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11:40 AM ET, September 21, 2021


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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.
Melissa Quinn / CBS News:
Pelosi tells House Democrats to prepare for “adjustments” to $3.5 trillion spending plan  —  Washington — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her Democratic colleagues on Monday that they should brace for “adjustments” to the $3.5 trillion social spending package to fit the Senate's constraints …
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
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
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.
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:
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Rails Against Military Vaccinations, Says It's an Attempt to Target ‘Christians,’ ‘Freethinkers’ and ‘Men With High Testosterone’
Discussion: and IJR
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 …
Ann Marimow / Washington Post:
Texas doctor who violated state's abortion ban is sued, launching test of constitutionality
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Democrats release debt ceiling bill that funds government through Dec. 3  —  House Democrats unveiled legislation on Tuesday that would keep the federal government funded through Dec. 3 and suspend the debt limit into next year, as the deadlines to avert both crises loom in a matter of days.
Discussion: New York Times and POLITICUSUSA
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
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
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’  —  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 …
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 …
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 …
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Rule-Breaking Elites Let the Mask Slip on COVID Protocols  —  It turns out that all those onerous health-and-safety requirements were only for the regular people this whole time.  —  ay what you will about the WASPs of old; at least they tried to keep up appearances.  Our current set of carriage-trade elects?
Discussion: HotAir and Instapundit
Project Veritas:
Federal Govt Whistleblower Goes Public with Secret Recordings: 'Government Doesn't Want to Show the [COVID] Vaccine is Full of Sh*t'; ‘Shove’ Adverse Effect Reporting ‘Under the Mat’  — Dr. Maria Gonzales, ER Doctor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “All this is bullshit.
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
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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Robert Spencer / Front Page Magazine:
Jews, Not Muslims, Are the Primary Victims of Religion-Based Hate Crimes in the U.S.
Marina Bolotnikova / Vox:
America's car crash epidemic
Last Positivist / The Sooty Empiric:
Personal Tribute to Charles Mills
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Becerra takes a back seat while others steer Covid response
 Earlier Items: 
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's impeachment rant goes off the rails: ‘God will no longer provide protection’
Discussion: VICE
Mikael Thalen / The Daily Dot:
After the Capitol riot, ‘Stop the Steal’ organizer Ali Alexander was scrambling to hide his digital footprint
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Bill Maher, Isiah Thomas score over the NFL's playing of ‘Black national anthem’