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3:30 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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Jeanne Mancini / Washington Examiner:   Oppose Democratic efforts to make abortion taxpayer-funded
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Mayorkas vows ‘dramatic results’ in coming days on Haitian migrants  —  He said that the administration is continuing to ramp up “the frequency and number” of repatriation flights for the migrants, the bulk of whom hail from Haiti.  —  Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas listens …
Discussion: ABC News, UPI and New York Magazine
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Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
Haitian migrants revolt in custody and seize control of privately contracted bus
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ and KVEO-TV
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
Discussion: Reason and Washington Post
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.
Discussion: The Hill and The Guardian
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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Jonathan Edwards / Washington Post:
A couple wore masks inside a Texas restaurant to protect their newborn son.  The owner kicked them out.  —  Natalie Wester and her husband were waiting for their appetizer to arrive when the server came to their table, not with the fried jalapeños, but an ultimatum.  —  Take your masks off or get out.
Discussion: HotAir
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
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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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
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 …
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, HotAir and National Review
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 …
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:
In U.N. Debut, Biden Confronts Doubts About U.S. Global Leadership  —  Covid-19 and climate change are dominating the start of the General Assembly gathering.  The U.N. secretary general warned that an increasingly divided world was “on the edge of an abyss.”
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Olivier Knox / Washington Post:
Biden to China: We do not want ‘a new Cold War’
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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: Florida Politics
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
 
 
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Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
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