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6:05 PM ET, September 22, 2021

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NBC News:
Biden admin seeks contractor to run migrant detention facility at Gitmo, guards who speak Creole  —  LOS ANGELES — As it scrambles to deal with the surge of Haitian migrants at the southern border, the Biden administration is seeking a private contractor to operate a migrant detention facility …
Discussion: The Western Journal, MSNBC and Fox News
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Associated Press:
Officials: Many Haitian migrants are being released in US
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Former GOP treasury secretaries tried defusing debt ceiling bomb in private talks with McConnell, Yellen  —  Paulson and Mnuchin have warned political leaders about the consequences of default, but the Biden administration and Senate Republicans don't appear close to a deal.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Republicans usually lose shutdown fights.  So why are they going there again?  —  Republicans are threatening to withhold the votes needed to raise the debt ceiling and keep the government funded ahead of a crucial deadline in two weeks, putting the country on course for yet another fiscal crisis and government shutdown.
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The White House:
Statement By President Joe Biden On Police Reform Negotiations
Discussion: Roll Call and The Guardian
Joe Jervis / Joe.My.God.:
Flynn: Libs Are Plotting To Put Vax In Salad Dressing  —  “Somebody sent me a thing this morning where they're talking about putting the vaccine in salad dressing.  Have you seen this?  I mean, I'm thinking to myself, this is the bizarro world, right?  This is definitely the bizarro world.
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Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Michael Flynn: The ‘Deep State’ is plotting to spike your salad dressing with the COVID vaccine  —  Michael Flynn, the former National Security Adviser to the Trump administration who has embraced the QAnon conspiracy theory and advocated the violent military overthrow of the United States …
The White House:
Joint Statement on the Phone Call between President Biden and President Macron  —  President Emmanuel Macron of the French Republic and President Joe Biden of the United States of America spoke on September 22, at the request of the latter, in order to discuss the implications of the announcement on September 15.
Discussion: Politico, France 24 and Washington Post
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Jeff Asher / New York Times:
Murder Rose by Almost 30% in 2020.  It's Rising at a Slower Rate in 2021.  —  The increase in murders this summer does not appear to be as large as the record spike last summer.  —  The United States in 2020 experienced the biggest rise in murder since the start of national record-keeping in 1960 …
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Biden's Approval Rating Hits New Low of 43%; Harris' Is 49%  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eight months after President Joe Biden's inauguration, his job approval rating has fallen six percentage points to 43%, the lowest of his presidency.  For the first time, a majority, 53%, now disapproves of Biden's performance.
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
News Media Can't Shake ‘Missing White Woman Syndrome,’ Critics Say  —  Major outlets have highlighted the case of Gabrielle Petito while often ignoring stories about women of color who go missing.  —  On Monday night, the MSNBC host Joy Reid invited two women on her show, “The ReidOut,” …
Wall Street Journal:
Liz Cheney's Re-Election Bid Pits Trump Against Bush  —  George W. Bush to hold fundraiser for Wyoming congresswoman who has sparred with Donald Trump  —  WASHINGTON—The race for Wyoming's single U.S. House district has pitted two of the biggest names in Republican politics against one another …
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Facebook Chief Technology Officer Schroepfer to Step Down  — Veteran executive ‘Schrep’ will shift to senior fellow role  — Hardware boss Andrew Bosworth will be promoted to CTO role  —  Facebook Inc. Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer, a 13-year veteran who oversees …
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Tim Cook says employees who leak memos do not belong at Apple, according to leaked memo  —  The CEO says the company is doing everything in its power to track down workers  —  Tim Cook sent an email to Apple employees Tuesday evening about an all-hands meeting that leaked to The Verge last week.
Gabriella Borter / Reuters:
‘Critical race theory’ roils a Tennessee school district  —  Robin Steenman, an Air Force veteran and white mother of three, is fed up with the way public schools in her community of Franklin, Tennessee are teaching kids about race.  —  She believes that the reading materials and teachers' manuals …
Jay Willis / Balls and Strikes:
Book Review: ‘The Authority of the Court and the Peril of How Much I Love My Job,’ by Stephen Breyer  —  The 83-year-old leader of the Court's liberal wing is facing significant public pressure to step down from the bench.  He decided to write a book instead.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Kevin Daley / Washington Free Beacon:
Cotton Predicts Supreme Court Will Overturn Roe v. Wade
Uma Thurman / Washington Post:
The Texas abortion law is a human rights crisis for American women  —  Uma Thurman is an actress and mother.  —  I have followed the course of Texas's radical antiabortion law with great sadness, and something akin to horror.  Now, in the hope of drawing the flames of controversy away …
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Elizabeth Findell / Wall Street Journal:
Texas Abortion Law Prompts Women to Seek Out-of-State Clinics
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
Erica Pandey / Axios:
Charter schools boomed during the pandemic  —  Charter schools picked off hundreds of thousands of public school students across the U.S. during the pandemic, according to a new analysis from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.  —  Why it matters: The pandemic …
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Hillary Clinton tried to warn us — and paid the price.  Let's at least call Republicans what they are  —  Still, America's political class is unwilling to call the fascist, white supremacist Republicans what they are  —  During a speech in September 2016, Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: HuffPost
New York Times:
Top Adviser to Ukrainian President Is Targeted in an Assassination Attempt  —  President Volodymyr Zelensky said he would return to Ukraine from New York immediately.  The adviser, Serhiy Shefir, was unharmed, but his driver was shot and wounded in the attack.
