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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Kill the debt limit now, Democrats.  If you don't, here's what will happen.  —  Back in 2011, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell famously described the debt limit as a “hostage that's worth ransoming.”  —  The Kentucky Republican meant that the threat of financial Armageddon …
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CNN:
Anxious Democrats float Plan B: Raise debt ceiling on party-line vote  —  Moody's chief economist: US default would be ‘cataclysmic’  —  (CNN)A number of key Democrats say that their party should take matters into its own hands and raise the national debt limit by itself once Republicans block …
Politico:
Dems seek to ‘avoid a shutdown, at all costs’ as GOP picks debt fight
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
The U.S. Debt-Ceiling Drama Is Back, But Democrats Can Finally Break the Cycle
US Food and Drug Administration:
FDA Authorizes Booster Dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Certain Populations  —  For Immediate Release:  —  Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for use of a single booster dose …
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New York Times:
F.D.A. Authorizes Pfizer Booster Shots for Older and At-Risk Americans  —  Regulators said that people over 65 or at high risk of severe Covid-19 were eligible for an extra shot, setting up a staggered national booster campaign.  —  WASHINGTON — After weeks of internal strife at the Food …
Ahmed Aboulenein / Reuters:
U.S. FDA clears Pfizer COVID-19 booster for older and at-risk Americans
New York Times:
Biden's Deportation of Haitian Migrants Uses Trump-Era Immigration Tactics  —  The deportation of Haitian migrants is a stark example of how President Biden has deployed some of the most aggressive approaches to immigration put in place by former President Donald J. Trump.
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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 …
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Americans know who's to blame for the border crisis
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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.
Colin Woodard / Politico:
Paul LePage Is Back.  And Maine Is Terrified.  —  Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Press Herald via AP  —  LEWISTON, Maine — Remember Paul LePage?  Sure you do.  He's the former governor of Maine who has called himself, accurately enough, “Donald Trump before Donald Trump” — a hot-headed …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
Susan Collins To Endorse Paul LePage For Another Term As Maine Governor
Eoin Higgins / The Atlantic:
Not Getting Vaccinated to Own Your Fellow Libs  —  Conspiracy theorists who discount the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and other public-health mandates are often portrayed in the media as right-wing.  That's for good reason: a not-insignificant number of the most vocal conspiracists tie …
Discussion: Florida Politics and HotAir
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Casey Michel / The Atlantic:
The Emerging Artistry of Hunter Biden  —  At some point in the coming weeks, hundreds of thousands of dollars will be funneled to the son of the sitting American president—and none of us will know anything about who sent the money, or where it originally came from, or why anyone chose to send it in the first place.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Breitbart
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Kelly McLaughlin / Yahoo News:
Florida's new surgeon general says COVID-19 vaccines are ‘nothing special’ and opposes mask mandates  — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Dr. Joseph Ladapo to surgeon general and secretary of the state's health department on Tuesday.  — But Ladapo has come under fire for his criticism of COVID-19 vaccines and mask mandates.
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Parker Molloy / The Present Age:
A year after Trump said he wanted to “get rid of the ballots,” has the press learned anything?  —  “That particular question was the precursor to everything that followed - the Big Lie, the Insurrection and what we're living with as far as Trump being in denial about the election results...”
NBC News:
Diplomat overseeing ‘Havana Syndrome’ response is out after 6 months  —  WASHINGTON — The top State Department official overseeing the response to “Havana Syndrome” is leaving her position after only six months on the job, three officials tell NBC News.  —  Ambassador Pamela Spratlen …
Discussion: Althouse
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Biden Security Adviser Jake Sullivan Tied to Alleged 2016 Clinton Scheme to Co-Opt CIA and FBI to Tar Trump  —  White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan figures prominently in a grand jury investigation run by Special Counsel John Durham into an alleged 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign scheme …
David H. Pikus / Newsday:
Ousting Cuomo disenfranchised NY voters  —  As a lifelong Democrat and practicing lawyer for over 40 years, I am appalled by the Albany coup d'êtat in which Andrew Cuomo's political rivals trampled the rights of the electorate and basic due process for their own political gain.
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
The Stacey Abrams tour  —  Stacey Abrams this week launched an ambitious national tour that will stretch across months and many swing states ahead of the 2022 midterms — and potentially elevate her standing in the Democratic Party in the process.  —  Driving the news: Abrams kicked off …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
What Jonathan Franzen and the Left Get Wrong About Free Speech Don't wait for an emergency to criticize dangerous ideas by your allies.  —  Novelist Jonathan Franzen, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, explained why he refused to sign a letter to Harper's defending free speech norms from the left.
