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9:15 PM ET, September 22, 2021

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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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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.
Jack Shafer / Politico:
How the Debt Ceiling Turned into a Doomsday Cult
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
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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Associated Press:
FDA backs Pfizer COVID-19 boosters for seniors, high-risk  —  The U.S. moved a step closer Wednesday to offering booster doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to senior citizens and others at high risk from the virus as the Food and Drug Administration signed off on the targeted use of extra shots.
Lauren Gardner / Politico:
Covid-19 boosters: 5 takeaways from CDC's big vaccine meeting
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Bloomberg
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.
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 …
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Politico:
Biden slips into political quicksand amid Haitian migrant buildup
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The White House:
Statement By President Joe Biden On Police Reform Negotiations
Discussion: Roll Call and The Guardian
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 …
Discussion: HotAir
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
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.
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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.
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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.
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Youngkin leads McAuliffe among likely voters: poll
Discussion: Political Wire and Just The News
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
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: Beacon
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.
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
Bari Weiss / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
Vaccine Mandates: The End of Covid?  Or the Beginning of Tyranny?  —  A Harvard law professor, a leading critic of the War on Terror, a rising GOP star and others weigh in. … This Will Come Back to Haunt Us  —  By Jay Bhattacharya and Jonathan Ketcham  —  Why the push for vaccine passports and mandates?
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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,” …
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
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.
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
New Florida surgeon general on COVID: 'We're done with fear'  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis named a UCLA doctor and health policy researcher who shares his approach to managing the coronavirus pandemic to serve as the state's surgeon general Tuesday.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Mary Trump unplugged  —  Donald Trump's niece, Mary, returns to talk about her new book, “The Reckoning: our nation's trauma and finding a way to heal.”  —  Among the topics Mary discusses with us: Don Jr's intelligence; Ivanka ego; her recent slapdown of Meghan McCain …
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 …
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Biden Is Less Popular With Black Voters After Vaccine Mandate Rollout  —  President's net approval rating among key Democratic constituency is down 12 points since Sept. 9 announcement  — 71% of Black voters approve of Biden's job performance, down 5 points since the federal vaccine mandate …
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
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.
 
 
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Bloomberg:
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Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Senate Parliamentarian Played Highly Political Role Against Filibuster Reform in 2013
Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
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Reuters:
Special Report: Backers of Trump's false fraud claims seek to control next elections
Associated Press:
Biden taps two fundraisers, ex state rep as ambassadors
Discussion: The Hill
Emily Stewart / Vox:
The sad, predictable limits of America's “economic recovery”
 Earlier Items: 
Lili Loofbourow / Slate:
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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
Gabriella Borter / Reuters:
‘Critical race theory’ roils a Tennessee school district
Wall Street Journal:
Liz Cheney's Re-Election Bid Pits Trump Against Bush