The Daily Beast:
Trump Sues NYT and Niece—Who Calls Him ‘F*cking Loser’  —  The ex-president claims there was an “insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly-sensitive records.” … Former President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit against The New York Times, three of its reporters, and his niece …
umw.edu:
Gubernatorial Candidates Locked in Close Contest, UMW Survey Shows  —  Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin remain locked in a tight contest for governor of Virginia, a University of Mary Washington statewide survey shows.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement  —  The Federal Reserve is committed to using its full range of tools to support the U.S. economy in this challenging time, thereby promoting its maximum employment and price stability goals.  —  With progress on vaccinations and strong policy support …
Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
Sen. Susan Collins won't support abortion-rights bill  —  As Democrats consider legislation to respond to a new Texas state ban on abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy, they have lost the support of one of the few remaining Republicans who support abortion rights.
Discussion: Forbes
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
‘Outrageous’: Judge Lays Into Trump-Loving Deputy Who Wore ‘Sheriff’ Patch On Jan. 6  —  Ronald Colton McAbee was a sheriff's deputy when he attempted to breach the Capitol on Jan. 6.  A judge is deciding whether he'll be freed pretrial.  —  A federal judge criticized a Capitol attack defendant …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Chaos Theory Is the Future of American Politics  —  A website changes its algorithm and a game show host becomes president.  —  1. A Butterfly Flaps Its Wings in Peking . . .  I've pointed you to the Margins before and I'm going to do it again with this essay from Ranjan Roy about Reddit.
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
High Covid Hospitalizations Have Delayed Elective Surgeries  —  In areas inundated with coronavirus patients, hospitals have postponed treatments and surgeries for people with other serious conditions.  —  In chronic pain, Mary O'Donnell can't get around much.
Andrius Sytas / Reuters:
Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones due to censorship concerns  —  Lithuania's Defense Ministry recommended that consumers avoid buying Chinese mobile phones and advised people to throw away the ones they have now after a government report found the devices had built-in censorship capabilities.
Bill Dentzer / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Dean Heller won't acknowledge Biden's election win in RJ interview  —  RENO — Dean Heller says he knows who the president is.  He just won't name that person — no matter how the question is asked.  —  “I still know who the president is, but I do believe we have a problem with elections …
Discussion: The Hill, Reuters, NBC News and Joe.My.God.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
'It's Become Increasingly Hard for Them to Feel Good About Themselves'  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C., on politics, demographics and inequality.  —  Is there a whole class of men who no longer fit into the social order?  —  A decade ago, Marianne Bertrand …
 
 
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Emily Stewart / Vox:
The sad, predictable limits of America's “economic recovery”
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Biden taps Calvin Smyre as ambassador to Dominican Republic
Discussion: Politico
Katherine Doyle / Washington Examiner:
'Buyer's remorse': Democrats face electoral headwinds in swing states as Biden's job approval sinks
Discussion: RedState and Townhall
Sarah Owermohle / Politico:
Pfizer CEO rallies staff to fight Democrats' drug price negotiation
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Biden administration ‘strongly opposes’ honorable discharge for service members who refuse COVID-19 vaccine
Discussion: Fox News, Insider and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Bari Weiss / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
Vaccine Mandates: The End of Covid? Or the Beginning of Tyranny?
Discussion: National Review
Lauren Gibbons / MLive.com:
Michigan lawmaker accused of harassing colleague can come to work, but will need escort
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Politico:
Prosecutors to seek testimony of former Nevada AG in trial of Giuliani associate
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org and The Hill
Lili Loofbourow / Slate:
The Unbelievable Grimness of HermanCainAward, the Subreddit That Catalogs Anti-Vaxxer COVID Deaths
Wall Street Journal:
In Kabul, a Former American Citizen Keeps Running the City Under Taliban Watch
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Why I'm a Single-Issue Voter  —  I'll vote against the party threatening the republic—simple as that.
Discussion: Raw Story
Nick Ehli / Missoulian:
Postcard from an overrun ICU: ‘The problem is we are running out of hallways’