Adam London off the road just hours after he issued …
Financial Times:
Top EU official warns ‘something broken’ in transatlantic relations  —  Thierry Breton's intervention comes as Franco-American tensions threaten broader diplomatic efforts  —  Thierry Breton, the EU commissioner for internal markets, has warned that “something is broken” in transatlantic relations …
Kylie Atwood / CNN:
Member of CIA chief's team reported Havana syndrome symptoms on recent trip to India  —  Washington (CNN)When CIA Director Bill Burns traveled to India earlier this month a member of his team reported symptoms consistent with Havana syndrome and had to receive medical attention, according to three sources familiar with the matter.
Ann Marimow / Washington Post:
Texas doctor who violated state's abortion ban is sued, launching test of constitutionality  —  A lawsuit that could test the constitutionality of the nation's most restrictive abortion ban was filed in Texas on Monday against a doctor who admitted to performing an abortion considered illegal under the new law.
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Bill Maher, Isiah Thomas score over the NFL's playing of ‘Black national anthem’  —  “I saw last night on the football game, Alicia Keys sang ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’ which now I hear is called the ‘Black national anthem.’ Now, maybe we should get rid of our national anthem, but I think we should have one national anthem.
Robert Spencer / Front Page Magazine:
Jews, Not Muslims, Are the Primary Victims of Religion-Based Hate Crimes in the U.S.  —  Yet the media continues to focus on the phantom of “Islamophobia.”  —  As the nation observed the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 jihad terror attacks, the establishment media's focus was largely …
Last Positivist / The Sooty Empiric:
Personal Tribute to Charles Mills  —  Like many in the philosophical world today I am in dismay at the loss of Charles Mills.  I feel compelled to honour him with a public tribute, as he meant more to me than almost anyone else in the profession and I think socialised affection and grief are a fitting response to this sort of tragedy.
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
‘Private Funding’ Fueled Nazis in Charlottesville: Lawsuit  —  A lawsuit brought by the victims of violence at Charlotteville's hate rally has exposed how white supremacists paid for their activities.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  Organizers of a deadly 2017 white supremacist rally had “private funding …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
 
 
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