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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.
Patrice Lawrence / CNN:
An outrage at America's border
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
The whips and scorns of Del Rio, Texas
Discussion: Reuters
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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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.
Discussion: Insider, Forbes and DCCC
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Stephen Moore / The Hill:
Republicans have moral and financial reasons to oppose raising the debt ceiling
Politico:
Biden set to play peacemaker for warring Democratic factions
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Political journalists are both-siding a “crisis” caused entirely by the GOP
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 …
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.
Discussion: NPR and Raw Story
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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
Washington Post:
Biden and French President Macron set October meeting following unprecedented rift  —  President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed to meet in person next month when they spoke by phone Wednesday, French and U.S. officials said, as the two leaders seek to make peace …
Discussion: The Hill
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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.
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 …
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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.
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 and Reason
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
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 …
Celine Castronuovo / The Hill:
New group of GOP lawmakers file articles of impeachment against Biden  —  A group of four GOP lawmakers on Tuesday filed articles of impeachment against President Biden, saying he should be removed from office for not securing the border, for the way U.S. troops were removed from Afghanistan …
Discussion: RedState
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Emily Brooks / Washington Examiner:
Rep. Bob Gibbs introduces articles of impeachment against Biden
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Times
New York Times:
No More Apologies: Inside Facebook's Push to Defend Its Image  —  Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive, has signed off on an effort to show users pro-Facebook stories and to distance himself from scandals.  —  Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, signed off last month on a new initiative code-named Project Amplify.
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
THE CITY:
NYC Set to Pass Food Delivery App Laws Securing Workers Minimum Pay, Bathrooms and More  —  De Blasio supports first-in-the-nation bills scheduled for Thursday vote, seeking better working conditions in the booming tech-driven food courier economy.  The City Council's actions come as app firms sue to block bills it passed previously.
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.
Reuters:
Aide to Ukraine's president survives assassination attempt  —  A volley of automatic gunfire hit a car carrying a senior aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Wednesday, an incident a senior official called an assassination attempt and Zelenskiy said may have been a message intended for him.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
If the Future Is Female, What Happens to the Men?  —  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 and Jessica Pan …
Rasmussen Reports:
52% Rate Biden ‘Poor’ on Immigration  —  A majority of voters blame President Joe Biden for the migrant crisis at the Mexico border, and rate him “poor” on his handling of immigration.  Most voters also give the media poor ratings for their coverage of America's immigration problems.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Breitbart
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
How Racial Anxiety Conquered an Orchestra and Crushed a Career  —  Most people haven't heard of James Zimmermann, but most have heard him.  A decorated musician with a long string of acoustic accolades, Zimmermann, 39, has made the sound of his clarinet difficult to avoid.
Leada Gore / al.com:
Secretary of State disputes MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's claims Alabama had 100,000 ‘flipped’ votes  —  Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is disputing claims cybercriminals “flipped” 100,000 votes from Donald Trump to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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Max Blau / NPR:
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Democrats face bleak outlook in Florida
Discussion: RedState
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
U.S. to buy 500 million more Pfizer doses to share with the world
Discussion: Washington Post
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Bill Dentzer / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Dean Heller won't acknowledge Biden's election win in RJ interview
Discussion: Reuters
Michelle Lee / Washington Post:
Kim Jong Un shift from nuclear push to economy intensified internal debates in country, report says
Discussion: 38 North
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
$3.5 Trillion Is Not a Lot of Money
Gordon Lubold / Wall Street Journal:
U.S., Russian Military Officials Meet Amid Concerns About Terrorism Fight
Peter M. Shane / Washington Monthly:
No, General Milley Did Not Subvert the President
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