Discussion: Literary Hub
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
After Mandating Masks Outdoors, Oregon's Active COVID-19 Cases Increased 73 Percent  —  On August 24, Oregon governor Kate Brown instated a state masking requirement that requires everyone five years and older, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask, face covering or face shield …
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
Reuters:
Special Report: Backers of Trump's false fraud claims seek to control next elections  —  One leading candidate seeking to become Georgia's chief elections official, Republican Jody Hice, is a Congressman who voted to overturn Democrat Joe Biden's 2020 presidential win in the hours after the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Bloomberg
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Hawley slams Biden as ‘dangerous,’ demands top officials resign amid Afghanistan withdrawal fallout  —  Hawley placed a hold on Biden's State Department nominees, forcing a vote on the Senate floor  —  There needs to be accountability for the humiliation US has suffered at Biden's hands: Hawley
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Rachel Wegner / The Tennessean:
Vanderbilt children's hospital chief: COVID-19 is spurring mental health crises in kids  —  COVID-19 is driving both physical and mental health crises among kids, according to the leader of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.  —  A surge of pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations …
Andre J. Ellington / Newsweek:
Steve Bannon Confirms His Involvement in January 6 Insurrection on ‘War Room’ Podcast  —  Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon admitted on his War Room podcast that he had a hand in planning the rally for then-President Donald Trump that preceded the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Discussion: HillReporter.com
Adolfo Flores / BuzzFeed News:
Haitians Who Fled The US Border Are Now Facing Nights Of Raids And Terror In Mexico  —  CIUDAD ACUÑA, Mexico — Mexican authorities carrying rifles and flashlights combed through this city's downtown early Wednesday, searching for the Haitians who were in hiding after being pushed to flee the US just days ago.
Discussion: d1994 and CNN
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 …
Matthew Schmitz / New York Post:
RIP, Angelo Codevilla, the conservative thinker who took on the ruling class  —  Donald Trump's election in 2016 caught most intellectuals by surprise — and not least conservative intellectuals.  —  The right-of-center editors, columnists and think-tankers who had sung hymns …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Dr. Fauci, Movie Star  —  “Fauci,” a new documentary, follows his work in two health crises: AIDS and the coronavirus pandemic.  He agreed to participate as long as it didn't interfere with his work.  —  WASHINGTON — It was not quite noon on a sunny Saturday in Washington, and Dr. Anthony S. Fauci …
Discussion: Twitchy and The Daily Caller
The Hill:
Pelosi signals she won't move $3.5T bill without Senate-House deal  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has signaled to colleagues in both chambers that she will not put the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package on the House floor for a vote until it's clear that it can also pass the 50-50 Senate.
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
As Climate Envoy, John Kerry Faces Tough Path  —  As the first presidential envoy for climate, he wants to persuade world leaders to “do what the science tells us.”  With global climate talks less than two months away, he faces a tough path.  —  NEW DELHI — The lanky figure lugging …
 
 
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Rob Stein / NPR:
Is The Worst Over? Modelers Predict A Steady Decline In COVID Cases Through March
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
The tangled tale of the Israel consulate, the Dilbert cartoonist and the Matt Gaetz case
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Azerrad / New Yorker:
My Time with Kurt Cobain  —  Befriending a rock star isn't necessarily as cool as you'd think—particularly when tragedy happens.
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Emma Ockerman / VICE:
A Bernie Mittens Costume Is Selling on Dolls Kill for $85
Discussion: New York Post and Boing Boing
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Conspiracy Firm Behind Arizona Audit Defies Order to Release Behind-the-Scenes Texts
Discussion: New York Times and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher F. Rufo / City Journal:
True Privilege  —  CVS launches a program that forces hourly employees to discuss their “privilege.”
Discussion: Twitchy
Zaz Hollander / Anchorage Daily News:
Alaska Gov. Dunleavy activates crisis standards of care for entire state to help COVID-overwhelmed hospitals
Discussion: The Wrap and The Hill
Emily Birnbaum / Politico:
12 former security officials who warned against antitrust crackdown have tech ties
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Stephanie Bennett / New York Post:
Organizations desperate for translators as Afghan refugees settle in US
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Goes All In On ‘The Great Replacement’ Theory, Says Biden Wants To ‘Change the Racial Mix Of the Country’
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Bloomberg:
Biden to Tap Crypto, Big-Bank Critic to Run Wall Street Watchdog