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3:05 PM ET, September 22, 2021

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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.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   Republicans usually lose shutdown fights. So why are they going there again?
Politico:
Biden set to play peacemaker for warring Democratic factions
Adela Suliman / Washington Post:
Texas Gov. Abbott sends miles of cars along border to deter migrants  —  Abbott said this “steel wall” of vehicles was meant to stop migrants from crossing the dam.  —  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has sent a fleet of state-owned vehicles to line up for miles as a barricade along the border with Mexico …
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Associated Press:
Officials: Many Haitian migrants are being released in US  —  DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Many Haitian migrants camped in a small Texas border town are being released in the United States, two U.S. officials said, undercutting the Biden administration's public statements that the thousands in the camp faced immediate expulsion.
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 …
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Tierney Sneed / CNN:
Donald Trump sues niece Mary Trump, New York Times reporters over disclosure of tax documents
Wall Street Journal:
Bipartisan Police-Overhaul Talks End With No Deal  —  Lawmakers had sought to address abuses by law-enforcement in wake of protests over killings of Black Americans  —  WASHINGTON — Bipartisan talks aimed at overhauling police tactics and accountability have ended with no agreement …
Discussion: NPR, HotAir, The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
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Politico:
Bipartisan police reform talks crumble
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Times
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.
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 …
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 …
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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Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Why I'm a Single-Issue Voter  —  I'll vote against the party threatening the republic—simple as that.  —  In a few weeks, Virginia will hold an election and I will have to make a decision.  Both the Democratic and the Republican candidates for governor could be described as moderates.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: AppleInsider
Kevin Daley / Washington Free Beacon:
Cotton Predicts Supreme Court Will Overturn Roe v. Wade  —  Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) told attendees at a Federalist Society conference this week that he expects the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, given that a majority of its members profess to be textualists and originalists.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Reason
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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
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.
Nick Ehli / Missoulian:
Postcard from an overrun ICU: ‘The problem is we are running out of hallways’  —  BILLINGS — Nurses fill the hospital room to turn a patient from his stomach to his back.  The ventilator forcing air into him is most effective when he's on his stomach, so he is in that position most hours of the day, sedated and paralyzed by drugs.
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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 …
Discussion: The 74, Eduwonk, Reason and Twitchy
Sylvie Kauffmann / New York Times:
Why France Is Angry About the U.S.'s Submarine Deal  —  Ms. Kauffmann, the editorial director of Le Monde, writes extensively about European and international politics.  —  PARIS — Make no mistake.  This is a crisis, not a spat.  —  The new partnership announced last week between the United States …
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Washington Post:
Biden and French President Macron set October meeting following unprecedented rift
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.
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.
Lili Loofbourow / Slate:
The Unbelievable Grimness of HermanCainAward, the Subreddit That Catalogs Anti-Vaxxer COVID Deaths  —  This is not a forum that attempts to change minds.  It's much darker.  —  HermanCainAward, one of the fastest-growing subreddits on Reddit.com, is exactly what it sounds like …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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: Reuters and Joe.My.God.
Jen Fifield / Arizona Republic:
Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri resigns after election-related recording released  —  Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri announced he will resign after a recording of him talking about the 2020 election and his county colleagues surfaced.  —  In the leaked recording …
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 …
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 …
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: U.S. government buying risky Chinese drones  —  Federal law enforcement agencies are purchasing surveillance drones from a Chinese company the Pentagon has deemed a potential national security threat, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: Efforts to purge military and law enforcement agencies …
Adam Barnes / The Hill:
Washington governor to Idaho officials: ‘Stop clogging up my hospitals’  —  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) criticized neighboring Idaho's leadership late last week, saying that Idaho Gov. Brad Little's (R) policies were “clogging up” Washington's hospitals.  —  “Today in my state …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Tom Phillips / The Guardian:
Brazilian minister tests positive for Covid after meeting maskless Johnson  —  Marcelo Queiroga sat close to Boris Johnson and Liz Truss at New York meeting  —  Brazil's health minister, Marcelo Queiroga, has tested positive for Covid and gone into isolation, 24 hours after meeting …
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
Violent crime surged across America despite liberal attempt to rewrite narrative  —  Data show violent crime surged even as property crimes dipped due to COVID-19 pandemic  —  Minneapolis crime soars, police back off amid defund movement  —  In 2020, America saw videos of widespread looting …
Discussion: RedState
Rana Ayyub / Washington Post:
India keeps going after journalists like me.  As Modi visits the U.S., it's time to hold him accountable.  —  On Sept. 7, a right-wing organization called the Hindu IT Cell filed a complaint against me with the police in Uttar Pradesh accusing me of misappropriating funds and tax evasion.
Politico:
Prosecutors to seek testimony of former Nevada AG in trial of Giuliani associate  —  Prosecutors plan to call former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt — the frontrunner for the GOP nomination in a crucial 2022 Senate race — to testify in the upcoming criminal trial of Lev Parnas …
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
Matthew Yglesias / Slow Boring:
The median voter is a 50-something white person who didn't go to college  —  Cognitive behavioral therapy for Democrats  —  So much in politics is uncertain or difficult that I think even professionals tend to underrate the upside to doing things that are obvious and easy.
 
 
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Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Hillary Clinton tried to warn us — and paid the price. Let's at least call Republicans what they are
Discussion: HuffPost
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
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Abolish the FBI  —  How much more do we need to learn about 2016 to realize the agency is a disaster?
Discussion: Raw Story
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Biden Is Less Popular With Black Voters After Vaccine Mandate Rollout
Discussion: HotAir
Uma Thurman / Washington Post:
The Texas abortion law is a human rights crisis for American women
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
In Kabul, a Former American Citizen Keeps Running the City Under Taliban Watch
Max Blau / NPR:
Entergy Resisted Upgrading New Orleans' Power Grid. Residents Paid the Price
Discussion: WWNO
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Democrats face bleak outlook in Florida
Discussion: BizPac Review and RedState
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
How Racial Anxiety Conquered an Orchestra and Crushed a Career